Brett Lawrie in record territory since August callup

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Brett Lawrie broke a tie with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth as the Blue Jays bested the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday.

It was Lawrie’s fourth homer during his current nine-game hitting streak and seventh in 26 games since his callup.  He’s also knocked in 21 runs, but perhaps his most impressive stat so far is that he has 17 extra-base hits already (four triples, six doubles).  Since 1960, that’s tied for the most of any player in his first 26 career games:

1. George Scott (1966): 17
1. Mitchell Page (1977): 17
1. Albert Pujols (2001): 17
1. Jeff Francoeur (2005): 17
1. Chris Davis (2008): 17
1. Chris Dickerson (2008): 17
1. Brett Lawrie (2011): 17
8. Alvin Davis (1984): 16
8. Stephen Drew (2006): 16
8. Brennan Boesch (2010): 16

Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Santana are among those that had 15.

Lawrie is hitting .340, and he’s also gone 4-for-4 stealing bases.  His big-league attitude may rub some people the wrong way, but so far, he’s definitely walking the walk.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.