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DICKEY'S STREAKS UNPRECEDENTED IN MODERN MAJOR-LEAGUE HISTORY
From Elias: R.A. Dickey is the only pitcher in modern major-league history (that's since 1900) to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10-or-more batters and allowing either one hit or no hits in each game. He had a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts against the Rays last Wednesday and authored a one-hit shutout of the Orioles with 13 strikeouts on Monday night.
Dickey has now won his last six starts, with 63 strikeouts and only two runs allowed over that span. No other major-league pitcher since 1900 went 6-0 with at least 60 strikeouts and two-or-fewer runs allowed over a span of six straight starts.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
From Elias: CC Sabathia couldn't match R.A. Dickey's one-hit shutout, but he threw a complete game of his own, striking out 10 batters in a 6-2 victory over the Braves. It wasn't merely the first time that Mets and Yankees pitchers both produced complete-game victories with 10-or-more strikeouts on the same day; it was also the first time since 1900 that pitchers from any two different New York major-league teams did so on the same day.
2 RUN-SCORING HITS FOR JETER
From Elias: Derek Jeter had a two-run single in the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead, and then added an RBI-single in the seventh inning of New York's 6-2 win over the Braves. It was the first time this season that Jeter drove in runs with two separate hits in the same game.
IMPERFECT FIRST INNINGS
From Elias: When Mike Trout singled to lead off the first inning against Matt Cain on Monday night it marked the fourth straight time that a pitcher coming off a perfect game allowed a hit in the first inning. Philip Humber, Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden also failed to get out of the first inning without allowing a hit in the encores to their perfectos.
VOTTO GOES 44 FOR 100
From Elias: Joey Votto, who was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double on Monday night, has 44 hits, including seven home runs and 12 doubles, over his last 100 at-bats. He's the first Reds player since Frank Robinson in 1961 with 44 or more hits, including at least 19 for extra bases, in a span of 100 at-bats.
CUBS SLUG FIVE HOME RUNS
From Elias: Starlin Castro, Bryan LaHair, Alfonso Soriano, Luis Valbuena and Geovany Soto all hit home runs in the Cubs' 12-3 win over the White Sox. Over the last six seasons there was only one other game in which five different Cubs players homered: an 11-6 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on August 2, 2011 in which Soriano, Soto, Tyler Colvin, Marlon Byrd and Aramis Ramirez went deep.
WEEKS ENDS BASED-LOADED HITLESS STREAK
From Elias: Rickie Weeks hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the first inning on Monday night, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead and ending a personal drought. Weeks was 0-for-15 over his previous 15 plate appearances with the bags full, a dry spell that dated back to August 2010.
BIXLER HITS FIRST CAREER HOME RUN
From Elias: The Astros' Brian Bixler, playing in his 161st major-league game, hit his first career home run on Monday night. That leaves only one active position player who has appeared in at least 100 big-league games and has never homered: the Twins' Ben Revere, who hasn't connected for a four-bagger in 162 games in the majors.
CHISENHALL RAKES REDS FROM NINTH SPOT
From Elias: Lonnie Chisenhall was 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple in the Indians' 10-9 win over the Reds. Over the last five seasons only two other ninth-place hitters had a three-hit game with a homer and a triple: the White Sox' Mark Teahen in 2010 and the Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia on Opening Day of last season.
GOOD PARK FOR CYCLES
From Elias: Aaron Hill was 4-for-4 with a single, double, triple and home run in the Diamondbacks' win over the Mariners. It was the fourth cycle at Chase Field over the last five seasons. The others were by Stephen Drew (in 2008), the Brewers' Jody Gerut (2010) and Kelly Johnson (2010). The only other venue that has been the site of more than two cycles over that period is Coors Field, where there have also been four such performances over that span.
ALL SCORING IN FIRST INNING
From Elias: The Rangers plated two runs in the top of the first inning and the Padres countered with a single run in the bottom of that inning, but that was the extent of the scoring in Texas's 2-1 victory over San Diego. It was the first major-league game this season in which both teams scored in the first inning and neither team scored for the rest of the game.