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Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit a solo home run off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Zach Duke in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 9-2 loss, becoming the first player in franchise history to homer in both of his first two games, per MLB Stat of the Day.

While the blast was meaningless in terms of helping the Rangers win, it was a nice way for Gallo to finish his evening, after his first three at-bats resulted in strikeouts at the hands of White Sox ace Chris Sale, who fanned 13 batters and allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings.

The 21-year-old Gallo had an easier time of things in his MLB debut Tuesday against the White Sox, as he managed three hits in four at-bats with a home run, a double, four RBI, three runs and a walk, helping his team to a 15-2 win.

While things obviously won't always be so easy, Gallo has already shown a glimpse of why his future is so bright.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez scored the 1,949th run of his career during Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, tying St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial for eighth place on the all-time runs list, per MLB Milestones.

While Rodriguez didn't have any hits in his three at-bats during the game, he drew a leadoff walk against Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker in the top of the fourth inning and then came around to score the go-ahead run on a two-run homer off the bat of Yankees outfielder Garrett Jones.

The blast gave the Bronx Bombers a 3-1 lead that would hold, as Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings in his return from a six-week stint on the disabled list.

Although he hasn't hit for much power over the last few weeks, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is still enjoying a shockingly productive bounce-back season, sporting a robust .270/.364/.517 batting line through 51 games.

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester set a new record for hitting futility in his first at-bat of Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, becoming the first player in MLB history to go hitless through the first 67 plate appearances of his career, per Sportsnet Stats.

Lester already held the record for most at-bats without a hit, having set that mark in his previous start, last Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

After failing to record a hit in his two at-bats Wednesday in Miami, Lester is now up to 61 at-bats for his career, while the previous record of 57 hitless at-bats was set by fellow pitcher Joey Hamilton in 1995.

Although he'd probably prefer not to hold these records, Lester is likely more troubled by his pitching performance in Wednesday's loss, as he surrendered six runs (all earned) on nine hits and a walk over five innings.

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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a solo home run off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Rays, tying Jimmie Foxx at 534 for 17th place on the all-time home runs list, per MLB Milestones.

The no-doubt blast to left field cut Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1, but the night would ultimately be defined by Archer's dominance, with the right-hander striking out 15 batters to match a franchise record.

While not quite having the kind of All-Star-caliber season that Archer's having, the 35-year-old Pujols is suddenly having a solid campaign of his own, thanks to a whopping six home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs in his last six games.

The recent stretch has his batting line up to .254/.304/.508, while he's now on pace for 43 home runs, 83 RBI and 86 runs.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer tied James Shields' single-game franchise record of 15 strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Arguably the most improved pitcher in MLB this season, the 26-year-old Archer allowed just one run on six hits over eight innings, with the damage coming courtesy of a solo home run from Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.

While the homer moved Pujols into a tie for 17th place on MLB's all-time home run list, Archer still stole the night from a statistical perspective, joining Felix Hernandez (June 8, 2014) as the only pitchers in the last decade to strike out 15 or more batters while throwing 105 or fewer pitchers, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Archer threw exactly 105 pitches in Tuesday's game, and he didn't allow any walks or hit any batters.

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Prior to Monday, no pitcher in MLB's modern era (since 1900) had struck out 10 or more batters and given up 10 or more hits while pitching fewer than five innings, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Now, thanks to the ongoing series between the San Diego Padres and New York Mets, the feat has occurred twice in a span of two days.

Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner first posted the historic stat line Monday, striking out 12 batters and allowing 11 hits over 4.2 innings in a 7-0 loss to the Mets.

Then, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard nearly matched Cashner on Tuesday, striking out 10 batters and allowing 10 hits over just four innings in a 7-2 loss to the Padres.

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It's been eight years since the Cleveland Cavaliers last made it to the NBA Finals, but LeBron James is competing in the championship round for his fifth year in a row—a feat that ties Bill Russell, among others from the early Boston Celtics dynasty, for the most consecutive Finals appearances in NBA history. 

In comparing the two milestone achievements, which is more impressive: LeBron's five straight with the Heat and Cavaliers, or Russell's with the Celtics?

Bleacher Report Senior Writer Ric Bucher joins Adam Lefkoe to break down the record-tying accomplishment that is LeBron James' five consecutive Finals appearances in the video above.

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The Golden State Warriors made it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975, the same year they last took home a title. This year, the Warriors attempt to squash the 40-year title drought and bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy home to the Bay Area. 

What are the three factors working in the Warriors' favor this season? Why will Golden State be able to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers and become NBA champions?

Bleacher Report's senior writer Ric Bucher joins Adam Lefkoe to count down the top three reasons why 2015 is the year the Warriors can make history and end their franchise title drought. 

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If Barcelona are able to defeat Juventus in the Champions League final, they will collect their third major trophy of the year.

A win would make Barcelona the first club in history to complete the treble twice as a club, and they will have accomplished the feat in less than a decade.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe joins Ryan Bailey to discuss the historical significance of this Barca side and how they set up for the future.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner recorded an unusual stat line in Monday's 7-0 loss to the New York Mets, becoming the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow 10 or more hits while striking out 10 or more batters over fewer than five innings, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Cashner gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and no walks over 4.2 innings, despite striking out 12 of the 25 batters he faced.

He gave up a two-run home run to Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy in the fifth inning, and of the 12 balls that Mets batters put into play, 10 fell for hits.

There was only one fielded out behind Cashner—third baseman Will Middlebrooks made an error in the third inning, and Murphy was thrown out attempting to steal.