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Wander Franco hits a two-run single in the eighth against the Red Sox at the Trop on Monday. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

In his debut season, Wander Franco is on pace to break records set by baseball greats like Ted Williams and Ken Griffey Jr., DRays Bay reports.

  • Franco has reached base in 48 of his first 53 games as a big leaguer. He’s one of just two players under 21 to reach base in that many games over his first 53 games — Willie Mays was the other.

By the numbers: Among players under 21, Franco’s 30-game streak of getting on base (entering last night’s game) is the fifth-longest in American League/National League history — tied with Mel Ott in 1928-29 — and everyone above him on the list is a Hall of Famer, per MLB.com.

  • Mickey Mantle is the only AL player to own a longer streak before turning 21, reaching base in 36 straight games in 1951-52.

What’s next: Franco now chases Frank Robinson’s 43-game on-base stretch set in 1956.

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Tampa Bay Rays slash ticket prices to lure fans to Tropicana Field

Willi Castro of the Detroit Tigers beats the throw to Rays shortstop Joey Wendle to steal second base on Sept. 10. Photo: Duane Burleson/Getty Images

To lure more fans to the Trop, the Rays are offering $10 tickets and discounted concessions for the final 10 home games of the regular season.

  • Thousands of tickets will see their prices reduced, starting Thursday, per the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Concession specials include $5 beers, $4 sodas and $5 popcorn and candy.

Our thought bubble: Honestly not too far off from some of your proposals last week to lure in more fans. (We're not holding our breath for the Rays-subsidized party bus, though.)

Something that won't help: Rays phenom Wander Franco left Friday’s 10-4 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park with right hamstring tightness and was placed on the 10-day injured list over the weekend, MLB.com reports.

"Deathloop" extends Microsoft's streak of well-reviewed games

"Deathloop." Image: Arkane/Microsoft

Rave reviews for this week's time-traveling assassination game "Deathloop" officially make it a trend: Microsoft is finally on a streak of producing terrific games.

Why it matters: Game quality has been an issue for Microsoft for years, while console rivals Nintendo and Sony have flexed their ability to repeatedly make Game of the Year contenders.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

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