Video: Kyle Schwarber hits first major league home run

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After going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored in his first major league start last night, Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber launched his first major league home run — a two-run shot — tonight against the Indians. Check it out below:

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The Cubs called Schwarber up this week so he could serve as a DH and third catcher while the team plays in American League ballparks. The expectation is that he’ll be sent down to Triple-A Iowa after the weekend. There’s probably nothing he can do to change that, but Cubs fans are witnessing a heck of a cameo right now.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.