• Justin Verlander's no-no headlined a banner week for streaks, milestones and big games. Casey Blake extended his MLB-leading hitting streak to 26 games. Brandon Watson of the Washington Nationals' Triple-A Columbus passed 26 in May -- en route to his still-going 43-game hitting streak. The old International League record of 42 games, broken on Sunday, was set by Jack Lelivelt, 95 years ago.
Elsewhere, Chipper Jones bagged his 2000th hit in the Braves' 5-2 loss Sunday. They'll need him to stay healthy and hitting to keep pace in the competitive NL East. And former teenage pitching phenom Rick Ankiel smashed three homers Saturday, tying for the PCL lead with 19. As we noted last week, the listless Cardinals lineup is one of many things that would be more interesting if Ankiel were involved.
• Are you a Mariners fan, an owner of Felix Hernandez in your fantasy league or just a big fan of King Felix? Then you're probably growing frustrated, watching Hernandez struggle since returning from an early-season injury -- especially after starting the season with two dominant outings. In an effort to figure out what's ailing the M's future franchise player, Dave Cameron of USS Mariner has done yeoman's work in his Charting Felix series. Without giving too much away, Hernandez seems to be throwing way too many fastballs at the start of games (probably an organizational edict, and something that can be fixed) and is having some trouble with his breaking pitches (which might be due to lingering effects of his injury, and is more worrisome). Click the link above for more, then search the USS Mariner site for other entries on Felix.
Also on the Felix beat is Dan Fox of Baseball Prospectus. Check out this unbelievably detailed pitching profile of Hernandez, which shows how much teams and even interested fans can do with the increasing proliferation of play-by-play data.
• Not baseball-related, but this is the best news I've heard in a while, on the voided sentence of Genarlow Wilson, a victim of Georgia's archaic sodomy laws. Here's the original E-ticket article, which explains how all this nonsense got started.
• Enjoyed this article on platoons through the years by Steve Trader of The Hardball Times.
• Bruce Froemming is retiring after more than 5,000 games in the majors. That's about 1,500 more games than all-time leader Pete Rose played.
• Do you like waffles and making fun of indecisive college basketball coaches? Then you might want to check out the Fort Myers Miracle's "Billy Donovan Night" on Wednesday.