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ICHIRO JOINS THE YANKEES
From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki made his Yankees debut last night against the Mariners after being acquired from Seattle earlier in the day. Ichiro, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez became the first set of three teammates with at least 2500 career hits to start a game together in over 85 years-since July 13, 1927, to be exact, when Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, and Zack Wheat started for the Philadelphia Athletics. (Cobb, Eddie Collins, and Tris Speaker were teammates on the 1928 Athletics, but they never started in the same game.)
Ichiro batted eighth for the Yankees on Monday night. He was the leadoff hitter in 1751 of his 1828 starts for the Mariners, and he batted either second or third in his other 77 starts for Seattle.
Ichiro had 2533 hits in 12 seasons with Seattle. That's the third-highest total by any player at the time of his debut for the Yankees, behind only Paul Waner (3151 in 1944) and Ivan Rodriguez (2584 in 2008).
Ichiro recorded 2060 singles for the Mariners. Only one player reached the 2000-single mark for the Yankees: Derek Jeter (2388). The second-highest singles total in team history was 1545 by Bernie Williams.
At the other end of the hit continuum, Ichiro hit 99 home runs for the Mariners. As such, he failed on Monday night to become just the second player in major-league history to hit his 100th career home run in a team debut. Richie Zisk hit career homer number 100 in his first game for the Rangers in their opening game of the 1978 season (against the Yankees).
TROUT: 71 RUNS IN 75 GAMES ... AND THAT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
From Elias: Mike Trout played his 75th game of the season on Monday night and he left Angel Stadium with 71 runs to his credit. Only two other players in Angels' history scored as many as 70 runs over any span of 75 games for the team. Jim Edmonds and Tony Phillips both scored 80 runs over 75 games during the 1995 season.
And when Trout got home after Monday night's game, he might also have reflected on these totals through his first 75 games this season: 109 hits, 15 home runs and 31 stolen bases. As we first reported on the most recent edition of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, no other player in major-league history-rookie or no; 20-year-old, 40-year-old, or anything in between-has ever had at least 100 hits, 15 homers and 30 steals through his first 75 games of a season.
KENNEDY ALLOWS 2 RUNS, KNOCKS IN 3 WITH A SINGLE SWING
From Elias: Ian Kennedy allowed only two runs over eight innings and knocked in three runs with one swing of his bat as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies, 6-3. Kennedy, batting .034 this season as he came to bat with the bases full in the fourth inning, poled a long three-run triple to break open the game. The last big-league pitcher to earn a victory in a game in which he belted a three-run triple was Jason Marquis for the Cardinals against the Reds on April 12, 2005. We also think it's worth noting that Dwight Gooden had a pair of games in the early `90s in which he earned a win and hit a bases-loaded triple; he did it for the Mets against the Dodgers in 1990 and against the Padres in 1993.
NAPOLI CRUSHES RED SOX AGAIN
From Elias: Mike Napoli's two-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Rangers a 6-1 lead en route to their 9-1 victory over the Red Sox, a team that Napoli consistently torments. In fact, going back to last September, Texas has won its last four games against Boston (the previous three came by scores of 11-4, 18-3 and 6-3), and Napoli, in those games, has nine hits in 16 at-bats with five homers and 12 RBI. Only one other player in history has had at least five homers and at least 12 RBI over four straight games against the Red Sox, all of which his team won: Rafael Palmeiro did that (in fact, he had six homers) over the 1999 and 2000 seasons, also while with the Rangers.
PESTANO AND PEREZ CLOSE OUT THE O'S
From Elias: The Indians defeated the Orioles, 3-1, with Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez closing out the game for the starter and winner, Justin Masterson. It was the 20th time this season that Pestano was credited with a hold and turned the game over to Perez for the save. That's the highest such total in the majors this season and a team record, surpassing the 19 times that Paul Assenmacher passed the hold/save baton to Mike Jackson in 1998.
MIDDLE OF THE INFIELD DOES ALL THE DAMAGE FOR DODGERS
From Elias: On a night when Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier were held in check, Luis Cruz drove in three runs and Mark Ellis drove in two in the Dodgers' 5-3 win at St. Louis. It was only the second time in Dodgers history that their second baseman and shortstop each drove in at least two runs and together accounted for all the team's scoring in a victory. Ted Sizemore and Bill Russell did it in a 4-1 win over the Mets in 1976.
MIDDLE OF THE ORDER PRODUCES FOR THE WHITE SOX
From Elias: Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, and Alex Rios homered in the White Sox' 7-4 win over the Twins. It was only the second time in the last three seasons that the 3-4-5 hitters in Chicago's starting lineup hit home runs in the same game. Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, and A.J. Pierzynski did it at Wrigley Field in May.
PHILLIES RESCUE HALLADAY, RALLY FOR WIN
From Elias: The Phillies rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to post a 7-6 win over the Brewers. It was the third time this season that Philadelphia saved Roy Halladay from a loss after he had left the game as the pitcher of decision on the losing side. Halladay's record remained at 4-5; he hasn't fallen two games below the .500 mark at any point in any season since 2008.
GIANTS' 2-3-4 HITTERS EACH GO 4-2-3
From Elias: No, that's not a typographical redundancy error in the Giants' box score. With Ryan Vogelsong dealing, San Francisco easily defeated San Diego, 7-1, on Monday night. But the odd thing is that the second, third and fourth hitters in the Giants lineup-namely, Ryan Theriot, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey-each had four at-bats, two runs scored and three hits. Posey, of course, got to clean up, and with four RBI on Monday night, he now has driven in 17 runs over his last 10 games-the most RBI by a Giants player over a 10-game span since Edgardo Alfonzo had 17 RBI over 10 games in June 2004.
BONIFACIO SNAPS HOME-RUN DROUGHT
From Elias: Emilio Bonifacio homered in the second inning of the Marlins' 2-1 win over the Braves, snapping a streak of 200 at-bats without a home run. That was a walk in the park for Bonifacio, whose homer drought of 706 ABs from 2009 to 2011 was the second longest in team history. Only Luis Castillo endured a longer homerless streak for the Marlins (787 AB) than Bonifacio.
METS FALL HARD IN OVERTIME AGAIN
From Elias: The Nationals scored six runs in the 10th inning to post an 8-2 victory over the Mets, one day after the Dodgers defeated the Mets, 8-3, in 12 innings. Only two other teams in major-league history lost consecutive games by five or more runs, both in extra innings. The Astros did so against the Reds in September 1973, with J.R. Richard taking the only relief loss of his career in the first of those games; and the Angels did it against the White Sox in August 1994.
ASTROS LOSE AGAIN, BUT JOHNSON'S DOUBLE STREAK LIVES!
From Elias: The Astros suffered their 19th loss in the last 21 games, 8-3 to the Reds, but not all the news was negative for Houston. Chris Johnson went 4-for-5 and extended his double streak to four consecutive games. Johnson also recorded doubles in four straight games in 2010, but no other Astros player has done so over the last three seasons.