Matt Kemp becomes the first Padre to hit for the cycle

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Padres outfielder Matt Kemp hit for the cycle on Friday night against the Rockies at Coors Field. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning, singled to lead off the third, hit an RBI double in the seventh, and hit an RBI triple in the ninth. It’s the first cycle in Padres history. The Marlins are the only team remaining without a cycle in team history.

Kemp joins Brock Holt, Shin-Soo Choo, and Adrian Beltre on the list of players to hit for the cycle this season. He’s the first National Leaguer to hit for the cycle since Michael Cuddyer on August 17 last year.

Kemp is currently on a seven-game hitting streak. He’s been much improved in the second half, carrying a .305/.370/.537 batting line with five home runs and 20 RBI in 108 plate appearances since the All-Star break.

Koji Uehara has retired

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Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.

Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.

Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.

Happy trails to an excellent reliever.