In honor of the festivities in San Diego, we rounded up our own team of All-Stars using an oddity of the week from each position. Many thanks to our friends at Baseball Reference and the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance.
Center fielder Adam Jones led off Friday's game with a home run on the first pitch the Orioles saw, one of 15 such homers in the majors already this year. (Last season there were 18 total, and no season for which pitch counts are available had more than 20.) He was the first Oriole to homer on the team's first pitch of a game since Brian Roberts on July 31, 2007, at Fenway Park; the Red Sox (along with the Twins) are one of two teams that have a longer drought of such a thing.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo put together a stretch of eight hits in eight at-bats on Saturday and Sunday, the fourth player this season with consecutive four-hit games, and only the third Cub to do it in the divisional era (1969). Andre Dawson went 8-for-8 in May 1989, and Emilio Bonifacio opened the 2014 campaign with back-to-back four-hitters.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to post back-to-back multihomer games at Citi Field. The last visiting player to do it in Queens was Dave Kingman of the Cubs in July 1979. Only one other Marlin had posted consecutive multihomer games in team history: Derrek Lee in June 2002.
Shortstop Tim Anderson started the third triple play of the season for the White Sox on Friday, tying the major league record last accomplished by the Red Sox and Athletics in 1979. Though there have been three of the unassisted variety since then, Anderson became the first shortstop to record the first two outs of a triple play, but not the third, since Alex Arias of the Phillies on May 15, 1999. The White Sox turned three triple plays total from 1997 to 2015.
On Wednesday second baseman Chase Utley recorded the third six-hit game in the majors in five days (joining Wilmer Flores and C.J. Cron last week). In Dodgers history, only one other player has posted six hits in a loss; Willie Davis went 6-for-9 in a 19-inning affair with the Mets on May 24, 1973, a game which still holds the record for the latest finish (1:45 a.m.) in Dodger Stadium history. Utley also joined Cookie Lavagetto (Sept. 23, 1939) as the only Dodgers to have six hits but no RBIs in a game.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal made his own history Friday by belting three home runs, something only two other Dodgers catchers have ever accomplished. The club includes Roy Campanella (1950) and Mike Piazza (1996). Only one other Dodger pulled off Grandal's line of five hits and six RBIs at Chavez Ravine, outfielder Mike Marshall on April 22, 1984, also against the Padres.
In that same game Friday, usual left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. (temporarily playing center to give Travis Jankowski a night off) cranked two home runs and two singles, the first Padres batter to go deep twice at Dodger Stadium since Phil Nevin in 2004, and the first in franchise history to have four hits, two homers, and at least one stolen base in a loss.
Starting pitcher Ervin Santana dominated the Athletics on Wednesday, throwing a two-hit shutout with no walks and missing the elusive "Maddux" (a sub-100 pitch shutout) by one pitch. No Minnesota pitcher had thrown a two-hit shutout with no walks and at least eight strikeouts since Kevin Tapani blanked the Angels on June 24, 1992.
And third baseman Luis Valbuena finished Friday's game (and our lineup) with a three-run walk-off homer for an Astros victory. Thanks to all those years in the National League, it was Houston's first walk-off homer ever against the Athletics, and their first when trailing since Brian Bogusevic's grand slam off Carlos Marmol in 2011.