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Magic numbers: 1,623, 500, 12, 3:08, 336

From left, Atlanta Braves' Terry Pendleton, Chipper Jones

From left, Atlanta Braves' Terry Pendleton, Chipper Jones and Mike Hampton take in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (June 13, 2008) (Credit: AP)

1,623 - RBIs for Chipper Jones, the career leader among third basemen who had his number retired Friday by the Braves at Turner Field. Former President Jimmy Carter was even in attendance. As perfect a night it was for Jones, hard to believe the Braves were nice enough to not schedule the Mets for that particular homestand.

$500M - Anticipated cost of Wrigley Field renovation, part of which got the green light this week. The one caveat? The proposed Jumbotron -- a mandatory improvement according to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts — was not approved as the surrounding rooftop owners are concerned about views being blocked. That will be voted on at a later date.

12 - Consecutive wins by the Tigers' Max Scherzer, who became the first to open a season with a dozen straight wins since Roger Clemens opened 14-0 with the Red Sox in 1986. "I'm pitching well, but the reason I'm 12-0 is because of my offense," Scherzer said. Somewhere, Matt Harvey shakes his head.

3:08 - Average time of nine-inning game at Fenway Park since 2009, the longest in the majors, according to STATS, Inc. No surprise that Yankee Stadium is second at 3:05. For those who like a shorter stay at the park, try Safeco Field, home of the quickest games at a tidy 2:44. Very manageable, as Michael Kay would say.

.336 - Cardinals' batting average with runners in scoring position, the highest by any club in the last 40 years, according to STATS, Inc. Since 1974, the next highest for a full season (.311) belongs to the '07 Tigers and '96 Rockies. When St. Louis went 0-for-5 with RISP this week, it was the first time they went more than four at-bats in such situations without a hit.

Tags: Braves , Chipper Jones , Tigers , Max Scherzer , Red Sox , Yankees , Cubs , Mariners , Cardinals , Matt Harvey , magic numbers

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