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After demolishing Brazil in one of the most memorable semi-final games in World Cup history, Germany are set to make their record eighth appearance in the final, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Brazil and Germany had previously been tied with seven final appearances apiece, with the winner of Tuesday's game assured of taking sole possession of the record.

It wasn't long before it became clear that Germany would take the record, as Brazil suffered one of the more memorable meltdowns in sporting history, allowing five goals in the first 30 minutes of an eventual 7-1 loss.

Now set to face Lionel Messi's Argentina, the Germans have a shot to tie Italy for second place with four titles.

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had his incredible scoreless streak snapped at 41 innings Thursday night, when San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley hit a solo home run to left-center field in the sixth inning of an eventual 2-1 Dodgers victory.

Kershaw's streak, which had become the subject of significant media attention, was the third-longest in Dodgers history, trailing only the 59-inning run put together by Orel Hershiser in 1988 and the 58-inning streak courtesy of Don Drysdale in 1968, according to the team's official Twitter page.

The pair of aforementioned streaks are the two longest in MLB history, a fitting feat for an organization known for its impressive history of aces.

Kershaw's streak, meanwhile, is tied for fifth-longest in the majors since 1961, according to Eric Stephens of True Blue LA. Hershiser and Drysdale hold down the top two spots, while Bob Gibson had a 47-inning streak for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968, and Brandon Webb had a 42-inning streak with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout stormed his way into the record books Thursday night, using a four-hit performance against the Texas Rangers to become the fastest player in franchise history with 500 career hits, per Angels Director of Communications Eric Kay.

Trout reached the milestone in just 423 games, surpassing the record of 428 games previously held by Garret Anderson.

The 22-year-old outfielder entered Thursday's contest with 498 career hits and proceeded to fill out the box score in a 15-6 blowout victory. Not only did Trout record a hit in four of his five at-bats, but he also finished the night with a home run, three runs and four RBI.

Set to turn 23 August 7, Trout is already shaping up as a threat to take down Anderson's franchise record of 2,368 hits.

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira recorded the 37th multi-homer game of his career in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians, giving him the third-most multi-homer games by a switch-hitter in MLB history, per MLB Stat of the Day on Twitter.

Mickey Mantle and Chipper Jones are the only switch-hitters with more multi-homer games, as Mantle collected 46 and Jones had 40.

Per Baseball Almanac, Mantle's 536 career home runs are the most by any switch-hitter, while Jones' 468 set the standard for the National League. Both sluggers played their entire careers for one team, Jones with the Atlanta Braves and Mantle with the New York Yankees.

While Teixeira can't quite compare to those two in terms of historical impact on the game, it's looking like he will make a run at Mantle's switch-hitter record of 46 multi-homer games.

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After earning the victory in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals improved to 10-6 on the season, giving him double-digit wins before the All-Star break for the third consecutive year. This made him the first Cardinals pitcher to earn 10 or more wins before the break in three straight seasons since Bob Gibson did it in 1968-70, per the team's official Twitter account.

Gibson put together quite the impressive stretch during his streak, as he went on to pick up 20 or more wins in each of those seasons. The right-hander was outright dominant during arguably the best three-year stretch of his career, as he owned a 2.13 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 8.0 K/9 in 103 starts. He also picked up two Cy Young Awards over that time, adding the National League MVP award in 1968.

Lynn's run doesn't quite have the same historical significance, as he only managed to pick up 13 total victories over the second half in those first two seasons combined. Following Wednesday's start, his ERA from 2012-14 sits at 3.71, although he has utilized the strikeout a bit more than Gibson, posting an 8.8 K/9 over that span.

The Cardinals right-hander is a bit notorious for his second-half regression, as shown by his career splits. His ERA increases from 3.54 in the first half to 3.95 in the second half, while his WHIP shoots up to 1.38 from 1.26. His strikeout rate surprisingly improves following the All-Star break, although his win percentage drops roughly 130 points. 

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Reaching 40 stolen bases over the course of a season is an accomplishment in itself, but two players have already managed to reach this mark in the first half of the season—and they are continuing to add to their totals.

