Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exits game after hit by pitch

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Blue Jays rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. survived a scary moment during Friday’s opener against the Astros. He stepped up to the plate against Houston’s Gerrit Cole in the first inning, but saw just one pitch from the righty before he was drilled in the hand with a 96.3-m.p.h. fastball.

Following a consultation with a team trainer, Guerrero returned to take his post at third base in the bottom of the inning. He then made his exit in the bottom of the second and underwent further evaluation while Eric Sogard subbed in at the hot corner.

While reports returned negative for any fracture in Guerrero’s hand — a definite relief given the potential devastation such news would carry — he’ll likely be day-to-day for the time being. The 20-year-old infielder entered Friday’s game batting a hearty .268/.329/.463 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, and 0.3 fWAR through 164 plate appearances so far in 2019.

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.