Caramba! Ciriaco takes aim on Cobb

July, 14, 2012
BOSTON -- Pedro (Caramba!) Ciriaco has a chance to join Ty Cobb Saturday night as the only players ever to have at least three hits and a stolen base in four consecutive games. Cobb did it in 1927.

Ciriaco is 10-for-12 (.833) with 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, a walk, 4 runs and 3 stolen bases in his last three games. He is the first Sox player ever to have 3-plus hits and a stolen base in three straight games, and the first big leaguer to do so since Johnny Damon did it while playing for the Royals in 2000.

With the help of the endlessly entertaining "Oracle of Baseball" on, here's six degrees of separation linking Cobb to Ciriaco:

--Ty Cobb played with Ray Hayworth on the 1926 Tigers
--Ray Hayworth played with Eddie Miksis on the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers
--Eddie Miksis played with Brooks Robinson on the 1958 Baltimore Orioles
--Brooks Robinson played with Eddie Murray on the 1977 Baltimore Orioles
--Eddie Murray played with Chan Ho Park on the 1997 Los Angeles Dodgers
--Chan Ho Park played with Pedro Ciriaco on the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates

Counting his time in Pittsburgh (2010-11), Ciriaco is batting .418 (23-for-55) in 35 career big league games. That's the second-highest average ever in a player's first 35 games (minimum 50 at-bats), behind only John Kroner, who hit .422 (43-for-102) for Boston in 1935-36.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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