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Astros place Brian McCann on the disabled list

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The Houston Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day disabled list with right knee soreness.

McCann played yesterday but he sat out on Friday and Saturday. He’s 0-for-his-last-13, so something’s not right. In the meantime, the Astros are calling up Tim Federowicz to take McCann’s place on the roster. Figure that Max Stassi will see most of the playing time behind the plate in McCann’s absence. Stassi has hit well in limited playing time, with a line of .300/.371/.525 and four homers in 89 plate appearances.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.