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When Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion took Seattle Mariners pitcher Wade Miley deep in the fourth inning of Sunday's series finale, he surpassed Vernon Wells for third place on the all-time franchise leaderboard for home runs, per ESPN Stats & Info.

With Wells now in the rear-view mirror, Encarnacion (224 home runs) only trails teammate Jose Bautista (255) and Carlos Delgado (336) for the most home runs in Blue Jays history.

Encarnacion and Bautista are both currently playing on the final year of their respective contracts, which could wind up concluding the career of one of the two in Toronto.

Neither of the two is necessarily headed out of town, but that will likely be decided in the offseason. However, the two have had vastly different contract seasons.

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Making just the 43rd appearance and 42nd start of his young MLB career, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard recorded his 300th career strikeout during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, becoming the third-fastest active pitcher (in terms of games played) to reach the 300-K plateau, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Despite having some recent issues with arm fatigue leading up to the All-Star break, Syndergaard was apparently unfazed by a tough road matchup against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, a reigning Cy Young Award winner who has the backing of a lineup that averages more than five runs per game.

The 23-year-old righty proceeded to strike out eight batters while allowing only one run (unearned) on seven hits and two walks, though he did need 105 pitches to make it through just 5.2 innings—which is perfectly excusable when facing a notoriously patient Cubs lineup that leads the majors in walk rate (10.7 percent).

While neither starting pitcher factored into the decision, Syndergaard still owns an impressive 9-4 record in 19 appearances (18 starts) this season, with a 2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and ridiculous 136-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 111.1 innings.

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Suddenly one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols recorded his 54th career multi-homer game in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the first-place Texas Rangers, tying Frank Robinson and Manny Ramirez for 10th place on the all-time list for multi-homer performances, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Although the 2016 season has mostly been a prolonged headache for the underperforming 36-year-old slugger and his non-contending team, there have finally been some signs of life in July, with the Angels winning 10 of their 15 games for the month, including all five contests since the All-Star break.

Pujols actually continued to struggle throughout much of that stretch, going 10 straight games without a home run from July 3 through Saturday, nearly dropping his slugging percentage below .400 in the process.

Naturally, he ended the brief slump in a huge way Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, cranking a pair of home runs that moved him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list for extra-base hits, in addition to giving him 53 multi-homer games.

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New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury broke an obscure record during the first inning of Tuesday's 7-1 thumping of the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the first player in MLB history to reach base on a catcher's interference nine times in a single season, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Stepping up to the plate with nobody on base and one out in the bottom of the first, Ellsbury appeared to hit a routine grounder to Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy on a 1-2 offering from Baltimore starting pitcher Vance Worley.

After briefly glancing backward, the 32-year-old speedster hustled down the first-base line and even came within a half-step of beating the throw, nearly taking advantage of the soft contact that was caused in part by the collision between his bat and Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's glove.

While catcher's interference is often a difficult call, home plate umpire Todd Tichenor didn't have much trouble with this one, as Joseph's catcher's mitt instantly fell off his hand.

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When Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki legged out an infield single in the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the hit represented his third of the day and 2,994th of his MLB career, per MLB.com.

There aren't many players in baseball that can be described by simply using their first name, but Ichiro certainly fits that mold both in uniqueness of name and level of play deserving of the honor.

Unanimously regarded as the greatest MLB player to ever come from Japan, the 42-year-old outfielder started a phenomenon following his migration to the United States in 2001 and instantaneous success at the major-league level.

When discussing his MLB hitting numbers, it's certainly worth noting that he spent nine years playing in Japan prior to leaving his home country. When adding those totals to his 2,994 in the MLB, his total skyrockets to an astounding 4,272 career professional hits.

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman accomplished a rare feat over the weekend, becoming just the fifth hurler in franchise history to win 13 of his first 15 decisions to begin a season, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Tillman needed everything he had to improve to 13-2 in Saturday's 2-1 road win over the Tampa Bay Rays, as Tampa lefty Matt Moore held the powerful Orioles lineup to just two runs on five hits and a walk over 7.1 innings at pitcher-friendly Tropicana Field despite striking out only one of the 27 batters he faced.

Tillman was just a bit better, striking out three batters over seven innings of one-run ball, with the Rays scraping out four hits and three free passes along the way.

The standout Baltimore bullpen held things down from there, as setup man Brad Brach (0.88 ERA, 17 holds) and closer Zach Britton (0.68 ERA, 29 saves) showcased their typical dominant form by tossing a perfect inning apiece.

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Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer saw his historic run come to an end in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals, just barely missing out on a 10th consecutive start allowing either one or zero earned runs, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Only seven pitchers have pieced together streaks longer than Fulmer's nine-gamer, and there have only been 11 instances since 1913 (including Fulmer) of a pitcher going nine or more consecutive starts with one or fewer earned runs allowed, per baseball-reference.com's play index.

The rookie barely missed out on becoming the eighth pitcher with a 10-start streak, as he held the Royals to two runs (both earned) over eight innings in Sunday's affair, eventually forced to settle for a tough-luck no-decision that still left his record at a sterling 9-2.

A supplemental first-round pick (44th overall) of the New York Mets in the 2011 June Amateur Draft, Fulmer joined the Detroit organization as the centerpiece of last summer's blockbuster deal that sent star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets.

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols used a big game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to move past Frank Robinson for sole possession of 10th place on MLB's all-time list for extra-base hits, per MLB Stat of the Day on Twitter.

Pujols entered the game just one shy of Robinson (1,186) with 1,185 career extra-base hits, and the 36-year-old slugger didn't waste any time getting started, smashing a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning off White Sox starting pitcher Jacob Turner.

Although Turner did settle down for the next few frames, Pujols struck again with another two-run homer in his second at-bat, giving the Angels a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning.

The advantage eventually grew to 8-1 in the fifth, with the Angels chasing Turner behind Pujols' pair of homers in addition to a trio of RBI doubles.

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The Washington Nationals played an 18-inning marathon against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, marking the franchise's longest regular-season game since 1989, back when the team was still known as the Montreal Expos, per ESPN Stats & Info.

With right-handed ace Max Scherzer taking the hill at home against Pirates rookie Chad Kuhl, it appeared the Nationals would have a significant advantage in Sunday's contest as they tried to complete a three-game sweep coming out of the All-Star break.

However, Kuhl had different plans entirely, striking out five batters and allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings, eventually exiting with a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI double from outfielder Starling Marte in the top of the sixth.

Scherzer otherwise held the Pirates scoreless over his seven frames, as he struck out seven batters while allowing six hits, a walk and the one run.

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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane became the first American-born player to win the NHL's most prestigious individual award, the Hart Trophy, since Billy Burch last accomplished the feat in 1925, per Sportsnet Stats.

The league's newly deemed most valuable player led the NHL in points (106) and finished second in goals scored (46). When Burch won the award 91 years ago, he totaled 27 points (20 goals and seven assists) in 27 games for the Hamilton Tigers.

According to Sportsnet Stats, Kane accumulated 121 of 150 possible first-place votes. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn received 11 and eight first-place votes, respectively. 

Kane's honor also snapped a 48-year franchise drought without the trophy. The American standout became the first Blackhawk to claim the trophy since Stan Mikita in 1968, per Sportsnet Stats.