Miguel Cabrera knocks in 100th run, joins exclusive club

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Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Phil Hughes on Tuesday to reach 100 RBI for the seventh straight season. He’s one of just six players to drive in 100 runs seven times through age 27:
Mel Ott – 8 (1929-1936)
Miguel Cabrera – 7 (2004-2010)
Joe DiMaggio – 7 (1936-1942)
Jimmie Foxx – 7 (1929-1935)
Albert Pujols – 7 (2001-2007)
Alex Rodriguez – 7 (1996-2003)
Ott, Foxx, DiMaggio, Pujols and now Cabrera are also the only players to drive in 100 runs in every season from ages 21-27. Ott also had 151 RBI in his age 20 season.
A-Rod had 123 RBI at age 20, but he followed that with his worst year to date, finishing with 84 RBI at age 21.
Since he got started so young, Cabrera could well establish several RBI records over the course of his career. Unfortunately for him, Rodriguez figures to beat him to some or most of them.
With 97 RBI so far this year, A-Rod is about to turn in his 14th 100-RBI season. He’s currently tied with Foxx, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth for the most all-time at 13.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.