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Ronald Acuña hits leadoff home run for third consecutive game

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña hit leadoff home runs in both games of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins, becoming the first hitter to accomplish that specific feat since the Orioles’ Brady Anderson on August 21, 1999. Acuña kept it going, hitting another leadoff home run to kick off Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. Acuña jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Trevor Richards, blasting it into the seats in left field.

The 20-year-old has also homered in five consecutive games and in seven of his last eight games. He is the youngest player in baseball history to homer in five straight games. Acuña is the first Brave to homer in five straight games since Brian McCann in 2006.

After his first-inning home run, Acuña is hitting .285/.344/.565 with 18 home runs, 40 RBI, and 48 runs scored in 285 plate appearances.

The Braves entered Tuesday’s action one game ahead of the Phillies in the NL East. With the Phillies hosting the Red Sox — baseball’s best team — for a two-game series, the Braves could pick up a couple more games in the standings.

Indians unveil red alternate jersey, Wahoo-free caps

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The Cleveland Indians unveiled a new alternate home jersey today. It’s a red top with a script “Indians” on the front. It’ll be worn for occasional home games next year. It’ll be the first time the Indians have worn red jerseys since the 1970s, though these are not throwbacks to those Buddy Bell/Boog Powell-era kits they once wore, as you can see below. 

The Indians also unveiled their other uniforms. They’re basically identical to what they’ve worn in the past, except no Chief Wahoo, who has been phased out of the team’s livery. A block C has replaced Wahoo on the cap, with both the red-bill and the solid blue block C continuing. Jersey patches of Wahoo are gone too, replaced for this year by the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. No word on what they’ll do for a patch beyond that. 

Overall it’s a modest upgrade rather than than the total redesign that they might’ve done given that they had to change caps and stuff anyway, but anything without Wahoo his welcome.

 

Cleveland’s caps as well as its home and road jerseys will feature the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. Cleveland is hosting the 75th event in July.

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