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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.

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.