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Watch: Giancarlo Stanton hits his 250th career home run

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There’s not much we can say about Giancarlo Stanton‘s incorrigible home run habit that hasn’t been said before. On Friday night, he hit the 40-home run mark for the first time in his career and has been steadily increasing his tally since then, tacking on No. 41 during Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Rockies and adding No. 42 on Sunday.

Stanton’s league-leading 42nd blast came on a 3-2 pitch from German Marquez in the third inning, tying the game 3-3 on an opposite-field 359-footer that just cleared the right field wall.

It wasn’t the farthest or hardest-hit ball of Stanton’s season — those distinctions go to a 447-foot homer off of R.A. Dickey and a 118.7-MPH double back in May — but it still put the slugger in rare company. His 42 home runs not only lead all qualified Major League batters, but tie Gary Sheffield’s 1996 franchise record for most single-season home runs.

The blast also marked Stanton’s 250th career home run, placing him within a rare group of batters who accomplished the feat by age 27 (via MLB Stat of the Day). It took him just 941 games to reach the milestone knock, outpacing all but Ryan Howard, Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew, Albert Pujols and Juan Gonzalez.

Mike Aviles helped retake the lead in the fourth inning, piggybacking on Stanton’s impressive feat with a two-run double off of Marquez. The Marlins currently lead the Rockies 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.