The Justin Upton rumors are growing. The Pirates are interested too.

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Yesterday we heard that Orioles are interested in Justin Upton (or could settle for Carlos Gomez). Today Jon Morosi of Fox adds that the Pirates could be in on that Upton action as well:

The Mercer stuff is based on this earlier report, of course. But really, if they have a bad bat/good glove infielder to cover for Mercer they could add Upton and put him in front of Gregory Polanco, who has hit a paltry .241/.318/.344 this year.

Upton is a free agent after this season and the Padres are unlikely to sign him so they’re clearly willing to send him to a club that’ll use him as a rental.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.