First number, last word

6-17-09: The date of Andrew McCutchen's first career home run -- in the Metrodome in the Twin Cities, where he will be returning for next week's All-Star Game. McCutchen's No. 1 victim? Liriano.

"First time I've encountered that. It looked funny -- he was protecting the plate with two strikes, and I'm not so sure throwing his elbow into the ball was the first thing in his mind." -- Hurdle, on Russell Martin being hit by a pitch in Monday's game but not being awarded first base because, in umpire Alan Porter's judgment, he did not try to avoid getting hit

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