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Fascinating facts from Thursday's games

Fascinating facts from Thursday's games

Fascinating facts from Thursday's games
Florida's Emilio Bonifacio (26 games) and Boston's Dustin Pedroia (25) each extended their lengthy hitting streaks Thursday, and both are now within reach of joining a 30-game-streak club that's had only 33 members since 1920.

Bonifacio, who has batted .390 with 27 runs scored during his streak, went 2-for-4 vs. Washington to pass Kevin Millar (25 straight games with a hit in 2002) for the second-longest hitting streak in Marlins history. Luis Castillo (35-game streak in '02) owns the franchise's high mark.

Bonifacio's 26-game streak is the Majors' longest single-season streak by a switch-hitter since Jimmy Rollins hit in 36 straight during the 2005 season.

Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a home run vs. the Royals to tie George Metkovich (1944), Wade Boggs ('87) and Victor Martinez (2009) for the 11th-longest hitting streak in Red Sox history.

Pedroia has batted .404 during his 25-game streak and has 19 extra-base hits (nine doubles, a triple and nine home runs). On June 28 (his most recent game without a hit), Pedroia was batting .273 with a .785 OPS for the season. He now stands at .308 with a .900 OPS.

When Joe DiMaggio hit safely in every game from May 15 through July 16, 1941, those 56 games saw him collect 91 hits in 223 at-bats for a .408 batting average. While he does own the longest hitting streak in baseball history, DiMaggio's .408 average is not the highest authored by any of the 33 gents who have composed a 30-game streak in the live-ball era.

The second- and third-highest averages among the 30-game hit streaks were both seen in 1922. That year, George Sisler hit in 41 straight games, and during that streak he had 79 hits in 174 at-bats for a .454 batting average. Two days after Sisler's streak ended, Rogers Hornsby's 33-gamer was stopped. But from Aug. 13 through Sept. 19, Hornsby hit safely in every game and compiled a .466 mark (68-for-146).

The highest batting average among this club of 33 belongs to George Brett, who spent much of the summer in 1980 chasing another historic achievement from 1941: Ted Williams' .406 batting average. Brett, who would finish the season with a .390 average, had a 30-game hitting streak from July 18 through Aug. 18. In those 30 games, Brett had 122 at-bats and collected a hit in 57 of them for a robust .467 average.

Correia
Kevin Correia allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings and won his 12th game of the season, as the visiting Pirates beat the Braves, 5-2.

Since 1992: Most Road Wins Through Team's First 103 Games Played
Player Wins Season
Kevin Correia 10 2011
Curt Schilling 10 2002
David Wells 10 2000
Jose Lima 10 1999
John Smoltz 10 1996
John Smoltz 10 1992
With the win, Correia improved to 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA on the road. The 10 wins on the road lead the Majors -- Jered Weaver and CC Sabathia each have eight -- and are the most for a Pirates pitcher since John Smiley had 10 in 1991.

Correia is the sixth pitcher in the past 20 seasons to have at least 10 road wins through his team's first 103 games of the season.

Trumbo
Mark Trumbo went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, home run and five RBIs, as the Angels defeated the Tigers, 12-7. Trumbo leads all Major League rookies in home runs (19), is second in RBIs (53) and owns the third-highest OPS (.781) among all rookies with at least 200 plate appearances.

Trumbo, whose five-RBI game came in his 105th career game, was the 17th Angels player to drive in at least five runs that early in his career. Buck Rodgers did it the earliest -- in his 19th career game on April 14, 1962.

Hardy
The Orioles' J.J. Hardy hit two home runs, including one to lead off the game. It was the fourth leadoff home run of the season for Hardy -- the most in a season for a Baltimore player since Brian Roberts had four in 2005. This was the second multihomer game for Hardy in his past three games played.

In 40 games started as the team's leadoff hitter, Hardy has slugged .580 with 14 home runs and 26 RBIs. Before this season, Hardy had never started a game as the first hitter in a lineup.

Lincecum
Tim Lincecum recorded his ninth win of the season, throwing six scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

Lincecum, with 1,059 career strikeouts, is now six K's shy of tying Kerry Wood for the fourth-most strikeouts by any pitcher in his first five seasons since 1893. Ahead of Wood, Tom Seaver has the most (1,155) and is followed by Bert Blyleven (1,094) and Dwight Gooden (1,067).

Here and there
• Ryan Braun doubled and homered and the Brewers beat the Cubs, 4-2. Braun -- in his fifth season -- has 345 career extra-base hits, which ranks 10th all-time. Albert Pujols, with 439, had the most extra-base hits through his first five seasons, followed by Chuck Klein (408), DiMaggio and Williams (397) and Johnny Mize (379) in the top five.

• Florida's Mike Stanton hit his 24th home run of the season, and the sixth in his past 12 games. Stanton's 24 homers this season give him 46 in his career. If he can hit four more, he will become the 28th player in history to hit 50 through his first two seasons.

• In the Rays' comeback win over the Athletics, Desmond Jennings went 3-for-4, hit his first Major League home run, drove in a career-high four runs, stole a base and scored twice. Jennings made his 2011 season debut on July 23, and through his first six games has 11 hits and four walks in 29 plate appearances.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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