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Phillies activate Scott Kingery from injured list

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The Phillies activated infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery from the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Rockies. Kingery has been laid up with a right hamstring strain since late April and recently completed a minor league rehab stint in Low-A Lakewood and Double-A Reading. In a corresponding move, outfielder Nick Williams was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kingery, 25, was tested at a variety of positions throughout his rehab assignment and eventually placed in center field for Sunday’s series finale. He entered the game 13-for-35 with six extra-base hits, one stolen base, and six RBI through his first 14 games of the year.

With Williams reassigned to Triple-A, Kingery looks like the only real outfield option left on Philadelphia’s bench. Infielders Phil Gosselin and Sean Rodríguez and backup catcher Andrew Knapp round out the rest of the group, though assistant GM Ned Rice told reporters that he’s comfortable playing Gosselin and Rodríguez at “just about any position.”

While 25-year-old Williams proved a serviceable fourth outfield option through the first few weeks of the season, he was limited to just eight starts and batted a disappointing .180/.231/.262 with three extra bases and four RBI across 65 plate appearances.

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.