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Puig mania in Los Angeles
Yasiel Puig had two hits in each game of the Dodgers' day/night doubleheader against the Yankees. Puig has played 15 games in his major league career and he has had at least two hits in 10 of those games. Among players who made their major league debut since 1900 only one other had 10 multiple-hit games in his first 15 career games: Baltimore's Curtis Goodwin in 1995. Goodwin had at least two hits in 10 of his first 11 major league games.
Puig's four hits and one home run in the Dodgers' day/night doubleheader split with the Yankees gives him 27 hits and five homers in his 15-game major league career. Puig is the first player in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to have that many hits and home runs in his first 15 major league games.
Kuroda and Ichiro power Yankees
Two players born in Japan led the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers in the day portion of their day/night doubleheader. Hiroki Kuroda earned the win with 6 2/3 solid innings while Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in. It's only the third time in major league history that a Japanese-born pitcher earned a win while another Japanese-born player hit a home run. It also occurred on September 21, 2002 when Dave Roberts, whose father was stationed in Japan with the Marines when he was born, homered in a game won by Hideo Nomo; and on August 19, 2012 when Kuroda and Ichiro (2 homers) did it for the Yankees against the Red Sox. For the record, Hideo Nomo earned a win and hit a homer in the same game twice in his career.
Davis continues his bashing
Chris Davis went 3-for-5 with two homers and drove in five runs in the Orioles' romp over the Tigers. Davis raised his batting average to .337 and improved his home run and runs batted in totals to 26 and 66 respectively in 72 games played this season. Over the last 80 seasons only three other players had that high a batting average with that many homers and RBIs in their first 72 games of a season: Mickey Mantle in 1956 (.373, 29, 71), Tony Perez in 1970 (.364, 26, 78) and Luis Gonzalez in 2001 (.355, 31, 72).
Collmenter keeps DBacks in the game
Josh Collmenter came in relief of Trevor Cahill and pitched six scoreless innings, allowed only one hit and struck out seven in the Diamondbacks' win over the Marlins. The last pitcher to come out of the bullpen and pitch a game like that was Jake Westbrook for the Indians against the Tigers on April 19, 2004. Westbrook did not allow a hit and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings pitched.
Is Masterson throwing a spitball too?
Justin Masterson is 6-1 with a 2.29 earned-run average in nine starts at Progressive Field this season. The last Cleveland pitcher with at least six wins and an ERA under 2.30 in his first nine home starts of a season was Gaylord Perry, who was 8-1 with a 1.33 ERA in his first nine home starts in 1974.
Desmond slams Phillies
Ian Desmond's grand slam in the top of the 11th inning powered the Nationals to a 6-2 win over the Phillies. It's the eighth extra-inning grand slam in the Expos/Nationals franchise history, but only the second since the team moved to Washington in 2005. Michael Morse connected for one in the 11th inning off Arizona's Joe Paterson on June 5, 2011.
Marcum is 0-9
Shaun Marcum is 0-9 with a 5.76 earned-run average after another putrid performance in the Mets' 5-3 loss in Atlanta Wednesday night. Marcum is the third pitcher in Mets history to lose his first nine or more decisions in a season. Anthony Young started the 1993 season 0-13 and Bob L. Miller opened the 1962 campaign, the Mets inaugural season, with 12 consecutive losses.
Morneau snaps home run drought
Justin Morneau's two-run home run in the sixth inning snapped his 168 at-bat homerless drought. That was, by far, the longest home run drought of Morneau's major league career. Morneau's second-longest stretch without a homer was 108 at-bats in 2007.
Westbrook is keeping the ball in the park
Jake Westbrook has not allowed a home run in his last 57 1/3 innings pitched dating back to last season. That's the longest such streak of his major league career. Westbrook's previous long streak without allowing a homer was 52¿ innings spanning the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Blue Jays are stingy lately
The Blue Jays have allowed three or fewer runs in each of their last seven games, all wins. That's one shy of the franchise record. Toronto allowed three or fewer runs in eight consecutive victories in 1985.
Astros' starting pitchers doing the job
Erik Bedard did not earn a win but he pitched a solid 7 1/3 innings for the Astros Wednesday night. Astros starting pitchers are 10-6 with a 2.47 ERA over the club's last 23 games. That's the lowest ERA for any starting staff in the major leagues during that time (since May 27).
Another overtime goal for Seabrook
Brent Seabrook's second overtime goal of the 2013 playoffs earned the Blackhawks a 6-5 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Seabrook, who won Game 7 of Chicago's second-round series against Detroit with an OT goal, is the fifth defenseman in NHL history to score two overtime goals in one playoff year. The others were Leo Reise, Jr. (1950 Red Wings), Chris Chelios (1995 Blackhawks), Niclas Wallin (2002 Hurricanes) and Scott Niedermayer (2007 Ducks).
Rask home streak ends
Michal Handzus' shorthanded goal 6:48 into Game 4 ended Tuukka Rask's home shutout streak at 193:16. It was the third-longest home shutout streak within one playoff year in NHL history. Detroit's Terry Sawchuk holds the record at 240:00 in 1952 and Toronto's Lorne Chabot went 195:03 on home ice without allowing a goal in 1933.
Blackhawks' stars shine
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each scored a goal for the Blackhawks in their 6-5 overtime win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Toews and Kane have scored goals in the same game 41 times in regular-season play since they made their NHL debuts with Chicago in October 2007, but Wednesday's game marked only the third time that they've done so in the playoffs. The only other postseason games in which the scoresheet contained the names of Toews and Kane in the goals scored column were against the Canucks in 2009 (Game 6) and the Predators in 2010 (Game 6). Both games were series-clinching wins for the Blackhawks.