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Kendrys Morales does not homer in eighth consecutive game, falling just shy of major league record

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Blue Jays 1B/DH Kendrys Morales entered Monday’s game against the Orioles having homered in seven consecutive games, setting a franchise record and bringing him to within one game of the major league record. That record of eight consecutive games with a homer is held by Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956).

Morales came to the plate four times in Monday’s 7-0 loss. He struck out to end the first inning, grounded out in the fourth, walked in the sixth, and struck out again in the eighth, ending his streak. Morales is still one of only seven players to have a streak of at least seven consecutive games with a homer. Kevin Mench (2006), Barry Bonds (2004), and Jim Thome (2002) also homered in seven straight games.

Morales may not have his share of the all-time record, but he’s still having a decent season. After Monday’s action, he is batting .261/.342/.480 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI, and 43 runs scored in 401 plate appearances.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.