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Two minor league players hit for the cycle in the same game

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Here’s something you don’t see every day. Or, like, any day.

Tyler Maun of MiLB.com reports that two players on the Class-A San Jose Giants hit for the cycle in the same game last night. The players: Gio Brusa and Jalen Miller. The Giants beat the Lancaster JetHawks 18-6 as the Brusa had four hits and Miller had five in all. Miller was the Giants’ third round pick in 2015. Brusa was a sixth round pick in 2016.

Maun could not find any examples of two cycles being hit by teammates in the same game. The closest he could find was when two players in the entire league hit for the cycle on the same day, once in 1920 and once in 2008.

Pretty neat.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.