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Dexter Fowler fractures foot on foul ball

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler may be done for the season after fouling a ball off of his left foot during Friday’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates. He suffered the injury in the sixth inning, but stayed on the field through the top of the eighth inning, when he felt a “pop” after running from first to second base. He’s expected to undergo further evaluation on Saturday and is likely to hit the 10-day disabled list, though the team has yet to announce a projected due date for his return.

Prior to his early departure on Friday, Fowler went 2-for-4 against the Pirates with a pair of base hits and a walk. He’s still struggling to raise his numbers from their career-worst totals after producing a .180/.278/.298 batting line, 18 extra-base hits and five stolen bases across 334 plate appearances. It hasn’t helped, of course, that he was sidelined for nearly six weeks after taking a pitch off of his right knee.

While Fowler prepares for a lengthy rehab stint, second baseman Kolten Wong is expected to fill the vacancy on the Cardinals’ roster as he comes off the DL on Saturday. Comments made by club president John Mozeliak indicate that rookie outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill will be given more opportunities in the interim, too, as will Yairo Munoz, who filled in for Fowler on Friday.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.