Kelvin Herrera’s suspension reduced to six games

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Royals’ reliever Kelvin Herrera had a busy April. He was suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Oakland’s Brett Lawrie and was later suspended for two more games for his role in the brawl with the White Sox in Chicago. He appealed his seven games worth of suspensions, however, and now the decision is out:

Good timing for the Royals, I suppose, as Greg Holland was just activated from the disabled list yesterday. One wonders if the timing of the decision on the suspension appeal was an accident or if this was a matter of MLB trying not to be too dang hard on the Royals.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.