The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman has secured himself a little piece of franchise history.
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The first baseman smashed a home run in the first inning of Monday’s game against the Reds, which marked his 235th career homer.
Kevin Zeitler Limited Jersey That number put him at the top of the franchise’s home run list, with Zimmerman surpassing Vladimir Guerrero, who hit his homers for the Montreal Expos. The Expos moved to D.C. before the 2005 season, Zimmerman’s rookie year.
Guerrero doesn’t seem too sad, though. He took to Twitter to congratulate Zimmerman on the feat right after it happened.
Zimmerman is in his 13th season with the Nationals. In seven of those seasons (including this one), he has blasted 20 or more home runs.
You get the point. The Red Sox have been alone in first place in the AL East since June 29, while the Yankees have slipped from first place to third place behind the Rays. They’re still only 3.5 games behind Boston, though.
And adding Robertson and Kahnle to the bullpen is huge. Robertson, the former Yankee, has 123 saves over the past four seasons and was 13 for 14 in save opportunities for the White Sox this year. Kahnle, a former Yankees prospect, has 60 strikeouts in 36 innings this season.
He’s probably the Cubs’ best starter at this point, though you won’t see an official acknowledgment of that by the team, not with veterans Lester and Arrieta mostly sharing that nod. As long at Hendricks throws well in his return, Quintana’s arrival probably means Lackey is out of the playoff equation, should the Cubs get there.