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SAN DIEGO — Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena is making this postseason his personal non-public show off, striking himself within the report books Saturday night time along with his 7th house run, probably the most by means of a rookie in Main League Baseball historical past.

Arozarena, who wasn’t even referred to as as much as the large leagues till Aug. 30, set the report on a 97-mph fastball from Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers, who may simplest helplessly watch it fly over the center-field fence.

Arozarena couldn’t lend a hand however appreciate the homer himself, wearing his bat just about the entire approach to first base, after which flinging it in opposition to the Rays’ dugout.

“It’s implausible,’’ Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated aloud and captured by means of the TBS telecast. “Each darned night time.’’

It was once simply the newest bankruptcy in his exploits this postseason, the place he leads everybody with 21 hits, 14 runs, 11 extra-base hits and 47 overall bases this postseason. The one rookie who has produced extra hits is New York Yankees nice Derek Jeter with 22.

And his .839 slugging share is lately the most productive in baseball postseason historical past with gamers having no less than 50 plate appearances.

“I take a look at now not to concentrate on the statistics’’ stated Arozarena, “however with the web and everybody bringing it up, you’re more or less acutely aware of it. Truthfully, I don’t take note of the statistics outdoor of me and what I will keep an eye on.’’

Neatly, indubitably everybody else is paying numerous consideration, with the Astros turning into the newest staff to be victimized by means of the Nice Randino.

He has as many house runs this postseason as any Cardinals’ participant produced all the season. Indubitably, the Cardinals didn’t envision this once they traded him closing wintry weather, and to be truthful, the Rays can’t in truth say they ever imagined he’d be wearing the staff on his again.

“He’s a deadly guy,’’ Baker stated. “I stay announcing he can’t do it once more, and he does it once more.’’