Jay Sporz makes plunkish debut

June 23rd, 2010 by pbr

HBPs of note:  June 22, 2010

Jay Sporz made a splash in his first major league pitching appearance, stepping in during the 3rd inning for the Tigers.  He hit the first two batters he faced.  He’s the first pitcher to plunk the first two batters he faced in his Major League debut since Justin Miller did so on April 12, 2002.  He’s the 504th Tiger to hit a batter, and the 384th Tiger to hit 2 batters.

Juan Pierre got his 9th plunk of the year, putting him in a tie with Travis Hafner for the American League lead.  That’s his 76th career plunk, which is just 4 less than Joe Sewell’s record for players born in Alabama.  Pierre could be breaking that record this year.  Tommy Hanson threw that one, and he’s hit a National League leading 8 batters this year.

Ryan Doumit got his 40th career plunk, becoming the 13th Pirate to reach that total.

Jeremy Guthrie threw his 30th career plunk.

John Lannan hit consecutive batters in his debut on July 26, 2007, but not his first two.

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