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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had an historic game in Friday's 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels, taking sole possession of second place on the all-time RBI list, along with sole possession of eighth place on the all-time runs list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Previously even with Barry Bonds at 1,996 career RBI, Rodriguez broke the tie with a single off of Angels pitcher Jered Weaver in the fifth inning, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead when outfielder Brett Gardner crossed home plate.

Oddly enough, while he's third on the list provided by MLB.com, Rodriguez is technically considered by MLB to be in second place on the official all-time list, as the RBI only became an official stat in 1920.

Per Yahoo Sports' Mark Townsend, both Ruth and Cap Anson would have more RBI than Rodriguez if the stat had been official prior to 1920, though Anson is only listed 11th on the list provided by MLB.com, while Ruth is second.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James set a new personal best for the NBA Finals with his 44 points in Thursday's 108-100 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors, per NBA.com/Stats.

While he needed 38 field-goal attempts and 10 free-throw attempts to get there, James also contributed eight rebounds and six assists in the overtime loss, with only four turnovers despite his sky-high usage rate.

His previous personal best for the NBA Finals was 37 points, achieved in Game 7 of the unforgettable 2013 Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, per Basketball-Reference.com.

While Thursday's showing won't join that one as one of the signature performances of James' career, it was still an impressive efforteven as his Cavs were held scoreless in the overtime period until he made a meaningless layup with nine seconds left.

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When Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson hit a home run off Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game, he became the first Dodgers rookie to go deep in five straight games, per Sportsnet Stats, and just the fourth player in franchise history dating back to 1900, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Along with those achievements, the five home runs also represent the most ever for a Dodgers rookie over a five-game span, per MLB Stat of the Day.

The 23-year-old Pederson definitely benefited from playing the last four contests in the thin air of Denver, but the games account for just four of his 17 home runs on the season. However, the four-game series has boosted his start to the month of June, accounting for eight RBI and six runs.

Pederson's home runs haven't been cheap, with nine of them traveling over 425 feet, the most of that distance in the majors this season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo hit a solo home run off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Zach Duke in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 9-2 loss, becoming the first player in franchise history to homer in both of his first two games, per MLB Stat of the Day.

While the blast was meaningless in terms of helping the Rangers win, it was a nice way for Gallo to finish his evening, after his first three at-bats resulted in strikeouts at the hands of White Sox ace Chris Sale, who fanned 13 batters and allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings.

The 21-year-old Gallo had an easier time of things in his MLB debut Tuesday against the White Sox, as he managed three hits in four at-bats with a home run, a double, four RBI, three runs and a walk, helping his team to a 15-2 win.

While things obviously won't always be so easy, Gallo has already shown a glimpse of why his future is so bright.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez scored the 1,949th run of his career during Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, tying St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial for eighth place on the all-time runs list, per MLB Milestones.

While Rodriguez didn't have any hits in his three at-bats during the game, he drew a leadoff walk against Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker in the top of the fourth inning and then came around to score the go-ahead run on a two-run homer off the bat of Yankees outfielder Garrett Jones.

The blast gave the Bronx Bombers a 3-1 lead that would hold, as Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings in his return from a six-week stint on the disabled list.

Although he hasn't hit for much power over the last few weeks, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is still enjoying a shockingly productive bounce-back season, sporting a robust .270/.364/.517 batting line through 51 games.

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester set a new record for hitting futility in his first at-bat of Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, becoming the first player in MLB history to go hitless through the first 67 plate appearances of his career, per Sportsnet Stats.

Lester already held the record for most at-bats without a hit, having set that mark in his previous start, last Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

After failing to record a hit in his two at-bats Wednesday in Miami, Lester is now up to 61 at-bats for his career, while the previous record of 57 hitless at-bats was set by fellow pitcher Joey Hamilton in 1995.

Although he'd probably prefer not to hold these records, Lester is likely more troubled by his pitching performance in Wednesday's loss, as he surrendered six runs (all earned) on nine hits and a walk over five innings.

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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit a solo home run off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Rays, tying Jimmie Foxx at 534 for 17th place on the all-time home runs list, per MLB Milestones.

The no-doubt blast to left field cut Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1, but the night would ultimately be defined by Archer's dominance, with the right-hander striking out 15 batters to match a franchise record.

While not quite having the kind of All-Star-caliber season that Archer's having, the 35-year-old Pujols is suddenly having a solid campaign of his own, thanks to a whopping six home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs in his last six games.

The recent stretch has his batting line up to .254/.304/.508, while he's now on pace for 43 home runs, 83 RBI and 86 runs.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer tied James Shields' single-game franchise record of 15 strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Arguably the most improved pitcher in MLB this season, the 26-year-old Archer allowed just one run on six hits over eight innings, with the damage coming courtesy of a solo home run from Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.

While the homer moved Pujols into a tie for 17th place on MLB's all-time home run list, Archer still stole the night from a statistical perspective, joining Felix Hernandez (June 8, 2014) as the only pitchers in the last decade to strike out 15 or more batters while throwing 105 or fewer pitchers, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Archer threw exactly 105 pitches in Tuesday's game, and he didn't allow any walks or hit any batters.

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Prior to Monday, no pitcher in MLB's modern era (since 1900) had struck out 10 or more batters and given up 10 or more hits while pitching fewer than five innings, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Now, thanks to the ongoing series between the San Diego Padres and New York Mets, the feat has occurred twice in a span of two days.

Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner first posted the historic stat line Monday, striking out 12 batters and allowing 11 hits over 4.2 innings in a 7-0 loss to the Mets.

Then, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard nearly matched Cashner on Tuesday, striking out 10 batters and allowing 10 hits over just four innings in a 7-2 loss to the Padres.

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It's been eight years since the Cleveland Cavaliers last made it to the NBA Finals, but LeBron James is competing in the championship round for his fifth year in a row—a feat that ties Bill Russell, among others from the early Boston Celtics dynasty, for the most consecutive Finals appearances in NBA history. 

In comparing the two milestone achievements, which is more impressive: LeBron's five straight with the Heat and Cavaliers, or Russell's with the Celtics?

Bleacher Report Senior Writer Ric Bucher joins Adam Lefkoe to break down the record-tying accomplishment that is LeBron James' five consecutive Finals appearances in the video above.