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MLB investigating Dr. Lorena Martin’s accusations against Mariners

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In case you missed it last night, Dr. Lorena Martin, who was recently let go as the Mariners’ director of high performance, took to Instagram to accuse members of the team’s front office of making racist comments against foreign-born players.

The Mariners responded, denying Dr. Martin’s claims, calling them “false” and “outrageous.”

It was mot going to end with a she-said, they said, of course, and today Major League Baseball announced that it is wading in. Via Ken Rosenthal:

MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.

To be continued.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.