Bruce almighty from top of the order


Jay Bruce hit three home runs from the lead-off spot in the Cincinnati Reds' 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Bruce joins Pete Rose (1978 against the New York Mets) as the second player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game from the top of the order. Bruce is the first lead-off hitter with a three HR-game against the Cubs since Davey Lopes in 1974. Entering Friday, Bruce had four home runs in 106 plate appearances when batting first.

As for the Cubs, this was the third time this season they allowed a player to hit three home runs in a game: Albert Pujols and Drew Stubbs are the other two.

So you might think the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is a one-year wonder? Not necessarily. Since last September, Bautista has hit more home runs than anyone in baseball.

Most HR Since Sept. 1, 2009


Jon Lester (7 IP, 2 H, 10 K) is now 4-0 in six career starts at Tropicana Field. Also, he now owns the last four instances of a Boston Red Sox starter to throw at least seven innings with two hits or fewer and at least 10 strikeouts.

Victor Martinez became the first player to hit two home runs in a game off the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price.

A.J. Burnett (3⅓ IP, 9 R against the Chicago White Sox) has now allowed nine runs in a game three times in his 12-year career … and all three of them have come as a member of the New York Yankees. Burnett has also allowed 23 first-inning runs this season, which is more than what he gave up over the previous three years combined (20).

The Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton set a single-season franchise record by recording his 24th three-hit game of 2010. He breaks the previous mark held by Ivan Rodriguez (1997) and Mickey Rivers (1980).

From the Elias Sports Bureau: The Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard has now strukc out 1,000 times in 843 career games. That's the second-fewest games to 1,000 K in MLB history. (Rob Deer reached 1,000 in 828 career games.)