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Video: Mike Trout swats his 250th career home run

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Angels slugger Mike Trout passed a significant career milestone on Saturday, clubbing his 10th home run of the year — and the 250th of his career — off of the Royals’ Jakob Junis in the first inning of the team’s eventual 6-3 win.

The blast, a one-out solo shot to the center field bullpen, was delivered on a 2-2 fastball and registered a projected 473 feet — just four feet shy of Trout’s all-time best mark in the Statcast era.

With his 250th career homer, Trout was added to an exclusive list of American League sluggers who reached that total before their 28th birthdays, becoming the first to do it in nearly two decades. The club of young home run hitters currently includes Jimmie Foxx (who reached the mark in 1934), Mickey Mantle (1959), Juan González (1997), Ken Griffey Jr. (1997), and Álex Rodríguez (2002).

As expected, it’s been another strong year for the seven-time All-Star and two-time MVP: Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .297/.468/.580 with 10 homers, 27 RBI, six stolen bases (in seven chances), and a 1.047 OPS across 186 plate appearances in 2019.

Propelled in part by Trout’s record-setting home run, as well as Shohei Ohtani‘s first homer of 2019, a Kole Calhoun sac fly, and a Jonathan Lucroy RBI double, the Angels clinched a 6-3 win over the Royals to position themselves for the sweep. They’ll face off against southpaw Danny Duffy for the series finale on Sunday at 4:07 PM EDT.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.