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Carlos Lee Is A Triple Machine

I didn't expect it to happen once this season, much less twice in the first six games. Improbably, Carlos "El Bufalo" Lee has hit two triples this season, notching his second in this afternoon's game against the Reds. He also hit one Saturday against the Phillies, meaning he hit two triples within the span of four games.

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Previously, it had taken him 142 games to hit two triples, as he last hit one on April 25, 2010. The last time he hit two triples in the same season was in 2002. In that season, it took him 110 games to hit a second triple, but at least he did it in the same season.

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He also hit three in 2001, when he looked like this. In that season, he at least went just 14 games between triples, hitting his first on April 6 and another on April 24. He hit another that season, but it wasn't for another 78 games. In 2000, he needed just 24 games to hit his second triple, after getting the first in June. In 1999, his rookie season, it took him 83 games to get that elusive second triple.

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It's also worth noting that of his now 16 career triples, six of them have come in April. Which is surprising, considering Lee is a notorious slow starter who typically hits .256/.319/.466 in the season's opening month.

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Basically, Carlos is making history as he goes along, folks. Who knows what else will happen? Will he lead the league in triples? Or will he instead lead the league in triple cheeseburgers from Wendy's?

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