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Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. extends multi-hit game streak to 11, exits with injury

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Blue Jays middle infielder Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. racked up three more hits on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox, extending his multi-hit game streak to 11. According to Baseball Reference, he is one of only seven players since 1908 to have a multi-hit streak of at least 11 games. The others:

  • Rogers Hornsby (13 games), 1923
  • Billy Herman (12 games), 1935
  • Tony Perez (11 games), 1973
  • Paul Waner (11 games), 1927
  • Sam Rice (11 games), 1925
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson (11 games), 1912

Gurriel finished 3-for-5 in Sunday afternoon’s 7-4 win over the White Sox. On his final hit, an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, Gurriel attempted to advance to second base on a throw home. The throw was cut off by Jose Abreu, who threw to second base. Gurriel attempted to avoid the tag but twisted his leg awkwardly. He was in pain for a while before walking off the field with the help of team trainers. The Blue Jays should pass along information on Gurriel’s status later tonight or tomorrow.

Since July 11, when his streak began, Gurriel is hitting .500/.519/.740 with three home runs and seven RBI in 50 at-bats.

On the season, Gurriel is batting .322/.340/.503 with seven homers, 22 RBI, and 16 runs scored in 147 plate appearances.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.