Giancarlo Stanton ends with 59 HRs, Braves beat Marlins


Giancarlo Stanton gets one more shot at hitting his 60th home run when the Marlins host the Braves. He ended the year with a career-low 50 hits in a reduced role, batting.255.

Ichiro Suzuki got his 27th pinch-hit of the year, one shy of the record John Vander Wal set in 1995. "I have to start training from today".

Stanton is sitting at 59 homers with two games remaining this season.

Stanton not only led the league in home runs but also in RBIs with 132.

"It's impressive. I think he should be impressed, because it's been something special here", Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I gave it my all". Marlins reliever Junichi Tazawa (3-5) took the defeat, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning. The game will start at 3:10 ET, every other game in Major League Baseball will start within the 3:05-3:20 gap as well.

Maeda posted a 4.22 ERA in his second major league season, striking out 140 in 134⅓ innings.

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Heyman reported Stanton, who possesses a full no-trade clause, is "ready to go" if the new owners move forward with a long-term rebuilding project. That exit speed was the fourth hardest home run ever tracked by Statcast™, which launched in 2015.

Norichika Aoki went 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot for NY.

Braves starter Julio Teheran (11-13) took the loss.

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, all eligible for free agency and integral parts of the 2014-15 clubs that went to back-to-back World Series, were pulled in the fifth inning as the Kauffman Stadium fans showed their appreciation by giving them a standing ovation. Rizzo flied out leading off the first, and then was replaced in the field by Taylor Davis.

Sims allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out one in the shortest of his 10 starts during his first season in the majors. It's a big number, it's kind of fun, it's kind of incredible to watch that many homers in one season from one guy.

With the close of the regular season on Sunday night, attention now shifts to the playoffs, which kick off Tuesday and Wednesday with the wild-card games. They are all eligible for free agency after the season.

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Minnesota meets NY on Tuesday in the American League wild-card game. The 102 victories were the second most in franchise history behind the 1954 team's 111.

Altuve finished the season with a.346 average to easily beat Avasail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox, who finished at.330, for the batting crown. "There's not too many true lead-off hitters anymore".

On Thursday, Mattingly praised Straily for never missing a turn this year - Friday will mark the right-hander's career-high 33rd start of the season.

It hasn't been made official, but this could also be the final weekend for New York Mets manager Terry Collins. Justin Bour cashed in with a two-run single, and Derek Dietrich added a sacrifice fly.

Stanton had been in a mild home run slump, by his standards. A win would put the team in an ALDS against Cleveland, where Minnesota may need an experienced arm like Colon (5-6). He struck out six while scattering seven hits and a walk.

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