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THOME TIES MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD
From Elias: Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run for the Twins against the White Sox Tuesday night. It was the 12th walk-off home run of Thome's career, tying the major league record shared by Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson and Babe Ruth. The last former White Sox to hit a walk-off homer against them was Harold Baines on May 4, 1999.
KONERKO'S SIXTH 30-HOMER SEASON FOR PALE HOSE
From Elias: Paul Konerko hit his 30th home run of the season for the White Sox. It's the sixth time that Konerko has hit 30 homers in a season for the Chisox. Four other active players have six-or-more seasons of at least 30 home runs for their current team: Albert Pujols for the Cardinals (10 seasons of 30+ HR), Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees (six), Chipper Jones for the Braves (six) and Todd Helton for the Rockies (six).
ANOTHER ROOKIE SLAM FOR THE SOX
From Elias: Ryan Kalish hit a grand slam in the Red Sox win Tuesday night. Kalish is the second Red Sox rookie with a slam this season (Daniel Nava cracked one on the first pitch he saw as a major leaguer on June 12). It's the first time since 1992 that the Sox had two rookies with a slam in the same season. In '92 it was John Valentin and Bob Zupcic.
At 22 years, 142 days old Kalish is the youngest Red Sox player to hit a grand slam since Tony Conigliaro hit one on Aug. 24, 1965 at the age of 20 years, 229 days.
SEATTLE ROOKIE KNOCKS IN ALL THE RUNS
From Elias: Matt Tuiasosopo knocked in all four runs for the Mariners in their 4-0 win over the Orioles. The last rookie to knock in at least four runs that accounted for all of his team's runs was Eugenio Velez for the Giants on September 10, 2008 (four). The only other Mariners rookie to do it was Alvin Davis on June 23, 1984. Davis hit a grand slam in an 11-4 loss to the Indians.
NOLASCO SLEEPS BETTER IN HOTELS
From Elias: Ricky Nolasco has won each of his last seven starts on the road after his win Tuesday night at Pittsburgh. The last National League pitcher to win seven straight road starts within one season was Carlos Zambrano for the Cubs in 2006.
PENCE TAKES JOHAN DEEP ...TWICE
From Elias: Hunter Pence belted two home runs off Johan Santana in the Astros win over the Mets. Pence is only the fourth player to go deep twice in a game off Santana. The three others to do it were Juan Gonzalez (2004), Frank Thomas (2007) and Josh Fields (2007) .
SABATHIA IS BURNING IN THE SOUTH BRONX
From Elias: CC Sabathia has won his last 14 decisions at Yankee Stadium dating back to last July. The last Yankees pitcher to win 14 consecutive home decisions was Ron Guidry, who won 16 in a row in the Bronx spanning the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
LONGORIA ONE WHEEL SHY OF THE CYCLE
From Elias: Evan Longoria had a single, double and a triple in the Rays win over the Rangers. It's the second time this season that Longoria missed a cycle due to the lack of the long ball. Four other players were a home run shy of a cycle twice this season: Coco Crisp, Austin Jackson, Angel Pagan and Starlin Castro.
PADRES WIN 1-0 AT THE FRIENDLY CONFINES
From Elias: The Padres beat the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. It was the sixth time in franchise history that the Padres won a 1-0 game at Wrigley Field. Only one other visiting team has as many 1-0 wins at the "friendly confines" since 1969 as the Padres: St. Louis also has six.
ZACK HAS TURNED IT AROUND
From Elias: Zack Greinke, who was the winning pitcher for the Royals over the Indians Tuesday night, is 7-3 with a 3.77 ERA over his last 13 starts dating back to June 13. Only two American League pitchers have more wins than Greinke over that span: CC Sabathia (10) and Carl Pavano (9) .
HUDSON GETS OFF TO FAST START
From Elias: Arizona rookie Daniel Hudson struck out eight batters in the first three innings Tuesday night. Hudson is the first rookie to have that many strikeouts in the first three innings of a game since Rick Ankiel did it for the Cardinals against the Diamondbacks on July 27, 2000.