Single ... Resides in Las Vegas, NV ... Is a 1987 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas
where he played baseball, basketball and football ... Drafted by San Diego in 8th round out of high school
but instead attended University of Nevada-Las Vegas before transferring to Orange Coast (CA) Junior
College ... Took part in Orioles FanFest the last two winters.2003Was sidelined for most of the season, appearing in just 9 games for the Orioles, batting .233 with one
home run and 4 RBI...Hit a game-tying, two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Cleveland
Indians on Opening Day...The Orioles went on to win the game, 6-5, in 13 innings...Missed the next 5 games with a strained lower back...Returned to the lineup on April 8 at Tampa Bay
and reached base safely all 4 trips to the plate, with a single and 3 walks...Had 2 assists on April 9 at Tampa Bay, first time an O's outfielder had 2 assists in a game since Luis
Matos accomplished the feat on September 19, 2001 at Toronto...Hit safely in each of his first 4 games of the season, going 5-for-12 (.417)...Went 2-for-18 in his final 5
games...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 23 and had arthroscopic surgery the next day to remove
bone chips from his right elbow...Was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 19.
wAttempted rehab with the team during the season before undergoing ligament reconstruction ("Tommy
John") surgery on his right elbow on August 27, ending his season.2002
Played 131 games in his first season with the Orioles, finishing 4th on the team with 18 home runs and
tied for 3rd with 64 RBI.
Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of his right quadriceps... Was placed on DL
on March 31, retro to March 28, and missed the first 8 games of the year...Was activated on April 12 and
hit a home run that day at Chicago.
Hit safely in 19 of his first 22 games and his average reached a season-high .367 on May 5...Batted
.231 (86-372) in his final 109 games after May 6.
Went 4-for-5 with a triple, 3 runs and 2 RBI on April 28 at Kansas City, matching his career-high in hits and runs...Went 13-for-28 (.464) with 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 7 games against the Royals.
Hit safely in 80 of 130 games with an at-bat on the season...Had a pair of 7-game hitting streaks, April
14-21 and April 24-May 1.
Batted .213 (33-155) from May 7 through the end of June...Rebounded to hit safely in 16 of 25 games
in July, batting .281 (25-89) with 5 home runs...Had 3 hits with 2 doubles on July 4 at Anaheim and July
6 at Texas.
Had his 7th career 2-home run game on June 21 at San Francisco...Homered in consecutive games
three times - May 3-4 against Kansas City, June 21-22 at San Francisco and July 30-31 at Tampa Bay.
Batted .159 (14-88) over his final 27 games of the season...Hit one home run after August 19.
Spent the entire year at the big league level with the Cleveland Indians after making the club out of spring training as a spring invitee after Travis Fryman's elbow injury cleared a spot on the roster...Batted .442 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 26 spring training games to earn roster spot.
Spent the first two weeks of the season as a pinch-hitter before establishing himself as an everyday player in the Indians lineup in mid-April.
Made 105 starts on the year b 75 in left field, 23 in right field and 7 at DH...In his 105 starts, he hit .304 (119-391) with 19 HR and 66 RBI.
Overall, appeared in 83 games in left field, 30 in right field and 2 in CF...His June 4 appearance in CF at Minnesota was his first since September of 1995 while with the Twins.
Made his first start at DH on April 10 at Chicago, going 1-for-4 with his first HR off Jim Parque, then went 3-for-5 with 2 HR & 4 RBI on April 19 at Baltimore...Marked his 5th career 2-homer game and first since June 23, 1999 at Chicago's Comiskey Park.
Had 22-game hitting streak -- one shy of his career high -- April 22-May 18, batting .393 (35-89) with 5 HR and 22 RBI...It was the 2nd longest streak in the American League in 2001 behind Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki's 23 gamer.
Batted .268 (80-299) after the streak for the rest of the season, with 12 HR and 39 RBI in 92 games.
Had his 6th career 2-homer game and 2nd of season on August 14 vs. Minnesota...Hit his 100th career homer on August 31 at Chicago (AL) off Dan Wright.
Missed 5 games, September 24-30, with a sprained left wrist suffered making a diving catch on September 23 at Minnesota.
