Baseball

Cantu sets hits, RBI mark to start season

Jorge Cantu of the Florida Marlins homered Wednesday night, making him the first player in major league history to have at least one hit and one RBI in each of his team's first nine games.

The record dates to 1920, when RBI became an official statistic.

Cantu hit a solo home run in the fifth inning off Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey.

Cantu entered the game tied with George Kelly of the 1921 New York Giants with at least one hit and RBI in the team’s opening eight games, based on research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Aaron honored

Hank Aaron and his boyhood home both received a Hall of Fame-style tribute.

The former home run king and six other Baseball Hall of Famers attended the dedication of his home-turned-museum in Mobile, Ala. – Aaron’s hometown – along with commissioner Bud Selig.

The white clapboard home was relocated to Hank Aaron Stadium, where the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears play. The baseball luminaries attending included Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Bob Feller, Bruce Sutter and Rickey Henderson.

No dippin’ in baseball?

At a hearing in Washington, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and Health Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, called on baseball and its players to agree to bar major leaguers from using chew, dip or similar products during games.

The league and players’ union said their sides are willing to discuss the topic during future negotiations; baseball’s labor contract is due to expire in December 2011.

Short hops

An MRI revealed a mild to moderate strain in Jimmy Rollins’ calf, and the Phillies put their shortstop on the 15-day disabled list. … Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero will have surgery on his right knee this morning to repair a torn meniscus. … Los Angeles Angels closer Brian Fuentes has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained back. … The Baltimore Orioles have placed struggling closer Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. … A hamstring injury has landed St. Louis Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue on the 15-day DL. … Los Angeles Dodgers backup catcher Brad Ausmus will have surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his back, and is expected to miss at least three months.

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