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Aristides Aquino sets record with ninth home home run in 13th game

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Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino has done nothing but swat home runs since being called up to the majors at the beginning of the month. The 25-year-old drilled his ninth home run in his 13th game of the season on Wednesday during a blowout loss to the Nationals. It was a solo blast to right field off of Javy Guerra that, unfortunately for him, came with his team trailing 17-4 in the seventh inning.

According to Elias Sports, Aquino is the first player since 1900 to hit nine home runs in his first 13 games. Rockies shortstop Trevor Story previously held the record with eight home runs in his first 13 games in 2016.

The Reds went on to lose 17-7. Aquino finished the day 2-for-5 with the homer and a single. Through 47 plate appearances, he’s hitting .386/.426/1.023 with the eight homers, 17 RBI, and 13 runs scored.

The harrowing tale of the end of Bobby Jenks’ baseball career

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Bobby Jenks was a key part of the 2005 world champion White Sox. By 2010, his effectiveness as a closer fell off and he signed with the Boston Red Sox for the 2011 season. He’d pitch in only 19 games that year, suffer a back injury and would never pitch again.

In the year or so after that, we heard that Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence. And then we heard that his back surgery was botched, and his baseball career was over. Then, after years of silence, we learned last spring that Jenks won $5.1 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed his surgery.

We did not, however, know all the details until Bobby Jenks wrote about them at the Players’ Tribune this morning. This is must-click link stuff, folks.

Jenks talks about how a seemingly innocuous pitch to Jorge Posada in an early-season Red Sox-Yankees game in 2011 was the last pitch he’d ever throw. He talks about the presumably simple surgery that would supposedly get him back on the field. And then the scary complications in which he almost died due to leaking spinal fluid resulting from the botched surgery. Then, after using painkillers to deal with back pain, Jenks’ fell into drug addiction, all of which culminated in him finding himself half-naked and crazed in a car that didn’t belong to him with police and rescue workers surrounding him.

Jenks got clean but his wife left him. And then he mounted a multi-year lawsuit during which he learned that the reason his back surgery was screwed up was because the surgeon was performing two surgeries at one time, which is an apparently common practice called “concurrent surgery,” that sounds like it totally should NOT be a common practice.

Yet Jenks has survived. He’s been sober for over seven years and he seems to be in a good place. But boy did he have to go through something harrowing to get there. Definitely take the time to read it.