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Indians Shane Bieber (57) leaves the field after striking out the side in the fifth inning of the All-Star Game on July 9 (Ron Schwane)
Indians Shane Bieber (57) leaves the field after striking out the side in the fifth inning of the All-Star Game on July 9 (Ron Schwane)|Associated Press
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Wednesday Quickie Quiz & Single Digits - Shane Bieber, Pete Alonso, Sandy Alomar Jr., Pedro Martinez, Villanova, Golden State Warriors

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

WEDNESDAY’S QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> The Indians’ Shane Bieber Tuesday became the second pitcher to strike out the side in an All-Star Game in his home park. Which Phillie was the first to do so?

(Answer Below)

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WEDNESDAY’S SINGLE DIGITS

>>> Since 1994, Phillies batters are 9-for-45 in the All-Star Game. Their combined slashline is .200 / .265 / .222.

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>>> According to @EliasSports, the Mets’ Pete Alonso Tuesday became the first rookie to have multiple RBI in an All-Star Game. But at 24 years, 214 days, he is far from the youngest to do so.

That honor falls to Johnny Bench, who had a two-run home run in 1969 at the age of 21/228. Bench’s rookie season was 1968.

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>>> Shane Bieber becomes the third All-Star MVP to earn that honor in his home stadium. Two of the three were Indians . . .

1997: Sandy Alomar Jr., Cleveland
1999: Pedro Martinez, Boston
2019: Shane Bieber, Cleveland

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>>> When Omari Spellman and/or Eric Paschall play in a regular season game for the Golden State Warriors, they will be the first Villanova products to do so for that franchise since Hubie White appeared for the San Francisco version in 1962-63.

In fact, each of the other 29 current NBA franchises have had a Villanova player appear in a game since then except for the Warriors.

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> According to @StatsByStats, Bieber joins the Phillies’ Bobby Shantz (1952, Shibe Park) as the only pitchers to strike out the side in an All-Star Game in their home stadium.