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Wrapping Up 2001
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MAY 2001


A.J. Burnett is mobbed by his teammates after the last out is recorded in the ninth.
May 2 -- Paul O'Neill of the New York Yankees became the 215th player in Major League history to compile 2,000 hits and the first to do it in a Yankee uniform since Don Mattingly in 1994.

May 4 -- Houston second baseman Craig Biggio recorded his 2,000th career hit with an infield single in the third inning of a win over Montreal. Biggio became the first Astro and 216th player in Major League history with at least 2,000 career hits.

May 8 -- Arizona's Randy Johnson struck out 20 batters in nine innings of an 11-inning victory over Cincinnati at Bank One Ballpark. Johnson's total was one strikeout shy of the Major League record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game set by Washington's Tom Cheney on September 12, 1962 against Baltimore.


Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds in this May 8, 2001 photo in Phoenix. Johnson's 20 strikeouts against the Reds will be listed as a record after all. The Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's official statistician, will list Johnson's 20-strikeout performance right below the two by Roger Clemens and one by Kerry Wood in next year's record book.
May 12 -- Florida pitcher A.J. Burnett hurled the third no-hitter in franchise history, a 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. Burnett walked nine, the most in a nine-inning, complete-game, no-hitter since 1900, and struck out seven.

May 17 -- Arizona's Luis Gonzalez hit a pair of home runs in a victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and reached the 20-homer mark in the Diamondbacks' 41st game, the fastest in Major League history. Mickey Mantle set the previous record when he hit 20 homers in the New York Yankees' first 42 games of the 1956 season.

May 18 -- Detroit's Victor Santos had his scoreless innings streak broken at 27 1/3 innings during a victory at Tampa Bay. It was the longest streak to start a Major League career since Fernando Valenzuela went 34 innings over the 1980 and 1981 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

May 19 -- Toronto's Dan Plesac made the 900th appearance of his career and became the 12th pitcher in Major League history to appear in at least 900 games. He went 1/3 of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced.

May 20 -- Milwaukee outfielder Devon White tied a Major League record when he hit his third grand slam home run of the month in a loss to Pittsburgh at PNC Park. White was the eighth player in history to accomplish the feat and the first since Shane Spencer of the Yankees in September, 1998.

May 20 -- San Francisco's Barry Bonds connected for a pair of home runs in a loss to Atlanta at Turner Field and became the 23rd player in Major League history to hit five homers in two games. Bonds also became the eighth player in history to record six home runs over a three-game span.

May 22 -- Barry Bonds tied Frank Howard's Major League record with his eighth homer in five games and reached 23 homers quicker than any player in Major League history. Howard smashed eight homers in five games twice for Washington in 1968. Bonds' 23 homers in 44 games surpassed Mark McGwire, who hit 23 in 47 games in 1998.


Paul Lo Duca had six hits Monday against the Rockies to tie the club record, held by several players. The last one to do it was Willie Davis in 1973.
May 23 -- Barry Bonds homered in his sixth consecutive game and set a NL record for most home runs in six consecutive games. Bonds' nine homers broke the mark of seven previously held by George Kelly (1924), Walker Cooper (1947), Willie Mays (1955) and Graig Nettles (1984).

May 28 -- Paul LoDuca of the Los Angeles Dodgers went 6-for-6 in an 11-inning victory over Colorado and became the seventh player in franchise history to record six hits in a game. LoDuca had five singles and a homer en route to matching the National League record for most hits in an extra-inning game.

May 29 -- Seattle defeated Baltimore at SAFECO Field for their sixth straight victory and matched the best 50-game start in the Major Leagues since the 1984 Detroit Tigers began the season 39-11. The Mariners moved their mark to 38-12, three games behind the Major League record (41-9) set by the 1946 Boston Red Sox.

May 29 -- Cleveland's Jim Thome hit a home run in a victory over Detroit at Comerica Park and broke the franchise record of 242 homers previously held by Albert Belle.

May 30 -- San Diego Padres first baseman Ryan Klesko drove in two runs during a loss to Houston at Qualcomm Stadium and broke the franchise record for RBI in a single month with 40. Ken Caminiti established the old mark of 38 in August 1996.

May 30 -- Barry Bonds hit a pair of home runs during a Giants' loss to Arizona at Pac Bell Park, passing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams, and setting a new Major League record with 17 homers during the month of May. Mickey Mantle (1956) and Mark McGwire (1998) shared the previous mark of 16.

 


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By the Numbers: Figures that stood out in 2001
2001 Retirees: Players who ended their careers
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