Collected RBI in 6 straight games from August 5-11...Over his last 33 games from August 12 on hit just .198 (20-101) with 6 HR & 10 RBI.
Was 3 for 10 (.300) as a pinch-hitter with 2 RBI.
Batted .250 (3-12) with one RBI for Cleveland in the Division Series vs. Seattle.
2000Spent the season with the Toronto Blue Jays after being released by the Boston Red Sox at the end of spring training...Was released by Boston on March 26 and signed the next day by the Blue Jays...Most of his playing time came in April and May, hitting .283 (34-120) over the first 2 months of the season with 2 HR & 11 RBI...Appeared in only 19 games in the second half (.179, 10-56, 6 RBI) and appeared in just 3 games from August 6 on, after Toronto acquired Dave Martinez...Batted just once in September, as a PH at Baltimore on Sept. 29...Played 8 straight games in April, hitting his first homer of the season off Orlando Hernandez on April 23, when Shannon Stewart was on the DL...Matched his career-high with his seventh 4-hit game on May 28 at Detroit...Hit .302 (19-63) during May with 1 HR & 5 RBI in 17 games...Hit his first career grand slam on July 16 against the New York Mets off Al Leiter...Started 14 of 15 games in right field in July after an elbow injury felled Raul Mondesib&On the year he made 52 starts, 21 in LF, 17 in RF and 14 as the DHb&Was designated for assignment on October 3 and elected free agency on Oct. 6.1999Led the Twins in RBI (70) and hit-by-pitch (9) in his final season in Minnesota...Was also 2nd in doubles and home runs, was tied for 2nd in runs and sac flies (6) and was 3rd in batting, total bases (197) and walks...Enjoyed his 6th career 4-hit game, 4/8 vs. Toronto...Was 30-for-72 (.417) from 5/23 through 6/17...Had a season-high 9-game hitting streak, going 17-for-36 (.472), 5/23-6/1...Had a career-high 5 RBI on 6/23 at Chicago...Was 22-for-62 (.355), 8/2-8/28...Had a season-high 9 total bases, 8/28 vs. Kansas City...Batted .310 with 12 homers vs. right-handers and .206 with 2 homers vs. left-handers...Had a .927 fielding percentage (4I TC, 3 E)...Was 5-for-14 (.357) as a pinch-hitter...Granted free agency, 10/8 and signed with Boston as a non-roster invitee to spring training.1998Led Twins with 19 multi-RBI games and was 2nd in walks, 3rd in outfield assists (5) and tied for 4th in RBI...Tied for 2nd in American League in batting .500 (5-10) with the bases loaded...Was 9-for-29 (.310) in first 9 games of season...Hit safely in 11 of 13 games, 4/26-5/31, batting .367 (18-49), but was on the disabled list 4/29-5/12 with a strain in his neck...Had a season-high 8-game hitting streak, 6/6-14...Had his 5th career 4-hit game, 6/24 vs. Milwaukee, and his 8th career 4-RBI game, 7/26 vs. Texas...Batted .233 with 7 homers vs. right-handers and .330 with 3 homers vs. left-handers...Hit .270 (34-126) with runners in scoring position and .500 (5-10) with the bases loaded...Had .978 fielding percentage (268 TC, 6 E)...Batted .365 (23-63) in 16 interleague games.1997Led Twins in home runs and tied for 2nd in triples...Tied his career high with 4 triples...Was 3rd among AL leftfielders in fielding percentage (.991) and 5th among league outfielders in assists (12)...Spent 6 weeks, 4/11-5/25, on disabled list with plantar fascitis in his left foot...Began rehab assignment at AAA Salt Lake, 5/19, but the injury lingered most of the year...Returned to roster on 5/27 vs. Seattle and enjoyed the first of three 2-homer/4-RBI games on season...Had 2 homers and 4 RBI on 7/29 at Kansas City and had his 4th career 2-homer game and 7th career 4-RBI game on 9/16 at Anaheim.1996Established career-highs in batting, games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, RBI and walks...Set club record for doubles and led team in home runs, was 2nd in RBI and 3rd in at-bats, hits, runs and slugging percentage (.478)...Tied for 4th in American League in doubles and 8th