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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Carlos Beltran hit his 29th and 30th home runs of the season in the Mets' 11-3 win in Atlanta on Saturday. Beltran is the third player in Mets history to reach 30 home runs in a season before the end of July. Dave Kingman hit No. 30 in 1976 on July 10, and he had 32 home runs on July 19 when he suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb while trying to catch a fly ball (Kingman did not play again until Aug. 27 and finished 1976 with 37 home runs). Todd Hundley hit his 30th homer in 1996 on July 30 and finished the month with 30, on his way to setting the Mets' single-season home run record (41).
• If you watched the Mets-Braves game, you saw 47-year-old Julio Franco steal a base; you may also have heard that he was the oldest player in major league history to do so. Well, we disagree. Franco is the second-oldest player in major league history to steal a base. On Aug. 18, 1909, Arlie Latham of the New York Giants, then 49, was credited with a stolen base late in a 14-1 victory at Philadelphia. Latham was a longtime Giants coach who, in an era when roster rules were not as rigid as today, made four appearances, mostly in blowout games, for John McGraw's team that season.
• Tampa Bay scored 19 runs Saturday after getting shut out on Friday. Since 1980, only one major league team scored 19 or more runs in a game after being held scoreless in its previous game. The Orioles beat Toronto 23-1 on Sept. 28, 2000, one day after losing 4-0 to the Jays. If you're curious, the major league record for runs scored in a game by a team that was shut out in its previous game is 26. The Giants avenged a 5-0 loss to the archrival Dodgers on April 29, 1944 with a 26-8 win in the first game of a doubleheader the next day.
• Tomas Perez went 5-for-5 from the ninth spot in Tampa Bay's batting order. Perez is the first player with five hits from the ninth spot in the batting order since Jolbert Cabrera did it for the Indians at Baltimore exactly six years ago.
• The Yankees allowed 19 runs, the second time this month that they've allowed that many runs in a game. They lost 19-1 at Cleveland on July 4. Only five other major league teams over the last 70 seasons allowed 19 or more runs twice in a calendar month: the Browns and A's in June 1950, Pirates in April 1994, Cubs in July 1999 and Rangers in August 1999.
• Alex Rios struck out five times in Toronto's loss in Oakland. Rios is only the fourth American League player since 1998 to strike out five times in a nine-inning game. The other three: Cleveland's Jim Thome in 2000, Oakland's John Jaha in 2000 and the Yankees' Andy Phillips in 2005.
• Troy Glaus, the Blue Jays' cleanup hitter, hit a grand slam in the first inning. It was the second time this season that the fourth hitter in a lineup hit a first-inning grand slam. Jason Bay did it for the Pirates on May 18. The last AL player to do it also played for the Jays: Carlos Delgado on Sept. 28, 2003 vs. Cleveland.
The Jays did not score another run after Glaus' slam. In the division era (since 1969) only one other team had a grand slam from its cleanup hitter in the first inning and failed to score another run in that game. Fred McGriff hit a first-inning slam for the Padres against Houston on Aug. 14, 1991, a 4-1 San Diego win.
• A.J. Pierzynski went 5-for-5 with four RBI in the White Sox's win over Baltimore. Ivan Rodriguez (5-for-5, 5 RBI on April 5) is the only other catcher to have such a game in the major leagues this season. From 2002 to 2005, only two catchers went 5-for-5 with at least four RBI in a game, both did it in 2004: Cleveland's Victor Martinez (5-for-5, 7 RBI) and Atlanta's Johnny Estrada (5-for-5, 5 RBI).
• Nate Robertson became the fourth Detroit pitcher this season to win 10 games, in game No. 103 for the Tigers. The Tigers are the fifth team in the last 20 years with four pitchers with double-digit wins in the team's first 103 games, joining the 1998 Yankees (David Cone, Hideki Irabu, Andy Pettitte and David Wells), 1998 Braves (Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Kevin Millwood and Denny Neagle), 2001 Mariners (Paul Abbott, Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer and Aaron Sele) and 2005 Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, Matt Morris, Mark Mulder and Jeff Suppan).
• The Tigers won their 70th game of the season, the first major league team to reach that plateau in 2006. It's the third time in team history that the Tigers got to 70 wins before any other major league team. They also did it in 1915 and 1984.
• Chris Young was the winning pitcher for San Diego in Colorado on Saturday night. Young is now 8-0 with 11 no-decisions in his last 19 starts on the road. The last major league pitcher to go undefeated in at least 19 straight road starts was Greg Maddux. Maddux went 22 consecutive road starts without a loss spanning the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
• David Ortiz had another walkoff hit Saturday, his 11th since joining the Red Sox in 2003. That's two more than any other major league player over that span. Albert Pujols has nine walkoff hits since 2003.
The last major league player to have 11 or more walkoff hits over a four-season span was current Houston manager Phil Garner. "Scrap Iron" had 11 walkoff hits for the Astros from 1982-85.
• Corey Pavin stands at 17 under par through three rounds of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Pavin has made 417 previous cuts in his PGA Tour career and his 17-under-par score ties the lowest Pavin has stood in a PGA Tour event after 54 holes. At the 1988 Texas Open, Pavin also stood at 17 under after 54 holes and was atop the leaderboard heading into the final round. Pavin went on to shoot 66 to earn an eight-stroke victory over Robert Wrenn.