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Houston Astros centerfielder Brandon Barnes (2) points upward

Houston Astros centerfielder Brandon Barnes (2) points upward as he scores in the ninth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners. (July 19, 2013) (Credit: AP Photo BOB LEVEY)

303 - Times a player has hit for the cycle since Curry Foley of the National League's Buffalo Bisons did it for the first time in 1882. The Astros' Brandon Barnes became the latest Friday to join a club that is nearly as exclusive as throwing a no-hitter, a feat that has been done 281 times since 1876.

40 - Years of the designated hitter in the American League, and Bud Selig repeated this week that there are no plans to add the NL any time soon. Too bad for the players. The average salary of a DH is $8.1 million, second highest to first basemen ($8.6 million).

32 - Homers hit at Citi Field in Monday's Home Run Derby by Yoenis Cespedes, but the crown came at a cost as the Athletics slugging outfielder was scratched from his first game back by a sore left wrist. In his career, David Wright has 38 homers at Citi.

14 - Years in the Mets' organization for Pacific Rim scout Isao O'Jimi, who was hired this week by the Dodgers to serve as the team's top scout in Japan. O'Jimi helped the Mets become one of the more aggressive clubs in pursuit of Japanese and Korean players during his tenure.

11 - Teams that surpassed their signing-bonus pools for this year's amateur draft, which carried a total of $1.8 million in penalty tax. No club went over by more than 5 percent, however, a second-level penalty that means an offending club must forfeit its next first-round pick.

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