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Twins become first team to hit 300 home runs in a season

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The 2019 season has set all kinds of home run records, thanks in large part to the juiced baseball. With the regular season just about finished, one more record was set. The Twins became the first team in baseball history to hit 300 home runs. The milestone homer was slugged by Jonathan Schoop, a two-run blast in the seventh inning off of José Cisnero. Willians Astudillo added a solo shot in the eighth for No. 301 in the Twins’ 10-4 win over the Tigers.

Before 2019, the team record for home runs was 267 set in 2018 by the Yankees. And before that, it was the 264 homers hit by the 1997 Mariners. This year’s, Yankees, by the way, will also cross the 300-homer threshold as they’re currently at 299. The Yankees are off today so we’ll likely see them join the club on Friday when they open up their season-ending series in Texas against the Rangers.

Both the Twins and Yankees won their divisions. As presently aligned, the Astros would play the winner of the AL Wild Card game while the Twins and Yankees would face each other.

Joey Gallo turns his apartment into a batting cage

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While everything going on these days — the illnesses, the stress on the medical system, the stay-at-home-orders, the loss of mobility and the loss of work — hits poor and working people harder than it does well-paid professional athletes, the jocks have their own set of challenges too.

For example, Dallas, like almost everyplace else, is under stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic. That means that Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo can’t go to Globe Life Field and take his hacks in the batting cage as usual. So what’s a guy in his position to do?

Why, set up a cage in his de-luxe apartment in the sky:

Given how hard Gallo hits the ball, I’m sort of freaking out watching this, worrying that one bad bit of partial contact is going to shatter his windows. But I guess that’s a Joey Gallo problem.