Both Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers have swiped 40 or more bags already, and each player has 100-plus hits to go along with his impressive baserunning prowess.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, this season marks the first time since 1986 that multiple players have reached these numbers prior to the All-Star break.

Back in the 1986 season, Rickey Henderson of the New York Yankees collected an incredible 51 stolen bases and racked up exactly 100 hits over 407 plate appearances prior to the Midsummer Classic.

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With an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets emerged victorious after striking out 11 batters over seven shutout innings, improving his record to 2-5 on the season. In the process, deGrom became just the third Mets pitcher to fan 11 or more batters twice in the first 11 starts of his career, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 26-year-old deGrom joins some impressive company in this club, as only Nolan Ryan and Dwight Gooden have struck out 11 batters as a Met in their first 11 MLB starts.

Gooden eventually went on to strike out 1,875 batters while in a Mets uniform, placing him second on the all-time franchise list. Ryan went on to become one of the best pitchers in baseball history, as he eventually ended up as baseball's all-time strikeout leader with 5,714 K's.

Like the aforementioned pitchers, deGrom has been using the strikeout to his advantage during his time in the majors.

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With Tuesday's fourth-inning long ball off the St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Martinez, Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates reached 100 career home runs, per MLB.com. The 415-foot shot was his 14th of the season, resulting in his 43rd and 44th RBI of the year.

Alvarez became the 23rd member of the Pirates to reach this milestone, passing Jeff King on the franchise's all-time list to move into a tie with Garrett Jones for No. 22 overall. Of these 23 names, only three Pirates players have eclipsed the 200-homer mark. Willie Stargell leads the pack with 475 homers, followed by Ralph Kiner (301) and Roberto Clemente (240).

The 27-year-old Alvarez has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, making his MLB debut in 2010. He launched just 20 total homers during his first two seasons in the majors but followed it up by hitting 30 in 2012 and a career-high 36 in 2013. Alvarez hit 24 of those 36 homers in the first half of the 2013 campaign, subsequently representing the National League in his first career trip to the Home Run Derby.

Although Alvarez isn't making as much noise at the plate so far in 2014, he's quietly putting together another productive campaign. While his isolated power (.172) is his lowest since 2011, he has shown more patience at the plate, striking out at a career-low clip of 23.9 percent, according to FanGraphs. Mix that with a career-best 10.7 percent walk rate, and it's easy to see why Alvarez is outperforming his career numbers in terms of batting average (.240) and on-base percentage (.326) this season.

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When Thomas Mueller scored the opening goal in Germany's shocking 7-1 win over Brazil in the semifinals of the World Cup on Tuesday, Paul Carr of ESPN noted that he became just the second player to score five goals in back-to-back World Cups.

Mueller's tied the feat first established by current teammate Miroslav Klose, who scored five goals in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Coincidentally, Klose also scored in Tuesday's win. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this gives him sole possession of the record for most World Cup goals ever scored with 16 after he tied Brazilian star Ronaldo at 15 in Germany's second group-stage match against Ghana.

Mueller scored his first World Cup goal in his first match in the 2010 tournament in South Africa, then added two more in the round of 16 against England. He found the back of the net once more in the quarterfinals against Argentina before scoring his final goal in the third-place game against Uruguay.

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With a goal in the 23rd minute of Germany's shocking 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semifinals of the World Cup on Tuesday, German forward Miroslav Klose became the all-time leader in World Cup goals with 16, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Klose moved ahead of Brazilian star Ronaldo after Klose tied his mark of 15 World Cup goals earlier in the tournament by finding the back of the net as a substitute against Ghana in Germany's second group-stage match.

Playing in his fourth World Cup for Germany, Klose was already just the third player to ever score in four different World Cups, and his start Tuesday solidified another record, as he became the first player to ever play in four consecutive World Cup semifinals, per Infostrada Sports on Twitter.

Klose's World Cup scoring barrage began in 2002 in Japan, when he scored a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He went on to score twice more in the tournament that year, winning the Golden Boot Award.