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Friday Night Lights: Puig does it again, A's move into first, another Segura oddity

When Yasiel Puig hit a grand slam for his third home run in his first four major league games Thursday night, he joined 13 other players in going deep three times in their first four games in the Show, and two others in having a grand slam among those three home runs. When he hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the sixth Friday night, he moved into a group of just two players who hit four home runs in their first five games (the other, Mike Jacobs, hit four home runs in his first four games with the Mets in 2005, but then went three weeks without another).

Here's a GIF of Puig's latest home run from True Blue LA's Chad Moriyama:

Puig's next at-bat came with two outs and a man on third in the eighth with the game still tied 1-1. The Braves intentionally walked him.

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In Chicago, the A's were trailing Cy Young candidate Chris Sale 3-0 in the sixth when they loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk. Then Josh Donaldson did this to Sale's 1-1 pitch:

Sophomore starter Jarrod Parker, turning in his sixth-straight quality start after going 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first seven starts this season, and closer Grant Balfour made the 4-3 lead created by Donaldson's grand slam stand up as the A's won for the 18th time in their last 21 games and slipped past the Rangers, who lost 6-1 to Toronto, to take a half-game lead in the American League West.

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In Milwaukee, Jean Segura attempted to avoid being picked off second base in the bottom of the first inning against the Phillies by deflecting pitcher Cliff Lee's throw with his batting helmet.

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Fortunately for Segura, time had been called at the plate before the attempted pickoff. For a player as good as he is (Segura is hitting .339/.375/.538 on the season and got to second base by stealing his 16th base in 18 attempts, not counting his steal of first base earlier this year), Segura is making a habit of doing things on the basepaths that make it seem like he's never played this game before.

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