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A home run rarity: Mo doesn't do this much

It’s rare anytime Mariano Rivera gives up a home run – he’s allowed only 64 in his 17-year career, which calculates out to be one for about every 68 opponent at-bats.

But entering the night, he had allowed a home run to a former teammate only once. He now has done it twice.

Bobby Abreu

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Mariano Rivera

RiveraBobby Abreu became that second former teammate to homer off Rivera, joining Mike Stanley, who did it on July 18, 1998.

Abreu and Rivera played together for three seasons (2006-08), but Stanley and Rivera only had one season together – 1995, Rivera’s rookie year.

More rarities from Rivera: the home run came on a 3-1 count. Of the 64 that he’s allowed in his career, this was just the third home run that came on a 3-1 count. He’s allowed more home runs in every other count possible (except 3-0).

Any guess as to the count where he’s allowed the most longballs?

It’s the first pitch of the at-bat, an 0-0 count, where he’s given up 11 homers.

AROUND THE DIAMOND

If you’re a fan of quick baseball, tip your cap to James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays and Kansas City Royals combined to play the fastest game in MLB this season, 1 hour and 52 minutes. The previous low was 2:01 by the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. It was also the fastest game in Rays history, beating the franchise record by a minute. No surprise that two of the fastest four games in team history came in James Shields starts.

Check out the last 18 home runs the San Francisco Giants have hit and you’ll noticea big similarity – they’re all solo shots. The last time they hit a home run that wasn’t a solo shot was more than a month ago, July 6, by Nate Schierholtz. Elias tells us that the Giants’ streak of 18 straight solo homers is the longest in the divisional era (since 1969). No other team had a streak longer than 17.