Aristides Aquino matches NL rookie record for homers in a month

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According to Elias Sports Bureau, Reds outfielder tied a National League rookie record for home runs in a calendar month, blasting his 13th August dinger in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins. The three-run shot, off of Sandy Alcantara, opened the scoring.

Aquino, who debuted on August 1, tied Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger, who hit 13 homers in June 2017. The major league record is 18, held by Rudy York who racked ’em up in August 1937.

Along with the 13 dingers, Aquino is batting .315/.384/.787 with 29 RBI and 19 runs scored in 99 plate appearances. To quote Larry David, that’s prettay, prettay, prettay, prettay good.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.