BEYOND THE BOX SCORE by BILL ARNOLD

Around the Horn

  • Catcher Willson Contreras of the Cubs joined Marwin Gonzalez (Astros – 13 pitches), Khris Davis (A’s -12 pitches) and Mac Williamson (Giants – 12 pitches) as the only major-leaguers this season to hit a home run on the 12th pitch or later of an AB when he connected on the 12th pitch from Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the second inning on May 28.
  • The Red Sox are planning a Fenway Marathon on September 15 to benefit the Red Sox Foundation, which helps New England families in need; fifty participants, who promise to raise at least $5,000 for the Foundation, will run around the warning track at the Fens approximately 112 times to complete the 26.2-mile race.
  • Through Thursday, the Astros and Nationals are all on a pace to win 100 games or more this season while the Phillies are the only team on track to hit triple digits in losses.
  • Bill Chuck notes that the Cardinals were 12-12 with 106 runs scored in April and were 13-13 with 106 in May.
  • The Braves’ Matt Kemp, the Angels’ Yunel Escobar and the Tigers’ Ian Kinsler lead all active big-leaguers with 13, 12 and 10 ejections, respectively.
  • Olympic swimming champ Katie Ledecky, who attends Stanford University, invited Bryce Harper of the Nationals to spend some of his suspension at the Stanford pool; the Nats are in the San Francisco Bay Area for a week while they play the Giants and A’s.
  • Chris Sale of the Red Sox has not allowed a hit to the first-inning leadoff batter in any of his 11 starts this season.
  • The Astros, through Thursday, had scored 117 runs in the seventh inning or later this season to lead the bigs while the Tigers had scored the fewest runs in late innings with 55.
  • Erasmo Ramirez became the first pitcher since Steve Farr in 1984 to earn a save one day and start a game the next; the Rays’ righty earned the save against the Twins in a 15-inning marathon on May 28 and started the next day against the Rangers.
  • Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson joined Nolan Ryan (Angels, Astros and Rangers) as the only major-leaguers to have their numbers retired by three different clubs; the Indians retired Robinson’s number on May 28, as had the Orioles and Reds previously.
  • Through Thursday, Buster Posey, among all qualified batters, led the majors with a walks-to-strikeouts ratio of 1.53; the Giants star had drawn 23 bases on balls but had whiffed only 15 times.
  • Prior to their series in Los Angeles this weekend, the Dodgers were 36-26 vs. the Brewers at home and 36-26 against them on the road.
  • On May 23, starter Ervin Santana of the Twins retired the final 14 Orioles batters on just 42 pitches to register a 2-0 complete game shutout.
  • Tiger players Andrew Romine, Justin Verlander, Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Wilson wore red poppies on their Memorial Day jerseys, a common commemoration in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand of those killed in conflicts; the use of the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field” written by a Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who served in Belgium during World War I.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Davidson of the White Sox, on Tuesday, joined Odubel Herrera of the Phillies as the only big-leaguers this year to go 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in a game; Herrera whiffed five times on May 24.
  • On Wednesday, starter David Paulino of the Astros joined Jake Arrieta (Cubs), Trevor Cahill (Padres), James Paxton (Mariners) and Max Scherzer (Nationals) as the only pitchers this season to uncork three wild pitches in a game.
  • Saturday will mark the 85th anniversary of Lou Gehrig becoming the first A.L. player to hit four homers in a game; at the time, however, the Yankee first baseman’s feat was overshadowed in the press by Giants manager John McGraw‘s announcement that he was retiring.
  • Before coming back from a six-run deficit on Monday, the Astros were 0-921 in games in which they trailed by six or more runs in the eighth inning or later; the Diamondbacks are now the only active team that has never made a comeback of six runs or more after seven having gone, 0-374.
  • The Brewers were the only major-league team without a sacrifice fly in the month of May while the Rangers led the bigs with 13.
  • The Giants, through Thursday, had gone the entire season (60 days) without hitting a three-run homer surpassing the previous San Francisco record of 43 days set at the start of the 1975 season.
  • Angels rookie starter Parker Bridwell became the first pitcher since 2009 to make his first major-league start against a pitcher with 500-plus career starts when he opposed the Braves’ Bartolo Colon on Tuesday; in 2009, rookie Graham Taylor of the Marlins matched up against wily veteran Jamie Moyer of the Phillies.
  • The Rays led the majors having hit back-to-back homers six times this season through Thursday.
  • After a no-decision in his start on Monday, Jarred Cosart of the Padres has gone 20 consecutive starts without a win, the longest active streak in the majors; Cosart last posted a victory on September 17, 2015.
  • Stat master Doug Kern notes that the Royals became the last A.L. team to be shut out at new Yankee Stadium when they lost 3-0 on May 24.
  • The Padres’ Dinelson Lamet joined Ralph Comstock (1913), Cliff Melton (1937), Karl Spooner (1954), Herb Score (1955), Gary Nolan (1967), Tom Griffin (1969), Lowell Palmer (1969), Gary Beare (1976), Tim Hudson (1999), Zach Duke (2005), Johnny Cueto (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2010) and Masahiro Tanaka (2014) as the only rookie starters to strike out eight or more batters in each of their first two starts in the majors.
  • On Monday, the Blue Jays joined the Tigers (April 25), Nationals (April 30) and Rangers (May 17) as the only teams this season to bat .500 in a game.
  • Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor leads all batters in the bigs with 177 outs made this season.
  • First baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, through Thursday, needed two extra base hits to join Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran as the only active major-leaguers with at least 1,000 extra-base knocks.

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