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J.T. Realmuto

LEADING OFF: Astros' Alvarez stars, Encarnación trade

A look at what's happening around the majors today:

MAKING A NAME

Cuban rookie Yordan Alvarez is off to a smashing start for the injury-depleted Houston Astros, becoming just one of four players in major league history to hit four home runs in his first five games.

The 21-year-old is 8 for 17 so far. He's driven in eight runs, scored eight times and also drawn six walks.

Alvarez hit an upper-deck drive at Minute Maid Park on Saturday and joined Trevor Story, who hit six homers for Colorado in 2016, Yasiel Puig (Dodgers, 2013) and Mike Jacobs (Mets, 2005) for big starts.

Alvarez and the Astros take on Toronto.

VOYAGING MARINER

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