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ORIOLES BASH BLUE JAYS
From Elias: The Orioles hit home runs with men on base in the 5th (Chris Davis), 6th (Mark Reynolds), 7th (Davis again) and 8th (Manny Machado) innings in their win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. It's the first game in over six years that a team hit home runs with men on base in four straight innings; the Rangers were the last to do it, in a 15-1 win against the Orioles on July 13, 2006. Baltimore hadn't done it since Apr. 29, 1970, against the White Sox, when their sluggers were Ellie Hendricks, Paul Blair (twice) and Boog Powell.
Jim Thome, 42 years old, and Manny Machado, 20, each hit home runs in the 5th inning for Baltimore. It's the fifth time that teammates, one 40-plus and the other no more than 20 years old, have hit home runs in the same game, and the first time since Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hit back-to-back homers for the Mariners off the Angels' Kirk McCaskill on Sept. 14, 1990. The other pairs to do so: Willie Mays and Chris Speier (twice in 1971); Hank Sauer and Orlando Cepeda (twice in 1958).
PRADO TAKES JOHNSON DEEP
From Elias: Martin Prado came back from an 0-2 count to hit a home run off Josh Johnson on a 2-2 pitch on Wednesday. Prior to Wednesday, Johnson had not allowed a home run in 186 at-bats in his previous 42 games after getting ahead in the count, 0-2.
A DIFFERENT TWIST FOR KIMBREL
From Elias: Craig Kimbrel closed out the Braves' win on Wednesday for his 40th save, but he had to do a little extra work ¿ a batter reached base on a wild pitch on a third strike, allowing Kimbrel to have a four-strikeout inning. Only three other pitchers have gotten a save at the end of a four-strikeout inning: Kazuhiro Sasaki for the Mariners on April 4, 2003, Derek Wallace for the Mets on Sept. 13, 1996 and Mark Wohlers for the Braves on June 7, 1995.
FELIX FANS PUJOLS THREE TIMES
From Elias: Felix Hernandez struck out Albert Pujols three times on Wednesday, marking the first time in Pujols' major-league career that he struck out three times against one pitcher in one game, regular season or postseason.
SABATHIA STRIKES OUT MAUER NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT THRICE
From Elias: CC Sabathia struck out Joe Mauer three times on Wednesday, on nine pitches. There have been only three other games this season in which a pitcher stuck out a batter three times, on nine total pitches: Hisashi Iwakuma against Brett Lawrie on July 30; James Shields versus Wilson Betemit on July 26; and Yu Darvish facing Bobby Wilson on June 2.
Prior to Wednesday's game, Mauer had struck out three times against the same pitcher in one game only twice, and Sabathia was one of them, on July 29, 2007. The other was Ryan Dempster earlier this season (June 10).
HARPER HAVING A FINE SEASON
From Elias: Bryce Harper hit his 9th triple and 20th home run of the season in Washington's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. Over the last 40 season (1973-2012), the only other rookie with that many triples and home runs in one season was Nomar Garciaparra (11 3b, 20 hr) for the Red Sox in 1997.
A DOZEN WINS FOR PARKER
From Elias: Jarrod Parker won his 12th game of the season for Oakland on Wednesday, one behind fellow rookie Tommy Milone for the team lead. The Athletics are the first team to have two rookies win a dozen or more games in one season since Josh Johnson and Scott Olsen each had 12 wins for the 2006 Marlins; the last before that pair was Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling for the 1984 Mets.
CAIN A HORSE AND A HALF
From Elias: Matt Cain made his 31st start of the season for San Francisco on Wednesday, giving him seven straight seasons with 30 or more starts. The only player with a longer current streak is Bronson Arroyo, who also made his 31st start of the season on Wednesday, giving him an eight-season streak. Before Cain, only two Giants pitchers started more than 30 games in each of seven consecutive seasons: Hall Of Famers Christy Mathewson (14, 1901-14) and Mickey Welch (8, 1883-90).
TIGERS WIN WITHOUT BIG BOPPERS
From Elias: Neither Miguel Cabrera nor Prince Fielder had an RBI or a run scored in the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Royals on Wednesday. Detroit is now 5-20 in games this year in which its two stars didn't have a RBI or a run scored, and the Tigers had lost their last five such games entering play on Wednesday.
WRIGHT HAS MOST HITS IN METS HISTORY
From Elias: On Wednesday, David Wright (who now has 1420 career hits) broke Ed Kranepool's record for the most hits by a player in Mets history (1418). Kranepool had held sole possession of that record since May 4, 1976, when he tied and passed Cleon Jones (1188 hits), who had taken the lead from Kranepool in 1971. Kranepool had originally claimed the team record in July 1967 - at age 22.
WHITE SOX ARE WILD
From Elias: The Indians drew 12 walks off White Sox pitchers on Wednesday, tying their highest total in a nine-inning game since 1980. They had a game with 12 walks against Tampa Bay on May 15, 2004. The White Sox tied a team record for a nine-inning game by having six pitchers issue at least one walk, done four previous times, most recently April 3, 2003.
KEMP HAS NO TROUBLE PRODUCING AT PETCO
From Elias: Matt Kemp drove in four runs on Wednesday, giving him 12 RBIs in six games as Petco Park this season. That's the highest single-season total by a visiting players at Petco Park; the previous best was 11, by Troy Tulowitzki in 2011 and Pedro Feliz in 2006. Andre Ethier had 11 RBIs in San Diego for the Dodgers this season.
NORRIS ENDS SKID
From Elias: Bud Norris ended his 18-start winless streak with 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday. That was the longest winless streak within one season in Astros history, and it matched the longest drought since 1980; Chris Capuano went 18 starts without a win for the Brewers in 2007.
RED SOX END DISMAL HOME CAMPAIGN
From Elias: The Red Sox lost to the Rays on Wednesday to finish their home schedule with a 34-47 (.420) record. That's tied for Boston's lowest winning percentage at home in the last 80 seasons (1933 to date); they were also 34-47 at home in 1965. The Red Sox had a lower winning percentage than .420 eight times in the first 32 seasons of team history (1901 through 1932).
Jon Lester finished the season 3-10 with a 6.31 ERA at Fenway Park, after he was 36-15 with a 3.32 ERA at Fenway before this year. Only three other Red Sox pitchers have had 3 or fewer wins and 10 or more losses in one season at home: Frank Castillo in 2002 (2-10), Paul Zahniser in 1926 (0-10) and Joe Harris in 1906 (0-12).