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Orioles’ Davis gets name in record books by tying AL HR mark with #37

Chris Davis (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has his name in the Major League Baseball record books.

The 27-year-old Texan belted his MLB-leading 37th home run on Sunday as Baltimore cruised by the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4.

The 37th homer tied an American League record at the All-Star break.

With his recent power surge of homering in his fourth straight games, Davis equaled Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break. The MLB overall record is 39 by Barry Bonds in 2001.

Davis has 93 RBI’s at the break, which is second-most in MLB behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. He and Cabrera are the only players in major league history to have 30 home runs and 90 RBI’s at the All-Star break.

The left-handed hitting Davis has reached career highs in both homers and RBI’s and still has 66 games left to add to his totals.

Angels make hard decision in releasing popular veteran Abreau

 

The LA Angels made a hard decision in releasing veteran outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreau.

Bobby Abreau with the Phillies (2004 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

 

The 38-year-old Abreau is in  his 17th Major League season in 2012, his fourth campaign with the Angels.  He appeared in 456 games with the Halos over the last three-plus seasons, batting .267 (443/1662) with 239 runs scored, 103 doubles, 43 home runs, 246 RBI and 75 stolen bases.  In 2011, he hit .253 (127/585) with 30 doubles, eight home runs, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 142 games.  His streak of 150 games played ended at 13 consecutive seasons – the streak matched Willie Mays’ MLB record (1954-66).  Abreu also notched 20 stolen bases for the 13th consecutive season in 2011, the longest active streak in MLB.

 

The Venezuelan native is just one of four players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs & 350 stolen bases (Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio).  He is the only player in MLB history to log 20 HRs, 20 SBs & 40 2Bs in a season five times.  Abreu is a two-time All-Star (2004 & 2005), a Gold Glove recipient (2005) and a Silver Slugger honoree (2004).

 

For his career, the veteran is batting .293 with 1,413 runs scored, 557 doubles, 58 triples, 284 home runs, 1,330 RBI and 393 stolen bases.  He ranks eighth among actives with 2,389 hits and 1,413 runs, second in doubles (557), seventh in RBI (1,330) and sixth in stolen bases (393).  Abreu’s 2,389 career hits rank third all-time among Venezuelans.

Abreau has played in both leagues. Houston and Philadelphia in the National League and the Yankees and Angels in the American League.

Abreau was picked up by the crosstown rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Angels & MLBpressbox.com

Thome bypasses Indians offer to stay; returns to Philadelphia

 

Jim Thome (file)

The Cleveland Indians brought Jim Thome back home to his original team during the second half of 2010. They even invited him to come back in 2011. He kept giving signals in the media that he was going to retire. But then, the Philadelphia Phillies called and he accepted.

The Phillies need Thome’s bat and ability to play first base due to the fact that they’re superstar first baseman Ryan Howard is recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon. Thome has not played first base since 2007, but says he’ll work all off-season working on his defense.

The 41-year-old Thome was a big  hit during his first stint in Philadelphia. He led the NL in homers with 47 in 2003 and 42 in 2004. Overall with the Phillies, he hit .260 with 96 home runs and 266 RBI’s.

He and the Phillies agreed on a $1.25 million, one-year contract last weekend.

In 2010, with the Minnesota Twins and Indians, the Illinois native hit .256 with 15 homers and 50 RBI’s in 93 games. He hit .350 with runners in scoring position.

In his career which also includes Cleveland twice, the White Sox and the LA Dodgers. He has a career average of .277 with 604 homers and 1,674 RBI’s. He is one of only eight players to hit more than 600 homers joining, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey, Jr.

 

Info courtesy of MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news

 

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs

 

Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.

THE 600 HOME RUN CLUB INCLUDES:

762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

WORLD SERIES GAME 5: Surprising Giants take down Texas Rangers to win 4 games to 1

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

It took 56 years for the San Francisco Giants to win a World Series but they did it!

Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and the boys from Frisco won the 2010 World Series, by beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tight, tense Game 5  to win the series by a surprising 4 games to 1 margin.

The Giants had not won a World Series title since their days as the New York Giants back in 1954. The Giants moved to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season.

It’s hard to believe a franchise that has had Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds, Jim Ray Hart, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Will Clark could not win a World Series title.

Lincecum outpitched Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until World Series MVP Edgar Renteria earned a the award by hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy calls his team a ragtag bunch because they have other team’s castoffs like Pat Burrell, Edgar Renteria, Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff.

Their pitching staff shut down the explosive Texas Rangers offense by hurling 3 shutouts out of five games.

2010 MLB Commissioner's Trophy goes to SF Giants (file photo)

Baseball fans might recall, that San Francisco almost didn’t make the playoffs. They trailed the San Diego Padres by 7 1/2 games in the NL West on July 4 and won it on the next to last day of the season with a record of 92-70.

The Giants were one of several teams who weren’t suppose to make the playoffs joining, Cincinnati, Texas, Minnesota and Atlanta.

compiled from staff, MLB & San Francisco Giants news.

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