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JETER AND AARON, ROSE AND COBB
From Elias: Derek Jeter had two hits on Saturday to increase his season total to 150 and join Hank Aaron as the only players in major-league history to post 150 or more hits in each of 17 consecutive seasons. Jeter has 3,226 hits (and counting) over the last 17 seasons (1996-2012); that's 85 more than Aaron had during his 17-year streak of 150-hit seasons (3,141, 1955-1971). The only players with more hits over a span of 17 seasons than Jeter or Aaron were, not surprisingly, Pete Rose (whose highest 17-season total was 3,388 from 1965 through 1981) and Ty Cobb (whose highest total over any 17 seasons of his career was 3,307 from 1907 through 1923).
From Elias: Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run since joining the Yankees in a 5-2 win at Toronto. It was the sixth home run by a Yankees third baseman in the absence of Alex Rodriguez, tying the Padres for the most homers from that position during that time (since July 25). Yankees third basemen have batted .375, a major-league high, in those 16 games. Eric Chavez started nine of those games in place in Rodriguez, Jayson Nix started five, and McGehee two.
MARQUIS CARRIES NO-HITTER INTO THE SEVENTH INNING
From Elias: Jason Marquis tossed a two-hit shutout to beat the Pirates with Travis Snider spoiling the no-hit bid with an infield single to lead off the seventh inning. It was the first time in Marquis' 287 career starts that he carried a no-hitter through the first six innings of a game. His previous closest flirtations with no-hitters were spoiled with one out in the sixth inning on singles by Pittsburgh's Don Kelly (May 9, 2007) and Seattle's Michael Pineda (his only major-league hit, June 23, 2011).
ARROYO AT WRIGLEY
From Elias: Bronson Arroyo defeated the Cubs in Chicago to improve his record to 5-0 over his last seven starts at Wrigley Field (since 2008). Arroyo's winning streak at Wrigley is the longest for a Reds pitcher since Pedro Borbon, Sr. went 5-0 there, all in relief, during his tenure with Cincinnati (1970-1979). Arroyo's five straight winning decisions at Wrigley is the longest for a Reds pitcher exclusively as a starter since Jim Maloney won all six of his starts in Chicago from 1962 through 1965.
RAYS GO BACK-TO-BACK IN THE FIRST FRAME
From Elias: The Rays defeated the Twins, 4-2, and they scored all the runs they would need in the first inning when B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer immediately followed by Matt Joyce's round-tripper. It was the first pair of back-to-back homers for Tampa Bay in the first inning of a game since 2006, when it happened twice: Russell Branyan and Ty Wigginton on April 21; Rocco Baldelli and Wigginton on July 26.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE
From Elias: Matt Cain allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings to defeat the Rockies and snap the Giants' two-game losing streak. Cain is 5-0 in eight starts this season that immediately followed a loss by his team. The only other major-league pitcher who is 5-0 or better under those circumstances is Jered Weaver, who is 7-0 in eight starts immediately following Angels losses.
MEDLEN STARTS, BRAVES WIN
From Elias: Kris Medlen allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings to defeat the Mets. The Braves have won the last 14 games that Medlen started for them, dating back to May 2010. That's the longest current streak for any team in games started by one of its pitchers. (Jered Weaver is second; the Angels have won his last 12 starts.) It's the second-longest such streak in the Braves' 137-year franchise history. The longer streak was in 1996, when Atlanta won 15 consecutive games started by John Smoltz.
LILLIBRIDGE GREETS HIS EX-MATES JUST AS YOUK DID
From Elias: Brent Lillibridge went 3-for-4 and homered in the Indians' 5-2 victory over the Red Sox just 27 days after last playing for Boston. Last month Kevin Youkilis became the first player to homer against the Sox within four weeks of playing for Boston since Ted Lepcio did it in May 1959.
HOME RUNS ARE EASY AS 1-2-3 FOR ROYALS
From Elias: Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, and Billy Butler homered in the first, second, and third innings, respectively, at Baltimore in Saturday night. It marked the first time in 10 years that Royals players homered in each of the first three innings of the same game. The last Kansas City teammates to do so were Chuck Knoblauch, Michael Tucker, and Raul Ibanez against the Twins in August 2002.
CARDS STAND 1 & 2 IN NL RBI RACE
From Elias: Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Cardinals' 4-1 victory at Philadelphia. That lifted Holliday's RBI total to 79, second in the National League behind teammate Carlos Beltran's total of 82 (including the other run in the Cardinals' victory on Saturday). Since the major leagues began recording RBIs in 1920, no Cardinals players have ever finished one-two in the league in RBIs.
Saturday's game marked the fifth time in 22 starts at Citizens Bank Park that Holliday has had three-or-more hits.
OLT TAMES TIGERS WITH WALKOFF IN FIFTH GAME
From Elias: Mike Olt, playing in his fifth major-league game, singled in Nelson Cruz with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in Texas' 2-1 win over Detroit. Only two players in Rangers franchise history have needed that few games before producing their first walkoff RBI. Bobby Johnson hit a walkoff home run against the Angels in his fifth game October 1981. And Monty Fariss beat the White Sox with a game-ending double in his third game in September 1991.
TWO PLAYERS GET THREE HITS FOR THE FIRST TIME
From Elias: The White Sox' Tyler Flowers (3-for-3) and the Athletics' Chris Carter (3-for-5) each recorded their first career three-hit game in Oakland's 9-7 win at Chicago. Flowers was making his 68th major-league start, while Carter was starting his 63rd game. That leaves only one active position player with more than 60 games started and no three-hit games: Yankees catcher Chris Stewart (99 GS).
GREENE STARS IN FIRST HOUSTON START
From Elias: Tyler Greene, who pinch ran in his Astros debut Friday night, doubled and homered in his first start for Houston on Saturday. The last player to record more than one extra-base hit in his first start in a Houston uniform was Vinny Castilla, who hit two doubles and a home run at Wrigley Field on May 15, 2001.
HERNANDEZ REMINDS MIAMI FANS OF HANLEY
From Elias: Gorkys Hernandez's fifth-inning squeeze bunt drove in John Buck and gave Miami a lead it would not relinquish in its 7-3 home win over Los Angeles. Hernandez became the second Marlins position player in the last 15 seasons to record a game-winning RBI on a bunt. Hanley Ramirez, on the field at shortstop for the Dodgers Saturday night, did that against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on July 6, 2007.