TORONTO -- Rowdy Tellez is apparently starting to make the Daily Double part of his regular routine.Tellez made Major League history for the second consecutive game during Friday night's 3-2 victory over Cleveland, and it had everything to do with his prowess for extra-base hits. If four doubles in his
TORONTO -- Rowdy Tellez is apparently starting to make the Daily Double part of his regular routine.
Tellez made Major League history for the second consecutive game during Friday night's 3-2 victory over Cleveland, and it had everything to do with his prowess for extra-base hits. If four doubles in his first two career games wasn't enough, Tellez added two more on Friday.
The 23-year-old became the first player since 1913 to record six doubles over his first three games. He also became the first American League rookie to hit six doubles over a three-game span at any point of the season since Joe DiMaggio in 1936.
"Rowdy has always been able to hit," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "When he came into Spring Training two years ago, you could tell he could hit. Last year, I thought, in my mind, he might be up here in June because he was that good. He battled some personal things that I think really took a toll on him, but he has always been able to hit."
Tellez's big night started in the fifth inning, when he slashed a double to left field off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. Two innings later, Tellez went back to work with yet another double off Carrasco, and this one was even more crucial for the Blue Jays because it tied the game at 2.
All of this occurred one night after Tellez became the first player in the live ball era (since 1920) to open his Major League career with three consecutive doubles. Now he's tied the record for the most extra-base hits by a player in the first three games of his career; Chris Dickerson also had six extra-base hits through three games for the Reds in 2008.
"It has been incredible, it has been historic," Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar said. "He seems to be very comfortable in the box. It's one thing to go out there and drive the ball all over the field, but the way he is going about his at-bats, he's on pitches, he's taking good pitches, he has a pretty good idea of what he wants to do at the plate. He's using the whole field and it has been fun to watch."
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.