LaTroy Hawkins not the only pitcher cruisin' for a bruisin'

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Thanks to the wonderful Fack Youk for the heads up on this one:

Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza acknowledged it was more than
coincidence than he hit Mark Teixeira the inning after Yankees starter
Joba Chamberlain threw a pitch at the head of Evan Longoria, and noted
the Yankees threw inside to Longoria and hit him Monday too.

“I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back,” Garza
said. “It’s about time someone made a statement. They did it on Monday
night and we didn’t do anything, they didn’t do it too much (Tuesday)
and (Chamberlain) did it again tonight.

“I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say,
“You know, we’re tired of it.” You can go after our best guy, well,
we’ll make some noise too, and that’s what happened.”

You know, part of being “that guy” in a beanball war entails giving a
totally deadpan statement to the media after the game that goes “I
guess that pitch to Teixeira got away from me.” Doing that and letting
your subsequent silence speak for itself is way more badass than
talking about just how much you stand up for your teammates. And it’s
way less likely to get Bob Watson on your butt and suspending you when
you’re trying to pitch your team back into a pennant race.

Jesus, can’t Sutcliffe hold a seminar on this stuff on an off day?

John Jaso hits for the cycle

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 27:  John Jaso #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the game against the Seattle Mariners during inter-league play on July 27, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit for the cycle on Wednesday night against the Cubs, becoming the first Pirate to do so since Daryl Ward against the Cardinals on May 26, 2004. It’s the third cycle of the 2016 season, as Jaso joins Freddie Freeman and Rajai Davis.

Jaso singled in the second inning for his first hit. He smashed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. He hit an RBI double in the fifth to push the Cubs’ lead to 5-1. Then, in the seventh, Jaso hit an RBI triple to make it an 8-4 game.

Coming into Wednesday night, Jaso was hitting an adequate .259/.342/.384 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 416 plate appearances. He’s been limited mostly to right-handed pitching as the Pirates have used David Freese and Josh Bell at the position as well.

Freddie Freeman extends hitting streak to 30 games

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves waits to bat in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s win against the Phillies. Prior to that at-bat, he had grounded out, been hit by a pitch, and walked.

Freeman entered Wednesday night batting .382/.477/.673 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 24 runs scored over his past 29 games. Though his numbers are lacking compared to National League MVP Award favorite Kris Bryant, Freeman will get some top-five votes. On the season, he entered Wednesday hitting .307/.404/.576 with 33 home runs, 88 RBI, and 99 runs scored in 673 plate appearances.

Freeman’s 30-game hitting streak is the longest such streak in the majors this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He has also reached base safely in 46 consecutive games.