Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins led off yesterday's game in Cincinnati with a home run to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, the longest in the major leagues since 2003.
Rollins's 11th home run of the season, off Reds LHP Randy Keisler, matched St. Louis 1B Albert Pujols for the longest hitting streak in the majors since Vladimir Guerrero hit in 31 straight for the Montreal Expos in 1999.
Rollins's streak is the 39th of at least 30 games in major league history, and the 19th in NL history. It is the second-longest in Phillies history, one game shorter than Ed Delahanty's in 1899.
The leadoff homer was Rollins's third of the season and 12th of his career.
* BURNETT GOIN' FISHING?: Frustrated by the longest losing streak of his career and Florida's near-elimination from the NL playoff race, A.J. Burnett indicated he will not re-sign with the Marlins after the season.
"I've got one more start here, and that's all that matters," Burnett said of his apparent plans for free agency.
Burnett complained about a lack of positive reinforcement -- seemingly from Manager Jack McKeon and the Marlins' coaching staff.
"It's depressing around here," he said. "There's nothing positive around here.
"You give up one home run, and it's a funeral. . . . A positive pat on the back is better than anything. I haven't seen a pat on the back since April."
Asked whom he was targeting with his criticism, Burnett said, "I'm not naming names."
Unable to hold a 3-0 lead yesterday, Burnett fell to 12-12 with his sixth straight loss. Despite his skid, Burnett has a 3.44 ERA and ranks among the NL leaders with 198 strikeouts.
-- From News Services