Kansas City Royals veteran catcher Salvador Perez has made history; after the 31-year-old homered in the bottom of the first inning Thursday in Kauffman Stadium, he officially tied Johnny Bench for most home runs in a season by a catcher. The homerun was number 45 on the season for Perez, which also increased his major-league-leading RBI total to 112.

Perez has now appeared in 115 games behind the plate (111 starts) and 33 at designated hitter, and has played in 145 of the Royals’ 146 games. With 16 games left in the Royals season, Perez looks to put more distance between himself and the rest of the field. He’s also tied Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. for the major-league lead in home runs.

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