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A-Rod surpasses Babe, Lou, Jimmie

Alex Rodriguez reached 100 RBI for a record 14th season with plenty of time to spare.

A-Rod had a solo home run in the fourth inning off Brian Matusz and a sacrifice fly in the sixth of the New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss to Baltimore on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez surpassed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, who each reached the mark 13 times.

Rodriguez has now tallied his 13th consecutive 100-RBI season, a feat also achieved by Gehrig and Foxx. Rodriguez had his first 100-RBI season in 1996, when he hit .358 with 36 homers and 123 RBI for the Seattle Mariners.

“It’s an amazing number. It just shows you how consistent he has been,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He came up at a young age and has been consistent throughout his career. It’s a pretty amazing feat.”

In addition to the 13 consecutive seasons with 100 RBI, Rodriguez, with 22 homers, has a chance to reach 30 for the 13th time in a row and 14th overall.

KIDS HURT AT DIAMONDBACKS GAME

Two children have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a bat and a ball at Monday’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.

A 13-year-old boy seated near Arizona’s dugout just beyond the start of the protective netting was hit on the right side of the head in the fourth inning after San Francisco’s Buster Posey lost his bat swinging at a pitch.

In the next at-bat, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval sent a foul ball into the upper deck, where it struck a 2-year-old girl on the forehead.

The boy was alert and speaking with medics as they worked on him and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as he was carried away. A security official at Chase Field said he was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

“I felt terrible, obviously,” Posey said. “Somebody told me he left thumbs up, so I wish him the best. Hopefully, everything’s all right.”

The girl also was taken to the hospital.

SHORT HOPS

Derek Lowe’s right elbow feels fine after throwing in the bullpen and he is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Braves against the Pirates. Lowe (11-12) missed his last scheduled start due to elbow soreness. … The Tampa Bay Rays recalled right-hander Andy Sonnanstine from Single-A Hudson Valley. Sonnanstine was optioned to the minors Aug. 31 to open a roster spot for Brad Hawpe, who was signed to a minor league contract on Aug. 27 after he was released by Colorado a day earlier. Sonnanstine was 3-1 with a 4.29 ERA is 38 games before he was sent down. … The Colorado Rockies reinstated right-hander Matt Daley from the 60-day disabled list. Daley was 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 26 games before going on the DL June 16 with an inflamed pitching shoulder.

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