Albert Pujols of the Angels has 52 multi-homer games in his career. Only six players since 1980 have had more than that. Who are they? Answer at end. …
The Atlanta Braves have hit four home runs this season through Thursday’s game, a total matched or exceeded by 36 players. The Braves ended a 15-game homerless streak Wednesday, their longest since 1970.... Kyle Seager, brother of Dodger Corey Seager, hit his 100th career home run, becoming only the 12th Mariner to reach that mark. …
Arrieta’s streak of quality starts ended at 24 last week. It is the third-longest streak in history behind Bob Gibson of St. Louis (26 in 1967-68) and Eddie Cicotte of the Chicago White Sox (25 in 1916-17).... After hitting .333 with eight homers in his first nine games, Colorado’s Trevor Story hit .146 with one homer in his next nine.... The slumping Reds should get some rotation help this week, with Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani and John Lamb finishing up minor league rehab assignments....
Answer: Barry Bonds (71), Sammy Sosa (69), Mark McGwire (67), Alex Rodriguez (62), Ken Griffey Jr. (55), Manny Ramirez (54).
Twitter reaction to Dee Gordon’s suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy
“This PED [crap] is killing me. If u test positive u need to not play. You shouldn’t be allowed to effect games while appealing”
— Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers pitcher (@JustinVerlander)
“so he had a career year and said ‘Oh, what the hell, why not cheat the game now?’ This is a sad one man.”
— Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers pitcher (@BMcCarthy32)
DODGERS UP NEXT
at Tampa Bay: Tuesday PDT, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 p.m.
at Toronto: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.
Andrew Friedman’s clubs — old ($72 million payroll) and new ($227 million) — hovering around .500.
ANGLES UP NEXT
at Milwaukee: Monday, 4:15 p.m. PDT; Tuesday, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
vs. Tampa Bay: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
LF Ryan Braun (.338/.417/.595) can block a trade to 25 teams. The Angels are not one of them.
MLB SERIES OF THE WEEK
Washington Nationals at Kansas City Royals
Monday through Wednesday
The team that was supposed to win last year against the team that did. Nationals have the second-best record in MLB, under new Manager Dusty Baker.