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Blue Jays replace Devon Travis on the postseason roster

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The Blue Jays have officially received permission from Major League Baseball to replace second baseman Devon Travis on their postseason roster, per reports from MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. During the fifth inning of Friday’s ALCS opener, Travis was pulled after suffering apparent discomfort in his right knee. What was originally thought to be re-aggravation of a bone bruise Travis sustained weeks earlier was revealed to be a new injury, though Toronto GM Ross Atkins did not disclose the particulars of Travis’ condition when the roster announcement was made.

The additional damage done to Travis’ knee was key to MLB’s approval of the swap. As Chisholm reported, the league was within its rights to refuse the accommodation if the bone bruise had worsened with no sign of further injury. Atkins clarified that the two injuries were in roughly the same spot, though of a distinct enough nature that they could be classified as separate injuries.

With Travis sidelined through the end of the postseason, the Blue Jays will fill the roster opening with first baseman Justin Smoak. Smoak hit .217/.314/.391 with 14 home runs in 341 PA with the Jays during the 2016 season.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.