Starling Marte exits game after being hit in arm by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Phillies after he was hit in the left arm with a pitch.

Marte was hit in the arm by a pitch from A.J. Burnett in the second inning. He remained in the game initially, but left before the bottom of the third inning, with Travis Snider sliding over to left field and Gregory Polanco entering the game to play right field. The issue is being described as “discomfort” and he’s receiving treatment.

Losing Marte for any length of time would be tough for the Pirates, as the 25-year-old has been one of the hottest hitters in the game since returning from a concussion in early August. He’s batting .362/.426/.598 with 17 extra-base hits (six home runs), 16 RBI, five stolen bases, and 25 runs scored over his last 34 games.

Gerrit Cole second-fastest to 200 strikeouts in a season

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Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.

It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.

Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.