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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.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.