Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …• Carlos Correa hit his second and third home runs of the season in the Astros' 16-6 loss to the Yankees. The shortstop now has 25 career homers; he is the 26th player to have at least that
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Wednesday …
• Carlos Correa hit his second and third home runs of the season in the Astros' 16-6 loss to the Yankees. The shortstop now has 25 career homers; he is the 26th player to have at least that many through the age of 21 years and 197 days. With 25, Correa tied Orlando Cepeda, Darryl Strawberry and Albert Pujols. Over the past 100 seasons, the other player aside from Correa to be less than 22 years old and have a home run in each of his team's first two games of the year is Carlos Delgado, in 1994.
• Behind the homer prowess of Robinson Cano (a pair of roundtrippers), the Mariners dispatched the Rangers, 9-5. Cano's multihomer day -- which included five RBIs -- made him the first player in Seattle history to go yard in each of the team's first three games, and it gave him the most homers (four) through three games for any player in team history.
• With a home run in the first inning on Wednesday, the Rockies' Trevor Story became the first player in history with homers in each of his first three career games. The shortstop hit two in his debut, and he now has four for the season.
• For the second time in as many games, Detroit's Victor Martinez delivered a pinch-hit home run. The switch-hitter is the only player since 1913 with pinch-hit big flies in each of his team's first two games of the season. Entering 2016, Martinez had one home run in 45 career pinch-hit at-bats. The Major League record for pinch-hit homers in a season stands at seven -- a mark shared by Dave Hansen (2000) and Craig Wilson ('01).
• Making his Major League debut, right-hander Kenta Maeda worked six innings and combined with three Dodgers relievers on a five-hit shutout to defeat the Padres, 7-0. This blanking -- following 15-0 and 3-0 wins in Los Angeles' first two contests in 2016 -- made the Dodgers the second team in the live-ball era (after the 1963 Cardinals) to open the year with shutouts in each of their first three games. Maeda also contributed with the bat, homering in his second trip to the plate. He is the first starter to mark his big league debut with a home run and a scoreless outing since Jason Jennings hurled a five-hit shutout for the Rockies on Aug. 23, 2001.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com.