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Someone hacked the Padres Facebook account

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Something fun happened with the San Diego Padres overnight.

For a short period, the team’s official Facebook page showed this, which suggested that they had signed free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, to whom they have been linked in rumors for weeks:

It was quickly taken down. A few minutes ago, the team issued a statement:

That’s awful. I mean, it’s exactly what I would say if I had signed Eric Hosmer but then let the cat out of the bag too early, but if what they say is true, yes, that is awful. It’ll now likewise be awfully hard for them to answer some obvious questions that will come their way if they actually do sign Hosmer.

In other news, the Padres probably should change their password. Yes, “Padres123” is easy to remember, but it’s probably best to get something more secure.

Video: Matt Carpenter makes history with three home runs, two doubles

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Matt Carpenter pulled his weight and then some during the Cardinals’ 18-5 win on Friday, becoming just the second player in MLB history to tally three home runs and two doubles in the same game… and the first-ever to do so in the first six innings of a single game.

Carpenter wasted little time getting the Cardinals on the board, first drawing a full count against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, then ricocheting a 92.4-MPH fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a leadoff home run. He returned in the second inning for another two-run shot and capped a seven-run spread in the fifth with an RBI double (his first double of the game was a leadoff hit in the fourth) before polishing off his performance with a third, three-run homer in the sixth.

Following Friday’s explosive five-run, seven-RBI performance, Carpenter is now batting .274/.381/.576 on the year with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and a .957 OPS in 388 PA. The last player to record five extra-base hits in one game was the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who collected four runs and six RBI for the team back in June 2016. As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch pointed out, Carpenter might have set another franchise record for most home runs in a game had interim manager Mike Shildt not removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. The record is still held by former club outfielder Mark Whiten, who collected four home runs (and a staggering 12 RBI) against the Reds in September 1993.