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05-29-2009, 09:33 AM
Loyal reader Kris Breuing reports that the Twins just did the near-impossible: They finished a 1-6 road trip in which they actually outscored their opponents (42-35). Of course, they couldn't have done it without that 20-1 game in Chicago, but whatever!
Loyal reader Jim McLennan reports that Dan Uggla hit homers off the same relief pitcher (Jon Rauch) in both ends of Wednesday's Marlins-Diamondbacks doubleheader. According to the Sultan, Uggla is only the fifth player since World War II to homer off the same pitcher in both games of a doubleheader. The others: Willie Mays off Vern Law (Sept. 20, 1955), Gus Bell off Bob Miller (May 6, 1956), Ron Fairly off Mike Corkins (April 28, 1970) and Travis Fryman off Roberto Hernandez (April 13, 1997).
Has there been a streakier team than the Padres? Well, no, as a matter of fact. Padres PR whiz Warren Miller reports (via Elias) that until the Padres won in Arizona on Monday, they would become the first team in modern history to find itself working on a double-digit home winning streak (10 in a row) and a double-digit road losing streak (11 in a row) at the same time.
By the way, the Phillies won more games this past weekend in the new Yankee Stadium (two) than they had won in franchise history in the old Yankee Stadium (one). Of course, they had played there only eight times -- even counting the 1950 World Series.

Career Month Dept.: Joe Mauer has made even more astounding history. His 11 homers this month are two more bombs than he hit all last season in 536 at-bats. With the help of the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR's incomparable David Vincent, we determined that Mauer is the first player in history to hit 10 homers or fewer in that many at-bats one year, then hit more homers just in one calendar month the next year. The closest previous call: Robin Ventura (493 at-bats) in 1990-91.

Tag Team Dept.: Meanwhile, Mauer and Justin Morneau have six games left this month to break the record for teammates homering the most times in the same game in a single calendar month. Mauer and Morneau have already gone deep in the same game six times this month. The record, according to the Sultan: seven, by Dusty Baker and Steve Garvey in June 1980 and by Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro in August 2003. You May fans will be thrilled to know that Mauer and Morneau are the first duo to do this six times in the merry month of May.
Tall Tales Dept.: The Marlins will inch their way toward history Tuesday night. According to Florida PR genius Matt Roebuck, they'll become the first team in history to have pitchers 6-foot-7 or taller start four consecutive games (assuming all the listed heights are accurate). The big four: Sean West (6-8) started Saturday. Josh Johnson (6-7) went Sunday. Chris Volstad (6-8) followed him Monday. Andrew Miller (6-7) was the man assigned to take this group to new heights Tuesday. Tremendous.

Those are my favorite tidbits from http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4207261&name=stark_jayson