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Rhys Hoskins fastest player to 17 home runs in MLB history

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Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies hit yet another home run last night. It was his 17th of the season in just 33 games. The number 17 isn’t exactly round, but that’s a record all the same.

Hoskins is now fastest player in baseball history to hit 17 career homers, reaching the mark in just 33 games. The old record — 42 games — which was held by Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger, set in 1930. What’s more, Hoskins leads all of baseball in homers since he was called up on August 10.

On the year, Hoskins has a batting line of .310/.434/.784, those 17 homers and 37 driven in. That’s obviously not sustainable, but it sure has given Phillies fans without a lot of other reasons to watch their team this year tune in.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.