AL wins interleague play for eighth consecutive season, but just barely

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For the eighth season in a row the American League has topped the National League during interleague play, but it was a lot closer than most of those years.

With a record of 131-121 the AL had a winning percentage of .520, which is their lowest interleague mark since 2004:

YEAR     ALW%
2011     .520
2010     .532
2009     .548
2008     .591
2007     .544
2006     .611
2005     .540
2004     .504

Over the course of a 162-game season a .520 winning percentage is the equivalent to going 84-78. Overall the all-time interleague standings have the AL up 1,939 to 1,773, which is a .522 winning percentage and equal to an 85-77 record.

How long has it been since the NL won interleague play? That season the list of players making their MLB debuts included Miguel Cabrera, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui, Chase Utley, Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Jose Reyes, Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, and Dontrelle Willis.

Report: Mets ownership backs Terry Collins

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The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.

Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.

Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.

Joe Mauer becomes first Twin to reach base seven times in a game since Rod Carew

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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.

ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.

After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.