Bruce leads the National League in homers (16), RBIs (43) and total bases (118). He is also third in slugging, fifth in OPS, tied for second in runs and tied for sixth in extra-base hits.
Bruce has 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in May -- both Major League highs for the month. His 12 home runs are the most by a Reds player in May since Eric Davis' 12 in 1987.
In 1987, Davis enjoyed a pretty good April. Playing in 20 games, Davis hit .364, slugged .727, stole nine bases and hit seven home runs while driving in 16. But that hot start was nothing compared to what he was about to do. In 22 games in May, Davis hit .329, slugged .841, stole 11 bases, homered 12 times and drove in 36 runs.
Three of his home runs came with the bases loaded, making Davis the first player in NL history with three slams in a single month. Added together, Davis batted .346 in 42 games through the end of May, slugged .786, had 20 steals (and was caught only twice), had clobbered 19 home runs and had driven in 52. Just for fun, those numbers work out to a 162-game average of 74 homers, 78 steals and 201 RBIs.
Hosmer continues magical start to rookie season
The Royals' Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5, hit his fifth home run and fifth double, and drove in four. It was the second four-RBI game for Hosmer, who was playing in his 22nd career game. Hosmer is the 31st player since 1920 to have a pair of four-RBI games this early in his career, the first to do it since Jose Reyes in 2003, and the second Royals player to do it, joining Mark Quinn.
Most home runs in first nine seasons
|Ken Griffey Jr.||294|
Tex joins elite group of big-time sluggers
Mark Teixeira hit his 16th home run of the season, and 291st of his career. Teixeira's 291 career home runs tie him with Frank Robinson for the 10th most for any player in history through his first nine seasons and are the most by any switch-hitter in history through his first nine years.
Colon continues his strong start with Bombers
Bartolo Colon threw a four-hitter for his first shutout since July 5, 2006.
It was the third time this season Colon has gone at least eight innings and allowed no more than one run; those three starts through the Yankees' first 52 games are the most for the club since 2003, when David Wells had three and Mike Mussina had four.
Colon, at 38 years and six days, is the oldest Yankees pitcher to throw a shutout since Roger Clemens threw a five-hitter at the age of 40 years and 360 days on July 30, 2003.
Jeter's top hit totals against individual pitchers
Captain climbs closer to 3,000 with hit vs. Cahill
On the 16th anniversary of his first Major League hit (a single against the Mariners' Tim Belcher), Derek Jeter went 1-for-3, with a single against the Athletics' Trevor Cahill. With the hit, Jeter's career total now stands at 2,981, six shy of tying Sam Rice for 28th all-time.
Torres continues Giants' grand tradition of slams
Andres Torres hit his first career grand slam in the Giants' 7-3 win over the Cardinals. It was the 215th grand slam for the Giants since 1950 -- the most by any NL team over that span.
Cust contributes rare three-bagger
The Mariners' Jack Cust hit his first triple since Aug. 18, 2007. Among active players with 2,000 career plate appearances, Cust's two triples (in 2,498 plate appearances) are tied for third fewest, with Brian McCann (3,140 plate appearances) and Dioner Navarro (2,011). Rod Barajas (3,241) and Chris Snyder (2,157) are tied at the top, with one apiece.
Campana claims four swiped bags
The Cubs' Tony Campana had four stolen bases -- the first Cubs player to do that since Juan Pierre had four steals on June 15, 2006. Eric Young (five steals on May 14, 2000) holds the club's modern-era record for the most in a game.
Torii joins 24 other active players with 1,000 RBIs
Torii Hunter hit two home runs and drove in four runs in the Angels' 10-8 comeback win over the Royals. Hunter, whose 1,000th RBI came on a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, is the 269th player in history with 1,000 RBIs and one of 25 active players to reach the milestone.
Seattle's starters remain red hot
The Mariners beat the Orioles, 4-3, for their 10th win in their past 12 games. Over that stretch, Seattle starters own a 3.13 ERA in 77 2/3 innings.
Pujols takes place among sensational six
Albert Pujols hit his ninth home run of the year and 417th of his career. Pujols has the sixth-most home runs in history for a player through his age-31 season, trailing Alex Rodriguez (518), Jimmie Foxx (464), Ken Griffey, Jr. (460), Eddie Mathews (422) and Mickey Mantle (419).
Bumgarner continues to chip in with Giant effort
The Giants' Madison Bumgarner picked up his second win of the year with seven innings and two runs allowed. Over his past seven starts, Bumgarner has thrown 46 2/3 innings, allowed 39 hits, struck out 37 and compiled a 2.12 ERA.
Rangers rock Rays with 20 hits
The Rangers collected 20 hits (with nine of them going for extra bases) and beat the Rays, 11-5.
The 20 hits are the most for Texas since it had 22 on Sept. 26, 2010, against the Athletics.
It is the fourth time this season Texas has accumulated at least nine extra-base hits in a game, and the second time the Rangers have done it in their last three games. The four games with nine or more extra-base hits are easily the most in the Majors, with the Rays, Cardinals, Angels, White Sox, Red Sox and Diamondbacks tied for second most, with one apiece.
Napoli drives in five to equal Young, Beltre
The Rangers' Mike Napoli hit two home runs and drove in five. Napoli, who has homered in three straight games, has nine multi-RBI games this year -- tied with Michael Young and Adrian Beltre for Texas' team lead.
Reyes breaks long winless streak
The Blue Jays' Jo-Jo Reyes went the distance, allowing one run on eight hits in his first career complete game, and picked up his first win since June 13, 2008, to snap a streak of 28 consecutive winless starts.
Mets bang out 15-plus hits for second straight game
The Mets collected 15 hits (13 singles and two doubles) in their 7-3 win over the Pirates, giving the club two successive games in which it had at least 15 hits but no home runs (the game before, New York had 17 hits -- 12 singles, three doubles and two triples). They are the first NL club since the 2001 Reds to have back-to-back games of 15-plus hits and no home runs. The Mets last did this in 1998.
D-backs hook Fish with offensive outburst
Kelly Johnson doubled, tripled and homered twice, Justin Upton had his second career five-hit game and Miguel Montero tied a career high with five RBIs as the Diamondbacks beat the Marlins, 15-4.
Johnson's 13 total bases are the most by an Arizona player since Mark Reynolds had 13 on May 25, 2007. The 13 are the most by any second baseman since Dustin Pedroia had 15 on June 24, 2010.
Upton (23 years and 278 days) is the first player since Alex Rodriguez to have a pair of five-hit games before his 24th birthday.
Arizona's 19 hits were the most by the team since Aug. 6, 2009, when it had 21 in a win against the Pirates.
Arizona has won seven straight and 15 of its last 17.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.