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Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting

Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting

Whether it’s juiced baseballs or an increase in launch angles or hitters taking more of an all-or-nothing approach at the plate, players are hitting home runs and striking out at a record pace this season.

The 1,101 homers hit in June were the most in any calendar month in major-league history and 32 more than the previous high of 1,069 homers hit in May 2000, the peak of baseball’s so-called “steroid era.” The 1,060 homers hit this May are the third-most in any month.

Of the 25,382 hits this season through Saturday’s games, 3,657 of them, or 14.4%, were home runs, the highest rate in baseball history.

Strikeouts are also on the rise, with players whiffing 21.6% of the...

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