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Daily Baseball Blog: 5/28

An outfielder was extended for six years, a club's losing streak hit 12, and two clubs combined for nine home runs in one game.

Did You Know

B.J. Upton's full name is Melvin Emmanuel Upton. B.J. comes from "Bossman Junior." Bossman was the nickname for his father. He is currently six home runs shy of 100 for his career.

This Day in Baseball History

5/28/1951: Willie Mays gets his first of 3,283 hits, a home run off of future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. Mays would go on to hit 20 home runs and bat .274 en route to the Rookie of the Year award, while Spahn would go 22-14 with a 2.98 ERA.

News

Derek Jeter passed George Brett on the all time hit list with hit #3,155, moving to 14th place on the all time list.  Next up is Cal Ripken Jr., who is 29 hits ahead at 3,184.

Orioles signed Adam Jones to a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension ($14.25 million per season). Jones also extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

The Reds and Rockies combined to hit nine home runs in a 7-5 Reds win at Great American Ballpark, the most home runs hit in any game at that stadium. All five of the Rockies' runs came off of solo home runs.

Down 2-1 in the 9th, the Rays rallied to score two runs off of the Red Sox' Alfredo Aceves.

The Cubs lost their 12th straight game, a 10-4 tally against the Pirates.

Game Scores

Nationals (29-18) beat the Braves (26-23) 7-2.

Rays (29-19) beat the Red Sox (23-24) 3-2.

Yankees (26-21) beat the A's (22-26) 2-0.

Cardinals (26-22) beat the Phillies (25-24) 8-3.

Pirates (23-24) beat the Cubs (15-32) 10-4.

Dodgers (32-15) beat the Astros (22-25) 5-1.

Reds (27-20) beat the Rockies (17-29) 7-5.

Top Scorer: White Sox beat the Indians 12-6 and Rangers beat the Blue Jays 12-6.

Standings

AL East: Orioles and Rays (29-19, .604 WPCT). AL Central: Indians (26-21, .553). AL West: Rangers (30-18, .625).

NL East: Nationals (29-18, .617). NL Central: Reds (27-20, .574). NL West: Dodgers (32-15, .681).

AL Wild Cards: Orioles/Rays (29-19, .604) and Yankees (26-21, .553). NL Wild Cards: Mets (27-21, .563) and Marlins/Cardinals (26-22, .542).

Bottom Team: Twins and Cubs (15-32, .319). Longest Winning Streak: Angels, 6 games. Longest Losing Streak: Cubs, 12 games.

League Leaders

Offensive: AVG: Paul Konerko (White Sox), .399 (65-163). Home runs: Josh Hamilton (Rangers), 20. RBI: Josh Hamilton, 53. Stolen bases: Emilio Bonifacio (Marlins), 20.

Pitching: Wins: 6 tied with 7. K's: Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), 79. ERA: Brandon Beachy (Braves), 1.77 (66 innings, 13 earned runs).  Saves: Jim Johnson (Orioles), Chris Perez (Indians), and Fernando Rodney (Rays), 16.

Top Performers

Offensive: Melky Cabrera (Giants): 4-4, home run (4), RBI, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases (9), AVG up .014 from .356 to .369, hitting streak to 1 game (4-4, 1.000 AVG).

Pitching: R.A. Dickey (Mets): Win (7-1), 7.1 shutout innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 10 K's (61), ERA drop: 0.39 runs from 3.45 to 3.06.

Worst Pitching Performance: Kyle Drabek (Blue Jays): Loss (4-5), 3 innings, 9 earned runs, 8 hits, 3 walks, 1 K (42), ERA jump: 1.28 runs from 3.27 to 4.55.

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Teams followed in this update: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

If your team is not included, please leave a comment.

HR: home runs. RBI: runs batted in. AVG: batting average. SB: stolen bases. ERA: earned run average. BAA: batting average against. K's: strikeouts. WPCT: winning percentage

Zack Silverman

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