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David Aardsma retires, joins Blue Jays front office


David Aardsma announced that he’s retiring from baseball and joining the Blue Jays as coordinator of player development.

A formality, of course, given that Aardsma has not pitched in the majors since his 2015 stint with Atlanta. He’s somehow still only 36 year-old, though.

At one time he was pretty good. He had a nice stint as the Mariners’ closer in which he saved 69 games from 2009-2010. Beyond that he served in middle relief roles for the Giants, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Braves. He finishes his career with a record of 16-18 with 4.27 ERA and 340/183 K/BB ratio over 337 innings in 331 games.

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’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.