Alex Rodriguez is the first player in Major League history to drive in at least 100 runs in 14 seasons.

Rodriguez, who reached the mark with two RBIs on Monday, also tied Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx for the most consecutive 100-RBI seasons (13).

"It's nice," Rodriguez told the New York Post. "It feels good. Obviously, you try to come out and be consistent every year and it's nice."

Morneau humbled by Clemente Award nomination: Justin Morneau is humbled to be one of the 30 nominees for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award, which goes to the player who best represents baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to his club.

"It's pretty humbling," Morneau told MLB.com. "[Clemente is] definitely someone who inspires us as baseball players to see what we can do and the impact that we can have on others.

"What he did on the field is great, 3,000 hits, but the impact that he's had off the field is maybe even greater than what he did as a baseball player. You can see that by so many of today's players looking up to what he did. He set the bar as to what you can accomplish as a baseball player off the field. So to be nominated is an honor."

The Pirates Hall of Fame outfielder was a revered humanitarian who died while delivering rescue supplies to Nicaragua.

The Mariners selected Ryan Rowland-Smith to be their nominee.

"My whole family's always been on me about that stuff, whether it be treating people with respect or reminding them why they come to baseball games and cheer players on," Rowland-Smith told the Seattle Times. "As a player, it's also a great platform to get people thinking about these charities and the things we support. It helps you have a voice on bigger issues as an athlete and that's something I feel is important."

Chapman's speed continues to cause a stir: Aroldis Chapman has been hitting triple digits on the radar since being called up to the Majors, getting attention from opponents and his Reds teammates alike.

"I don't think it matters who's up there with what he has going right now," teammate Jonny Gomes told MLB.com. "It's exciting for the team and exciting for baseball."

Choo showing his five-tool prowess: In addition to playing stellar outfield defense, Shin-Soo Choo is batting .293 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs.

"He's a guy that can do everything on the baseball field," teammate Travis Hafner told MLB.com. "He's a five-tool guy. He hits for average, he hits for power and he's only going to get better. He can hit .300 or higher with 30 homers and 100-some RBIs. He's extremely talented.

"He's a guy that was always talented, but he really adjusted to pitching at the big league level pretty quickly and developed into a .300 hitter quickly. So I think the last thing is just going from hitting 20-to-25 homers to hitting 30. And he definitely has the pop to do that."

Russell joins father on win list: James Russell picked up his first Major League victory on Friday, benefiting from Blake Dewitt's three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Cubs a 7-6 victory over the Mets.

"Seems like everyone who's come up got theirs out of the way quick, but it was worth the wait," Russell told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I guess I owe Blake a beer."

Russell got a congratulatory text message immediately after the game from his father, former Major League pitcher Jeff Russell.

Gee impressive in earning first victory: In his Major League debut, Dillon Gee carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Washington, collected an RBI single in the second inning and earned the win as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 4-1.

"He was throwing the ball well down there and leading the International League in strikeouts," general manager Omar Minaya told the New York Post prior to Gee's first start. "We thought we would give him a chance."

Gee allowed only one run on two hits and three walks to go along with four strikeouts.

Varitek looking forward to playing next season: When the 2011 season begins, Jason Varitek plans to be in uniform for whatever Major League team will sign him.

"I'm going to play," he told the Providence Journal. "I'm excited. I'm doing some things as good or better than I ever have."

A broken right foot forced Varitek to miss all of July and August. The time off has left Varitek stronger and helped him overcome neck and shoulder pain that bothered him in 2009.

Hampton begins new role out of bullpen: On Saturday night, Mike Hampton appeared in a Major League game as a relief pitcher for the first time since 1994.

Hampton, who signed a Minor League contract with Arizona a couple of weeks ago and has been trying to reinvent himself as a left-handed specialist, was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Friday and came in to pitch against the Astros the next night.

"It's just a little different," Hampton told the The Arizona Republic, "and I'm trying to get into a routine down there and talk to the guys down there that have been in the bullpen a long time."

Wolf turning to tempo to find success: Randy Wolf has made an adjustment he believes is necessary for him to have success on the mound for the Brewers.

"I'm really paying attention to my tempo out there," Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The one thing about last year, I was really consistent because my tempo was on all the time. My delivery was in a place where I felt comfortable and fluid every time out. This year it's come and gone, and I've had to be more conscious about where my delivery is, where my tempo is.

"It's definitely not a matter of stuff because everything is the same. But when you have that rhythm you're able to get ahead and expand off that and throw strikes. That's really been the biggest thing."

Bogusevic in familiar territory at Wrigley: Brian Bogusevic grew up in the Chicago area. So it was quite a thrill for the Houston outfielder to earn his first Major League start at Wrigley Field on Monday. A first-round selection of the Astros in 2005 as a pitcher, Bogusevic started in left field against the Cubs.

"It's really exciting, and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play, and I can't wait to get out there," Bogusevic told MLB.com before the game. "Everybody's familiar with the field, and you see the Cubs playing all the time on WGN, so it's real exciting."

Baxter gives Padres depth: Seeking another bat, the Padres recalled Mike Baxter from Triple-A Portland. Baxter hit .301 with 58 extra-base hits for Portland. He will give the club a left-handed bat off the bench and a player who can also play first base in addition to the outfield.

"He's been pretty consistent all year," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB.com. "He's got an all-around game. He hits with some power and steals some bases."

Infante inching his way into contention: Omar Infante isn't concerned about getting enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.

"I'm more excited that the team's in first place and trying to make the playoffs," Infante told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If I help the team, everybody will be happy."

Morrison fine after scary eye injury: Logan Morrison narrowly missed a serious eye injury and extended his on-base streak to 27 consecutive games. The Marlins' rookie was in the on-deck circle when he got hit in the cheek and under the eye by a foul ball.

"Really scary," Morrison told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I was trying to think if I could see out of my eye or not. I was shocked. I realized I could and was like, 'You know, I'm good, whatever, I'm fine.' I wanted to play... [Trainer Mike Kozak] said I had a fracture. I think he was just saying that to get me off the field. I started thinking about Kirby Puckett and Juan Encarnacion. I just got really, really lucky."

Espinosa playing beyond his rookie years: Nats callup Danny Espinosa is 9-for-16 with three home runs, two doubles and 10 RBIs in his first five games in the Majors.

"I couldn't have imagined this," Espinosa told the The Washington Post, wearing the team's Silver Elvis wig awarded to the star of the game. "I try not to think too much of it. I just try to go out there and play hard every day. But to have this kind of start, it's just unbelievable. It's an unbelievable feeling."

Nady proving effective with playing time: Xavier Nady is batting .306 in his last 10 games.

"Obviously, I need to get consistent at-bats," the Cubs' outfielder told the Chicago Tribune. "It allows you to get your timing, which is what it takes to be productive. I'm just happy to get consistent at-bats and have a better approach where everything is not necessarily put on [playing] one day where you need a couple of hits to keep playing."

-- Red Line Editorial