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If you have runner third fewer than two outs Reds’ BrandPhillips is your best weapon.  | Jaime Henry-White/AP

If you have a runner on third and fewer than two outs, the Reds’ Brandon Phillips is your best weapon.  | Jaime Henry-White/AP

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Updated: August 22, 2013 7:01AM


1. The Cubs (10-3) and the Sox (11-2) have each held opponents to one or no runs in 13 games this season.

2. Fenway Park leads the majors with 221 doubles, followed by Wrigley Field with 199.

3. Watch the 1-1 pitch: Batters are slugging .251 against the Cubs and .277 against the Sox on 1-2 pitches but are slugging .526 against the Cubs and .555 against the Sox on 2-1 pitches.

4. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro lead the Cubs, scoring at least one run in 37 games, Alejandro De Azo leads the Sox with 42 games. Joey Votto and Miguel Cabrera lead the majors, scoring in 53 games.

5. The Cubs are second in the NL with 15 first-inning homers; the Diamondbacks have hit 16. But the Cubs’ .232 BA is the worst in the NL.

6. The Cubs have been held to one or no runs in just 11 games this season (0-11), second fewest in the NL behind the Cardinals, who are 0-10.

7. The Sox have had 37 different batters come to plate this season and have produced 10 triples; the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez has nine by himself.

8. Alexei Ramirez is hitting .346 against relievers, but Luis Valbuena is only hitting .190.

9. The Cubs trail all NL Central teams with a .234 BA against lefties, while the Sox trail all AL Central teams with a .230 BA against lefties.


1. Astros catcher Jason Castro has had six games with two doubles; Jeff Keppinger has had six doubles in 303 plate appearances.

2. The Indians’ pitchers have held their opponents’ 3-4-5 batters to a .230 batting average, the best in baseball. The Pirates’ and the Reds’ staffs are right behind at .235.

3. Brandon Phillips leads the majors with 38 RBI with a runner on third and fewer than two outs; next are Dustin Pedroia and Miguel Cabrera (25 each).

4. Allen Craig leads the majors with 23 RBI with a runner on third and two outs. He’s hitting 13-for-19 (.684).

5. Manny Machado had 39 doubles at the break, one more than Brooks Robinson had in any single season.

6. The Astros have struck out 10-plus times in 45 games while the Royals have done it in only 10 games.

7. Joey Votto (139) and Shin Soo-Choo (124) lead the majors in reaching three balls in a plate appearance.

8. Major-league teams have a 778-636 (.550) record at home. The White Sox are 19-21 (.475) and the Cubs are 22-26 (.458).

9. In nine All-Star appearances, Mariano Rivera allowed no earned runs, no extra-base hits and no walks.


His number is retired in Chicago: ARM OF THANKS

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The Week ahead: As we approach the trade deadline, we wonder who still will be with the Sox as they host the Tigers and Royals and which Cubs will travel to Arizona and San Francisco.


Frank Thomas

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