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Twins set new single-season home run record

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Mitch Garver #18 of the Minnesota Twins gets high-fives from teammates in the dugout after he hit the Twins 268th home run of the season that boosted them past the 2018 New York Yankees for the MLB single-season home run record in the 9th inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Twins 10-7. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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The Twins set a new single-season home run record on Saturday against the Tigers, hitting their 268th home run as a team. That breaks the record held by the 2018 Yankees, who hit 267 homers. The 1997 Mariners had the record up until last year at 264.

Nelson Cruz hit the record-tying blast, a solo shot off of Buck Farmer to lead off the eighth inning. Mitch Garver broke the record leading off the ninth with a solo homer of his own off of Joe Jiménez. The Twins hit six homers in the game but still lost 10-7.

The Yankees (254 entering Sunday), Dodgers (234), and Astros (230) are all on pace to beat what was the record coming into this year. The juiced ball, of course, has a lot to do with it. All 30 teams combined for 5,706 home runs coming into Sunday’s action, already the second-most in a season in baseball history. The record is 6,105 set in 2017. We are currently on pace for over 6,800 homers this year.

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