Robinson Cano became part of a select group Wednesday when he scored his 899th and 900th career runs in Seattle’s 9-3 victory over the Indians.
Cano joined Joe Gordon as the only second basemen in major league history to “officially” reach 900 runs and 900 RBIs in their first 11 seasons.
That “officially” merits quote marks because RBIs didn’t become an official statistic until 1920. Rogers Hornsby and Napoleon Lajoie, who started their careers before 1920, also reached the dual milestone.
Officially or unofficially, that’s pretty good company. Hornsby, Lajoie and Gordon are all in the Hall of Fame.
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After Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland, Cano has 900 runs and 923 RBIs in 1,589 games.
Gordon only played 11 seasons, from 1938-50, and finished his career with 914 runs and 975 RBIs in 1,566 games.
Hornsby played 23 years from 1915-37. He had 984 runs and 958 RBIs in 1,400 games over his first 11 seasons.
Lajoie played 21 years from 1896-1916. He had 946 runs and 975 RBIs in 1,192 games over his first 11 seasons.
CRUZ SITS AGAIN
Nelson Cruz on Thursday got another day to rest his sore back, which prompted his removal from Tuesday’s game.
“He could play if it was dire straits,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It just made sense to give him another day and not risk injury. He’s feeling better, but he’s not quite there.”
McClendon said he made the decision after Wednesday’s 9-3 victory and acknowledged that winning the first two games in the series made it easier to rest Cruz for another day.
Cruz leads the Mariners in all three Triple Crown categories: 18 homers, 39 RBIs and a .326 batting average. Asked how he felt after Thursday’s game, he said: “Much better.”
McClendon said he expected Cruz to return to the lineup Friday, when the Mariners open a three-game weekend series at Houston.
The Mariners inquired into the availability of Philadelphia outfielder Ben Revere, as first reported by CSNPhilly.com, but talks quickly stalled when the Phillies asked for either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton in return.
That’s one version.
Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., once the report surfaced, denied the asking for Walker or Paxton in return to Revere. If so, the Mariners are likely to show renewed interest.
Revere, 27, has a .270/.312/.352 slash (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in 60 games. He is making $4.1 million and is under club control, via arbitration, through the 2017 season.
The Mariners would likely use Revere as their regular left fielder. He could also shift next season to center field if Austin Jackson departs as a free agent.
LOMO STREAK ENDS
Logan Morrison’s 16-game hitting streak, a career-best, ended Thursday when he went hitless in three at-bats. He reached base in his other plate appearance when hit by a pitch.
“Balls didn’t fall today,” Morrison said. “When you have a hitting streak like that, you’re going to have to have a little luck. I ran out of it today, so I’ll start a new one tomorrow.”
Morrison batted .349 during his 16-game run with 22 hits in 63 at-bats and raised his average from .219 to .258. His average dipped to .255 after Thursday’s o-fer.
DRAFT PICK MOORE SIGNS
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore, the Mariners’ second pick in the just-completed draft, agreed to an $800,000 signing bonus — or $52,800 under the assigned slot value.
The Mariners chose Moore, a junior at Oregon State, with the 72nd overall pick. He was 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 16 starts for the Beavers.
Two of the Mariners’ affiliates are mired in extended losing streaks:
▪ Even a four-run first inning Wednesday night couldn’t prevent Single-A Clinton from extending its franchise-record skid to 11 games. The LumberKings lost, 5-4, at Lake County (Indians).
▪ Double-A Jackson has lost seven in a row after a 6-2 loss to visiting Chattanooga (Twins) permitted the Lookouts to complete a five-game sweep.
It was 23 years ago Friday — June 12, 1992 — that Harold Reynolds became the second player to collect 1,000 career hits as a Mariner.
Reynolds reached the milestone with a first-inning single to center against Milwaukee’s Jaime Navarro in a 4-1 victory at the Kingdome. Reynolds joined Alvin Davis in the franchise’s 1,000-hit club.
Navarro now serves as the pitching coach at Triple-A Tacoma.
Reynolds spent 10 years with the Mariners from 1983-92 and ranks eighth on the club’s all-time hit list with 1,063. Ichiro Suzuki is the franchise leader with 2,533, followed by Edgar Martinez with 2,247.
The two hits matched the Mariners’ season low. They also had two on April 7 in a 2-0 loss to the Angels in the second game of the season. … J.A. Happ is now winless in six starts at 0-1 with five no-decisions. … The Mariners fell back to .500 on the road at 14-14.
The Mariners open a three-game weekend series against first-place Houston at 5:10 p.m. (PST) Friday at Minute Maid Park. Right-hander Felix Hernandez (9-2, 2.51 ERA) looks to become the majors’ first 10-game winner this season when he faces Astros lefty Brett Oberholtzer (0-1, 3.75). The game will be broadcast on Root Sports and 710-AM.