AROUND THE BASES
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK MLB: The Cleveland Indians
Yes, we’re giving the award to the entire team. How can you not recognize a team that set an AL record by winning 22 in a row? It was an extraordinary accomplishment, one almost difficult to fathom.
Brewers: 1B Eric Thames
The Brewers are looking for someone to lead a late charge to the playoffs, and Thames just might be that someone. Entering Saturday, he had homered in three consecutive games, boosting his season total to a teamhigh 31.
BREWERS THIS WEEK
The Brewers have a huge fourgame series against the Cubs at Miller Park that begins Thursday. But first, they must take care of business in a three-game series in Pittsburgh. They are 1-6 at PNC Park this season, including a four-game sweep coming out of the all-star break that sent them into a prolonged skid.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rookie Aaron Judge has hit 27 home runs at new Yankee Stadium, the most since the ballpark opened in 2009. The previous best was 26 by Curtis Granderson in 2012.
YOU FIGURE IT OUT
Who the heck is Rhys Hoskins? Folks have been asking that questions for weeks as the Phillies rookie continues to set major-league records for “quickest” to this number of homers and that number of homers. Hoskins hit No. 18 in his 34th game Thursday, making him the fastest by far to reach that number. Hoskins has hit home runs so regularly that manager Pete Mackanin has run out of things to say about it. “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah about Hoskins,” Mackanin said after No. 34. “It’s typical.”
“You can’t draw this stuff up, man. You really can’t.” – Jay Bruce, after delivering the game-winning hit in Cleveland’s 22nd victory in a row.