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Video: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sets new MLB home run record


It’s been a wild month in Major League Baseball, from the 300th no-hitter in MLB history to a new single-month home run record. Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. helped shatter the latter record on Friday, launching a 436-footer off of a Chris Rusin fastball for the 1,120th major-league home run of the month.

Guerrero’s solo blast — and sixth in 29 career games to date — kicked off a much-needed four-run rally for the Blue Jays in the top of the eighth inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the Rockies’ enormous seven-run lead. Toronto fell 13-6 in the series opener, dropping to a 21-36 record in order to maintain their fourth-place status in the AL East.

Following Guerrero’s record-setting homer, MLB hitters put up an additional 15 home runs to boost the record to 1,135 on the month. Per Sarah Langs of MLB.com, that’s 16 more home runs than the previous mark reached in August 2017 (1,119) and 34 more than the record in June 2017 (1,101).

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.