Nationals SS Trea Turner celebrates birthday with MLB record-tying third cycle

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Trea Turner has had worse birthdays.

The Washington Nationals shortstop entered the history books on Wednesday with a cycle against the Tampa Bay Rays. The cycle is the third of his career, tying him for the MLB record for career cycles.

On his 28th birthday, Turner went 4-for-4 with four runs, an RBI and two stolen bases in addition to his single, double, triple and home run. He's also the first player to ever hit a cycle with multiple stolen bases.

Here's how he did it:

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And here's the field-level angle of his cycle-clinching triple:

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Turner joins the motley crew of John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Adrián Beltré atop the MLB cycle leaderboard, though he is well positioned to surpass them before long. 

Still two years from his 30th birthday, Turner has been one of the fastest players in baseball since his debut in 2015. He has come into his power over the last few years, though, slugging .497 in 2019 and .588 in 2020. He entered Wednesday hitting .310/.359/.487 in 2021 with 13 homers and a league-leading 16 stolen bases, though those latter numbers have obviously since gone up.

The day wasn't all good, though, as Turner left the game after jamming his left middle finger while sliding into third base. Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters after the game that Turner is day-to-day.

Behind Turner's offensive outburst, the Nationals ended up winning 15-6 to improve their record to 40-38.

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