4,000 — On Wednesday night, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,000th career hit combining his time in MLB and in Japan, a single. Among the 4,000, 2,723 have come in the majors.
1.72 — Through his first 27 starts, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has an ERA of 1.72. That’s the fourth-lowest ERA through 27 starts in baseball history, behind Roger Clemens (2005, 1.51) and Greg Maddux twice (1.65 and 1.68 in ’98 and ’95, respectively).
73 — Barry Bonds became the all-time home-run king in 2001 (depending on whom you ask), hitting 73 home runs in 476 at-bats. This season, it took the San Francisco Giants 4,160 at-bats to hit 73 home runs as a team.
21 — When New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit by Ryan Dempster last week, it was the 21st time a Boston Red Sox pitcher hit Rodriguez. That’s the most by any team A-Rod has faced.
37 — According to Baseball Info Solutions, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has saved 37 runs this season. It’s the most in a single year since the stat has been kept.
Top 9 — Thanks to Lance Berkman, the top nine active players in home runs all play in the American League. That list includes Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Jason Giambi, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, David Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, Adrian Beltre and Berkman. The National League leader is Todd Helton, with 362.
34 — Petco Park in San Diego won’t include any of the active home-run leaders anytime soon. Since it opened in 2004, only Adrian Gonzalez (now with the Los Angeles Dodgers) has more than 34 home runs there.
6 — On Wednesday, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera earned the 645th save and sixth pickoff of his career, nabbing Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis.
12-1 — The Yankees swept the Blue Jays in a four-game series last week. The Yanks are now 12-1 against the Blue Jays and 56-68 against all other teams.
— Ryan Lewis