Ichiro's run to 2,000 hits, Nathan's historic achievement and more
As the regular season enters its final month, the pennant races have started to shake out with the cream rising to the top. This week's Diamond Digits takes a look at two players who have shown that they're just about the best that anyone has ever been at their respective jobs and much more.
In a week that saw Minnesota's second-leading career saves man have his worst performance ever as a closer by giving up four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning during a Tuesday loss to the White Sox, Nathan also reached another major distinction, becoming just the second pitcher in big league history and the first in the Junior Circuit to reach 36 saves in six consecutive seasons. Should the veteran right-hander, who has saved the third-most games in the majors since 2004 (235, behind only
The third spot in the lineup is traditionally the place for a team's best hitter, which makes Oakland's paltry production in this spot even more appalling. Manned mostly by
A career day on Saturday with two home runs and five RBIs highlighted a career week for the Rockies' slugging outfielder. He led all major leaguers during the seven-day period starting on the last day of August with a .542 batting average, 1.250 slugging percentage, nine extra-base hits, four home runs (tied with
The White Sox loaded up for the stretch run with a trade for