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PARISE GOES HOME
From Elias: Zach Parise signed with the Wild on Wednesday, saying "coming back home" was a significant factor in his decision. His father, J.P. Parise, was the career assist leader for the Minnesota North Stars from 1970 to 1976 and again from 1978 to 1981, when he was passed by Tim Young.
ORTIZ HITS 400th HOME RUN
From Elias: David Ortiz is the fifth player to hit his 400th career home run against the Athletics, joining Babe Ruth (in 1927), Ted Williams (1956), Carl Yastrzemski (1979) and Paul Konerko (earlier this year). Ruth did so when the A's were based in Philadelphia and Williams' milestone shot came against the Kansas City Athletics. That makes Oakland the only franchise to allow career home run #400 to five different men, breaking a tie it held in that category with the Cardinals, Reds and Indians.
ATHLETICS' WINNING STREAK POWERED BY PITCHING
From Elias: Oakland has won four straight games and its pitchers allowed exactly one earned run in each of those contests. It's the Athletics' longest winning streak in which they permitted no more than one earned run in each game since July 2001, when they had four straight victories of that type straddling the All-Star break, in starts by Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mulder again.
GRANDAL HITS 4th HOME RUN
From Elias: Yasmani Grandal on Wednesday night became just the fourth player since 1900 to hit four home runs through the first six games of his major-league career. The other men in modern major-league history to do that were Sam Horn (1987 Red Sox), Luis Medina (1988 Indians) and Mike Jacobs (2005 Mets).
LEE CATCHES METS LOOKING
From Elias: Cliff Lee finally won his first game of the season, throwing eight innings and striking out nine Mets batters in the Phillies' 9-2 victory at Citi Field. Seven of those strikeouts came on called strike threes, tying the highest total by any major-league pitcher in a game this season. Matt Cain caught seven Astros batters looking at strike three in his perfect game on June 13.
McCUTCHEN: 14 HITS AND 11 RUNS OVER 5 GAMES
From Elias: Andrew McCutchen, who was 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Pirates' win over the Astros, is 14-for-21 (.667) over his last five games, with 11 runs, two homers, and six RBI. McCutchen is first Pirates player since Honus Wagner in 1904 to have 14 hits and 11 runs in a five-game span; Wagner had 15 hits and 11 runs over five games in June of that year.
GIANTS SQUANDER 3-RUN LEAD
From Elias: The Giants scored three runs in the top of the first inning at Nationals Park on Wednesday morning, giving San Francisco a lead that has typically been insurmountable for its opponents since the start of the 2011 campaign. The Giants entered the day with only one loss over the last two seasons in games they led by three or more runs. Every other team in the major leagues had lost at least five times after going ahead by at least three runs over that span.
But the Nationals rallied to defeat the Giants, 9-4, dropping San Francisco's record to 74-2 (.974) over the last two seasons after forging a lead of three runs or more.
CANO COMES THROUGH WITH BASES LOADED
From Elias: Robinson Cano's two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead and New York went on to defeat the Rays by that score. Cano entered the day 1-for-13 (.077) with the bases loaded this season, the second-lowest such average in the major leagues among players with at least 10 plate appearances in that situation. Cano's only hit this season with the bases loaded before Wednesday was a grand slam against the Royals on May 6.
RAMIREZ'S GAME-WINNING HIT EXTENDS STREAK VS. BREWERS
From Elias: Hanley Ramirez's 10th-inning single drove in the winning run for the Marlins and it also gave him a hit in 19 straight games against the Brewers. That ties the longest hitting streak for any player versus Milwaukee since that franchise moved to the National League in 1998. Albert Pujols had a hit in 19 consecutive games against the Brewers from 2003 to 2004.
TILLMAN'S SHUTOUT BID ENDS IN 9th INNING
From Elias: Chris Tillman, who was called up from the minor leagues to start Wednesday's game against the Mariners, carried a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning before he was removed with one out and two men on base. He almost became the first Orioles pitcher in two decades to throw a shutout in his season debut. That was last done in April 1992, by both Ben McDonald and Rick Sutcliffe.
RIZZO GOES DEEP
From Elias: Anthony Rizzo became the fourth Cubs rookie in the last five seasons to hit a home run on the Fourth of July, joining Tyler Colvin, who hit two homers at Wrigley Field on Independence Day in 2010, and Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto, who each went deep at Busch Stadium on this country's birthday in 2008. In the 50 seasons before that, from 1958 to 2007, the only Cubs rookie to hit a home run on July 4th was Randy Hundley in 1966.
BUTLER HITLESS AGAINST BLUE JAYS
From Elias: Billy Butler was 0-for-3 in the Royals' loss to the Blue Jays and is now 0-for-24 this season against Toronto. That's the most hitless at-bats for any player versus any major-league team in 2012. Butler batted .393 (11-for-28) against the Blue Jays last season, with two home runs and nine RBI.
HOLLIDAY HAS 33 HITS IN LAST 64 AT-BATS
From Elias: Matt Holliday was 3-for-4 in the Cardinals' win on Wednesday and he now has 33 hits in his last 64 at-bats (.516). The only other major-league player this season who batted above .500 over a span of 64 at-bats is Joey Votto, who had a 34-for-64 (.531) stretch.
DODGERS START GAME WITH 4 STRAIGHT HITS
From Elias: The Dodgers began the game with four straight hits, scored three runs in the first inning, and went on to defeat the Reds, 4-1. It was only the second time in the last three seasons that each of the Dodgers' first four batters in the first inning recorded a hit.
KOTCHMAN HOMERS AGAINST ORIGINAL TEAM
From Elias: Casey Kotchman was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the Indians' win against the Angels. Kotchman, who began his major-league career by playing five seasons for the Angels, had never before hit a home run against his original club. His 96 at-bats against Mike Scioscia's team entering play on Wednesday were by far his highest total versus any franchise against which he had never gone deep.