Orioles defeat Alejandro De Aza in arbitration hearing

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Alejandro De Aza will make a $5 million salary in 2015 after the Orioles defeated the outfielder in an arbitration hearing, reports Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.

De Aza, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, filed at $5.65 million when figures were exchanged last month. The two sides went to a hearing despite the minor gap between them and the arbitration panel ultimately ruled in favor of the team.

De Aza turns 31 in April and batted .293/.341/.537 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games after coming over from the White Sox last August. He figures to see at least part-time duty in Baltimore’s outfield this season.

Video: Aristides Aquino becomes fastest player to 10 home runs in MLB history

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There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.

The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)

So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).