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KING FELIX AND EL PRESIDENTE
From Elias: Venezuelan "King" Felix Hernandez became the second pitcher born outside the United States to throw a perfect game. Another "head of state", Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez, born in Nicaragua, retired all 27 batters he faced for the Expos at Dodger Stadium in 1991.
THE RAYS CAN'T ESCAPE PERFECTION
From Elias: The Tampa Bay Rays, in their 15th season in the majors, became the first franchise in major-league history to be on the losing end of three regular-season perfect games: Mark Buehrle in 2009, Dallas Braden in 2010 and Felix Hernandez in 2012. The Dodgers have been on the short side of perfect games by Tom Browning in 1988 and Dennis Martinez in 1991, plus Don Larsen's masterpiece in the 1956 World Series.
Joe Maddon, who was ejected in the seventh inning Wednesday, has been the Rays' manager in all three of their perfect-game losses. Only one other skipper in MLB history has seen his team go 27-up, 27-down more than once: Tommy Lasorda of the Dodgers (Browning & Martinez).
ANOTHER GEM AT SAFECO
From Elias: Safeco Field, the site of Philip Humber's perfecto in April, became the first stadium to host two perfect games in one season. In fact, the only other ballparks to witness perfection more than once in their history are Dodger Stadium (Sandy Koufax & Dennis Martinez), the stadium now known as O.co Coliseum in Oakland (Catfish Hunter & Dallas Braden), and the "old" Yankee Stadium (David Wells & David Cone in the regular season, plus Don Larsen in the World Series).
CABRERA HITS 30 FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera became the first Tigers player to hit 30 home runs in five consecutive seasons when he connected off Cole De Vries in the first inning of Detroit's 5-1 win at Minnesota. That leaves St.Louis/Baltimore as the only one of the 16 pre-expansion franchises for which no player has done that. Rafael Palmeiro had four straight 30-homer seasons for the Orioles (1995-98), and Cal Ripken had six consecutive seasons with 25 or more HR (1982-87). But no Browns or O's player hit 30 or more home runs for five seasons in a row.
COOK LIMITS WALKS, STRIKEOUTS
From Elias: Aaron Cook walked three batters and struck out one in 5 1/3 innings in the Red Sox' 5-3 loss at Baltimore. In 10 starts in 2012, Cook has issued 10 walks while recording seven strikeouts. He's the fourth pitcher in American League history to both walk and strike out 10-or-fewer batters over his first 10 starts of a season. Nick Altrock walked eight and struck out nine for the 1908 White Sox. Tom Zachary issued 10 bases on balls and recorded eight strikeouts for the 1922 Washington Senators. And Larry Pashnick issued 10 free passes while fanning seven for the 1982 Tigers. In fact, no major-league pitcher has done that over any 10-start, single-season span since Pashnick three decades ago.
WIETERS DRIVES IN WINNER FOR O'S
From Elias: Matt Wieters' sixth-inning ground-rule double drove in the go-ahead run in the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Red Sox. Wieters has eight game-winning RBIs as a catcher in 2012 (and nine overall), second-most in the majors behind Buster Posey (11 as a catcher).
DEJESUS POWERS CUBS FROM LEADOFF SLOT
From Elias: David DeJesus was 4-for-4 with two home runs in the Chicago's 7-2 win over Houston at Wrigley Field. Only two other modern-era Cubs leadoff batters (since 1900) have gone 4-for-4 or better with more than one home run. Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes was 4-for-4 with three home runs against the Mets on Opening Day 1994. And Alfonso Soriano went 5-for-5 with three long balls against the Pirates on May 17, 2008.
BUEHRLE REACHES DOUBLE FIGURES
From Elias: Mark Buehrle improved his record to 10-11 in the Marlins' 9-2 home win over the Phillies. Buehrle has won at least 10 games every season since 2001. That ties CC Sabathia for the longest current streak in the majors.
MARLINS OFFENSE FINALLY BREAKS OUT
From Elias: The Marlins, coming off three straight shutout losses, beat the Phillies 9-2 in Miami. Only one other team in the last 30 years has ended a streak of three-or-more scoreless games by scoring 9+ runs. The Cubs, who hadn't scored in four games, beat the Reds 10-3 on May 2, 1992.
