Rangers star in company of Hall of Famers at hot corner
By Roger Schlueter
Here are six interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday.
• With a three-run homer and a two-run double in the Rangers' 8-0 win over the Mariners, Adrian Beltre ended his night's work with 1,015 career extra-base hits -- a mark that tied him with Mike Schmidt for 32nd all-time. These two third sackers trail only two others who spent at least half of their career games at the hot corner: George Brett (1,119 career extra-base hits) and Chipper Jones (1,055). Beltre also has a significant presence in other categories among men who spent at least half of their games at third. He ranks third all-time in doubles (565) and total bases (4,658) and fourth in hits (2,778), homers (415) and RBIs (1,475)
• The Orioles -- thanks in large part to a pair of two-run home runs from J.J. Hardy -- defeated the Red Sox, 9-5, and improved to 7-0 for the year. The victory moved the 2016 O's to within two games of the 1944 Browns for the franchise's longest winning streak to begin a season. Baltimore is the second team this decade (after the 2015 Royals) to open the year with seven straight wins. The other 14 clubs since 1960 to do this: 1962 Pirates, '62 Cardinals, '66 Indians, '80 Reds, '81 A's, '82 Braves, '82 White Sox, '84 Tigers, '87 Brewers, '90 Reds, '94 Braves, '96 Rangers, 2003 Giants and '03 Royals.
• With a double and a home run, David Ortiz drove in three runs in Boston's loss to Baltimore. The DH now has 1,650 RBIs in 2,263 games, or .729 RBIs per game. Among the 239 players in history to appear in at least 2,000 games, that mark ranks 12th highest behind Cap Anson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Frank Thomas, Carlos Delgado, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.
• The D-backs doubled up the Dodgers, 4-2, with Paul Goldschmidt contributing two RBIs -- the first via a solo homer. Just starting his sixth season, Goldschmidt has clubbed 22 home runs against Los Angeles. In the live-ball era, among all players in their first six seasons, that tally ties for 10th most. Ralph Kiner, with 43 homers in 132 games vs. the Dodgers, tops the list.
• In the Dodgers' loss, rookie starter Kenta Maeda posted a line (six innings, five hits, no runs, four strikeouts, one walk) that was nearly identical to the one in his debut (six innings, five hits, no runs, four strikeouts, no walks). Maeda is the 16th pitcher since 1913 to have his first two big league games each feature at least six innings and no runs, and he is the first Dodgers hurler to have two since Karl Spooner opened with a three-hit shutout (with 15 K's) and a four-hit shutout (12 K's) in 1954.
• In a no-decision versus the Marlins, Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard fanned 12 for his sixth career double-digit strikeout effort. Those six through his first 26 games tie him for the seventh most since 1913. The rest of the pack at the top: Dwight Gooden (11), Hideo Nomo (10), Kerry Wood (nine), Yu Darvish (eight), Al Downing and Mark Prior (seven each), Bob Feller, Herb Score, Tom Griffin and Matt Harvey (six).
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.