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Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs on Tuesday against the Rockies

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If you thought you hadn’t heard much about Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, you’d be right. The 29-year-old, who has had a top-five finish in NL MVP Award balloting in each of the last four seasons (including a first place finish in 2013), entered Tuesday’s game in Colorado batting a meager .213/.337/.347 with a pair of homers and five RBI in 89 plate appearances.

McCutchen fixed that lackluster slugging percentage quickly, blasting three home runs against the Rockies. The first was a solo shot off of Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa to stake the Pirates to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. He added another solo shot off of De La Rosa in the second inning to push the Pirates’ lead to 4-0, then swatted a three run shot to right field off of Christian Bergman in the sixth inning, pushing the Pirates’ lead to 7-3.

It’s the second three-homer game of McCutchen’s career. The other one came on August 1, 2009 against the Nationals. McCutchen is the fourth Pirate with two or more three-homer games, joining Willie Stargell (four), Ralph Kiner (four), and Roberto Clemente (two).

Following the 3-for-5 performance on Tuesday, McCutchen now has five home runs, 10 RBI, and a .237/.351/.475 triple-slash line.

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.