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Giancarlo Stanton becomes first NL player since 2007 with a 50-homer season

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday became the first player to have a 50-homer season since 2013. Stanton broke a 2-2 tie with the Padres in the bottom of the eighth inning, scorching a 2-1 slider from Clayton Richard to straightaway center field for a two-run home run. The Marlins went on to win 6-2.

Stanton, of course, furthers his single-season franchise record for home runs. He is the first player to have a 50-homer season since the Orioles’ Chris Davis hit 53 in 2013. He’s the first National League player to have a 50-homer season since Prince Fielder in 2007 with the Brewers. Stanton also has 17 home runs in August, becoming the first player with that many in a month since Sammy Sosa hit 17 in August 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info.

With 129 games in the books, Stanton is on pace to finish the season with 63 home runs.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.