Fascinating facts from Sunday's games
Scioscia sixth in a long line of highly successful managers
Mike Scioscia, who recorded his 1,000th win as a manager in the Angels' 6-5 victory Sunday over the Indians, is part of a managerial legacy that dates almost to the beginning of professional baseball.
Ned Hanlon became player-manager for the National League's Baltimore Orioles in 1892. He won 1,313 games as a manager, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996. A 19-year-old utility player named John McGraw was on that Baltimore team.
McGraw succeeded Hanlon in 1899 and later managed the New York Giants for 31 seasons, winning a career total 2,763 games. He won four straight NL pennants, from 1921-24, and went into the Hall of Fame in 1937. One of his players was second baseman Frankie Frisch.
Frisch, another Hall of Famer, won 1,137 games as a manager for the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs. In 1936, Walter Alston had his first and only Major League at-bat for the Cardinals.
Alston managed the Dodgers from 1954-76, winning 2,040 games. He was elected to Cooperstown in 1983. Among the players he managed was left-hander Tommy Lasorda, who later became Alston's third-base coach and successor, winning 1,599 games in 21 seasons. That got him to the Hall of Fame in 1997.
Scioscia was the Dodgers' primary catcher for 13 seasons under Lasorda. Hanlon to McGraw to Frisch to Alston to Lasorda to Scioscia: More than 9,800 victories in 120 seasons by six managers.
Scioscia is the winningest manager in Angels' history, far ahead of Bill Rigney's 625. Scioscia is the 56th manager to reach 1,000 wins, and the 23rd to have at least 1,000 with one team. He is the fifth active manager with at least 1,000 wins, joining Tony La Russa (2,658 through Sunday), Jim Leyland (1,510), Dusty Baker (1,423) and Bruce Bochy (1,292). Among the five, Scioscia's .550 winning percentage is the best.
Detroit's Jose Valverde collected the 200th save of his career. Valverde, who led the Majors with 47 saves in 2007 and led the NL with 44 in 2008, is the 41st pitcher to reach at least 200.
The Mets' Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with his Major League-leading sixth triple of the season. Reyes is the 10th player in the past 20 seasons to have at least six three-baggers through his team's first 34 games, and first to have so many in 34 games 2007, when he had six.
The Marlins' Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, finished his day with seven innings of two-hit, no-run ball, and struck out a career-high 11 with no walks. It was the seventh time this season a pitcher has reached double digits in strikeouts and issued no walks.
The Marlins defeated the Nationals, 8-0, to improve to 20-13. The 20 wins through 33 games is the best-ever for the franchise, surpassing the 19-14 record of the 2004, 2005 and 2008 clubs.
Here and there
The Rays beat the Orioles, 5-3, for their eighth straight win on the road -- the best single-season streak ever for the franchise.
Tampa Bay is the 12th team in the past four years to win at least eight straight road games. The others: 2010 Cubs (8), 2010 Reds (8), 2010 Rangers (8), 2009 Braves (10), 2009 Rockies (9), 2009 Angels (8), 2009 Yankees (8), 2008 Indians (10), 2008 Cubs (9), 2008 Brewers (9) and 2008 Royals (8).
The Rays' team OPS is .855 and the team ERA is 2.13 over the course of the winning streak.
The Pirates defeated the Astros, 5-4, to improve to 17-17. It is the best record for the club through 34 games since 2002, when they were 18-16.
Derek Jeter went 4-for-6, hit his first two home runs of the season, and increased his career hit total to 2,960. Jeter, who has 10 career multi-homer games, is one hit shy of tying Sam Crawford for 29th on the all-time list.
The Yankees hit five home runs in their 12-5 win over the Rangers. It was the 17th time they have hit two this season, having played 32 games. The Yankees are the 12th team in the live-ball era to have at least 17 multi-homer games in their first 32 contests. The high mark of 23 games is held by the 2000 Cardinals. The American League high is held by the 1964 Twins, who had at least two home runs in 20 of their first 32 games.
The Athletics' Tyson Ross allowed two runs on six hits in six innings and picked up his second win of the year, while the Braves' Jair Jurrjens allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and improved to 4-0. The Braves and Athletics are Nos. 1-2 in the Majors, with 23 and 22, for the most starts of six-plus innings and no more than two runs allowed.
The Phillies have had 20 such games, followed by the Cardinals with 19. The Indians, Tigers, Padres and Mariners have each had 17 such games.
Jurrjens has gone at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs in all five of his starts. It is the longest such streak to begin a season by a Braves pitcher since Tom Glavine began the 2002 campaign with seven consecutive starts of six-plus innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.