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Twins set new MLB record after reaching 200-home run threshold

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Max Kepler helped the Twins to a new MLB record on Friday after swatting a second-inning, three-run home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Cease. With the homer, the Twins reached the 200-HR threshold — not only becoming the first team to do so in 2019, but the fastest in any Major League season to date.

According to MLB.com’s Russell Dorsey and Elias Sports, the last team to hold that record was the 2005 Rangers, who collected their first 200 dingers in 122 games. The 2019 Twins, on the other hand, needed just 103 games to reach that mark.

The Twins’ torrid run has been fueled by the talents of Kepler — who leads the team with 27 — as well as Nelson Cruz (25 home runs), Eddie Rosario (22), Mitch Garver, (19), C.J. Cron (18), Miguel Sanó (17), Jorge Polanco (15), and Jonathan Schoop (15). All told, 10 Twins players have double-digit home run totals so far this season.

For comparison purposes, the Twins entered Friday’s game with a good leg up on the competition. The Dodgers and Yankees approached the weekend tied with 174 total home runs apiece, well below Minnesota’s record-setting total, while the Marlins and Tigers have yet to crest the 100-HR mark with 81 home runs and 90 home runs, respectively.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.