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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 7/23/23

Home runs galore on Saturday!

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

The Reds go back-to-back-to-back en route to 4-2 win.

Brandon Pfaadt looked good through five innings on Saturday in his first big league start since late May, at one point retiring 16 consecutive batters. The Reds, however, pounced on him in the sixth with back-to-back-to-back solo home runs from TJ Friedl, Matt McLain, and Jake Fraley. Despite the Diamondbacks fighting back in the ninth for two runs, the Reds would prevail with a 4-2 win.

 

Austin Riley homers in five straight games.

Austin Riley is unstoppable. He’s homered in five straight games, the most recent coming in the third inning of Saturday’s game off Brewers’ starter Adrian Houser. He tied a Braves’ record for most consecutive games with a home run. Can he set a new franchise record tomorrow against Julio Teheran and the Brew Crew?

 

Marcus Semien hits 200th career HR.

32-year-old Marcus Semien is putting together another strong season for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. He hit his 14th home run of the season and 200th of his career on the second pitch he saw in Saturday’s game. Semien’s 422 ft home run came off Dodgers’ rookie Bobby Miller, but it was one of the few bright spots for the Rangers who fell to the Dodgers 16-3.

 

Home runs, home runs, and more home runs!

A few other players also had big days! Freddie Freeman, Triston Casas, Cal Raleigh all had multi-homer games on Saturday.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Milwaukee Brewers promote Sal Frelick.

Call-up videos are my favorite. There’s something so special about not only watching someone’s dream come true but also seeing their peers celebrate like they got the good news. Congrats to Sal Frelick, who went 3-for-3, made two incredible catches in right field, and drove in the eventual game-winning run on a ninth-inning sac fly!

 

Triston McKenzie and Francisco Lindor are gems.

Triston McKenzie took time out of his day to watch post-game fireworks on the field with members of the Boys and Girls Club and sign autographs for kids, and Francisco Lindor met a little girl who was at her first Red Sox game. She was a little shy, but he told her to “be the best Red Sox fan ever.”

 

The tweet of the day goes to @corey_cubs.

As a fan of the Marlins who had the second-best record in the National League at the conclusion of the first half but haven’t won a game since the All-Star Break, I feel this.

 

Mariners gave us the video we didn’t know we needed.

Once again: I will never not post Taylor Swift content.

 

Injuries & Transactions

 

SS Corey Seager goes on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, but he fortunately appears to have missed any serious, structural damage.

3B Nolan Arenado left Saturday’s game after fouling a ball off his leg. Consider him day-to-day.

OF Adolis García left Saturday’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the hand. X-rays were negative and he is still being evaluated.

1B C.J. Cron was scratched from Saturday’s game with lower back stiffness.

1B/OF Andrew Vaughn (bone bruise in foot) hopes to return by Tuesday.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

The Family That Inspires the Rays — Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated

Are Club Teams Killing Baseball? — Sean Roberts, Pitcher List

 

Fantasy Baseball Coverage

 

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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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