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MLB has three straight days with three-homer game

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, for the first time in MLB history, there has been a three-homer game on three consecutive days.

Mets second baseman Robinson Canó hit three homers on Tuesday against the Padres. Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong went deep three times on Wednesday against the Pirates. On Thursday, Twins slugger Nelson Cruz hit a trio of dingers against the White Sox.

Here they are, for your viewing pleasure:

There have now been 14 three-plus-homer games this season, already tied for sixth-most in baseball history. The only seasons with more: 2001 (22), 2016 (19), 1999 (16), 1996 (15), and 1987 (15).

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.