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CHIPPER GOES DEEP TWICE
From Elias: Chipper Jones hit two home runs on Thursday, making him only the fifth player in Braves history, dating back to 1876, to have a multiple homer game at age 40 or older. You may have heard of the others: Babe Ruth (1935, 3 homers), Hank Aaron (1974), Darrell Evans (twice in 1989) and Julio Franco (at age 46 in 2005).
Thursday's game was the second time that Jones hit two homers in a game against Jason Marquis. The previous instance was on Aug. 14, 2004, when Marquis was with St. Louis. The only other pitcher against whom Jones has more than one multiple-homer game is Randy Johnson (1999 and 2000).
BURNETT WINS 15TH
From Elias: A.J. Burnett improved to 15-4 in the Pirates win over the Dodgers on Thursday, ending the Pirates 12-season drought without a 15-game winner - since Todd Ritchie went 15-9 in 1999. The only other team in major-league history that went 12 years without a pitcher winning 15 or more games in a season was Tampa Bay, in their first 12 years of existence (1998-2009).
PIRATES USING THE OLD EARL WEAVER FORMULA
From Elias: Garrett Jones hit a pair of three-run homers to lead the Pirates to a win over the Dodgers on Thursday. The Pirates did not have a home run with two or three runners on base in their first 46 games this season, but they have 21 three-run or grand slam home runs in their last 72 games, five more than any other major-league team since May 27.
A REMARKABLE STREAK ENDS
From Elias: The Red Sox defeated the Orioles on Thursday, 6-3, but Jacoby Ellsbury's 38-game hitting streak against Baltimore came to an end. That was the second-longest hitting streak by any player against any team since 1900, behind a 44-game hitting streak that Vladimir Guerrero had for the Angels against the Rangers from 2004 to 2006. Next-longest: 36 games by Socks Seybold for the Philadelphia Athletics against the Washington Senators in 1901 and 1902.
BUCHHOLZ A HORSE
From Elias: Clay Buchholz went eight innings Thursday and in his last 12 starts he's pitched 90 1/3 innings, an average of 7.53 innings per start. The only other major-league pitchers to throw 90-plus innings over 12 starts this season are Felix Hernandez (in his last 12 starts) and Justin Verlander (May 18 to July 20). The last Red Sox pitcher to do that was Pedro Martinez in 2000.
HARVEY IN GOOD COMPANY
From Elias: Matt Harvey struck out eight batters against the Reds on Thursday, bringing his total to 34 in his five major-league games. The only pitchers who debuted in the major leagues with the Mets and had that many strikeouts in their first five starts are Nolan Ryan (39) and Dwight Gooden (36).
CESPEDES HOMERS ON 0-2
From Elias: Yoenis Cespedes' home run on Thursday was the first of his career on an 0-2 pitch, but it was Oakland's fourth this month on an 0-2 pitch. The others were by Jonny Gomes on Aug. 3, Josh Redding on Aug. 5 and Gomes again two days later. The A's had only one homer this season on an 0-2 pitch before August.
ATHLETICS BEAT A FAVORITE TARGET
From Elias: With a loss on Thursday, Luke Hochevar is now 0-8 in his career against the Athletics. The only other starting pitchers who lost their first eight decisions against the Athletics are Tim Leary (10, 1986 to 1992) and Gaylord Perry (8, 1972-73).
YANKEES LOSE WITH THE "B" TEAM
From Elias: With a Thursday day game following three straight wins over the Rangers, the Yankees started Andruw Jones, Casey McGehee, and Russell Martin in the 4-5-6 slots in the batting order - three players with a .215 composite batting average coming into the game. That was the lowest combined batting average for the Yankees' middle-of-the-order starters in a post-Memorial Day game since Steve Balboni, Hensley Meulens, and Mike Blowers batted 4-5-6 in September 1990 (a .203 composite BA).
LEE HAS THE ODD PITCHING LINE OF THE NIGHT
From Elias: Cliff Lee struck out 12 without walking a batter, but he allowed three home runs to the Brewers on Thursday. In the modern era (1900 to date), only three other pitchers have had a 12-K, 0-walk game in which they allowed three or more homers: Curt Schilling did it twice (2001 and 2003); Bruce Hurst (1986) and Sonny Siebert (1967) each did it once.
GOLDSCHMIDT WINS BATTLE WITH MOTTE
From Elias: Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-tying home run on the ninth pitch of his ninth-inning at-bat against Jason Motte on Thursday, and then the next batter, Chris Young, hit a go-ahead home run on the first pitch he saw. Three other players have hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later this season after seeing at least nine pitches: Corey Hart (on the 10th pitch against Rafael Dolis), Ryan Ludwick (off Victor Marte) and Chris Iannetta (versus Joe Nathan).
RAYS TAKE OUT FRUSTRATION ON ANGELS
From Elias: The Rays defeated the Angels on Thursday, 7-0, the day after Felix Hernandez's perfect game against Tampa Bay. Only three other teams have scored seven or more runs after having a perfect game thrown against them in their previous game: the 1904 Philadelphia Athletics (16-6 against Washington, after Boston's Cy Young held them without a baserunner); the 1998 Twins (8-3 against Detroit after David Wells had a perfecto for the Yankees); and Cleveland of the National League in 1880 (the only team to do so against the same opponent - in this case Worcester. And not only that, Cleveland did it against the same pitcher - Lee Richmond.)
WHITE SOX SCORE ALL SEVEN ON HOMERS
From Elias: The White Sox defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, 7-2, with all seven of their runs scoring on home runs. It's the second time this season the White Sox have scored seven or more runs in a game, all on homers; they also did that against Minnesota in a 7-4 win on July 23. No other major-league team has had more than one such game this season.