Charlie Blackmon went 6-for-6 against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, tying a Rockies franchise record for hits in a game originally set on July 3, 1995 against the Astros by Andres Galarraga, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Blackmon doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fourth, doubled and was caught stealing in the sixth, hit an RBI single and scored in the seventh, and knocked in two runs with a double in the eighth.
There have been just three six-hit games since the start of the 2010 season. Blackmon has one; Jean Segura and Alex Rios each accomplished the feat last year.
Blackmon, 27, has started in center in three out of the Rockies’ first five games. He was fighting for a reserve outfield role in the spring, but manager Walt Weiss praised his defense at the end of the month. His six-hit outburst could lead to even more playing time at the expense of Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.