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J.D. Martinez hits 16th home run in September, tying NL record

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Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez hit yet another home run in Wednesday’s 4-3 walk-off win against the Giants. His solo shot came in the bottom of the ninth inning with the D-Backs trailing 3-1 against Sam Dyson.

It’s the 16th home run Martinez hit in the month of September, tying the National League record held by Ralph Kiner (1949, Pirates). If Martinez hits another home run before the end of the month, he’ll match the major league record held by Albert Belle (1995, Indians) and Babe Ruth (1927, Yankees).

Since joining the Diamondbacks from the Tigers, Martinez is batting .306/.372/.761 with 29 home runs, 65 RBI, and 47 runs scored in 247 plate appearances across 59 games.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.