Guerrero and Ordonez take reverse-Samson approach

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Earlier this week Vladimir Guerrero shaved off his trademark dreadlocks
in an effort to break out of his season-long slump and yesterday
Magglio Ordonez followed suit by trimming his … well, I’m not quite
sure what you’d call his previous hair style, but it was long. Steve
Kornacki of MLive.com has all the details:

Magglio Ordonez, at the suggestion of his wife, had a stylist come
to his home today and cut off the curly black locks of hair that had
become a big part of his persona as a Detroit Tiger. “It has been five
years,” said Ordonez, who grew the hair out shortly after joining the
Tigers in 2005. “It’s a change, an overhauling. Maybe I will hit the
like the old Magglio.”

Ordonez caused quite a stir walking into the clubhouse, and a
teammate shouted, “He looks like [Armando] Galarraga!” Asked about
that, Galarraga smiled and said, “They are trying to say he looks
good.” … Tigers manager Jim Leyland joked about wanting to make a
toupee out of some of Ordonez’s clippings. “And I want a red perm”
Leyland said. “I just kind of like the color red.”

Good to know, Jim. Good to know.

So far at least the reverse-Samson approach has worked for both players. Guerrero went 2-for-5 with three RBIs last night, smacking his first homer since April 12, and Ordonez collected a pair of hits in a Tigers victory.

Better yet, Ordonez is now auctioning off his old locks for charity, complete with a picture of the giant pile of hair.

Red Sox set a new major league record with 11 strikeouts in a row

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez #52 of the Boston Red Sox works the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 20, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Lost in the nifty base running by Dustin Pedroia that won Sunday’s game against the Rays, the Red Sox set a new major league record by striking out 11 batters in a row, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out the final six Rays he faced and reliever Heath Hembree struck out five Rays in a row after that. Tom Seaver had the previous consecutive strikeout streak of 10, set on April 22, 1970 against the Padres.

The Red Sox also set a team record with 23 strikeouts in total: 13 by Rodriguez, five by Hembree, one by Matt Barnes, and four by Joe Kelly. Per Abraham, that’s the most strikeouts in a 10-inning game since at least 1913 and the most in a game of any length since 2004.

For Rodriguez, Sunday marked the first double-digit strikeout game of his career. He has pitched quite well since returning to the rotation at the start of the second half. Over 13 starts, the lefty has a 3.10 ERA with a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dodgers clinch NL West on Charlie Culberson’s walk-off home run

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Charlie Culberson #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base after hitting a single RBI in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson delivered a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, clinching the NL West for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. What a way to celebrate Vin Scully’s final home game behind the microphone.

The Dodgers were trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, but shortstop Corey Seager tripled in a run to tie the game. Rockies outfielder David Dahl untied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-out solo home run off of Kenley Jansen. But Seager once again rose to the occasion, blasting a game-tying solo shot in the bottom half of the ninth against Adam Ottavino. That would set the stage for Culberson in the next frame.

Culberson, a former Rockie, came into the afternoon with a .591 OPS and zero home runs in 53 plate appearances. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with the homer.

It’s the fourth consecutive season in which the Dodgers have won the NL West. The Cubs have clinched the best record, which means they’ll play the winner of the Wild Card game. The Dodgers will play the Nationals in the NLDS. The Nationals have a 1.5-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage, so both teams are still playing for something of importance in the regular season’s final week.