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MARK REYNOLDS' THIRD TWO-HOMER GAME AGAINST THE YANKEES
From Elias: Mark Reynolds, who had a pair of two-homer games in the Orioles' series at Yankee Stadium last weekend, belted two more home runs when the O's opened a four-game series against the Yankees in Baltimore with a 10-6 win on Thursday night. Reynolds is only the second player ever to record three multiple-homer games against the Yankees in one season. Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg had three two-homer games against the Yankees for the Tigers in 1938.
Reynolds has hit eight home runs in his last seven games, with six homers versus the Yankees and two against the Blue Jays. He's the second major-leaguer to hit at least eight home runs in a seven-game span over the last six seasons. Josh Hamilton did that in four overlapping seven-game spans in May this year (with a high of nine homers). It's the first time that Reynolds has gone deep eight times over a seven-game span in his major-league career.
MATT WIETERS' FIRST FIRST-INNING HOME RUN
From Elias: The Orioles scored four runs in the first inning of their game against the Yankees and the big blow in that inning was a three-run home run by Matt Wieters. Entering play on Thursday, Wieters had a .159 batting average and no home runs in 107 first-inning at-bats in his four seasons in the major leagues. Wieters' first-inning batting average was the lowest in the majors over the last four seasons among all players with at least 100 first-inning at-bats since the beginning of the 2009 season.
ADAM LaROCHE: FIVE HOMERS IN FOUR-GAME SERIES
From Elias: Adam LaRoche hit five home runs for the Nationals in their just-completed four-game sweep of the Cubs in Washington, with at least one home run in each game. LaRoche is the sixth player in major-league history to hit home runs in every game of a four-game home series, with at least one multi-homer game among them. The other players to do that are all in the Hall of Fame: Babe Ruth, Hank Greenberg, Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench and Mike Schmidt.
LaRoche was the second player to hit at least five home runs in a series of any length this season - Josh Hamilton whacked six homers in a four-game series at Baltimore in May - and he's the first player ever to hit five home runs in one series for the Montreal/Washington franchise.
MOST HOMERS EVER IN ONE SERIES AGAINST THE CUBS
From Elias: The Nationals hit 15 home runs in their four-game sweep of the Cubs in Washington: one in the series opener on Monday, six each of the next two nights and two in their 9-2 victory in the series finale on Thursday. The 15 homers are the most that any team has ever hit against the Cubs in a series of any length. The previous high was 14 by the Milwaukee Braves in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in May 1956.
HAMILTON AND BELTRE HOMER BACK-TO-BACK FOR 4TH TIME THIS YEAR
From Elias: Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive home runs in the fourth inning of the Rangers' win at Kansas City on Thursday. Hamilton and Beltre are the first pair of teammates to hit back-to-back homers four times in one season since the Reds' Joey Votto and Scott Rolen did so in 2010, and they're the first Texas twosome to do that four times in one season since Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro in 2003.
TIM HUDSON KNOWS HOW TO WIN WITHOUT MANY STRIKEOUTS
From Elias: Tim Hudson struck out only two batters in seven innings in his 1-0 win over the Rockies. Hudson has recorded 14 wins this season despite averaging only 3.5 strikeouts per game in those 14 victories. Hudson's win on Thursday marked the major league-high ninth time that he's won a start this year in which he registered three or fewer strikeouts. The only other pitchers with more than six such winning starts this season are Derek Lowe and Clayton Richard with seven each.
THREE-HIT GAME FOR DONOVAN SOLANO
From Elias: Rookie Donovan Solano singled three times in four at-bats for the Marlins in their 6-2 win against the Brewers. Solano has started at second base in each of Miami's 26 games since August 10 and he's posted a .316 batting average over that stretch, with a team-high 31 hits in 98 at-bats. The only rookies with as many hits since August 10 as Solano are the Reds' Todd Frazier (34) and the Rockies' Jordan Pacheco (31).