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Monday, June 14, 2010
1st Pitch: On pace for (obscure) history

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Quick Hits: With the exception of the Phillies, every team now has 100 or fewer games remaining in the season. As the season draws on, several players are on pace to make rather obscure history. Here are some to keep an eye on:
Today’s Trivia: Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols will be in opposing dugouts for just the 7th time (not including All-Star Games) on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball. Both won their league’s Rookie of the Year in 2001 and have been destroying the record books since. Pujols holds the record for home runs in a player’s first 10 seasons, while Ichiro holds that distinction for hits. Who holds the record for most RBI in his first 10 seasons?

Today’s Leaderboard: Jon Garland takes the mound against the Blue Jays while sporting the league’s best ERA at home. Garland has a 1.15 ERA at home compared to 4.39 away from Petco. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright brings his 1.62 home ERA up against the Mariners.

Key Matchups: A nine-year veteran of the AL, Jon Garland is 11-2 all-time against the Blue Jays. His team has won 13 of his last 15 starts against Toronto. Garland saw a lot of John Buck as AL Central rivals. Buck picked up only one hit in his first 12 at-bats against Garland, but since then, he is hitting .363 with four doubles in 24 at-bats.

Adam Wainwright is looking to extend his record streak of 20 straight quality starts at home. He’ll face the Mariners for the first time in his career. However, opponents have posted six straight quality starts against the Mariners, who have only exceeded 4 runs once in their last 14 games.

Trivia Answer: Joe DiMaggio had 1,277 RBI in his first 10 seasons, two more than Al Simmons. Pujols is currently 102 RBI behind Ted Williams for third on the list.