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JAYS RELIEVER ESTABLISHES A MAJOR-LEAGUE FIRST
From Elias: Reliever Steve Delabar struck out six of the seven batters he faced over two scoreless innings to earn the win for the Blue Jays in their 11-inning victory over the White Sox. Delabar earned himself a place in the Elias Book of Baseball Records when he notched four strikeouts in the 10th inning (thanks to a third-strike passed ball charged to Toronto catcher Jeff Mathis). He's the first pitcher in major-league history to record four Ks in an extra inning in one game.
DUNN HITS TWO HOMERS AND REACHES RBI MILESTONE
From Elias: Adam Dunn hit a pair of solo home runs to account for both of the White Sox' runs in their 11-inning loss at Toronto. Dunn's second homer was also the 1,000th run batted in of his 12-year major-league career. Dunn's career total of 398 home runs ranks him third in the majors since 2001, his first season in the big leagues, behind Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez, but 18 players have more RBIs over the last 12 seasons than Dunn.
SWISHER SLAMS HIS 200TH CAREER HOME RUN
From Elias: Nick Swisher hit his second grand slam of the season and the Yankees' major league-high ninth bases-loaded home run this year in New York's 8-2 win over the Rangers. Swisher's second grand slam ties him with Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson for the team high this year. This is only the second time in franchise history that the Yankees have had three different players with multiple grand slams in one season. In 2010 Alex Rodriguez hit three slams for the Yankees, and Cano and Jorge Posada each homered twice with the bases loaded.
Swisher's grand slam was his 200th home run in the major leagues, giving the Yankees a record-tying total of seven players with at least 200 career homers on their current roster. (The others are Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez, Derek Jeter and Eric Chavez.) The only other team in major-league history with seven 200-homer men was the 2008 Yankees (Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Jeter, Jorge Posada, A-Rod, Ivan Rodriguez and Richie Sexson). With Curtis Granderson currently at 197 career home runs, this year's Yankees team should take sole possession of that record very soon.
SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT FOR COLE HAMELS
From Elias: Cole Hamels pitched his second consecutive shutout with a 4-0 win in Miami on Monday night. Hamels, who blanked the Braves 3-0 last Tuesday, joins Johan Santana (May 26 and June 1) as the only pitchers to hurl back-to-back shutouts in the majors this season. Hamels is only the third Phillies pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts in the last 20 seasons. Cory Lidle had two straight shutouts in 2004 and Cliff Lee tossed three in a row last year.
CHASE HEADLEY IS A "ONE-MAN GANG"
From Elias: Chase Headley had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs in the Padres' 4-1 win against the Braves in Atlanta. Headley has been nearly a one-man offense for San Diego in August. He's hit seven of the Padres' 15 home runs this month (Carlos Quentin is second on the team with two August homers) and driven in 21 of their 54 runs (Quentin and Yonder Alonso are tied for second with five August RBIs). When August began, Headley had never hit more than four homers or recorded more than 17 RBIs in any calendar month of his major-league career.
DEDUNO IS WINNING DESPITE HIS WILDNESS
From Elias: Twins rookie Samuel Deduno improved his record to 4-0 in seven starts this season this with a victory over the Tigers on Monday. Deduno earned the win despite issuing five walks, bringing his season total to 30 bases on balls. Deduno is the first major-league pitcher to go undefeated in a span of seven starts in one season while walking 30 or more batters over that stretch since Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano in 2004. The last pitcher to do that for the Washington/Minnesota franchise was the Senators' Ed Linke in 1935.
RIZZO'S SECOND FOUR-HIT GAME
From Elias: Cubs rookie Anthony Rizzo posted his second four-hit game of the season when he went 4 for 5 against the Astros on Monday. Rizzo, who was 4 for 5 versus the Mets on July 8, is one four National League rookies with a pair of four-hit games this year. The others are the Padres' Yonder Alonso, the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter and the Nationals' Stephen Lombardozzi.
FOUR-HIT GAME FOR THE ROCKIES' EIGHT-HOLE HITTER
From Elias: Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 4 from the eighth slot in the batting order to pace the Rockies to a win over the Brewers at Coors Field. LeMahieu was the third National League player to record four hits in one game from the #8 slot this year. The others are San Diego's Everth Cabrera (May 24 against the Mets in New York) and Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado (July 13 vs. Pittsburgh).
VICTORINO'S FIRST HOMER FOR THE DODGERS
From Elias: Shane Victorino drove in three runs and hit his first home run for the Dodgers to lead them to a 5-4 win at Pittsburgh. Victorino has a .331 career batting average against the Pirates but the home run he hit on Monday night was his first ever versus Pittsburgh. Victorino has now hit at least one home run against every National League team except the Phillies, who recently traded him to Los Angeles after an eight-season stint in Philadelphia. Victorino has played only one game against the Phillies and that was in May 2003 for the Padres, a little more than a month after his major-league debut.