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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has tied teammate John Lackey for most first inning home runs given up in the NL as Steven Souza Jr took him deep early in Wednesday's game. Lester and Lackey have both given up eight home runs in the first inning this season which is also the same amount Gio Gonzalez has served as well.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Martín Maldonado sporting a "Pray 4" on his Team Puerto Rico hat during stretch today. Maldonado hasn't been able to speak to any of his family members back home in Puerto Rico since it got devastated by Hurricane Maria.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the fascinating subplots these final 12 days is the Indians trying Jason Kipnis in center field. Terry Francona said on MLB Radio today that they're not going to break up the current lineup of Jose Ramirez at second and Yandy Diaz at third, so they're giving Kipnis time in center, where he played in college. Of course, Kipnis has to get his stroke back and while it seems risky, this is the team that played Carlos Santana in left field in the World Series.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I have talked to or texted with a lot of the Puerto Rican players in MLB, and a lot of them have not heard from their families regarding the impact of Hurricane Maria. This morning, Hurricane Maria became the first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since the 1920's. After the direct hit, most of the island is without power and communication is very limited.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez hasn't talked to his family in Puerto Rico since last night. He thinks they are safe and should be able to reach them around game time.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees beat the Twins, 11-3, to sweep their three-game series. But the immediate concern was a toddler being hit by a foul ball. The young girl was taken to a nearby hospital.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

After walking Giancarlo Stanton four times on Tuesday, the Mets pitched to him today and the big guy swatted his 56th home run. With 10 games remaining, can Stanton get to 60? Based on his season rate of home runs, he'd hit 3.75 in the Marlins' remaining 10 games. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge slammed his 45th home run as he closes in on Mark McGwire's rookie record of 49 set in 1987. That's eight HR, 19 RBI and 20 runs in September for Judge as he re-ignites his MVP case.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced their rotation for their weekend series against the Brewers. Jake Arrieta will return from his hamstring injury on Thursday followed by John Lackey for Friday's game, Kyle Hendricks on Saturday and then Jose Quintana in the finale on Sunday. Going into Wednesday night's action the Cubs lead the Brewers by 3.5 games.

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Aaron Judge hit his 45th home run of the season, four shy of tying Mark McGwire's single-season rookie record, set in 1987. Didi Gregorius hit his 25th home run of the season, breaking a tie with Derek Jeter for the most home runs by a shortstop in Yankees history. Gary Sánchez also hit his 32nd home run, extending his own record for most home runs by a Yankees catcher.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Didi Gregorius's 25th homer of the year gives him the most in Yankee history in one season for a shortstop. Derek Jeter had 24 in 1999.