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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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Tigers to Sign Hector Sanchez

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Sanchez, 29, was released by the San Francisco Giants shortly after the start of the 2018 season, and owns a career .238/.273/.367 batting line.

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Yankees to Sign Danny Farquhar

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The New York Yankees are signing right handed pitches Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

According to MLB’com’s Mark Feinsand, the 31-year old Farquhar will receive an invitation to camp with the Yankees.

Farquhar spent the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox, pitching to the tune of a 5.63 ERA of 8 innings pitched.

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Mariners Designate Kaleb Cowart for Assignment

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The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Kaleb Coward for assignment, creating a needed roster space for the acquisition of Shed Long from the New York Yankees, the team officially announced.

Seattle claimed Cowart back in December, stating that he would come to camp not only as an infielder, but as a pitcher as well, and while he could still come to Mariners’ camp, he will need to clear waivers first.

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