Jimmy Rollins returns from paternity leave

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Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies after taking a paternity leave and will be in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Rollins ended up missing three games for the birth of his daughter, with Freddy Galvis shifting from second base to shortstop and Mike Fontenot drawing all three starts at second base.

Rollins, who re-signed with the Phillies for three years and $33 million this winter, has hit just .229 with one homer and a career-worst .578 OPS in 42 games at age 33. He’s making $11 million, with the same salary due in 2013 and 2014.

José Altuve records hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances

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Astros second baseman José Altuve recorded a hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances between Friday and Sunday against the Indians. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record is 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Altuve’s 10 consecutive hits did set a new Astros record, however. The previous club record was eight, set by Altuve last season.

In his third plate appearance on Friday, Altuve grounded out to shortstop. Here were his next 10 trips to the dish:

  1. Two-run double
  2. Double
  3. Infield single
  4. Two-run home run
  5. Single
  6. Triple
  7. Single
  8. Infield single
  9. RBI double
  10. RBI single

This was hit No. 10:

In his final at-bat in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Altuve lined out to center field to end his streak. Teammate Josh Reddick, currently on the disabled list, was impressed with the streak:

After Sunday’s performance, Altuve is hitting .332/.378/.459 with three home runs, 28 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 239 plate appearances this season. His OPS was .760 after Thursday’s game and is now .837.