July 22, 2024

Twins’ Jose Miranda ties MLB record with hits in 12 straight at-bats

MINNEAPOLIS — Jose Miranda’s streak of consecutive at-bats with a hit was briefly paused at 10 when Houston Astros starter Hunter Brown plunked the Minnesota Twins third baseman on the left hand with a 96 mph pitch in the first inning Saturday.

Miranda stayed in the game following a long visit from Twins head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, repeatedly flexing and shaking his hand in obvious discomfort.

And then in the second inning Miranda delivered an RBI single to make it 11 straight at-bats with a hit, tying Bernie Williams (2002) and Dustin Pedroia (2016) for the modern MLB record. But he wasn’t done yet.

Miranda singled again in the fourth inning to tie Johnny Kling (1902), Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952) for the all-time MLB record with hits in 12 straight at-bats. During the 12-for-12 streak, Miranda has raised his batting average from .294 to .329.

Including the hit-by-pitch, Miranda has also set a new Twins record by reaching base safely in 13 consecutive plate appearances.

Miranda, who missed much of last season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery, has been one of the biggest driving forces behind a resurgent Twins lineup that leads the American League in runs scored and OPS since mid-April.

Called up from the minors on April 8, he’s hit .329/.372/.533 with nine homers, 20 doubles and 41 RBIs in 72 games while playing third base, first base and designated hitter.

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