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YANKEES' ROOKIE HITS INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN
Yankees' rookie Brett Gardner hit an inside the park home rum in New York's victory over Minnesota Friday night. Since divisional play began in 1969, only four other rookies hit an inside the park home run in a Yankees' uniform: Johnny Ellis (1969), Deion Sanders (1990), Derek Jeter (1996) and Ricky Ledee (1999).
Gardner also hit a triple later in the game. Over the last 20 years, only three other players have hit a triple and an inside the park home run in the same game: Carl Crawford (April 6, 2005), Brian Giles (May 21, 2002) and Fred McGriff (July 27, 1993).
NATHAN BLOWS TWO-RUN LEAD
Joe Nathan blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning handing the Yankees a 5-4 come-from-behind victory Friday night. That was only the sixth time in 140 chances that Nathan has blown a save after entering the game with a lead of two-or-more runs in his career.
MELKY'S WALK-OFF HIT LIFTS YANKEES
Melky Cabrera's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Twins Friday night, marking the fourth time since the 2006 All-Star break that Cabrera has ended a game with a walk-off hit. That is the highest total for any Yankee over that span, and only five other American League players have had as many as four walk-off hits since the 2006 All-Star break: Chone Figgins (five), Kurt Suzuki (five), Jose Lopez (five), Michael Young (four) and Justin Morneau (four).four
BLUE JAYS BIG INNING LEADS TO ROUT OF WHITE SOX
The Blue Jays scored six runs in the fourth inning in their 8-3 victory over the White Sox Friday night. That marked the sixth time this season that Toronto has scored six-or-more runs in an inning, the highest total in the major leagues. Toronto scored six-or-more runs in an inning only seven times all last season.
TIGERS' TEAMMATES EACH HIT A GRAND SLAM HOME RUN IN WIN OVER A'S
Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn each hit a grand-slam home run in the Tigers' victory over the Athletics Friday night. This marked only the second time in the Tigers' franchise history that two different players hit a grand-slam home run in the same game. On June 11, 1954, Ray Boone and Al Kaline each hit a grand slam home run for the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park.
This is the second time this season that two teammates each hit a grand-slam home run in the same game. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez did it for the Phillies on April 27.
HAWPE'S HOME RUN GIVE ROCKIES VICTORY
Brad Hawpe hit a two-run home run with the Rockies trailing 1-0 in the ninth inning to lead Colorado to a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh Friday night. That was the 94th home run of Hawpe's career, but only the first one he has hit in the ninth inning or later with his team trailing to give it the lead.
METS SCORE LATE AND OFTEN
The Mets, who trailed 5-1 through five innings against defending N.L. Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, scored three runs in the seventh inning and two in the ninth to beat the Giants, 8-6 Friday night. The night before, the Mets scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie and win the opener of the series in San Francisco. The Mets have scored 28 runs and had 44 hits from the seventh inning on over their last eight games, after scoring only six runs and producing just 15 hits in the seventh inning or later in their 11 games immediately prior to this stretch.
RAYS BEAT INDIANS AFTER TRAILING BY SEVEN RUNS
The Rays overcame a 7-0 deficit and came back to defeat the Indians, 8-7, Friday night. That marked the first time in Tampa Bay's franchise history that they came back from a deficit of seven-or-more runs to win. Tampa Bay was 0-224 when trailing by seven-or-more runs entering Friday's action.
VIZCAINO MAKES BAD FIRST IMPRESSION WITH THE INDIANS
Luis Vizcaino allowed a walk-off home run to B.J. Upton, the first batter he faced in a Cleveland uniform, in the Rays 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Indians Friday night. Since 1900, only four other pitchers have allowed a walk-off home run to the first batter they faced with a team: Bob Miller with the Mets in 1962 (to Milwaukee's Del Crandall), Andy Messersmith with the Angels in 1968 (to Boston's Ken Harrelson), Ross Powell with the Pirates in 1995 (to the Mets' Chris Jones) and J.J. Trujillo with the Padres in 2002 (to Baltimore's Tony Batista).
KINSLER HOMERS TWICE
Ian Kinsler hit two home runs for the Rangers in the team's victory over the Angels. That marked the second time this season that Kinsler has gone deep twice in the same game out of the leadoff spot (April 25, 2009). Prior to this season, the last Rangers' player to hit two home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot was Dave Dellucci on August 11, 2005.
THE GREAT GREINKE WINS AGAIN
Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings leading the Royals to a victory over the Orioles Friday night. Greinke is now 7-1 with a 0.60 ERA through his first eight starts this season. Only one other pitcher over the last 90 years has posted at least seven wins with an ERA as low as Greinke through his first eight starts of a season: Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 (8-0 with a 0.50 ERA).
GONZALEZ GOES DEEP IN FIFTH STRAIGHT GAME
Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run for the Padres in the team's victory over the Reds Friday night. Gonzalez has now homered in each of his last five games. That is the second longest such streak in San Diego's franchise history. Graig Nettles hit a home run in six straight games for San Diego in August of 1984.
LESTER ALLOWS TWO HOME RUNS TO ICHIRO
Ichiro Suzuki hit two home runs off Jon Lester in the Mariners' 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Friday night. This marks only the second time in his career that Lester has allowed two home runs to left-handed batters in the same game, and the first time the same left-handed batter has homered off him twice. On August 21, 2007, lefties Carlos Pena and Akinori Iwamura each homered off Lester in an 8-6 Red Sox win at Tropicana Field.