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Jay Bruce is newest member of 300-home run club

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Only seven active Major Leaguers had done it so far. On Friday, Mariners outfielder Jay Bruce became the eighth player to knock in at least 300 career home runs and 300 doubles, cementing his status with a 416-foot home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs.

The solo blast marked Bruce’s 14th such hit of the year. While he has yet to approach the levels of productivity reached during his 2017 campaign with the Mets, he’s already started to improve on last year’s totals, and finished Friday’s 4-3 win with a .212/.283/.533 batting line, 25 extra bases, 28 RBI, and an .816 OPS through 184 plate appearances.

With his milestone home run, Bruce joins Albert Pujols (642 home runs, 646 doubles), Miguel Cabrera (467, 564), Edwin Encarnación (393, 353), Nelson Cruz (367, 307), Curtis Granderson (338, 337), Ryan Braun (331, 379), and Robinson Canó (314, 547) on the list of active players with 300+ home runs and 300+ doubles. It’s a list that could see some expansion later this season, as Evan Longoria, Justin Upton, and Matt Kemp are nearing the mark as well.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.