With a 2-2 slider, Tim Lincecum struck out Jerry Hairston Jr. swinging to record the 1,000th strikeout of his career (MLB.com). "Obviously that part of [the inning] was great. The ovation walking off the field was awesome," said Lincecum, who became just the eighth pitcher in the modern era to accomplish the feat within five years of debuting in the Major Leagues (San Francisco Chronicle). "It's an honor. Hopefully it doesn't stop here." (MLB.com)
Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch hit two homers in the first three innings on the way to a five-hit, five-RBI performance on Monday (MLB.com). Add in a trio of defensive gems (MLB.com: 1 / 2 / 3), and you could say Boesch has had himself a pretty good week.
The Twins relievers are taking their northern latitude seriously. Target Field, we have a bobsled team. (MLB.com)
Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, launched their charity sangria line "Cinco Anillos" at The National restaurant in midtown Manhattan on Monday (New York Daily News). Proceeds from "Cinco Anillos" sales will go to benefit the Jorge Posada Foundation and its support of families affected by craniosynostosis. (The Jorge Posada Foundation)
Brent Lillibridge ran, took a dive, made the catch and stuck the landing. (MLB.com)
Congratulations to John Axford, who Tweeted, "I am officially a proud father of a wonderful baby boy. John Brian Axford is 7lbs 9oz. He's perfect. So proud of my wife! I love them both!" this morning (Twitter). Detroit Tigers pitcher David Purcey also became a proud father, welcoming twins Will and Ella over the weekend. (Detroit Free Press)
You can add playing the harmonica to the list of things at which Brian Wilson is awesome. Just after converting his 17th save of the season, Wilson joined Giants third-base coach Time Flannery for a musical gig at San Francisco's Irish Cultural Center. Said the quirky closer of his hidden harmonica skills, "Just breathing into the apparatus and making noise. I think I nailed it." (San Francisco Chronicle)
On Tuesday night, Derek Jeter will honor eight high school students from his Turn 2 Foundation's Jeter's Leaders program in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium. The Jeter's Leaders program develops positive young leaders and promotes healthy lifestyles, academic achievement and social change activism by empowering high school students (DerekJeter.com). The Yankees captain will also sport a DJ3K silicone bracelet to commemorate his pursuit of 3,000 career hits, with proceeds from the bracelet sales going to fund the 2011 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference. (MLB.com)
Tweet of the Day: "Also need to express my gratitude to Matusz & Pen for the BIG-quick win! Able to catch 'most dramatic rose ceremony ever!' #bachelorette" -- Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (@JGuthrie46)
Quote of the Day: "When I was a kid, I would go to games and vote all the time for the All-Stars. There would be the pamphlets that they would hand out, or they would be on the back of the stadium seats. I would go to the [Oakland] Coliseum a lot, and I would be sitting there punching in the holes. I would usually vote for A's players because that was my favorite team. They had a lot of good players, and I remember so much of that when I was younger." -- Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who now gets to see his own name on the All-Star ballot (MLBPLAYERS.com). To date, Tulowitzki leads all National League shortstops with more than 1.4 million votes for the 2011 All-Star Game (MLB.com). Have you voted yet? (MLB.com)
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