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Red Sox place Christian Vazquez on 10-day disabled list

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Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger, according to a team announcement on Sunday. In a series of corresponding moves, right-handers William Cuevas and Ryan Brasier have been selected from Triple-A Pawtucket, while righty Austin Maddox (right shoulder injury) has been transferred to the 60-day DL and Brian Johnson (left hip inflammation) has been assigned to the 10-day DL as well.

Vazquez sustained the injury while sliding into second on a stolen base attempt during the seventh inning of Saturday’s 15-4 win over the Royals. He remained in the game through the end of the inning, but was unable to come back out for the eighth and was soon replaced by Sandy Leon behind the dish. Per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, he’ll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and the length of what already appears to be a long recovery process.

Prior to his exit on Saturday, the 27-year-old catcher went 1-for-4 with a two-run single against the Royals. He’s currently batting a career-low .213/.249/.300 with three home runs and a .548 OPS through 218 plate appearances. While Vazquez works his way back to the field this summer, Leon is expected to receive the lion’s share of starts behind the plate, with Blake Swihart moving into the primary backup role.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.