short hops

OUT LOUD

"I like that. It shows you're human."

— Baltimore's Adam Jones, after watching teammate Caleb Joseph crack his bat on home plate, then snap the splintered lumber across his knee after striking out with the bases loaded Monday vs. the Yankees.

GAME OF NUMBERS

65

Consecutive games in which Cubs starting pitchers have issued three or fewer walks.

0-3

Record in five Giants starts for Mike Leake, after being traded from the Reds.

54

Multihit games for Detroit's Ian Kinsler. He leads the majors.

E-3 does it

Pedro Alvarez

1B, Pirates

His 19th error of the season Monday tied him with Ryan Howard (2008) and Lee Stevens (2001) for most by a major league first baseman since 1999, when Kevin Young, another Pirate, had 23. Alvarez has started 103 games at first base this season; Howard, Stevens and Young each started at least 149 those years.