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Posted on: Sunday, June 28, 2009

MLB: Rays become fastest team to 100 HRs and 100 steals


Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays became the fastest team to reach 100 homers and 100 steals by the All-Star break when B.J. Upton homered in the third of inning of Sunday's game against Florida.

Upton's solo homer on the first pitch in the bottom of the third off Andrew Miller was the Rays' 100th this season. Tampa Bay, which started Sunday with 116 stolen bases, accomplished the feat in 77 games. The previous fastest were Cincinnati (1977) and Cleveland (1994), who both did it in 84 games according to Stats LLC.

The only other two teams to reach that mark by the All-Star break since 1954 were the Marlins (2003) and the Blue Jays (1998).