Quick Hits: The weather is heating up and so are the hitters. Here’s a look at a few players who are crushing the ball in the month of June.
Marlon Byrd is batting .516 (16-31) this month, raising his average on the season to .329.
Victor Martinez, who hit just .238 in April and .276 in May, is batting .486 in June.
Julio Borbon, who got off to a terribly slow start this season, is on fire in June, batting .467.
Carlos Pena already has 5 home runs this month, two more than he had in all of May and matching his total from April.
Josh Hamilton may be the month’s hottest hitter, he’s batting .436 with 4 home runs a league-leading 15 RBI.
Today’s Trivia: In what has already been a great week for rookies, top catching prospect Carlos Santana has been called up to make his debut for the Indians tonight. Who was the last Indian to win the rookie of the year award?
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Today’s Leaderboard: Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams each pitched a perfect inning of relief in the Padres win in game one of their double header on Thursday. Gregerson and Adams lead the majors in perfect relief appearances of at least one inning.
Key Matchups: Jim Thome and Tim Hudson will likely face off for the first time since 2005 tonight. In his career against Hudson, Thome is batting .563 (9-16) with 4 home runs, 9 RBI and 2.057 OPS.
David Ortiz is slumping again, batting .037 with 0 home runs in his last 8 games. Maybe facing Jamie Moyer will wake him up again. Ortiz is batting .361 with 5 home runs against Moyer. The only pitcher which Ortiz has taken deep more often is Roy Halladay (6 home runs).
Trivia Answer: Current Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. won the award in 1990, in what turned out to be a great rookie class. Among others receiving votes: Kevin Appier, John Olerud, Travis Fryman and Robin Ventura.