First things first

  • Who's on first? The great Abbott and Costello routine can be seen at the bottom of the post.

    Tampa Bay moved into first in the AL East thanks to a Reid Brignac walkoff homer in the 11th that gave the Rays a 1-0 victory over the Yankees.

  • The Padres held on to first in the NL West thanks to a four RBI night from Miguel Tejada as San Diego snapped the Colorado 10-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory.
  • Rockies pinch-hitter Jay Payton doubled for his first major league hit since Sept. 21, 2008.
  • The Phillies remained in first in the NL East thanks to an 11-4 thrashing of the Marlins.
  • Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run for Florida, making him the first second baseman in major league history to accomplish the feat four times.
  • Derek Lowe and Billy Wagner led Atlanta to a 4-0 win over the Nationals to remain in first place in the NL Wild Card race.
  • Derek Lowe tossed 12 strikeouts for the first time in his career.
  • By defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-2, the Reds secured their first winning season since 2000.
  • The Reds remain in first in the NL Central, now by seven games over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals, who lost to the Cubs 5-1.
  • Jay Bruce hit his 20th homer of the season and now has at least 20 Bruce-Blasts in each of his first three MLB seasons.
  • Former Notre Dame football star Jeff Samardzija picked up his first win in his first major league start this season to lead the Chicago Cubs past the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1. It was his first big league appearance since April 19.
  • Bobby Cramer, a left-hander who turns 31 next month, made his major league debut by pitching the Oakland Athletics past the Kansas City Royals, 3-1. Cramer held the Royals to one run and four hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out four and walked one after going 13-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 22 games with Quintana in Mexico this season.
  • Mike Aviles, of the Royals, hit his first home run since May 9, a span of 316 at-bats.
  • Jeff Samardzija singled to right in his first at-bat of the season and picked up his first RBI of the season.
  • Brett Myers (12-7) became the first pitcher to throw six or more innings in 30 consecutive starts since Curt Schilling went at least six innings in 35 straight games to start the 2002 season. The Astros beat the Brewers, 4-2.
  • For the first time since starting his streak on September 3, 2008, Prince Fielder missed a game. The flu-ish Prince had played in 327 straight games. Prince had the flu.
  • In the Red Sox 5-1 win over the Mariners, Jon Lester struck out 12 to become the first pitcher this season to have four straight double-digit strikeout games.
  • Jon Lester is the first Red Sox lefty since 1920 with 4 straight starts of at least 10 strikeouts.
  • Ichiro was held hitless for the first time in 14 games. He has 186 hits on the season.
  • After defeating the Pirates, 1-0 in 10 innings, the Mets remain first in team shutouts with 19.
  • The Orioles beat the Blue Jays for the first time this season thanks to a Luke Scott walkoff single in the 11th. The 4-3 victory make the Orioles 1-12 against the Jays.
  • Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, giving the Jays 15 straight games with a homer for the first time since July 2000.
  • Congrats to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman John Lindsey who got his first major league hit in the 5th inning Sunday against the Houston Astros. Lindsey spent 16 years in the minors and was called up to the big-league club for the first time just last week.
  • Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-5 to remain in first in the NL batting race with a .337 batting average.

    Carlos Gonzalez aka Cargo

  • Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 but remains in first in the NL homer race with 39.
  • Joey Votto drove home one run to give him 103 RBI, CarGo drove home one run to give him 102 RBI, but Albert Pujols continues to sit in first in the NL RBI race with 104.
  • CC Sabathia pitched eight innings of two-hit shutout ball but got a no-decision against the Rays, as he remains the first MLB pitcher with 19 wins.
  • Josh Johnson, who is first in the majors with a 2.30 ERA, was shut down for the remainder of the year by the Marlins, with back pain.
  • Heath Bell picked up his 41st save for the Padres last night. He trails Brian Wilson of the Giants who is first in the NL with 42 saves.
  • Rafael Soriano, of the Rays, is first in the AL also with 42 saves.
  • Josh Hamilton, of the Rangers, is first in the majors with a .635 slugging percentage.
  • Mark Teixeira, of the Yankees, is first in the majors with 104 runs scored.
  • Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria and Jayson Werth are now all tied for first with 44 doubles.
  • Dexter Fowler and Carl Crawford are tied for first with 12 triples.
  • Daric Barton, of the Athletics, is the first player this season to collect 100 walks.
  • Since the All-Star break, Francisco Liriano, of the Twins, is first in W-L in the AL with a 7-0 record. His ERA is 2.22.
  • Baseball: The Tenth Inning, is Ken Burns first sequel to his magnificent Baseball series. It will debut Sept. 28 and 29 on PBS.
  • The Cleveland Indians announced the first ever Peanut Aware Zone at Progressive Field on September 26 when the Tribe plays host to the Kansas City Royals.

    Not welcome in Cleveland


  • Abbott & Costello’s classic “Who’s on First?”