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Video: Elvis Andrus steals home against Reds

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Elvis Andrus‘ speed on the basepaths has been well-documented over the years, and during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Reds, he proved his prowess once again. Leading 1-0 with runners on the corners and two outs, the Rangers’ speedster hovered on third base while Rougned Odor faced off against Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle. As Asdrúbal Cabrera broke for second base, catcher Curt Casali fired the ball up the middle, giving Andrus just enough time to sprint home and boost the Rangers’ lead with an insurance run.

While there was some dispute over the legitimacy of the stolen base — home plate ump Jerry Meals initially called Andrus out at the plate — the Rangers challenged the call and had it overturned.

It’s the second time Andrus has stolen home so far this season, and the sixth time he’s done it in his 11-year career in the majors. No other active player has recorded more steals of home so far, though the all-time mark set by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (a jaw-dropping 54 steals in 24 seasons) may be an impossible one to beat at this point.

Following the inning, the Rangers worked up to a much more sizable advantage after breaking out with another four runs off of Odor’s grand slam in the fifth and a Delino DeShields sac fly in the sixth. They currently lead 7-0 in the eighth.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.