Twins infielder ties MLB record last accomplished 72 years ago after getting hit in 12th straight at-bat

 

It’s almost impossible to get Jose Miranda out.

The Minnesota Twins infielder tied an MLB record by getting a hit in 12 straight at-bats.

He became the fourth player to accomplish the feat, which had last been done in 1952.

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It all started with his final at-bat Wednesday, when he singled against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the eighth.

He followed that up by going 5-for-5 Thursday and 4-for-4 Friday, which made him 10 for 10.

He started Saturday against the Houston Astros by getting hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance. In the second inning, he drove in a run with a single. Two innings later, he singled again, matching the record.

In the bottom of the sixth, Miranda was mere inches away from standing alone, but a line drive went just foul. After battling to a 2-2 count, he eventually flied out to left field.

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It had to come to an end eventually, but the Twins faithful gave him a solid ovation.

The hit by pitch earlier helped him set a franchise record by getting on base in 13 consecutive plate appearances.

Miranda joined the company of Johnny Kling (1902), Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952) with the fourth-inning single.

The streak improved Miranda’s average from .294 to .329 in a matter of days.

Miranda is now riding a 10-game hitting streak, but this record is just a microcosm of how good he’s been.

In his previous 58 games entering today, Miranda had been hitting .345. In his last 15, he was hitting .500.

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Miranda has helped the Twins stay afloat in the postseason race. They are six games behind the Cleveland Guardians for the AL Central lead, but they hold the second wild-card spot by two games.

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