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While not quite able to lead his team to a season-opening victory, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did set an NFL record in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, becoming the first player in league history to record 32 regular-season appearances with both a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, per Sportsnet Stats.

Previously tied at 31 such games with Hall of Famer Steve Young, the 27-year-old Newton got things started with a 14-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on Carolina's opening drive, giving the team an early 7-0 lead.

Two drives later, this time late in the second quarter, Newton outraced a couple of defenders to the right pylon for a two-yard rushing touchdown, thereby passing Young for sole possession of first place in the record books.

Unfortunately for Panthers fans, the team failed to reach the end zone for the rest of the night, getting its remaining points on a pair of field goals by kicker Graham Gano.

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols enters Friday's game against the Texas Rangers with 29 home runs for the season, needing just one more to become the fourth player in major league history to record 14 or more seasons with 30 or more home runs, per Sportsnet Stats.

Already universally regarded as one of the best right-handed batters of all time, the 36-year-old slugger should soon find himself in rather fine company, joining Hank Aaron (15 30-plus-homer seasons), Alex Rodriguez (15) and Barry Bonds (14), per Baseball Almanac.

Pujols has had 13 such seasons, tying him with Babe Ruth and Mike Schmidt for fourth-most in major league history.

While still productive in the power department, the Angels' high-priced DH has otherwise seen his production tail off, even after accounting for his recent hot streak.

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The Class of 2004—Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers—is widely accepted as one of the best quarterback classes in history.

This year, all three signal-callers have a chance to pass 45,000 yards and 300 touchdowns for their careers.

Does that put them in the Hall of Fame?

Check out the numbers in this video and decide for yourself.

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When you think of Drew Brees, do you think of one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks? Is he as good as Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre?

If you look inside the numbers, the New Orleans Saints legend is up there with all those Hall of Fame quarterbacks. And in 2016, he'll likely pass Dan Marino in passing yards—meaning Brees will have better passing numbers than him in every single major category.

After 2016, can we call Brees a better quarterback than Marino?

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz moved up another notch on the all-time home run list in Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, joining former Red Sox slugger Jimmie Foxx in a tie for 18th place at 534 career home runs, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 40-year-old smacked a 420-foot solo shot to center field off Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning, cutting an early lead to 2-1 in a game Kansas City would eventually run away with.

Held hitless in his other three at-bats, Ortiz grounded into a pair of double plays that killed rallies in the first and fifth innings.

The aging slugger has recovered nicely from an early-August slump, though, now boasting a .314 batting average, six home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games this month.

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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his 20th home run of the season in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, becoming the first player in Royals history to record multiple 20-homer seasons while primarily playing behind the plate, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Perez's milestone blast came in the second inning of Sunday's game, with the 26-year-old backstop taking Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez over the Green Monster to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

Although the lead widened to 2-0 by the end of the frame, the Red Sox bounced back with four runs between the fourth and fifth innings before an eight-run sixth inning by the Royals eventually quieted them.

Perez also contributed to the massive inning, drawing a walk to load the bases with nobody out while the Royals were still trailing by two runs.

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The San Francisco Giants accomplished a rare feat in Sunday's 13-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, joining the Cleveland Indians as the only teams to record three triples in an inning this season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Sunday's outburst occurred during an eight-run seventh inning, with shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielders Jarrett Parker and Conor Gillaspie each contributing three-baggers.

San Francisco finished the inning with seven hits, three walks and a hit batsman, highlighted by Parker's two-run triple, Eduardo Nunez's solo home run and Gorkys Hernandez's two-run double.

The massive rally turned a 5-3 lead into a 13-3 rout, though the Braves did bounce back with a lone run later on.

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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson recorded the first three-homer game of his career in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins, becoming the 16th player in franchise history to go deep three times in a single game, per Sportsnet Stats.

Ten of those 16 players have accomplished the feat in a home game, with Donaldson joined by Edwin Encarnacion, John Buck, Frank Thomas, Vernon Wells, Carlos Delgado, Chris Woodward, Joe Carter, Ernie Whitt and Otto Velez, per Sportsnet Stats.

While most of those players enjoyed extended stints hitting in the middle of Toronto's lineup, Woodward never reached 400 plate appearances in his 12 big league seasons, and Buck only played one season (2010) with the Jays, though it did end up as the finest campaign (20 homers) of his 11-year career.

It's a bit surprising that it took so long for Donaldson to homer three times in a game, as the 2015 American League MVP has gone deep at least 24 times in each of the last three seasons, topping out at 41 last year.

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When Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell knocked one over the fence in the second inning of last Monday's game against the San Diego Padres, it made him just the third shortstop in franchise history to collect 80 RBI in a single season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The youngster joined Roy Smalley Jr. (in 1950) and Ernie Banks, who reached the total in each of his seven full seasons as Chicago's shortstop, per Baseball-Reference.com. Russell certainly has a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as Banks, but the 22-year-old is off to a good start in his young career.

With his improvement at the plate this season, Russell has entrenched himself in the middle of one of baseball's best lineups in 2016. Entering Monday's (Aug. 29) action, the Cubs trail just the Boston Red Sox (704) and Colorado Rockies (686) in runs scored this season, totaling 655.

With offseason free-agent acquisition Jason Heyward turning in a bust of a 2016 campaign, the Cubs needed someone to step up, and Russell has done so.

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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols owns 585 career home runs, placing him 10th on the all-time list with two more than notorious slugger Mark McGwire (583), per Baseball-Reference.com.

Nicknamed The Machine for his yearly consistency at the plate (also earning him a SportsCenter commercial), Pujols has played fewer than 100 games just once in his 16-year career—falling one game shy of the mark in 2013.

Pujols' accomplishments at the plate earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 2001 and three MVP awards (2005, 2008, 2009), but he wasn't a slouch defensively, either. The 36-year-old has taken home two Gold Gloves as well. 

While his age has finally caught up to him and forced him to serve the majority of his games at designated hitter for the Angels, it's just the first time in his career that's been the case.