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Wrapping Up 2001
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JUNE 2001


The Minnesota Twins had to look no further than their own backyard to find the first overall pick at the 2001 First Year Player Draft, catcher Joe Mauer. The three-sport star hales from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn.
June 4 -- San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit a homer in a victory over San Diego and reached 30 home runs quicker than any player in major league history. Bonds' 30 homers in 57 games surpassed Babe Ruth, who hit 30 in 63 games in 1928.

June 5 -- The Minnesota Twins selected 18-year-old catcher Joe Mauer from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota with the first pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Chicago Cubs chose USC pitcher Mark Prior with the second overall pick, while the Tampa Bay Devil Rays picked pitcher Dewon Brazelton from Middle Tennessee State University.

June 5 -- Boston's Manny Ramirez matched an AL record with four intentional walks during an 18-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers. Roger Maris of the Yankees also had four intentional walks during a 12-inning game on May 22, 1962 versus the Los Angeles Angels.

June 5 -- Colorado's Mike Hampton hit a pair of home runs during a victory over Houston to become the first pitcher with two homers in a game since Los Angeles' Darren Dreifort on Aug. 8, 2000.


Rockies starting pitcher Mike Hampton swings wildly on the way to striking out on a pitch from Astros starting pitcher Wade Miller in Denver's Coors Field on Tuesday, June 5, 2001. Hampton became the first Colorado pitcher to hit two home runs in one game, leading the Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Astros.
June 7 -- Scott Schoeneweis of the Anaheim Angels hit four batters in a win over Oakland and became the 23rd pitcher since 1900 to hit four batters in a single game.

June 7 -- San Francisco's Felipe Crespo and San Diego's Cesar Crespo each homered in the Padres' victory at Pac Bell Park, marking the ninth time in Major League history that two brothers homered against each other in the same game. Bonds also hit his 32nd home run.

June 8 -- Luis Gonzalez had his first career three-homer game, and the second in Diamondbacks' history, in a victory over Kansas City.

June 8 -- Seattle established a franchise record by winning its 15th consecutive game, which was the longest winning streak in the AL since Minnesota won 15 straight in 1991.

June 14 -- The Mariners won their 50th game of the season in the second game of a day/night doubleheader against Colorado at Coors Field and tied the 1939 New York Yankees for the second quickest to 50 wins. Seattle reached 50 wins in its 64th game, just shy of the Major League record held by the 1912 New York Giants (61 games).


John Olerud sends the ball sailing toward the right field seats for a ninth-inning home run that completed the cycle Saturday night.
June 16 -- John Olerud of the Seattle Mariners hit for the cycle in a victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium and became the second player in history to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Bob Watson was the only other player to accomplish the feat. Olerud also hit for the cycle with the New York Mets in 1997.

June 19 -- Cleveland's Ellis Burks had his first career three-homer game in a loss to Minnesota at Jacobs Field. His first homer, off Eric Milton in the sixth inning, was the 300th of his career, as he became the 17th active player with at least 300 home runs.


Miguel Tejada is hitting .269 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs after Saturday's contest against the Rangers.
June 20 -- Barry Bonds hit his 38th homer of the season in a victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium and broke the Major League record for most home runs by the All-Star break. Mark McGwire (1998) and Reggie Jackson (1969) held the previous mark of 37. Bonds also reached 38 homers quicker than any player in history (71 games), surpassing Babe Ruth's mark of 88 games set in 1928.

June 30 -- Shortstop Miguel Tejada of the Oakland Athletics connected for three home runs for the second time in his career during a victory over Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington. Tejada became the third shortstop in Major League history to have multiple three-homer game, joining Ernie Banks (4) and Tony Lazzeri (2).


 


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Boys to Men: Players who showed extraordinary growth in 2001
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2001 Season Trivia: Think you know baseball? Test your knowledge
By the Numbers: Figures that stood out in 2001
2001 Retirees: Players who ended their careers
2001 A to Z: A handy reference for the season

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