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Baseball Notebook – Yankees Set Home Run Record In Win Over Blue Jays, Scherzer Shows His Stuff Again, And Trade Rumors

Sometimes a team sets a record and you just don’t know how to feel about it When D.J. LeMahieu led off Tuesday night’s game with a home run, it...

Sometimes a team sets a record and you just don’t know how to feel about it

When D.J. LeMahieu led off Tuesday night’s game with a home run, it marked the 28th straight game the New York Yankees had homered. That’s a baseball record. And this is what the Yankees do – they hit the ball over the fence.

They beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 and we will give you a moment to guess how they scored four times (insert final answer music from Jeopardy! here). Yup, four home runs. Four solo home runs. They had a shot at building a run the old-fashioned way, but the runner was thrown out at home.

You could argue that Toronto’s efforts to score in the ninth inning were more interesting than any HR, with Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman having to work out of a jam created by his second wild pitch and a catcher’s interference call against Gary Sanchez that left runners on first and second.

The Minnesota Twins (149) lead the majors in home runs. The Yankees (132) are fourth.

• Prefer to talk about pitching? It’s always fun to watch Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. Scherzer struck out 10 in eight innings of a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins. Scherzer is 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA for the poorly-managed Nats but is as dominant as anyone when he’s on the mound. He leads the majors with 156 strikeouts. Maybe he’s not so much fun to watch – attendance in Miami was 7,327.

• Scherzer is said to be a trade target of the Yankees, who would like to add starting pitching. They may also be eyeing Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, who is also coveted by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Nats won’t trade Scherzer.

• Make your voice heard in the selection of starters for the July 9 All-Star Game. The voting period started at noon ET on Wednesday and runs through 4 p.m. on Thursday. Vote at MLB.com or any of the websites run by the 30 teams.

 
 
Post By: Larry Weisman, a longtime sportswriter for USA TODAY, blogs for Twistity.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrLarryWeisman

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