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Home runs in June, the most of any calendar month in MLB history, surpassing the previous mark set in May 2000. Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, above, hit the go-ahead notch in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Red Sox.
Active players who have appeared in 2,500 career games. The Angels’ Albert Pujols joined Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre on Thursday.
Pitchers in Royals history, according to ESPN Stats & Info, to win 12 games before July 1: Jason Vargas, who improved to 12-3 on Friday, and Bret Saberhagen in 1987.