MLB Notebook: Rollins' leadoff shot a rare feat

MLB Notebook: Rollins' leadoff shot a rare feat

MLB Notebook: Rollins' leadoff shot a rare feat
Hall of Famer Harry Hooper had himself quite a day on May 30, 1913. Playing against the Senators at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Red Sox outfielder hit leadoff home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. The first came against Bob Groom, but couldn't carry the day, as the Red Sox lost 4-3. The second one was just a little more memorable.

Hooper's leadoff home run in the nightcap came against Walter Johnson, and proved to be the only run scored in the game. The 1-0 loss would be one of a Major League-record 26 endured by Johnson in his Hall of Fame career, while Hooper's leadoff home run is one of (now) 23 in history to win a 1-0 game.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run for the beginning and ending of the scoring in Philly's 1-0 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday.

The game was the first to see a first-inning leadoff home run decide a 1-0 game since April 23, 2009, when Ichiro Suzuki homered against James Shields in a Mariners win over the Rays. Rollins joined John Briggs (June 12, 1969) as the only players in Phillies history to hit a leadoff home run in a 1-0 game.

Rollins now has 41 career leadoff home runs. With three more, he would match Brady Anderson for the fourth most in history.

Hiroki Kuroda
The Yankees defeated the Rangers behind Kuroda's two-hit shutout. Kuroda's line, which included five strikeouts and two walks, produced a game score of 86.

The score of 86 was the highest for a Yankees right-hander since Mike Mussina's 86 on Sept. 14, 2004. In that start, Mussina allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, struck out 11, and walked one.

Kuroda has six starts this season in which he has gone at least seven innings and finished with no runs allowed. Those six are the most in the Majors, and the most for a Yankees pitcher in a season since Mussina had seven in 2001.

Kuroda is the first Yankees pitcher to twirl a shutout on two or fewer hits since Chien-Ming Wang on July 28, 2006.

Derek Jeter
Jeter went 2-for-4 to raise his AL-leading hit total to 156. Jeter, who owns the third-best batting average (.320) in the AL, is now eight hits away from tying Nap Lajoie for 12th on the all-time list.

Wei-Yin Chen
Chen picked up his 11th win, as he allowed one run in six innings and the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 7-1. Chen, who has 118 strikeouts to go along with the 11 victories, is the 11th left-hander in AL history with at least that many wins and K's in his debut season.

Los Angeles blanked the Pirates 11-0, collecting 12 singles and a double. The last time Los Angeles scored at least 11 runs and had no more than one extra-base hit was on June 3, 1988. That game, the club had 22 hits -- all singles -- in a 13-5 win over the Reds.

Tim Hudson
Hudson (6 1/3 IP, 2 hits) won his sixth consecutive decision, combining with three relievers on a five-hitter, as the Braves shut out the Padres, 6-0. Since the start of the second half, the Braves are 21-10 and own a 3.04 team ERA -- second lowest in the Majors to the Rays' 2.25.

Tom Layne
Layne, who was making his Major League debut, pitched the eighth inning and struck out the side. The Padres left-hander is the second pitcher this season to -- in his first Major League game -- go at least one full inning and fan every batter faced. The other was the Twins' Tyler Robertson on June 26.

Jay Bruce
Bruce hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reds a 3-0 win against the Mets. Bruce's game-ender represents the first walkoff in a 0-0 game since Toronto's Brett Lawrie hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 11th on Sept. 5, 2011. Bruce's homer was the first walkoff for the Reds in a 0-0 game since Adam Dunn had one on June 14, 2006.

Jeremy Guthrie (7 IP, 3 hits) and two Royals relievers combined on a three-hit shutout, and Kansas City beat Oakland 5-0.

The Royals have nine team shutouts this season, tying them with the Athletics for the fourth most in the AL. The franchise record is 16, by the 1972 club.

In his start before this one, Guthrie threw eight shutout innings -- it is the first time in his career (174 career starts) he has put together back-to-back starts in a season where he finished each with at least seven scoreless frames.

Miguel Cabrera
Cabrera drove in two runs to give him a Major League-leading 101 for the season.

Cabrera has driven in at least 100 runs in nine of his 10 seasons, with only his rookie year in 2003 (87 games) seeing him come up short. Cabrera is the fourth player in history to have at least nine 100-RBI seasons through his first 10 years in the Majors. Al Simmons and Albert Pujols each were a perfect 10-for-10, while Ted Williams, like Cabrera, had nine.

Cabrera's two RBIs gave him 1,085 for his career -- the 10th most for any player through his first 10 seasons. Cabrera is in his age-29 season; those 1,085 are the eighth most for any player under 30 years old.

Colorado beat the Brewers 8-6, with starter Tyler Chatwood allowing two runs in six innings for the win. Coupled with Jeff Francis' victory in the previous game, this marked the first time since June 3-4 that Rockies starters recorded victories in back-to-back games.

Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner went the distance on a five-hitter, struck out six with a walk, and improved to 13-7 as the Giants beat the Nationals, 6-1. Bumgarner's strikeout-to-walk ratio now stands at 4.69 for the season. If he finishes at or above 4.00 and qualifies for the ERA title, he will be the first pitcher since 1893 to have multiple seasons with a ratio of at least 4:1 while being younger that 23 years old. The other players to do it once: Walter Johnson in 1910, Don Sutton in 1966, Bret Saberhagen in 1985, and Mark Prior in 2003.

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