in sacrifice flies (9)...Signed 4-year contract, through 1999 with option for 2000, on 2/27...Missed 8 games with strained rib cage muscle, 4/5-14...Hit safely in 33 of 34 games, going 47-for-138 (.341) with 24 RBI, from 5/23-6/29...Tied career-high with 4 hits, 6/5 vs. California, and had 2 more 4-hit games in June, vs. California on 6/14 and vs. Kansas City on 6/29...Led league with a career-high 23-game hit streak, tied for 4th longest in Twins history, 6/5-29, going 35-for-91 (.385) with 10 doubles, 2 home runs and 18 RBI...Had his first career 2-homer game and 4th career 4-RBI game on 8/20 vs. Milwaukee...Collected his 100th RBI of the season on 9/6 vs. California, joining Paul Molitor as first Twin teammates to have 100-plus RBI in same season since Rod Carew and Larry Hisle (1977)...Connected for club-record 46th double of season, off Al Levine on 9/28 vs. Chicago...Batted .311 with 12 home runs vs. right-handers and .302 with 4 homers vs. lefthanders...Had 30 multi-RBI games ...Hit .312 (58-186) with 78 RBI with runners in scoring position and .357 (5-14) with 13 RBI with the bases loaded.1995Was named BBWAA American League Rookie of the Year, edging California's Garret Anderson (105-99 points), collecting 13 of 28 first place votes, 13 second place votes and one third place vote...Was named to Topps' Major League Rookie All-Star team and Baseball Digest's Rookie All-Star team...Won Bill Boni Award as Twins' Outstanding Rookie...Made his major league debut in season-opener on 4/26 at Boston...Singled off Orioles' Ben McDonald for first major league hit on 4/27 at Metrodome...Hit his first big league home run, off Tom Gordon on 5/3 vs. Kansas City...Had career-high 4 hits and 8 total bases in 17-inning game on 5/7 at Cleveland...Homered in 5 consecutive games, tying club record (Harmon Killebrew twice in 1970) and major league rookie record (Rudy York of Detroit in 1937, George Alusik of Kansas City in 1962 and Ron Kittle of Chicago White Sox in 1983) from 5/16-20...Named American League Player of the Week, 5/15-21, after batting .370 (10-27) with 5 home runs and 13 RBI...Had a season-high 4 RBI on 5/19 vs. Seattle...Stole 20th base on 9/30 at Chicago to become 3rd Twin with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season (Larry Hisle, 28 HR/21 SB in 1977 and Kirby Puckett, 31 HR/20 SB in 1986)...Hit .323 (40-124) with 3 homers and 20 RBI vs. left-handed pitchers and .263 (102-388) with 21 homers and 64 RBI vs. right-handers...Tied for 2nd in the AL in outfield assists (12) and tied for 6th in hit by pitches (10)...Rank among Twins' all-time rookies: 3rd in stolen bases, 4th in home runs, tied for 4th in doubles, 5th in runs and RBI, 10th in batting and at-bats and tied for 10th in walks.1994Suffered a broken left wrist on 3/1 in spring training before spending year at AAA Salt Lake City...Finished 2nd in the Pacific Coast League in batting and 5th in slugging (.592) and on-base percentage (.426)...Was 2nd in batting among minor league outfielders, 7th in minors in slugging and 10th in on-base percentage...Was 5-for-5 with 6 RBI, hitting for cycle in his 2nd game on 5/13 at Las Vegas...Had 12-game hitting streak, going 16-for-41 (.390) from 5/15-5/25...Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, 6/5-6/11...Hit safely in 16 of 17 games, batting .422 (27-64) from 7/18-8/5...Named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, batting .423 (11-26) with 3 home runs and 8 RBI, 8/19-8/25...Was Twins' Minor League Player of the Month and Baseball America's co-Player of the Month for August, batting .404 (38-94) with 7 homers and 22 RBI...Played for Chandler in the Arizona Fall League after the season and was 9th in the league in batting (.307)...Also was 3rd in doubles (12) and tied for 4th in hits (51)...Was rated one of Top Outfielders by AFL managers and rated 10th-best prospect in league by Baseball America.