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Were it not for his ghastly .161/.238/.303 batting line, Aaron Hicks would leave no doubt that he belongs in the major leagues after performances like his at Miller Park on Tuesday. Hicks led the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory in 14 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers by hitting a home run and double, and scoring the winning run. He also robbed Brewers slugger Carlos Gomez of a home run, which was acknowledged by a tip of the cap.

Hicks has been robbing home runs so frequently — in the franchise tradition of Torii Hunter — that he has started to distinguish one catch from another. Via the Associated Press:

''I really like that catch,'' Hicks said. ''I was kind of in the corner. It definitely was a tough catch. I didn't even know where I was. It was kind of one of those catches where you have to focus on the ball the whole time you are running. You have to go hard all the way.''

Hicks' performance also trumped that of rookie Jean Segura, who went 6 for 7 — all singles — to raise his batting average to .365, which leads the National League. According to this list published by MLB, it's the first six-single game since Raul Ibañez hit for the heptagon in 2004. Only 10 players have done it since 1900.

''Oh my, goodness gracious, he hits about everything you throw up there,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''The guy's got one of the shortest, compact swings you've ever seen in your life and he seems to be on everything.''

It was only the third time a Brewers player had six hits in a game, tying the team record set by Johnny Briggs in 1973 and Kevin Reimer in 1993.


Braves 7, Blue Jays 6 (10 inn.): Doctors appeared to fix the balky shoulder of Brian McCann, who unloaded for two more home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 10th. The Braves hit four dingers on the night.

Cubs at White Sox, ppd. (rain): Chris Sale actually gave up a two-run home run, but it's like it never happened because the game was rained out in the third inning.

Nationals 9, Orioles 3: Washington breaking out the lumber against O's pitcher of the future Kevin Gausman, who sports an 11.00 ERA so far. It'll go down, eventually. Adam LaRoche hit two homers. Davey Johnson still won't shave.

Reds 8, Indians 2: That's 14 of 17 wins for the Reds and five losses in a row for the Tribe, who were Mat Latos intolerant.

Mets 2, Yankees 1: On Matt Harvey Day, the Mets asked Mariano Rivera to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he obliged. He also threw out the last pitch — a game-ending RBI single to Lucas Duda — and failed to record an out in a save situation for the first time in his 19-year career. It's not often the Mets get one over on the Yankees. Not like this, anyway.

Cardinals 4, Royals 1: Ned is not quite ready to take the Royals to the woodshed.

Dodgers 3, Angels 0: The best game so far for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who threw a two-hitter. Because of brevity, the rest of this series will be played on a Nintendo 64.

Padres 6, Mariners 1: Is the final score also a newfangled sabermetric stat conspiracy, Eric Wedge?

Athletics 6, Giants 3: OK, Jarrod Parker — Jarrett Parker — whatever his name is, good job.

Rays 7, Marlins 6: Overcoming a four-run deficit is no problem for these New Rays Who Score Runs and Collect ... 16 Hits!

Rockies 2, Astros 1: Michael Cuddyer plays through the pain of a sore arm (which had been hit by a pitch recently) to drive in the winning run.

Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (11 inn.): Neil Walker contributes the only run with a home run in this World Series preview.

Phillies 3, Red Sox 1: They had nothin' for Cliff Lee. Nothin. Jonathan Papelbon, well, the fans at Fenway had something for him. But he achieved regardless.

''We've got a good American League lineup, we've got a lot of power guys."

— Braves slugger Evan Gattis

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Just in case people at Dodger Stadium didn't recognize him, Magic Johnson wore this T-shirt Tuesday night.

• Kyle Lohse returns to the mound for the Brewers on Wednesday after having a sore elbow scare.

• Jason Grilli is 21 for 21 in save opportunities for the Pirates.

• Rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons retired 17 batters straight at one point during the Cardinals victory.

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