By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun
2:01 AM EDT, July 6, 2013
Manny Machado before 21
•He has 118 hits, second in the major leagues behind the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, who has 120.
•His 38 doubles have him on pace for 71, which would break Earl Webb’s single-season MLB record of 67, set in 1931 for the Boston Red Sox.
•His 34 multi-hit games tie him for the major league lead with the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter.
•His .316 batting average is tied seventh in the American League.
•His 13 homers are the most by an Oriole before turning 21. Boog Powell had 12.
•He played 1,206 consecutive innings — every inning since his recall Aug. 8 until an ejection June 27 — the longest streak by an Oriole since Cal Ripken Jr. played in 8,175 straight innings. Including postseason, Machado played in 1,237 1/3 consecutive innings.
•If Machado continues to lead the majors in doubles and Chris Davis continues to lead the majors in homers (32), they would become the first teammates to lead the majors in those categories since Lou Gehrig had 52 doubles and Babe Ruth had a then-record 60 homers for the 1927 New York Yankees.
•His 47 multi-hit games in his first 123 major league games were the most since 1916. He passed Buddy Lewis and Vada Pinson, who had 46.
•His 14-game hitting streak June 2-16 was the longest by an Oriole this year.
•His 11-game hitting streak through May 5 was the longest by an Oriole under 21 before he broke it.
•His streak of five straight multi-hit games ties him with five others for the longest streak in the AL this year.
•He is the fourth player since 1969 to have two hitting streaks of 11 or more games before his 21st birthday (Ken Griffey Jr., Robin Yount and Trout).
•Collected his 100th hit in his 72nd game this season, the fifth-fewest games to reach 100 to start a season by a player under 21. (Al Kaline did it in 1955 in 68 games; Trout did it last season in 69 games; Alex Rodriguez did it 1996 and Ty Cobb did it in 1907, both in 71 games.)
•His 44 hits in May were the most in a calendar month by a player under 21 since Mickey Mantle had 46 in July 1952.
•With his three hits in each of five straight road games May 10-24, he became the second player under 21 to record five straight three-hit road games, joining Cobb (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 1907). Cobb was also 20 at the time.
•His five consecutive road games with three hits was the longest streak in club history. Ripken, Eddie Murray and Don Buford had four.
•His 18 multi-hit games through May 19 were the most by a player under 21 in the live-ball era (since 1921). Griffey had 17 for Seattle in 1990.
•His home run at Fenway Park on April 10 made him the second Oriole under 21 to homer at Fenway, joining Jim Palmer, who was 20 on April 13, 1966.
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