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Jose Bautista Hits 50th Home Run of Season for Blue Jays

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit his 50th home run of the season in today’s game against Seattle, becoming the first Major League Baseball player in three years to reach the milestone.

Bautista, 29, extended his major league-leading total with a solo homer off Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez during the first inning at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The Blue Jays’ outfielder is the 26th player in major-league history to hit at least 50 homers in a season and the first since Alex Rodriguez (54) and Prince Fielder (50) in 2007. Barry Bonds hit a record 73 homers in 2001.

Bautista didn’t hit more than 16 home runs in any of his previous six major-league seasons.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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