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Report: Mariners had altercation in clubhouse before Tuesday’s game

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The Mariners are set to continue their home series against the Orioles on Tuesday night. Prior to the game, there was apparently an altercation between some as-yet unknown participants, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Divish says that Dee Gordon asked the media to leave the clubhouse, then shut the door. The incident happened a few minutes later.

Divish added, “We saw bits and pieces of it and heard it. It was mostly guys in a big scrum trying to break it up. Not actually sure who or what it involved. Servais was on the field when it happened. He said he’s trying to find out all the details.”

The Mariners went into the All-Star break on a four-game losing streak and things haven’t improved in the second half. The club has a 19-22 record since the break. The club was in first place in the AL West as recently as June 13 but is now 77-61, eight games out of first place in third place behind the Astros and Athletics. The Mariners are also 5.5 games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card.

The Mariners did win Monday’s contest 2-1, but it wasn’t without strife. Dee Gordon didn’t make the catch on an easy pop fly in the top of the seventh inning, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. There might be some frustration bubbling over in the Mariners’ clubhouse for any number of reasons. We’ll certainly be hearing more about this.

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.