The Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals for the All-Star Final Vote

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This is sort of sad, hilarious and scary all at the same time: the Royals have formed an “alliance” with the Cardinals in the All-Star Final Vote thing.

How that even works I have no idea. The Royals fans give Cardinals fans the code to hack the MLB.com voting page? The Cardinals share the Devil Magic which always seems to benefit them to cover the alliance from the more metaphysical side?

More importantly, is there any Cards or Royals fan who really cares so much about the All-Star Final vote that they’d throw in with their cross-state rivals anyway? I don’t know a TON of Cards and Royals fans, but the ones I do tend not to care much for the other side. Folks form St. Louis don’t give a rip if Mike Moustakas makes the All-Star Game. Same with K.C. folks and Carlos Martinez.

But hey, at least some marketing and social media people were kept off the streets today.

UPDATE: So I guess other teams are doing this too, including Tigers/Reds, Yanks/Rockies and Dodgers/Red Sox. Which means it was almost certainly an orchestrated thing from MLB. Wheeee!

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).