KERSHAW DOMINATES ON MOUND, AT PLATE
From Elias: Clayton Kershaw struck out eight without walking a batter, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in as Los Angeles won 9-3 at Pittsburgh. Since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, only two other Dodgers pitchers have registered 8+ strikeouts without a walk, while also recording two hits, and scoring a run and driving in another as a batter: Don Drysdale against the Mets in 1964 and Randy Wolf against Arizona in 2009.
MAHOLM'S ACQUISITION KEY TO BRAVES' SUCCESS
From Elias: Paul Maholm allowed one run in seven innings in the Braves' 6-1 home win over the Padres. In three starts for Atlanta since being acquired from the Cubs, Maholm has allowed four earned runs over 23 innings (1.57 ERA). Since the end of World War II, only two other midseason acquisitions have posted earned-run averages under 2.00 in their first three starts for the Braves: Milt Pappas (0.83) in 1968 and Andy Ashby (0.78) in 2000.
HAMILTON BREAKS THROUGH IN THE BRONX
From Elias: Josh Hamilton hit two solo home runs in the Rangers' 3-2 road loss to the Yankees. Entering Wednesday, Hamilton had not homered in 43 career regular-season at bats at the current Yankee Stadium (he did go deep there three times in the 2010 ALCS). That was the only current American League stadium where Hamilton had never hit a home run. And if you're thinking that the current ballpark in the Bronx only opened in 2009, keep in mind that Hamilton did not homer in 10 at-bats at the "old" Yankee Stadium, his Home Run Derby performance notwithstanding.
TROUT FLASHES MORE POWER, SPEED
From Elias: Mike Trout hit his 22nd home run and stole his 38th base of the season in the Angels' win over the Indians. It was the fifth time in 2012 that Trout has recorded a homer and a steal. That ties Don Baylor (1978) for third-most in Halos history behind Bobby Bonds (7 in 1977) and Chone Figgins (6 in 2006).
BREWERS BLOW IT AGAIN
From Elias: The Brewers led 6-5 at the end of the eighth inning at Coors Field, but Tyler Colvin's two-run double off Jim Henderson in the bottom of the ninth gave the Rockies a 7-6 victory. It was Milwaukee's ninth loss this season in a game it led after eight innings. The Brew Crew is the first team to suffer that many such losses before the end of August since the 1979 Padres (also 9).
CRAIG DRIVES `EM IN WHEN HE PLAYS
From Elias: Allen Craig's fifth-inning solo home run gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in their 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks in St. Louis. Craig, who has had two stints on the disabled list in 2012, has driven in 61 runs in 75 games (.81 per game). Two other players have averaged more than .8 runs batted in per game this season (minimum 50 games): Josh Hamilton (.94) and Miguel Cabrera (.87).
ESCOBAR HITS, RUNS ROYALS TO WIN
From Elias: Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and stole two bases in the Royals' 3-2 home win over the Athletics. It was Escobar's second game this year with two hits and two stolen bases (July 29 at Seattle). In the last 25 years, the only other Kansas City shortstop to have two such games in a season was Angel Berroa in his Rookie-of-the-Year 2003 campaign.
LEAKE A TWO-WAY THREAT
From Elias: Mike Leake threw a four-hitter and drove in a run on a sixth-inning single in the Reds' 6-1 home win over the Mets. In a game against the Giants on June 29, Leake tossed a complete-game win and hit a home run. No other pitcher has recorded an RBI in more than one complete game in 2012.
WHITE SOX POWER THEIR WAY TO VICTORY
From Elias: Dewayne Wise, Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo all homered for the White Sox in their 9-5 win at Toronto. It was the 18th time in 2012 that the Southsiders have hit at least three home runs in a game, third-most in the majors behind the Yankees and Brewers (20 each).
FOUR WALKS?: NO PROBLEM FOR STRASBURG
From Elias: Stephen Strasburg issued four walks but escaped with the win for the second straight start in the Nationals' 6-4 win at San Francisco. Strasburg has walked at least four batters five times in his career, and he's 4-1 (.800) in those games. That's the best record by any active pitcher with at least five decisions in four-walk games. Next best: Chris Volstad (7-2, .778).