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New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda stayed red-hot in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals, becoming the first player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in the span of eight games, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Coming off a two-homer performance in Saturday's 3-2 victory, Duda hit a two-run homer off Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann in the third inning of Sunday's game, stretching the Mets' lead to 5-1 as they looked to close out a sweep.

The long ball capped off a three-homer third inning in which the Mets scored all five of their runs, with outfielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Daniel Murphy also going deep.

Prior to Sunday, the Mets last hit three homers in an inning back in June 2007 when Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul Lo Duca went back-to-back-to-back in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, per ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit the 544th double of his career in Monday's 8-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies, tying Derek Jeter for 29th place on the all-time doubles list, per MLB Milestones.

The two-bagger came as part of a three-hit performance, with Beltre also adding two RBI in the narrow defeat.

Although he hasn't been his usual self at the plate this season, the 36-year-old third basemen has fared somewhat better of late, recording 12 hits over 33 at-bats (.364 batting average) in his last eight games.

The hot streak has bumped his batting average for the season to a respectable .261, but his on-base percentage (.293) and slugging percentage (.400) are still far below what the Rangers have come to expect.

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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols made the most of Monday's doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, hitting three home runs in the two games to move past Mike Schmidt for sole possession of 15th place on the all-time home runs list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Entering the day with 546 career home runs, Pujols hit a solo shot off of Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning of Monday's first game, giving the Angels a 7-0 lead on the rookie's final pitch of the day.

Pujols then pulled even with Schmidt at 548 homers when he hit another solo blast—this time off of Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright—in the second inning of the second game.

Pujols is the first Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 1995 to homer in both games of a doubleheader, per MLB Stat of the Day.

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Thanks in large part to his leadoff home run Tuesday night, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout became the fifth-youngest player in MLB history to win multiple All-Star Game MVP awards, according to MLB Stat of the Day.

Trout, who will turn 24 on Aug. 7, also became the youngest player ever to win back-to-back MVP awards in the Midsummer Classic.

Last year, he had two hits in three at-bats at Target Field, notching a double, a triple, a run and two RBI to take home his first MVP award in the game.

Tuesday night, he managed just one hit in three at-bats, but the lone hit was a home run to start the game, and he later drew a walk to spark a two-run rally in the seventh inning.

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished the first half of the season with a 1.39 ERA, the lowest mark for any pitcher with at least 15 starts since Bob Gibson (1.06), Luis Tiant (1.24) and Don Drysdale (1.37) all entered the All-Star break with better ERAs in 1968, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Named as the National League's starting pitcher for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Greinke owns an 8-2 record, 0.84 WHIP and 106-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 123.1 innings (18 starts) to go along with his sterling ERA.

Although he hasn't quite matched the dominant strikeout numbers posted by some of baseball's other elite starters, the 31-year-old righty looks like the early favorite for National League Cy Young honors.

However, he could still face a challenge from Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett. Of course, it would never be wise to count out Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw, who enters the break with a 2.85 ERA that is modest by his own lofty standards.

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The Philadelphia Phillies set an unwanted record during the season's first half, losing 62 games before the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history, per Sportsnet Stats.

Although there was no expectation of the team being competitive this season, the Phillies have arguably still been somewhat disappointing, as they're in a league of their own when it comes to futility.

Sitting at 29-62 through 91 games, the Phillies have a miserable .319 winning percentage, putting them more than 100 percentage points below MLB's second-worst team, the 38-52 Milwaukee Brewers (.422).

The Phillies have scored a National League-worst 309 runs and allowed an MLB-high 468 runs. Only the Chicago White Sox have plated fewer runs, and even the Colorado Rockies—who play at Coors Field—have surrendered fewer.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez recorded the 3,020th hit of his career in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox, tying Rafael Palmeiro for 25th place on the all-time hits list, per Sportsnet Stats.

After flying out and grounding out in his first two at-bats of Sunday's game, Rodriguez made his 3,020th hit count, lacing an RBI double to left-center field off Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley in the sixth inning, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead that they would never relinquish.

Although he won't be going to Cincinnati for the All-Star Game, Rodriguez made a strong statistical case for a nomination during the first half of the season, producing 18 home runs, 51 RBI and 48 runs, not to mention an excellent .278/.382/.515 batting line.

Perhaps most surprising of all, the soon-to-be 40-year-old has played 81 of the Yankees' first 88 games, showing no signs of physical or mental rust from his lengthy suspension.

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New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out of nowhere to have a shockingly productive game in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the first player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a home game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Coming off back-to-back three-homer seasons, Nieuwenhuis entered Sunday's game with a .106 batting average through 66 at-bats, still searching for his first long ball of the year.

He opened Sunday's scoring in his first at-bat, with a solo home run that just barely made it over the left field fence off Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa in the second inning. The homer was reviewed and confirmed, giving Nieuwenhuis his first round-tripper since Sept. 3 of last season.

He then left no doubt in his second at-bat of Sunday's game, crushing a two-run homer to left-center field off De La Rosa to give the Mets a 4-1 lead in the third inning.

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier recorded his 47th extra-base hit of the season during Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, setting a franchise record for most extra-base hits before the All-Star break, per MLB Stat of the Day.

He made the milestone count, with his two-run homer giving the Twins a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, eventually helping the team complete a three-game series sweep of the Orioles.

Dozier leads the Twins in home runs (18) and doubles (26) this season, while his three triples are tied for second-most on the team behind shortstop Danny Santana's four.

Dozier's .520 slugging percentage is easily the best among the Twins' regular players. Only rookie third baseman/designated hitter Miguel Sano (.682) tops him in this category, and he has only logged 22 at-bats so far.

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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez recorded the 367th save of his career in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves, tying Jeff Reardon for eighth place on the all-time saves list, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Rodriguez entered with a one-run lead at the beginning of the ninth inning, giving up an infield single to Braves infielder Pedro Ciriaco to start the frame.

However, the rally was quickly exterminated, with Braves second baseman Jace Peterson going down on strikes, followed by Ciriaco getting thrown out in an attempt to steal second base.

Rodriguez closed things out by inducing a flyout from Braves outfielder Cameron Maybin, allowing the Brewers to avoid a three-game home sweep.