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Morning Mound Visit: Salvador Pérez breaks single-season homer record for catchers

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Pérez breaks Bench’s record; Baz debuts; O’s play spoiler

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Anne Rogers | MLB.com: On Monday, Salvador Pérez broke the single-season home run record for catchers with his 46th home run of the year. The previous record was held by Johnny Bench who hit 45 home runs as a 22-year-old in 1970.

Mister Lizzie | DRays Bay: Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospect, Shane Baz, made his major league debut on Monday, going five innings, striking out five, and allowing two solo homers. Those homers were the only baserunners against him as Baz gave up no other hits and didn’t walk anyone either.

Jay Jaffe | FanGraphs: At this point in the season, many teams are just trying to play spoiler as that is all they can do. For the Orioles, that’s all they’ve been able to do all season, and they’ve been pivotal in the AL East race. While they’ve rolled over and died against the Rays, they’ve played the Yankees much tougher.

Quick Hits

Kyle Seager got the big hit against the A’s. His two-run double was the difference in a 4-2 Mariners win.

Jesús Sánchez pulled a Kevin Mitchell, catching a fly ball with his bare hand.

Anthony Gose last played in a major league game in 2016... as an outfielder. On Monday, he threw seven pitches at 100 mph or more.