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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.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.