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Video: Kendrys Morales ties franchise home run streak

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Blue Jays slugger Kendrys Morales extended his home run streak to six straight games on Saturday, with a two-run shot that put the Jays on the board and tied a franchise record. The auspicious moment arrived in the fourth inning; down 5-0 with a runner on first, Morales unloaded a 387-footer off of Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta that dipped well beyond the fence in center field.

The two-RBI blast was Morales’ 20th home run of the year. He’ll need to hit at least one more ball out of the park during Sunday’s series finale in order to surpass former Blue Jays outfielder Jose Cruz Jr., who crafted a six-game home run streak of his own back in 2001. According to MLB.com’s Ed Eagle, Morales is the second major-leaguer to replicate the feat in 2018 (behind the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter, who wrapped up his streak in mid-July) and the 29th to do it in MLB history. Until Saturday, no American League hitter had completed a six-homer streak in six years.

Even setting aside the ridiculous pace at which Morales has been collecting home runs this summer, it’s been a fairly productive year for the 35-year-old first baseman/DH as he works through the second of three seasons with the Blue Jays. Through the seventh inning of Saturday’s game, he’s batting a modest .261/.339/.475 with an .814 OPS and 0.8 fWAR in 392 plate appearances.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.