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Giants’ Brandon Belt Grinds Out 21-Pitch At-Bat To Set Major League Record

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12 minutes and 45 seconds. That’s how long San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was at-bat for in the top of the first inning on Sunday as he made history.

Belt, facing Los Angeles Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (in his second career game), fouled off 11 consecutive pitches (16 overall) before lining out to right field on the 21st pitch of the at-bat to set a Major League record.

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The previous record was 20 pitches set in 1998 when Ricky Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon went head-to-head with Colon winning the battle.

In Belt’s next at-bat in the third, he singled on the eighth pitch off Noe Ramirez. In his third at-bat in the fifth, he took right-hander Blake Parker way out of the yard on the ninth pitch:

Belt went 3 for 5 overall with two runs in what was his fourth straight game with a home run.

The last Giant to hit a homer in four straight games was Hunter Pence in 2013.

“I wasn’t going to give it up and [Barrias] wasn’t either,” said Belt. “It made for a good battle. If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it.”

Current Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora weighed in on Twitter:

Cora worked an 18-pitch at-bat in 2004 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which resulted in a home run off Chicago Cubs righty Matt Clement.

Needless to say, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was impressed by Belt’s battle.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. That was really amazing what happened there, on both sides, Belt and the pitcher to keep throwing strikes too and end up winning [the battle]. No question that played a part in his early exit because he had good stuff.”

Belt’s five plate appearances saw him take 40 pitches as 38 of them were in his first three trips.

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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