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1st Pitch: Quick hits as 2nd half picks up in full

Today’s Trivia: A rare earthquake struck near Washington, DC Friday morning. In minor league baseball, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) have been in operation since 1993. What current major leaguer was a member of that first team?

Quick Hits: A quick look at some newsworthy hits from around baseball:

• From the LA Daily News: San Francisco rookie Buster Posey has had 141 at-bats this year and has three 3-hit games and two 4-hit games.

• From the Dallas Morning News: Since June 1, Josh Hamilton is hitting .438 in 38 games. He now has 29 extra-base hits in those games and has 38 RBIs. He has been kept off base only twice in that span.

• From the Chicago Tribune: Despite their poor first half, the Cubs have won at least 39 games at the break four seasons in a row for the first time since 1967-75.

• From the New York Daily News: The New York Mets' batting average with runners in scoring position over the last seven games is .132 (7-for-53).

• From the Arizona Republic: The Arizona Diamondbacks are being outscored 255-144 from the sixth inning on and have a league-leading 14 blown saves.

• From Elias: The New York Yankees have won the first game that they played after the All-Star break in each of the last eight seasons (2002-2009). Tonight they can tie the major-league record for consecutive games won by a team in its first game played after an All-Star game. The Yankees had a nine-game streak from 1940 through 1949 (there was no All-Star game in 1945) and the Montreal Expos had a nine-game streak from 1984 through 1992.

Key Matchup: Derek Jeter ended the first half of the season in a slump, hitting only .186 (8-for-43) over his final 12 games to drop his average to .274 (his lowest career pre-All-Star Break average). What better way to break out of that slump than facing Tampa Bay’s James Shields, whom Jeter is hitting .378 (14-for-37) against in his career. Jeter is 2-for-7 (.286) against Shields this season. For his career, “The Captain” is hitting .312 overall against Tampa Bay.

Trivia Answer: The Cubs’ Derrek Lee – the 14th pick in the 1993 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres – played 20 games for the Quakes as a 17-year-old.