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Twins reach new single-season record with 226th home run

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It’s been quite the year for the Twins, who are currently positioned to upstage the 2018 Yankees for most home runs hit in a single MLB season. In the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Indians, they reached a collective 226 home runs with Eddie Rosario‘s leadoff home run off of right-hander Shane Bieber, shattering the standing franchise record set for single-season homers in 1963.

Rosario was the second Twins player to club a home run on Friday, preceded by Jason Castro‘s solo homer in the fifth. The 408-foot blast marked Rosario’s 25th home run of the 2019 season; while it was a significant one, he still holds the third-most homers behind team leader Nelson Cruz (32) and Max Kepler (31).

Behind Minnesota’s impressive 226-HR mark, the Yankees are a not-too-distant second with 208 dingers, while the Astros and Dodgers are tied for third in the league with 192 apiece. Given ample time and talent, however, the Twins appear unlikely to relinquish their first-place status anytime soon — especially if the recently-injured Nelson Cruz makes his way back into the lineup before the end of the month.