@MLB took an early lead last night when Ichiro Suzuki smacked a clean single up the middle off of Dan Haren to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Seattle. Minutes later, Andre Ethier evened the score with a single of his own off of Bronson Arroyo.
Ichiro ultimately finished 2-for-4, while Ethier went 1-for-4. By the total hits tiebreaker, @MLB holds the lead by the slimmest of margins heading into Day 2.
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Dustin Pedroia: .433 (13-for-30) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields
Brandon Phillips: .538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw
Michael Brantley: .538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander
Aramis Ramirez: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo
Paul Konerko: .478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano
Ryan Howard: .478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
Matt Kemp: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto
Hunter Pence: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens
Feeling kinda spicy?
Raul Ibanez: .526 (10-for-19) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
You’ll thank me later …
Kevin Youkilis: .097 (3-for-31) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields
Asdrubal Cabrera: .185 (5-for-27) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander
Angel Pagan: .074 (2-for-27) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens
Jose Reyes: .150 (3-for-20) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens
In non-Colbert Challenge news, former leader CroFranjo lost their streak at 30 games last night thanks to an 0-fer by Jose Reyes. Our season co-leaders jsmnapoli and leahydpt remain safe at 31 for the time being. Jdc5850 and sebringt are next in line with current 28 game runs.
Top MLB streakers
Hunter Pence: 23 games
Paul Konerko: 13 games
Andrew McCutchen: 12 games
Jacoby Ellsbury: 10 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:
Ryan Howard: (13 HR this season) vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad