BEYOND THE BOXSCORE by BILL ARNOLD

AROUND THE HORN

… On Saturday, the A’s and Rays will play the first regularly scheduled doubleheader in the majors since 2011 (Angels at A’s on July 17) and just the third since May 26, 2001, when the Twins hosted the A’s; the Rays intend to make it a special day at Tropicana Field with throwback uniforms in the first game, a banner parade between contests and specialty food items at concession stands including hamburger helper served in a cone, turkey TV dinners and fried Twinkies.
… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reds infielder/outfielder Scooter Gennett tied Mark Whiten for the second fewest career homers (38) before hitting four homers in a game when he accomplished the feat against the Cardinals on Tuesday; Bobby Lowe (1894) had the fewest with 28 while Carlos Delgado and Willie Mays had the two highest career totals with 299 (2003) and 281 (1961), respectively, when they each hit four.
… The Yankees were able to hold the Blue Jays hitless with runners in scoring position (0-for-24) for their entire four-game series in Toronto this past weekend; the Bombers were just the 11th team to hold an opponent hitless in RISP situations for 24 or more at bats in a three- or four-game series since the stat began to be accurately tracked in 1974 (the Rockies set the record in a 2007 series in D.C. holding the Nationals hitless in 28 such ABs).
… When J.T. Realmuto caught Edinson Volquez‘s no-hitter on June 3, he became the first catcher born in the 1990s to catch a major-league no-no; the Marlins backstop was born on March 18, 1991.
… The Tigers lead the majors with three, four-hour nine-inning games this season; the Dodgers, with two such lengthy contests, are the only other team that has played more than one this year.
… The Marlins’ Edinson Volquez threw the 150th N.L. no-hitter when he blanked the Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 3; the right-hander needed just 98 pitches (38 sinkers, 33 changeups, 20 knuckle-curves and 7 fastballs) to throw the first no-no of 2017.
… Only Nolan Arenado (15 at 3B – Rockies), Addison Russell (10 at SS – Cubs), Mookie Betts (10 at RF – Red Sox) and Byron Buxton (10 at CF – Twins) had registered double-digit totals in defensive runs saved at one position this season through Wednesday.
… Pirates manager Clint Hurdle took advantage of a loophole in the replay rules on June 4 to get an extended view of a disputed play on the ostensible third out of the top of the seventh; because the singing of “God Bless America” started before Hurdle’s 30-second review window had closed, he had an additional minute (the length of the song) to scrutinize the out call which he, then, successfully challenged.
Scott Feldman of the Reds, through Thursday, led all major-league pitchers having thrown 91 pitches this season with a 3-2 count on a batter.
… The Cubs lead the majors with 49 homers this season by players 25 years and under while the Rangers lead the A.L. with 33 by youngsters.
Miguel Sano could become the first Twins third baseman to be elected to start an All-Star Game since Harmon Killebrew in 1970; through this week’s balloting, the 24-year-old held the top spot over Manny Machado of the Orioles.
… Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out 14 Dodgers on Tuesday, the fifth time in his career he had K’ed 14 or more in a game; with that performance, the right-hander joined Randy Johnson (19 times), Nolan Ryan (16), Pedro Martinez (8) and Roger Clemens (7) as the only MLB pitchers with at least five games in which they whiffed at least14.
… Through June 11, the Cubs will have appeared on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball four times this season, more than any other team; the Yankees, Cardinals and Mets have made three appearances apiece on the program.
Albert Pujols became the ninth batter to hit 600 home runs in the majors when he connected on June 3 against the Twins; in the first 126 seasons of major-league baseball (1876-2001), just three batters (Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron) reached that milestone but, in the past 16 years, six more have joined the club.
… Through Thursday, there had been 4,690 replay reviews in the majors since 2014.
… No triples were hit in any major-league game on June 3, the first time that had occurred since May 27, 2008, a span of 3,295 days.
… According to John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions using a formula based on strikeouts per nine innings and batting average on balls in play, Max Scherzer of the Nationals (38 percent), Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (34 percent), Chris Sale of the Red Sox (31 percent), Lance McCullers of the Astros (26 percent) and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals (21 percent) are the most likely candidates to throw the next no-hitter in the bigs.
… Since shifting to the outfield midway through the 2010 season, Alex Gordon of the Royals leads all outfielders in the majors with 79 outfield assists.
… Since being shifted to the six hole in the Pirates lineup on May 26, Andrew McCutchen has batted .341 (15-for-44); prior to the change the center fielder was batting third and hitting .200 (34-for-170).
… The Charleston RiverDogs of the Class-A South Atlantic League ran a three-day promotion this week saluting the 843 area code which encompasses the South Carolina Lowcountry where Charleston is located; members of the team wore special 843 jerseys.
… Closer Corey Knebel had recorded at least one strikeout in each of his 31 appearances for the Brewers this season through Thursday; Aroldis Chapman set the record in the bigs since 1900 with at least one punch out in 37 straight in 2014.
… According to Benjamin Hill of Promo Watch, there will be five Star Wars nights in the minors this Friday and Saturday; the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class-A Midwest League and the Daytona Tortugas of the Class-A Florida State League will celebrate the sci-fi franchise on Friday, June 9, while the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Double-A Texas League and the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class-A California League will host tributes on Saturday, June 10.
… The Yankees, Mets and Marlins were the only major-league teams, through Thursday, that had yet to win a game this season in which they scored two or fewer runs.
… The Dodgers are the only major-league team not to have played an interleague game this season, their first will occur on June 13 when they travel to Cleveland to face the Indians for a three-game set.
… If his legs hold up and his mind stays clear, 99-year-old Pirates usher Phil Coyle plans to return to PNC Park next season; the Pittsburgh native, who began his career at Forbes Field in 1938, is the oldest working usher in the bigs.

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