Baseball’s Story So Far – New York Times

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As baseball heads into the All-Star Game break, here is a look at some notable moments from the first half of the season.

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The Yankees’ Aaron Judge.CreditIllustration by Chris Morris

The Hitters

Scooter Changes Name to Slugger

Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati: June 6 vs. St. Louis

Became the 17th player to hit four home runs in a game. In the process, he drove in 10 runs to tie a club record. He also became the first player in major league history with five hits, four homers and 10 R.B.I. in a single game.


3 Homers in a Game, Divided by 4

Yoenis Cespedes, Mets: April 11 at Philadelphia

Matt Kemp, Atlanta: April 29 at Milwaukee

Eddie Rosario, Minnesota: June 13 vs. Seattle

Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers: June 20 vs. Mets


Rendon the Wrecking Ball

Anthony Rendon, Washington: April 30 vs. Mets

Went 6 for 6 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in, setting a Nationals record for most R.B.I. in a game. Rendon joined Walker Cooper, who did it for Cincinnati in 1949, as the only players with six hits and 10 R.B.I. in a game.


Leading Off, Part 1

Mookie Betts, Boston: July 2 at Toronto

Tied major league record with eight runs batted in from the leadoff spot. Betts joined Ronnie Belliard (Colorado Rockies, 2003), Jim Northrup (Detroit Tigers, 1973), Bill Glynn (Cleveland Indians, 1954) and Augie Bergamo (St. Louis Cardinals, 1945) in sharing the mark.

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Leading Off, Part 2

George Springer, Houston

Has hit nine home runs this season while leading off a game. Alfonso Soriano holds the record with 13 (2003 Yankees).


Reinventing Ryan

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington

Last season, he hit a career-low .218 with 15 home runs and 46 R.B.I. in 115 games. This year, he is hitting .334 with 19 homers and 62 R.B.I. in 78 games.


Single, Double, Triple, Homer: The Cycle Crowd

Wil Myers, San Diego: April 10 at Colorado

Trea Turner, Washington: April 25 at Colorado

Carlos Gomez, Texas: April 29 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Nolan Arenado, Colorado: June 18 vs. San Francisco


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The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.CreditIllustration by Chris Morris

Are You Sure They’re Rookies?

Aaron Judge of the Yankees, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Trey Mancini of Baltimore all slugged their way into the record book. Judge became just the third Yankee to hit 12 homers in the team’s first 25 games, joining Babe Ruth (12 in 1921) and Alex Rodriguez (14 in 2007). His 30th home run, on Friday, broke Joe DiMaggio’s franchise record for rookies. Bellinger reached 22 home runs faster than any player in history, doing so in his 52nd game. And Mancini tied the rookie home run record with seven home runs in his first 12 major league games.


And Don’t Forget These Rookies

Oakland’s Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto hit their first career home runs in the same game (June 24, at Chicago White Sox). They became the first set of three teammates to accomplish that feat in over 100 years.


A Long Journey to First Base

Gift Ngoepe, Pittsburgh: April 26 vs. Chicago Cubs

Became first African-born player to reach the majors, and he singled in his first at-bat.


The Pitchers

Strikeouts Inc., Boston Division

Chris Sale, Boston

Reached double-digit strikeouts in eight consecutive games, matching a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. Sale also accomplished the feat pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2015. Martinez did it with Boston in 1999.


A Big Splash, A Bad Spill

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco

Became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day. He was also placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career after a dirt-bike accident on April 20 (in Colorado on a day off) sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 E.R.A. in four 2017 starts. He could rejoin the Giants in mid-July.


Strikeouts Inc., Cleveland Division

Corey Kluber, Cleveland

Broke franchise record held by the Hall of Famer Bob Feller with five consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts. Kluber struck out 56 and walked five in those starts.


Time to Reinvent Rick

Rick Porcello, Boston

Last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, when he went 22-4 with a 3.15 earned run average, he has gone in the opposite direction this year, with a 4-10 record and a 5.01 E.R.A.

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A Long Journey to the Mound

Pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx was drafted by Seattle in 2006 but did not reach the majors until he made his debut with Texas on May 17 (at age 32). His first victory came on June 6 against the Mets.


And The Milestones

600 Home Runs

Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: June 3 vs. Minnesota


450 Home Runs

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit: May 2 vs. Cleveland

Adrian Beltre, Texas: June 27 at Cleveland


2,000 Hits

Matt Holliday, Yankees: April 8 at Baltimore

Jose Reyes, Mets: May 20 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Victor Martinez, Detroit: July 7 at Cleveland


600 Doubles

Adrian Beltre, Texas: July 4 vs. Boston


2,000 Strikeouts

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: June 2 at Milwaukee

Max Scherzer, Washington: June 11 vs. Texas

James Shields, Chicago White Sox: June 24 vs. Oakland

Sources: MLB.com; Baseball-Reference.com. Statistics through Friday.

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