Stat of the Day: Baddoo ties franchise best

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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Tigers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 14: Tigers 6, Astros 4: Baddoo's best
Akil Baddoo opened the scoring vs. Houston with a second-inning double to drive in Renato Núñez. Baddoo has driven in a run in seven of his first nine Major League games, tying a franchise record set by Dale Alexander in 1929. Alexander drove in 137 runs as a 26-year-old rookie that year.

April 13: Tigers 8, Astros 2 -- Baddoo continues to rake
Akil Baddoo is the first Tiger to homer four times within his first eight Major League games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. He's also the first Major Leaguer to post four home runs and 10 RBIs in his first eight games since Seattle's Kyle Lewis in September 2019. Baddoo's 1.043 slugging percentage is the highest in American League history for a player in his first eight career games, according to STATS.

April 12: Tigers, 6, Astros 2 -- Rookie’s rocket
Among the three home runs the Tigers hit off Zack Greinke was a 450-foot drive to center field from Rule 5 Draft pick Akil Baddoo, his third home run in nine days. That's the longest home run by a Tigers rookie in the Statcast era (since 2015) and tied for the seventh-longest homer by a Major League rookie since the start of last season.

April 11: Indians 5, Tigers 2 -- Ramos providing offensive punch behind plate
Wilson Ramos' home run Sunday in Cleveland marked his third consecutive game with a homer. He's the first Tiger to homer in three consecutive games since Jonathan Schoop did it July 28-30 last year, and he is the first Tigers catcher to do it since Alex Avila from May 30 to June 6, 2017.

April 10: Indians 11, Tigers 3 -- Lange makes MLB debut
Alex Lange made his Major League debut for the Tigers with a perfect inning of relief. The former All-American at Louisiana State University became the 78th player from the school to make it to the Majors, and the 20th big leaguer to have played for Paul Mainieri, the head coach of the LSU Tigers. Five of those 20 -- Lange, JaCoby Jones, Mikie Mahtook, Louis Coleman and Charlie Furbush -- have played for the Tigers under general manager Al Avila, who was an assistant coach under Mainieri at St. Thomas University in Miami in 1988.

April 9: Indians 4, Tigers 1 -- Baddoo hitless in 3 appearances
Tigers outfielder wasn't living the dream on Friday against the Indians. He went 0-for-2, but drew a hard-fought walk in the eighth inning of the series opener at Progressive Field. He was down, 0-2, in the count against right-hander Bryan Shaw, but Baddoo managed to work out a walk on six pitches. However, he was left stranded at first base.

April 7: Twins 3, Tigers 2 -- Castro puts exit velocity on display
's sixth career three-hit game Wednesday included two singles with an exit velocity of 107.6 mph and another at 110.8 mph. Add in a fly-ball out at 103.6 mph, and Castro's average exit velocity of 107.4 mph was the highest by a Tiger with at least three hits in a game since J.D. Martinez averaged 109.7 mph in four plate appearances against the Red Sox on June 9, 2017.

April 6: Tigers 4, Twins 3 (10 innings) -- Baddoo makes history
On Tuesday, became the first player in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and a walk-off hit within his first three Major League games. He's also the first Tiger to record a walk-off hit within his first three career games since Gabe Alvarez singled off Cubs reliever Dave Stevens on June 24, 1998.

April 5: Twins 15, Tigers 6 -- Soto brings the (really) high heat
Reliever Gregory Soto's first pitch of Monday's 15-6 loss to the Twins sailed over catcher Wilson Ramos' head and would've cleared the backstop if not for the netting. According to Statcast, the 97 mph sinker to Miguel Sanó was tracked at 9.21 feet high, making it the fifth-highest pitch of the pitch-tracking era since 2008.

April 4: Indians 9, Tigers 3 -- Mazara's home run makes a statement
hit his first home run as a Tiger on Sunday, sending an Aaron Civale pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run homer with a 105.4 mph exit velocity. Mazara not only matched his 2020 home run total with the White Sox, he topped 105 mph on a ball in play for the second time this season, an exit velocity he reached just eight times in '20.

April 3: Tigers 5, Indians 2 -- Grossman tallies six walks in first two games
followed up his three-walk effort on Opening Day with three more walks Saturday. His six walks through two games are the most by a Tiger to start a season since Jo-Jo White in 1935. He's the first Major Leaguer to draw six walks in his first two games since Freddie Freeman in 2018, and the first MLB leadoff hitter to do it since Cleveland's Vic Davalillo in 1977.

April 1: Tigers 3, Indians 2 -- Cabrera slugs career homer No. 488
’s home run off Shane Bieber was his third career Opening Day homer, but his first since 2008, which was his first game as a Tiger. Cabrera was 2-for-12 with four strikeouts for his career off Bieber, who became the 336th Major League pitcher to allow a Cabrera home run. Bieber is also the fourth Cleveland Cy Young Award winner to do so, joining Corey Kluber (six), CC Sabathia (two) and Cliff Lee (one).

“Miggy’s gonna Miggy, you know? He’s a hell of a hitter,” Bieber said. “It is what it is. A lot more games to be played, a lot more starts to be had.”

Cabrera’s 488th career homer moves him to within five of Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on MLB’s all-time list. It was also his 350th home run as a Tiger, and he joined the late Al Kaline and Norm Cash as the only players with 350 homers in a Detroit uniform.