Video: Ramón Laureano throws out yet another runner

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Athletics outfielder Ramón Laureano is making himself a household name. The 24-year-old threw out three Red Sox runners during a four-game series last week, helping the A’s win three of those contests.

The Orioles, apparently, didn’t get the memo about Laureano. With runners on first and second and no outs in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday night, Joey Rickard lined a single to shallow left-center off of Brett Anderson. The lead runner, Richie Martin, decided to test Laureano’s arm, which was a mistake. Laureano made his characteristic strong throw on one hop to catcher Josh Phegley, who applied the tag for the first out. The Orioles would fail to score in the third inning.

Laureano already has four outfield assists on the season, most among outfielders. He had nine last year in only 385 2/3 defensive innings, tied for 19th-most among outfielders. On a per-inning basis, Laureano had the highest rate of assists, averaging one per 43 defensive innings. Rickard ranked second with one every 64 innings; he had eight total in 514 2/3 innings.

Twins reach historic home run total during 11-4 rout of White Sox

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The Twins trampled the White Sox on Friday night, cruising to a cool 11-4 lead over their division rivals and collecting their sixth double-digit win of 2019. Even more impressive, they picked up their 99th, 100th, and 101st home runs, a feat that’s rarely been matched in a team’s first 50 games of any given season.

The first homer of the night was delivered by Eddie Rosario in the third inning. Working against a single-run deficit, Rosario lifted an 0-1 fastball from the White Sox’ Reynaldo López, planting it firmly in the left field stands and evening the score, 4-4. Two batters later, Rosario’s solo home run got a sequel: a 398-footer from Miguel Sanó, this one postmarked for the upper deck in left.

In the fourth, now leading 5-4, the Twins saw a third and final homer from the bat of Max Kepler, whose center-field blast traveled a projected 397 feet to give the club a two-run advantage. Per MLB Stats, the Twins’ record — 101 homers in 50 games — stands second only to that of the 1999 Mariners, who managed to club 102 home runs before their 51st game of the season.

While the record has undoubtedly been a team effort, Rosario leads the pack with a team-best 15 homers so far this year, closely followed by C.J. Cron (13), Max Kepler (11), and Jonathan Schoop (10). Sanó, whose solo shot marked the team’s 100th home run of 2019, has just five, though there’s little doubt he’ll reach double digits before the end of the season.

According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, the Twins also made it to an even 300 runs scored in 2019, for a satisfying average of six runs per game and a new franchise record (previous high mark: 273 runs scored in 1992). With the win, they improved to 34-16 on the year and continue to hold a comfortable eight-game lead in the AL Central.