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14 — The Atlanta Braves were riding a 14-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game. That’s their longest since winning 15 in a row in 2000. It’s also the longest winning streak in the big leagues since the Oakland A’s won 20 in a row in 2002.

14 — Entering Saturday, the longest current hitting streak in the majors also stands at 14. That belongs to Eric Sogard of, of course, the A’s.

31 — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has reached base in 31 consecutive games entering Saturday night, the longest such current streak in the majors.

B-Day HR — On Wednesday, Trout homered on his 22nd birthday and became the first player to hit a homer on both his 21st and 22nd birthdays.

27th — The Bronx Bombers are 27th in runs this season with 432. They scored 804 last year, which puts them on a pace to cross home plate nearly 200 fewer times than a year ago.

-5, +5 — On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox trailed the Houston Astros by five runs but came back to win 15-10. That’s the first time a team trailed by at least five runs and later won by at least five runs since the Indians did it against the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader on June 28.

93rd — White Sox ace Chris Sale is one of the best young pitchers in baseball, but he’s not getting much support. Among qualifying pitchers, Sale is last (93rd) in run support with an average of 2.57 runs per game. In 92nd is another young ace, Stephen Strasburg, at 2.73.

2 W’s — Minnesota Twins reliever Brian Duensing had a pretty good day on the mound on Friday. In the first game of a doubleheader, Duensing entered the game with the Twins trailing 3-1. They eventually took the lead, crediting him with the win. In the second game, he came on to pitch in a tie game in the ninth inning. The Twins responded for a game-winning run in the 10th, giving Duensing a second win for the day. The last pitcher to do so was Yankees reliever Luis Vizcaino in 2007.

— Ryan Lewis


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