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There’s a first for everything, but Max Kepler probably didn’t want to be the first player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this.
During Wednesday’s matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series, Kepler was assessed the first-ever pitch-clock violation in postseason history.
After being given a strike on a pitch-clock violation, Kepler struck out.
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Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler becomes the first MLB player in postseason history to have a pitch-clock violation against him, leading to a strikeout.
Kepler has been one of Minnesota’s best players this year. In 130 regular-season games, he slashed .260/.332/.484 with 24 home runs, 66 RBI and one stolen base.
After defeating the Blue Jays in Game 1, the Twins entered Wednesday aiming to clinch a berth in the AL Division Series for the first time since 2019. They held a 2-0 lead entering the seventh inning.
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