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Tyler Saladino first to hit grand slams on back-to-back days since Jorge Posada

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In the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday night’s game against the Reds, Brewers second baseman Tyler Saladino hit what appeared to be a back-breaking, go-ahead grand slam off of Raisel Iglesias. Eugenio Suárez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth to put the Reds back in front for good.

Saladino has now hit grand slams in back-to-back games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first to accomplish that feat since former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada on June 12 and 13, 2010 against the Astros.

Saladino’s grand slam on Sunday came in the fourth inning against Alex Young, tying the game at 4-4. The Brewers would go on to win 7-4.

After Monday’s performance, the 30-year-old is batting a meager .130/.190/.241 in 58 plate appearances this season. He has certainly made his productive swings count.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.