Brandon Belt cleared for baseball activities

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Brandon Belt has been limited to just five games since July 19 due to concussion symptoms, but there’s some good news on his status this evening.

Belt initially suffered a concussion when he was hit in the face by a thrown ball during batting practice on July 19. The 26-year-old started the game later that evening, but ended up leaving due to dizziness and was soon placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. He made his return on August 2, but appeared in just five games before going right back on the disabled list with recurring symptoms.

Belt has hit just .237 with 11 homers and a .742 OPS over 51 games when healthy this year, but it would be big for the Giants to get him back before the end of the regular season. Michael Morse, Travis Ishikawa, and Buster Posey have seen most of the work at first base during his absence.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.