Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reaches 100th HR, will give dad a scoring shot

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just passed a key milestone ahead of his father in the Hall of Fame.

Guerrero Jr. hit his 100th home run at age 23, becoming the 10th youngest player in MLB history to hit the mark in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening at the Roger Centre.

Guerrero Jr. gave the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead by hitting a solo home run against Drew Rasmussen in the first inning, his 28th of the season. At 23 years, 182 days, he is the youngest Blue Jays player to hit 100 homers, a mark that had been held by Carlos Delgado at 26 years, 84 days.

Guerrero Jr. said he plans to give the home run ball to his father, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits his 100th home run in the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Rays. He said he would give the scoring ball to his father, Vladimir Guerrero Sr.
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“He’s going to be very proud of me,” Guerrero said through an interpreter. “When your son does something like that, I’m sure any dad would be proud.”

Guerrero hit the 100 homers mark two years younger than his father, but Guerrero Sr. did it in 438 games to Jr.’s 486. Guerrero Sr. hit 449 homers during his 16-year career with the Angels , Expos, Rangers and Orioles.

Toronto, which won three of the first four games against the Rays in their five-game set, trails the Yankees by six games in the AL East race.

In the extended wildcard race, the Blue Jays (81-62) have a one-game lead over the Mariners (80-62) and a two-game lead over the Rays (79-63). The Baltimore Orioles (75-67) are on the outside, four games behind the Rays in the playoff hunt.

— with PA

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