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Cubs´ Baez joins elite company with latest home run

September 3 2018 1:57 AM

Chicago Cubs slugger Javier Baez figured something out this season, and he joined elite company with his latest home run on Sunday.

Baez went two for five with his 30th home run of the season in an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

It helped him become just the second Cubs infielder to hit 30-plus home runs with 100 RBIs and 20-plus stolen bases in a season, joining Ryne Sandberg.

Baez, who leads the National League in RBIs and is batting .299 this season, batted .273 the previous two seasons. He had never swiped more than 12 bases before this season.

The Cubs (81-55) have won 10 of their last 12 games. They were bolstered by the additions of Cole Hamels and Daniel Murphy.

With the Cubs surging, and Baez proving an offensive and defensive force, he could make some noise in the race for the National League (NL) MVP award.

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