Photo: Kolten Wong’s jersey was torn completely in half after his walkoff homer

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I was watching the game last night with two houseguests who aren’t really baseball fans. Once, when Jon Jay made that sliding almost-catch in center field, one of my guests wondered how hard it was to get grass stains out of uniforms and then we all mused about whether players change their uniforms in the middle of games if they get particularly messed up. We eventually settled on the notion that jerseys are somewhat disposable and that teams go through lots and lots of them over the course of the year.

Given the relatively new phenomenon of players literally ripping the shirt off the back of guys who hit walkoff homers, I think they’re even more disposable than we thought. Here’s Kolten Wong’s from last night:

Although, to be honest, I guess they’re not literally disposable. I assume someone is gonna pay a lot of money for that one.

Watch: Christian Yelich continues to make a case for NL MVP repeat

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Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.

The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.

While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.

Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.

It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.