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Rhys Hoskins ties major league record with eighth homer through first 15 games

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The Phillies lost 9-8 to the Marlins on Thursday afternoon, running their record to 3-9 over their last 12 games. Outfielder Rhys Hoskins continues to hit, though, as he smacked his eighth homer, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning off of Vance Worley which knotted the game at one apiece.

Eight homers through his first 15 games matches a major league record also held by Carlos Delgado and Trevor Story. Along with the eight dingers, Hoskins has 19 RBI, 13 runs scored, and a .283/.406/.755 triple-slash line in 64 plate appearances.

Many wondered if Hoskins’ success in the minors would translate to the majors. In the early going, it has. He hit 38 home runs and knocked in 116 runs for Double-A Reading last year. He smacked 29 dingers and drove in 91 runs at Triple-A this year before his promotion to the bigs.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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