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Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Kemp recorded the 1,500th hit of his career in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, doing the honors with his first of two hits for the night, a lead-off double in the bottom of the second inning, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Kemp quickly came around to score the Braves' first run of the game when the next batter, catcher Tyler Flowers, hit an RBI single to center field to cut Washington's early lead to 5-1

The 31-year-old outfielder later added a single in the bottom of the sixth, pushing fellow outfielder Nick Markakis into scoring position, which later allowed Atlanta to chop the lead to 5-2.

Ultimately unable to get anything else going against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, the Braves lost 7-2 to drop to 56-91 for the season.

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz moved past Frank Robinson to take sole possession of 11th place on the all-time extra-base hits list during Friday's 7-4 win over the New York Yankees, leading off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to deep center field, per Sportsnet Stats.

Ortiz later came around to score on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Travis Shaw, extending Boston's lead to 4-2 at the time.

Earlier in the game, Ortiz had kicked off the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first, helping the Red Sox jump out to an early 2-0 lead in their first turn at the plate.

Now boasting 1,187 extra-base hits in his 20-year career, Ortiz sits one ahead of Robinson (1,186) and just three behind 10th-place Lou Gehrig (1,190).

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When Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith takes the field for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, he will have a chance to earn multiple career milestones. With 49 receiving yards, he will become the 11th player to crack 14,000 career receiving yards, while 54 receiving yards would move him past James Lofton (14,004) for 10th overall on the all-time list, per Pro-Football-Reference.

Set to retire following the 2015 season, Smith suffered a back, knee and finally an Achilles injury that cost that cost him the remainder of the campaign after playing in just seven games total.

Given his toughness, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the 37-year-old wideout will give it another go, looking to end his career on a high note. 

Smith has been heavily relied upon throughout the majority of his career, and it's possible that will be the case again in 2016 if he can get and stay healthy. The Ravens have mostly unproved and/or declining wideout options, with the likes of Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman joining Smith near the top of the depth chart.

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With his third touchdown pass in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tied Vinny Testaverde for 12th on the all-time list with 275, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While they are tied, Testaverde saw action in parts of 21 different seasons to reach that total (but didn't start the entire time), whereas Big Ben is in just his 13th NFL campaign and likely has plenty left in the tank to continue his career. Also notable is that in the process of tying Testaverde via those three touchdowns, Roethlisberger passed Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

Notable changes have occurred since Testaverde's time in the league, as evidenced by the fact that Roethlisberger has connected with Antonio Brown (in just his seventh season) over 500 times, reaching that milestone Monday night as well, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Even without targets like the retired Heath Miller, Ladarius Green (ankle) and Martavis Bryant (suspension) in 2016, Roethlisberger opened the season on a strong note once again, finishing Week 1 against Washington with 27 completions for 300 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on a modest 37 pass attempts.

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Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald became just the 10th receiver in NFL history to reach 100 career receiving touchdowns during Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The veteran drew one touchdown closer in the second quarter of the contest, hauling in a three-yard pass from Carson Palmer for the 99th of his career. The touchdown also moved the Cardinals to within three of New England at 10-7.

His second touchdown of the night came in the final stanza of Sunday's tilt, a one-yard pass from Palmer that put the Cardinals ahead 21-20 with 9:46 remaining in the game. The Cardinals were unable to hold the lead and wound up losing 23-21 on a missed field goal in the closing seconds of the game.

While Fitzgerald is certainly old in terms of NFL players (33), he recently shrugged off a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that suggested 2016 would be his final season in the NFL. He backed that up with a strong performance in Week 1, catching eight of the 10 passes thrown his way for 81 yards and the two touchdowns mentioned earlier.

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Larry Fitzgerald had a career year in 2015 and put himself in prime position to move up the record books in 2016. With Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals offense ready for another big year, Fitzgerald could pass his boyhood idol Cris Carter in numerous categories and place himself as an all-time top-10 wide receiver.

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New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes enjoyed a pair of big performances Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the first player all season to record back-to-back games in which he both hit a home run and stole a base, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Following a day off Thursday, the 33-year-old infielder will look to make it three games in a row—however unlikely that may bewhen the Mets start a three-game road series against the hapless Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Best known for his first tenure with the Mets, which lasted from 2003 to 2011, the former All-Star played for three different teams between 2012 and 2015, spending time with the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies.

Coming off a down 2015 season and facing an extended suspension for a domestic violence incident, Reyes seemed to be in serious danger of falling off the MLB radar this year, despite having two seasons remaining on the six-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2012 campaign.

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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays combined for an unusual feat in Thursday's game at Yankee Stadium, playing the first MLB contest all season that included multi-homer efforts from three different players, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Completing the feat were Yankees catcher Brian McCann, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and Rays outfielder Steven Souza, with each player contributing two apiece.

Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin also went deep for a walk-off win at the bottom of the ninth inning, but despite the total of seven home runs, Thursday's game ended with a reasonable 5-4 score in favor of the Bronx Bombers.

Each of the seven homers was a solo job, with the game's other two runs—both scored by New York—coming on an RBI single and an error at the bottom of the first inning.

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Carolina Panthers punter Andy Lee broke the franchise record for longest punt during Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, with his 76-yarder besting the old record of 73, set by Todd Sauerbrun back in 2011, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While clearly aided by the thin Denver air, Lee impressively booted the ball that far without any assistance from a bounce.

With Carolina facing a 4th-and-10 from its own 11-yard line midway through the quarter, Lee hit an absolute boomer that was caught by Broncos wide receiver/return man Jordan Norwood at the Denver 13-yard line.

Though he obviously had some room to run, Norwood only managed 11 yards on the return, bringing the ball up to the 24-yard line.

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Unquestionably the top goal-line running threat in the history of his position, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton cemented his status in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, taking sole possession of the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, per Sportsnet Stats.

Newton entered the night tied with Hall of Famer Steve Young at 43 career rushing scores, leaving little doubt the 27-year-old would have the record for his own within the first weeks of the season.

Apparently not interested in waiting too long, Newton scampered around the right side for a two-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, giving him sole possession of the all-time quarterback record for rushing touchdowns (44) in a career.

The play broke a 7-7 tie and gave Carolina a 14-7 lead, which was extended to 17-7 by halftime on a field goal by kicker Graham Gano.