Rare feat for Uggla
A scoring change from Sunday’s game in Cincinnati has given Dan Uggla, hitting below .200, a 15-game hitting streak and a claim to a statistical anomaly.
According to STATS, LLC, Uggla’s .194 batting average was the lowest for any player since 1946 to carry a hitting streak of 15 games or longer after at least 100 games.
Third baseman Miguel Cairo was given an error on Uggla’s sixth-inning at-bat in the Reds’ 4-3 win on Sunday. The Braves say the ruling was changed to a hit for Uggla on Monday.
According to STATS, Julio Lugo was hitting .225 through a 15-game hitting streak through 102 games for Boston in 2007. That was the previous low mark for a player with a 15-game streak this late in the season. Uggla went 1 for 4 on Monday, raising his average to .195.
Also, Chipper Jones returned from the Braves’ 15-day disabled list and is back in the Braves’ starting lineup only two weeks after having surgery on his right knee.
Pirates recall top prospect Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ top draft pick from 2008, is getting another chance with the team.
The Pirates on Monday placed outfielder Alex Presley on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand contusion and recalled Alvarez from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Alvarez, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, began the season as Pittsburgh’s starting third baseman. He hit only .208 (26 for 125) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 36 games. He was placed on the 15-day DL on May 20 with a right quad strain and then demoted to Indianapolis.
Presley was hitting .333 (27 for 81) with a home run and nine RBIs in 20 games.
Officials suspect others assaulted
Two men charged with the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium are suspected of assaulting three other Giants fans at the opening day game, a law enforcement official said.
Detectives believe the other people were approached by suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood on the west side of the stadium on March 31.
Eyewitnesses told police they saw Sanchez assault at least one of those unidentified men, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Sanchez has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with that incident. No other charges have yet been filed.
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