Yankees’ outfielder Matt Holliday was invited to an exclusive seven-member club on Saturday.
In the first inning of a matinee against the Orioles, Holliday smacked a single into right field, joining Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre as the newest active major leaguer to record 2,000 career hits.
The next milestone awaiting Holliday? Home runs — 300, to be exact. The veteran outfielder/DH is currently stuck at 296 blasts, one of which he recorded during Friday’s 6-5 loss to Baltimore. Once he passes 300 home runs, he’ll be the fifth active player with at least 2,000 hits and 300 homers, joining the aforementioned Pujols (2,826 hits, 591 home runs), Cabrera (2,519 hits, 446 home runs), Beltre (2,942 hits, 445 home runs) and Beltran (2,622 hits, 421 home runs). The last Yankee to accomplish such a feat was Alex Rodriguez, who notched 3,115 career hits and 696 homers for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees from 1994 to 2016.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.