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What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday evening’s action

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Thursday gave us a light schedule, one that’s already halfway complete. The afternoon saw the Diamondbacks trample the Mets 9-0, the Pirates blank the Padres 4-0, and the Astros bashed the Twins 15-7. Rockies/Rangers and Braves/Brewers are still in action, while the Orioles and Athletics started not too long ago.

So let’s talk again about Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl. We noted last week that Dahl hit safely in the first 10 games of his major league career. With a first-inning single in Thursday afternoon, Dahl kept his streak alive, which is now at 17 consecutive games to begin his career. That ties a major league record for the longest hitting streak to begin a career. The Reds’ Chuck Aleno also hit in 17 straight to begin his career in 1941. Dahl passed Juan Pierre, who hit in 16 straight, for the Rockies club record.

Dahl, rated as the Rockies’ second-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, entered Thursday’s action .365/.394/.619 with three home runs, nine RBI, and 16 runs scored in 66 plate appearances. That’ll do.

The rest of Thursday evening’s action…

Houston Astros (Chris Devenski) @ Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone), 7:10 PM EDT [Game Two]

Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Michael Pineda) @ Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez), 7:10 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester), 8:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez) @ Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy), 8:15 PM EDT

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.