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Price is a traded All-Star for the second straight year
David Price, who made the American League All-Star team with the Tigers this year, was traded to the Blue Jays on Thursday. Last season, Price earned All-Star honors with the Rays but was dealt to Detroit on deadline day (July 31). He's the first major-league pitcher ever to be traded in two different seasons after making an All-Star squad that year, and the first big-league player (batter or pitcher) to be named to an All-Star team and then get traded in each of two consecutive seasons.
Phillips's performance is unprecedented
Brandon Phillips produced four hits, including two home runs, drove in seven runs and stole two bases in the Reds' 15-5 rout of the Pirates. Phillips is the first major-league player since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920 to register at least four hits, two homers, seven RBIs and two stolen bases in one game. If you limit the comparison to the last two elements, that is, at least seven RBIs and two steals, the only other big-league players to combine those in the same game are Mickey Mantle (Aug. 19, 1962) and Gary Sheffield (Sept. 18, 1995).
Padres' late six-run comeback road win
The Padres trailed, 7-1, through six innings in their game at Citi Field but they overcame that six-run deficit and two long rain delays to beat the Mets, 8-7, thanks to a grand slam by Derek Norris in the seventh inning and a three-run homer by Justin Upton with two outs in the ninth inning. It was only the fifth time in the Padres' 47-season history that they won a road game in which they trailed by as many as six runs in their seventh inning or later. Before Thursday, San Diego's last road win in that fashion was against the Rockies at Coors Field on May 14, 2011. The Mets had lost only one previous home game in which they led by as many as six runs in the seventh inning or later, a 9-7 setback versus the Braves at Shea Stadium on Aug. 26, 1970.
Norris slams the Mets with a 5-for-5 day
Derek Norris came to the plate five times and recorded four singles and a grand slam in the Padres' 8-7 win over the Mets on Thursday. Norris is the first player in Padres history to register a 5 for 5 game in which one of his hits was a home run with the bases loaded. The only other major-leaguers to do that over the last 40 years are Steve Garvey (1977), Toby Harrah (1986), Carlos Delgado (1998), Torii Hunter (2005) and Russell Martin (2011).
Sale can't hold an early two-run lead
Chris Sale had a 2-0 lead when he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning of the White Sox game at Fenway Park, but it wasn't Sale's night as he allowed seven runs and a career-high total of 12 hits in Chicago's 8-2 loss. It was Sale's first loss in a game in which he pitched with a lead of two or more runs since June 7, 2013 versus Oakland, a game he lost despite pitching with a three-run lead. From that game until Thursday's loss, Sale had posted a 23-0 record in the 30 starts in which he pitched with a lead of at least two runs.
A walkoff walk by a Cardinals rookie
The Cardinals staged a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Rockies, 9-8, and the game-winning scored when Colorado closer John Axford walked rookie Greg Garcia with the bases loaded. It's the second walkoff RBI for Garcia in his 25-game major-league career, and neither time did he have to put the ball in play to earn it! On May 13, 2014, Garcia was hit by a pitch from the Cubs' Justin Grimm with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to force home the winning run in a 4-3 Cardinals victory. Before Thursday, the last St. Louis batter to win a regular-season game with a "walkoff walk" was the team's current manager, Mike Matheny, on April 30, 2004, against the Cubs.
Carpenter's four by four (by four)
Matt Carpenter had four hits, four runs scored and four RBIs for the Cardinals in their win over the Rockies. The only other major-league player with at least "three fours" in each of those categories in one game this season is Toronto's Josh Donaldson, who did that against the White Sox on May 26. Carpenter is the first Cardinals player with a game of the kind since Albert Pujols produced five hits, five RBIs and five runs scored versus the Cubs in Chicago on July 20, 2004.
Castro's walkoff homer breaks a scoreless tie
Jason Castro's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning earned the Astros a 3-0 win over the Angels. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that a Houston batter hit a walkoff homer with the score tied 0-0. The other Astros to do that are Denis Menke (Sept. 5, 1969), Jimmy Wynn (June 16, 1972) and Glenn Davis (July 22, 1986).
Zimmerman's solo blast is enough for a Nationals win
Ryan Zimmerman led off the top of the second inning with a home run and that was all the offense the Nationals needed as Max Scherzer, Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon combined for a three-hit shutout to beat the Marlins in Miami, 1-0. It was the second time in Zimmerman's career that he homered in a 1-0 Washington victory, having previously done so at Philadelphia on April 2, 2008. He's the first player in Expos/Nationals franchise history with two such home runs.
Toronto's homer streak reaches 12 games
Dioner Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson each homered for the Blue Jays in their 5-2 win over the Royals. Toronto has hit at least one home run in each of its last 12 games, matching the longest streak of consecutive games with home runs this season by an American League team, the Rangers' 12-game skein from May 15 through May 27. The only home-run streak of at least a dozen games by a National League team this year is the Rockies' 15-game stretch from May 21 through June 3.
Harang halts his losing streak
Phillies starter Aaron Harang, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed one run in five innings and that was good enough to earn him a 4-1 win against the Braves. When Harang was placed on the D.L. on July 2 because of a foot injury he had lost his last eight games, dating back to May 24. In the " live ball" era (1920 to date) the only other pitcher to lose eight or more consecutive games in one season for the Phillies is the aptly nicknamed Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy, who dropped 12 games in a row in 1940.
Tigers get three hits apiece from their top three
The top three men in the Tigers' batting order, Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes each tallied three hits in Detroit's 9-8 win at Baltimore. This was the first game in which the Tigers got at least three hits in one game from each of the first three slots in their lineup since April 6, 2013, in an 8-4 victory over the Yankees at Comerica Park. In that game Austin Jackson had three hits from the #1 slot, as did Torii Hunter from the two-hole, and Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-4 from the third slot.
Rizzo mashes Milwaukee again
Anthony Rizzo's three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead and the Cubs went on to beat the Brewers, 5-2. It was Rizzo's third home run versus Milwaukee this year and his major-league-high eighth homer against the Brewers over the last two seasons. Rizzo, who was 3-for-4 on Thursday night, has hit safely in each of his last 13 games against the Brewers (since Aug. 12, 2014).
Three extra-base hits by a Twins rookie
Twins rookie Eddie Rosario hit a double, a triple and a home run in Minnesota's win over the Mariners on Thursday, six days after he recorded three doubles in a game against the Yankees. Rosario is the first Minnesota Twins rookie ever to have two games with at least three extra-base hits in one season. The only other rookie in the major leagues with two such games this season is the Cardinals' Randal Grichuk.
Six RBIs in two games for Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton drove in four runs in the Rangers' 7-6 victory over the Yankees. Hamilton's three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning tied the score at 3-3, and his RBI single in the ninth inning produced a walkoff win for Texas. Hamilton's four-RBI night came 24 hours after he knocked in two runs in the Rangers' victory against the Yankees on Wednesday. This is the first time that Hamilton has recorded at least six runs batted in over a two-game span since July 29-30, 2013, for the Angels against the Rangers in Arlington.
Carrasco two-hits the A's
Carlos Carrasco notched the second complete-game win of his major-league career by holding the Athletics to one run and two hits on Thursday night in Oakland. Carrasco's other route-going victory was a two-hit shutout in Houston last year (Sept. 2014). He's the first Cleveland pitcher to notch a complete-game win with no more than two hits allowed in each of two consecutive seasons since Greg Swindell had two in 1988 and one in 1989 (all two-hitters).