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A-ROD HITS HIS 300TH HOME RUN IN A YANKEE UNIFORM
From Elias: Alex Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run in a Yankee uniform in the team's 8-5 win over the Orioles on Friday night. A-Rod is the sixth player to hit 300 home runs for the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra.
The Yankees are the first franchise in major-league history to have six players each hit 300 or more home runs for the team. Two other franchises have had five such players: the Braves (Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones and Dale Murphy) and Red Sox (Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and David Ortiz).
CASTRO REACHES 500 HITS
From Elias: Starlin Castro registered the 500th hit of his career in the Cubs' 12-2 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Only seven players who began their career since 1900 reached 500 hits at a younger age than Castro (22 years, 167 days old): Mel Ott (21 years, 149 days), Ty Cobb (21/248), Al Kaline (21/250), Robin Yount (21/297), Buddy Lewis (21/345), Cesar Cedeno (22/80) and Bobby Doerr (22/158).
SEVEN ERRORS AND FOUR HITS FOR PIRATES
From Elias: The Pirates committed seven errors and managed only four hits in their 12-2 loss to the Cubs on Friday night. Pittsburgh became the first team in more than 81 years to commit at least seven errors and register four-or-fewer hits in the same game. The last team to do that was the Boston Braves against the Phillies on May 30, 1931. Boston committed seven errors and stroked only three hits in a 12-2 defeat in the second game of a doubleheader.
BRAVES USE SIX PITCHERS TO BLANK METS
From Elias: The Braves used six pitchers to combine on a five-hit shutout in the team's 3-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night. It is only the second time that the Braves have used six different pitchers in a nine-inning shutout victory. Atlanta used six pitchers in a nine-inning 4-0 win over the Expos on September 7, 2002.
ASTROS ROOKIE TURNS DEFEAT INTO VICTORY
From Elias: Rookie Matt Dominguez hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning turning a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead in Houston's victory over the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday night. Dominguez became the first Astros rookie to hit a go-ahead home run with the team trailing in the ninth inning or later on the road. Four other Astros did it at home: Chuck Harrison against Cincinnati on September 26, 1965, Keith Lampard against Cincinnati on September 19, 1969, Mark Bailey against the Mets on July 17, 1984 and Brian Bogusevic against the Cubs on August 16, 2011.
SCHIERHOLTZ SNAPS LATE-INNING FUNK
From Elias: Nate Schierholtz hit a game winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Friday night. Schierholtz entered the day with a .109 batting average in late-inning pressure situations this season, the second lowest for any player with at least 40 at bats in that situation behind Josh Hamilton (.106).
CAIN JOINS BRETT AND BELTRAN
From Elias: Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run home run, his second long ball of the game, in the top of the ninth inning to break a 5-5 tie and lead the Royals to a 7-5 win over the White Sox in Chicago on Friday night. Over the last 20 years, only two other Royals have had a multi-home run game with one of the homers giving the team the lead in the ninth inning or later: George Brett (September 26, 1993), Carlos Beltran (May 31, 2002).
REYES IS THRIVING IN EXTRA INNINGS
From Elias: Jose Reyes hit a tie-breaking two-run triple in the top of the tenth inning leading the Marlins to a 9-7 win over the Nationals on Friday night. Reyes is 5-for-9 in extra innings this season, with a single, a double, two triples and a home run. The last major-league player to have a season with an "extra-inning cycle," with multiple triples, was Ryne Sandberg in 1984. Going back to the start of the 2011 season, Reyes is 12-for-21 in extra innings.
MORE EXTRA INNING MAGIC FROM ZOBRIST
From Elias: Ben Zobrist hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning giving the Rays a 3-1 win over the Rangers on Friday night. It was the second time this season that Zobrist has ended an extra-inning game with a hit (he had a game-ending triple in the 14th inning on July 20), joining Alex Avila, Adam Jones, Matt Kemp, Jimmy Rollins, Hector Sanchez and Marco Scutaro as the only players who have done that multiple times in 2012.
ALVAREZ SNAPS HIS LOSING STREAK WITH WIN AT FENWAY
From Elias: Henderson Alvarez ended a five-game personal losing streak by earning the victory in the Blue Jays' 7-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night. Alvarez is only the third Toronto starting pitcher to earn a win at Fenway Park after losing his previous five decisions that season. Juan Guzman beat the Sox in Fenway on September 24, 1995 after losing his previous nine decisions and Paul Mirabella snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win in Boston on October 4, 1980.
HEADLEY GOES DEEP TWICE FOR THE FOURTH TIME
From Elias: Chase Headley hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Padres to a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. It is the fourth time that Headley has hit multiple home runs in a game this season, the most such games by a Padre in a single campaign since Ryan Klesko (five) and Phil Nevin (four) both did it in 2001.
Prior to this season, Headley had not hit multiple home runs in any of the 529 games he had appeared in.
CALLASPO TAKES A.L. LEAD IN PINCH HIT RBIS
From Elias: Alberto Callaspo, pinch-hitting for Mark Trumbo, singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday night. Callaspo now has six RBIs as a pinch hitter this season, the most for any player in the American League.
A'S GRIFFIN OFF TO A 5-0 START
From Elias: A.J. Griffin allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings pitched and ran his record to 5-0 in Oakland's 6-1 win over Seattle on Friday night. Griffin is the first A's starting pitcher to win his first five decisions in his first season in the major leagues since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.