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Scott Kazmir exits rehab start after getting only two outs


Update (9:53 PM EDT): J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports that Kazmir exacerbated his neck and ribcage injury that forced him on the disabled list.


Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, making a rehab start on Wednesday night with Triple-A Oklahoma City, couldn’t escape the first inning before walking off the field with a trainer, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kazmir walked two, hit two batters, and allowed a three-run home run before being replaced by Lisalverto Bonilla.

It’s not clear exactly what is wrong with Kazmir, but he was rehabbing a neck injury, so he could have reaggravated it. The Dodgers should provide an update before the night is over.

Kazmir hasn’t pitched since August 22. In 25 starts with the Dodgers this season, the 32-year-old lefty has a 4.59 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.