• Former Pirates infielder Dick Schofield, a hero of the 1960 stretch drive whose 19-year career began in 1953, and son Dick, whose own 14-year career ended in 1996, were teammates of at least one participant in every World Series from 1942 through 2007. That amazing fact courtesy of a recent group projects by SABR members, passed along by Bill Arnold.
• When Seattle's Raul Ibanez homered in the top of the ninth on Thursday to tie the Royals at 6, he registered his sixth late-game (seventh inning or later) tying homer since the start of the 2012 season, which tied him for the Majors' most in that span with ... Pedro Alvarez. Jose Bautista has five, and Mark Teixeira, Billy Butler and Paul Konerko have four each.
• Andrew McCutchen is one home run shy of becoming the second Pirates player ever with three straight 20-20 (home runs - stolen bases) seasons. Barry Bonds (1990-92) was first.
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