MLB In Full Bloom - Jose Bautista Has His Own Impressive Streak - 5/9/2014

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Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 28 games Thursday and it's getting a lot of coverage. Hitting streaks have been a part of the baseball for decades and 56 (Joe DiMaggio's record) is a number die-hard baseball fans rightfully hold close to their heart. Streaks of getting on base aren't nearly as publicized. In many cases, a walk is just as good as a single. Most people probably don't care that Jose Bautista has reached base safely in each and every game this season. That is 36 games this year to begin the season. The last time a player began the season reaching base in 35-plus games it was Albert Pujols in 2008. He did it 41 games. Bautista is hitting .290 with a .444 on-base percentage. He leads the majors in walks with 34,

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 with a single, extending his hitting streak to a club-record 28 games in Thursday's loss to the Rangers. Arenado didn't make it dramatic, singling in the third inning to quell the suspense and set the Rockies' club-record. Michael Cuddyer had hit in 27 games consecutively last season. Now the proud owner of a .322 BA, Arenado is quickly establishing himself as an elite third baseman.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera had singled, doubled and homered in his first three at-bats on Thursday afternoon. Cabrera was a key to an offensive outburst from the Tribe in a 9-2 victory over the Twins. Cabrera lined a ball into the right field corner and wound up sliding safely at third base as David Murphy scored from second base. He popped up and clapped his hands and looked like a guy that had just hit for the cycle. But, the problem was theĀ  official scorer was Sheldon Ocker, a retired newspaper reporter, making his first appearance as a scorekeeper ruled that Cabrera doubled and advanced to third on the throw home.
  • Mike Olt went 2-for-4 with a grand slam as the Cubs defeated the White Sox 12-3 on Thursday. Olt cleared the bases in the eighth inning, his sixth home run of the season. He has now homered in back-to-back games, but he owns a .184 BA. It remains uncertain how much playing time Olt will receive until he is more consistent at the plate.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) has not resumed throwing and is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible Tuesday. Ryu was expected to begin a throwing program earlier in the week, and his failure to do so leaves him unlikely to be ready for Tuesday's game. It's now unclear when the right-hander will resume throwing.
  • Chris Davis (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. It is not clear which affiliate Davis will be assigned to on Saturday, but he will be cleared for game action assuming he gets through batting practice Friday with no issues.
  • The Detroit Tigers have taken advantage of a soft schedule (Astros & Royals) in the past week and sit atop the MLB Power Rankings this week. The Tigers moved up from six spots from last week's rankings. Meanwhile, the Giants, Marlins, and the Rockies made big jumps into the Top 10.
  • Hall of Famer Joe Torre will have his No. 6 retired this summer by the New York Yankees. Torre, who managed the Yankees to four World Series championships in a five-year run that began in 1996. In his 12 seasons as Yankees manager, Torre led the team to six American League pennants and World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998 to 2000. He will become the third Yankees manager to have his number retired, joining Billy Martin and Casey Stengel.