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Stanton smashes 350th career home run


NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton connected for the 350th home run of his Major League career on Wednesday evening, becoming the seventh-fastest player to reach the milestone in terms of games played.

Stanton launched a two-run shot in the first inning off the Orioles’ Tyler Wells at Yankee Stadium, snapping a 14-game homerless streak for the hard-hitting Bombers slugger.

It was the third home run of the season for Stanton, who last went deep on April 9 against the Red Sox.

Stanton’s 350th home run came in his 1,341st game. Mark McGwire was the fastest to reach 350 homers in terms of games played, belting his 350th homer in his 1,280th game on June 2, 1997.

The other players to reach 350 home runs faster than Stanton were: Juan Gonzalez (1,298), Alex Rodriguez (1,301), Harmon Killebrew (1,319), Albert Pujols (1,320) and Babe Ruth (1,329).

Stanton, A-Rod and Ruth all achieved the milestone while playing for the Yankees.

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