Tigers' Magglio Ordonez notches 2,000th career hit

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magglio ordonez swinging.jpgWith a single off Carl Pavano on Thursday, Magglio Ordonez because the 19th active major leaguer and the sixth native of Venezuela to reach 2,000 career hits.
The active list:
1. Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,775
2. Derek Jeter – 2,773
3. Ivan Rodriguez – 2,735
4. Omar Vizquel – 2,706
5. Alex Rodriguez – 2,551
6. Manny Ramirez – 2,511
7. Garret Anderson – 2,506
8. Johnny Damon – 2,450
9. Chipper Jones – 2,420
10. Vladimir Guerrero – 2,277
11. Edgar Renteria – 2,209
12. Todd Helton – 2,153
13. Jim Thome – 2,149
14. Bobby Abreu – 2,139
15. Miguel Tejada – 2,133
16. Jason Kendall – 2,106
17. Ichiro Suzuki – 2,060
18. Mark Grudzielanek – 2,017
19. Magglio Ordonez – 2,001
The only other player with much chance of reaching the plateau this year is Jim Edmonds, who is currently at 1,898. Luis Castillo (1,848), Orlando Cabrera (1,837), Carlos Lee (1,831), Scott Rolen (1,826) and Albert Pujols (1,745) should all get there in 2011.
At age 36, Ordonez is quite a long shot to reach 3,000 career hits. However, both he and Abreu do have a chance of overtaking Vizquel to become the all-time hits leader from Venezuela:
1. Omar Vizquel – 2,706
2. Luis Aparicio – 2,677
3. Andres Galarraga – 2,333
4. Dave Concepcion – 2,326
5. Bobby Abreu – 2,136
6. Magglio Ordonez – 2,001
7. Ozzie Guillen – 1,764
8. Manny Trillo – 1,562
9. Cesar Tovar – 1,546
10. Edgardo Alfonzo – 1,532
Ordonez also had a shot at reaching 300 homers this year, as he’s currently 19 away. At 399, Galarraga is the all-time home run leader from Venezuela. Ordonez is second place on that list, though his Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera is at 214 and charging fast.

Mark Melancon is considering surgery

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Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon is considering surgery for an undisclosed injury, the pitcher told reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Phillies. Melancon did not divulge the exact location of the injury, but revealed that it had been plaguing him off and on since the 2012 season and was a separate issue from the right pronator strain that kept him sidelined through much of July and August. Giants’ head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner called the injury day-to-day and has not revealed a timetable for the right-hander’s return, should surgery become necessary.

Melancon, 32, has struggled to replicate the sparkling pitching line he produced with the Pirates and Nationals in 2016. He’s toting a 3.80 ERA through 25 appearances with San Francisco, flanked by a 1.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 23 2/3 innings. His season has been significantly shortened after multiple trips to the disabled list for a right forearm strain, and while he looked to be in line to resume his closing duties this week, the Giants will likely play it safe with the veteran righty to keep him from compromising his health in 2018.

Although the injury doesn’t appear to be severe in nature, it’s clearly intensified over the last few months. Per MLB.com’s Chris Haft, Melancon said he’s “had discomfort every day this season,” though he hopes to continue pitching through the remainder of 2017. The Giants aren’t on the verge of contending by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid end to the 2017 season could help Melancon make some headway as he looks to reclaim his status as the team’s closer next spring.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.