Tuesday, July 26, 2016

From Elias...

Albert Pujols drove in four runs in the Angels' 6-2 win at Kansas City on Monday. It was Pujols's 64th career game with at least four RBIs, and his team is 60-4 in those games (.938). The only player with at least 60 four-RBI games whose teams had a better record in those contests was Joe DiMaggio (60-2 with one tie in 63 games, .968).

Mark Teixeira hit his 200th career home run in a Yankee uniform in New York's win over the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Teixeira is the 17th player to hit 200 home runs as a Yankee. That is by far the most such players for any team in major-league history. No other franchise has more than 10 players with 200 career home runs (Red Sox, Reds, Tigers and Phillies).

Teixeira is the fourth switch-hitter to hit 200 home runs with the Yankees joining Mickey Mantle, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. That equals the total number of switch-hitters that have hit 200 home runs for all other franchises: Chipper Jones (Braves), Eddie Murray (Orioles), Lance Berkman (Astros) and Jimmy Rollins (Phillies).

The Reds suffered their 60th loss of the season by losing to the Diamondbacks on Sunday. It's only the sixth time Cincinnati reached 60 losses in 98 or fewer games in the 127-year history of the franchise. The Reds reached 60 losses in 89 games in 1934, in 94 games in 1982, in 95 games in 1931 and 2001 and in 98 games in 1913.

Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the Mariners' win in Toronto on Saturday. It's the fourth time that Cruz has driven in seven or more runs in a major-league game, and three of those games have been against the Blue Jays. (The others were in 2011 and 2012, when Cruz played for the Rangers, and in each of those games he had eight RBIs.) The only other player to have three games with seven or more RBIs against one team was Ralph Kiner, against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jay Bruce hit his 20th home run of the season in the Reds' win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. It's the eighth time that Bruce has had a 20-homer season for Cincinnati. The only other players who had eight 20-homer seasons for the Reds were Johnny Bench (11), Frank Robinson (10), and Tony Perez (8).

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