AROUND THE BASES

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - BASEBALL - by Tom Haudricourt

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.”

QUOTE

“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.

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