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Stats of the Day: Three cheers for Morales

KC slugger equals homer feat achieved just eight times by a Royals player
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Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend …

• In a 10-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday, Kendrys Morales homered in the third, fourth, and eighth and tripled in the sixth to have a historic day at the plate for the Royals. It marked the eighth time a Royals player has had a three-homer game, and the first since Danny Tartabull on July 6, 1991. The others: John Mayberry on July 1, 1975, and June 1, 1977; George Brett on July 22, 1979, and April 20, 1983; Tony Solaita on Sept. 7, 1975; and Bo Jackson on July 17, 1990. Morales' 15 total bases set a new franchise record, eclipsing the 14 collected by Brett on May 28, 1979. That day, Brett homered twice while hitting for the cycle.

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend …

• In a 10-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday, Kendrys Morales homered in the third, fourth, and eighth and tripled in the sixth to have a historic day at the plate for the Royals. It marked the eighth time a Royals player has had a three-homer game, and the first since Danny Tartabull on July 6, 1991. The others: John Mayberry on July 1, 1975, and June 1, 1977; George Brett on July 22, 1979, and April 20, 1983; Tony Solaita on Sept. 7, 1975; and Bo Jackson on July 17, 1990. Morales' 15 total bases set a new franchise record, eclipsing the 14 collected by Brett on May 28, 1979. That day, Brett homered twice while hitting for the cycle.

• In Boston's 4-3 win over Toronto on Sunday, 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts had a pair of hits to lift his average to .322. The franchise has seen two players in an age-22 or younger season qualify for the batting title, and finish the year at .320 or better: Ted Williams in 1939 (age-20 season, .327), 1940 (.344) and 1941 (.406); and Tris Speaker in 1910 (age-22 season, .340).

• In the Indians' 6-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday, Michael Brantley collected his MLB-leading 45th double of the season -- the same total he finished with in 2014. Brantley is the fourth Indian to have consecutive seasons with 45+ doubles, joining Speaker (1920-23), George H. Burns (1926-27), and Lou Boudreau (1940-41).

• On Sunday, Stephen Strasburg authored seven innings of two-run, 10-strikeout ball as the Nationals defeated the Marlins, 13-3. This effort, following appearances in which the right-hander fanned 13 and then 14, made Strasburg the second pitcher in franchise history to have three straight double-digit strikeout performances. In 1997, Pedro Martinez compiled six straight (June 3-30), and then later that year, put together five in a row (Aug. 14-Sept. 4). In '96, Martinez fanned 10-plus in three straight, from Aug. 24-Sept. 3.

• In Saturday's 5-4 win over the Cardinals, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit his 25th home run of the year to tie Billy Williams (25 homers in 1961) for the Cubs' rookie record; Bryant's 25 tied him with the Braves' Eddie Mathews (1952) and the Twins' Gary Gaetti (1982) for the seventh most for a rookie third baseman.

Milestone watch for Monday

Trevor Rosenthal, with 46 saves, needs one to tie Lee Smith (1991) and Jason Isringhausen (2004) for the single-season Cardinals record.

A.J. Burnett needs six strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career. There have been 31 pitchers to reach this milestone; Burnett is on the cusp of being the 23rd righty to get there.

Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com.

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