Do they go to 11?: Ten. Now that's a New York-sized winning streak, and that's where the Yankees are after thrashing the Braves 6-2 on Monday night. CC Sabathia struck out 10 (it's a theme!) and Derek Jeter knocked in three (seven fewer than 10) to help the Yanks reach their longest victory streak since May 2005. All of this streak happened during interleague play, with the Yankees taking three from the Braves in Atlanta a week ago. AP reports:
Since 1965, the Yankees have had only one winning streak of at least in 11 games, doing that in 1985.
Double perfectos? No Cain do: Matt Cain wasn't perfect again, not even close, but he managed to get the decision in San Francisco's 5-3 victory against the Angels. Cain allowed a hit on his third pitch of the game, to Mike Trout, and allowed three runs, six hits and four walks over five difficult innings. Oddly enough, the Giants bullpen closed with four perfect innings.
Vroom: Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks hit for the cycle — single, double, triple and, in his final at-bat, a three-run home run — in a 7-1 victory against the Mariners. It's the fifth cycle in franchise history and the 293rd recorded cycle in the major leagues.
Ohio still standing: This had "intrastate classic" written all over it as the Indians and Reds exchanged leads four times in the first four innings, but Cleveland put up two runs in the sixth and held on from there for a 10-9 victory. Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall lined out to right in his final at-bat, needing a double to complete a cycle.
The Chicago Way: The White Sox brought a knife but the Cubs toted bazookas, hammering out five home runs in a 12-3 romp on the South Side. Bryan LaHair, with first base prospect Anthony Rizzo in the wings, hit his 12th home run and made a sparkling catch on defense in the outfield.
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Quote of the Day: "A cycle is a big deal. You've got to go after it.'' — Chisenhall
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Photo of the Day: Oh, no, you didn't.
Casper Wells of the Mariners, at his most vulnerable, gets bad news from the umpire at home after being tagged by Arizona catcher Miguel Montero. Arizona's Jason Kubel made a great throw from the outfield.
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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:
• Brian Bixler of the Houston Astros hit his first major-league homer in 267 career at-bats.
• By closing out the Padres in a 2-1 Rangers victory, Joe Nathan surpassed Mariano Rivera — really — for highest save percentage in major-league history. Nathan has converted 89.32 percent (276 of 309) of his career opportunities. Rivera stands at 89.28 percent on 608 of 681 opportunities.
• Adam Jones of the Orioles noted that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has no wild pitches this season. "That's impressive," Jones said. Dickey struck out 13 and pitched a one-hitter against the O's.
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