MLB Notebook: Weaver halfway to rare triple crown
In 2002, Pedro Martinez led all qualifying Major League pitchers in ERA (2.26), WHIP (0.923) and hits per nine (6.50). It was the second time in three seasons Martinez had achieved this rare feat, having also done it in '00.
How rare was this? Since the American League had adopted the use of the designated hitter in 1973, only one other AL pitcher -- Ron Guidry in 1978 -- had led the Majors in those three categories.
No AL pitcher since Pedro in 2002 has done it. With one game left before the All-Star break in 2012, Jered Weaver is halfway there.
Weaver allowed three hits in eight shutout innings Saturday and paved the way to the Angels' 3-0 victory over the Orioles. Weaver, who lowered his ERA for the season to a Major League-leading 1.96, also leads the Majors in hits per nine (6.05) and WHIP (0.900).
Saturday's start marked the third time this season Weaver had finished an outing with at least eight innings and no runs allowed. He is one of six pitchers this year to have three such starts, with the others being Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez, Brandon Morrow and Johan Santana.
The Angels' shutout was their 12th of the season. The 12 through 85 games represents the most in franchise history. The club had had 11 through 85 games in four separate seasons: 1964, '75, '77 and '89.
In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Boston, Yankees veteran Andruw Jones hit two home runs to give him 429 for his career. He also hit one in the second game of the twinbill.
Among players with at least 75 percent of their career games in the outfield, Jones' 430 home runs are 16th most. Jones now has 43 career multihomer games, tying Lou Gehrig and Dave Kingman for the 21st most in history.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 3-for-5 in the first game for his 939th career game with two or more hits. With the performance, Jeter tied Paul Waner for the sixth-most multihit games since 1918.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Red Sox used eight doubles to propel them to a 9-5 victory over the Yankees. Three different Boston players -- Mauro Gomez, Adrian Gonzalez and Pedro Ciriaco -- had two doubles apiece. Before this game, the club had not gotten multi-double games from three players since Aug. 17, 2000.
The eight doubles gave the Red Sox a Major League-leading 206 for the season in 85 games. When the 2008 Rangers set a Major League record with 376 two-base hits, they had 189 through 85 games.
Gomez and Ciriaco -- the bottom two hitters in the Boston lineup -- combined to go 7-for-9 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Batting ninth and starting at shortstop, Ciriaco had four hits and four RBIs. He was the first ninth-place hitter to have a four-hit, four-RBI game for the Red Sox since outfielder Wily Mo Pena on July 26, 2007, and only the fifth to do it since 1918. The others: catcher Jason Varitek on July 4, 2003, catcher Bob Montgomery on May 21, 1978, and pitcher Red Ruffing on July 12, 1929.
Washington's Gio Gonzalez improved to 12-3 after throwing six innings of three-hit, one-run ball in a 4-1 win over Colorado. Gonzalez is the first Nationals pitcher to have 12 wins through the club's first 82 games since Livan Hernandez had 12 in 2005.
The Washington southpaw has eight games this season in which he has finished with at least six innings and no more than three hits allowed -- the most in the Majors. The eight are also tied for the most any Expos/Nationals pitcher has had in one full season. Floyd Youmans had eight in 1986, and Martinez had the same amount in '97.
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run and Gavin Floyd (7 2/3 innings, four hits) and Matt Thornton combined on a five-hit shutout, as the White Sox defeated the Blue Jays, 2-0.
In his 12 games since joining the White Sox, Youkilis has posted a .913 OPS with three homers and 13 RBIs, and the club has gone 9-3.
The White Sox, who own a three-game lead in the AL Central, have eight team shutouts, tying them with the Royals and Athletics for the second most in the AL. The Angels lead with 12.
In the Cardinals' 3-2 win over the Marlins, Kyle Lohse allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings and picked up his ninth victory against two defeats.
Lohse has eight games this season in which he has finished with at least seven innings pitched and no more than two runs allowed, tying him with seven others for the sixth most in the Majors. Dickey, Hernandez, Johnny Cueto and Ryan Vogelsong lead the big leagues with 10 such starts.
Here and there
Atlanta's Michael Bourn went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and the Braves defeated the Phillies, 6-3. Bourn has 15 games with at least three hits through 84 team games. Dating back to 1918, those 15 through 84 tie him with Johnny Hopp in '46 for the third most for the franchise. Dick Burrus had 16 in '25, and Ralph Garr had 16 in '74. Across the Majors, George Sisler had the most, with 22 in '20.
James McDonald fanned 10 in seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball and improved to 9-3, as the Pirates defeated the Giants, 3-1. McDonald has three games with 10 or more strikeouts this season, tied for the second most in the NL. McDonald is also third in the NL in ERA and WHIP, tied for seventh in wins, and he is second (behind Gonzalez) in opponents' OPS .
Josh Reddick's 20th homer of the season -- the most for an A's player through 85 team games since Nick Swisher had 20 in 2006 -- gave Oakland a home run in 17 consecutive games. It is the club's longest streak since homering in 17 straight in '02. The current team is 10-7 during their streak, which is the same record the '02 club had during its 17-game run.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.