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Video: Giancarlo Stanton hits home run No. 58 [Update: and 59]

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Update: Stanton hit No. 59, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Rex Brothers.

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was looking like a sure bet to reach 60 home runs, but he hit the skids these last few days, going a homerless 2-for-14 in the final game of a three-game set in Arizona and all three games at Coors Field against the Rockies.

Stanton got back on track on Thursday evening, blasting his 58th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning at home against Braves starter Julio Teheran. The Marlins were already leading 4-0 and the bases were empty with two outs when Stanton lifted a first-pitch breaking ball out to left-center field.

The Marlins have three more games remaining against the Braves before the season ends, but hitting two more home runs in three games is certainly something Stanton is capable of doing. Along with the major league-best 58 home runs, Stanton is batting .277/.374/.630 with 127 RBI and 120 runs scored in 676 plate appearances.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.