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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Milestone stolen base for Pale Hose’s Pierre


• The White Sox Juan Pierre stole his 500th career base on Thursday against the Tigers. He's the 37th player in MLB history to reach the milestone.
Pierre has the most stolen bases among active players, 100 more than the next closest player, Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford.

Notes on some of Thursday's starting pitchers:

• The Angels Dan Haren is winless in his last nine starts (0-6), the longest start streak he's gone in his career without a win. His last win was June 12 against the Cardinals. Camden Yards might be the best place for Haren to end his drought. He's 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts at Baltimore.

• Texas Rangers starter Tommy Hunter will pitch tonight in Seattle for the first time this season following a loss (8-1). He's allowed nine home runs in 11 starts, but eight of them have come in his last five outings. And while he's been perfect at home (6-0, 2.53 ERA), Hunter's road ERA is 5.21.

• Hunter will face off against the Mariners Felix Hernandez. Seattle's ace has a 2.90 ERA, but he's winless in his last four starts (0-3), thanks in large part to a lack of run support. In his last four starts, the Mariners have scored a total of five runs. Hernandez's run support this season is 3.30, which ranks fifth in the American League, among pitchers who have made at least 15 starts. Oddly enough, the top two in the A.L. are Hernandez's teammates: Ryan Rowland-Smith is first (2.95 run support) and Jason Vargas is second (3.00).

• Tim Lincecum has yet to allow more than one home run in any of his 22 starts this season. In fact, you have to go back to July 20, 2008 (a span of 68 starts) to find the last time Lincecum gave up two home runs in a start.

• The Braves' Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to start tonight at home against the Giants. He has a 1.71 ERA at home (3-0), and a 7.63 ERA on the road (0-4).

• After allowing three home runs on May 31 to the Diamondbacks, Chad Billingsley has gone nine straight starts without allowing an opposing hitter to go deep.