22-year-old Franco leads way against Yankees with 2-HR, 5-RBI effort
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday:
• Maikel Franco -- all 22 years and 300 days of him -- homered twice, singled twice and drove in five runs to lead the Phillies to an 11-8 victory at Yankee Stadium. Franco became the 22nd player since 1914 to visit the Yankees and finish with at least 10 total bases and five RBIs, and the second player in two days to do this (27-year-old J.D. Martinez homered three times with six RBIs on Sunday). By age, Franco is the second youngest of the 22, with only Pat Seerey -- 22 years and 118 days old on July 13, 1945 -- being younger. In that game, Seerey had a triple, three home runs and eight RBIs as the Indians pounded the Yanks, 16-4.
• In the Indians' 8-5 loss to the Tigers, Jason Kipnis singled and doubled, and he now has a slash line of .346/.422/.511. The last Tribe player to have at least 250 plate appearances and a .300/.400/.500 line at the All-Star break was Travis Hafner in 2006. Kipnis has now hit safely in 26 straight home games -- the longest streak of its kind for the franchise since Miguel Dilone had a 27-game run in 1980.
• Kris Bryant homered twice to command the spotlight in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Dodgers. Bryant has 10 homers and 42 RBIs; he is the first Cubs player to be in his first season and reach 10 and 40 by the All-Star break.
• Albert Pujols homered twice -- his 50th career multihomer game -- to lead the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Astros. Pujols is the 12th player to have at least 50 multihomer games; he needs four more to match the totals of Frank Robinson and Manny Ramirez. Pujols leads the AL with 23 home runs; the 23 are the most he's had in the first half of a season since he hit 32 in 2009. His first homer of the evening was his 47th against the Astros; no player has hit more, as Pujols entered the game tied at 46 with Hank Aaron.
• The Royals improved to 40-27. The total of 40 victories through 67 games ties this team with the 1980 club for the second most; in 1976, Kansas City won 41 of its first 67.
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• With one extra-base hit, Pujols will tie Tris Speaker for 13th on the all-time list. Pujols is also one home run shy of tying the Angels' record for most homers in any June, set by Tim Salmon in 1996.
• Jose Reyes needs four runs to reach 1,000 for his career. There are 39 switch-hitters to score at least 1,000.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.