Not your average Joe

Hot-hitting second baseman Aaron Hill picked up two more RBIs on Sunday, tying him with Vernon Wells for the team lead (17) thus far. But while it’s highly unlikely that Hill — a top or bottom of the order hitter — will stay atop the team lead, the same could not be said of Joe Carter when he led the club in RBIs back in April of 1994.

That was the season in which Carter set a Major League record for RBIs in April,Joecarter amassing 31 in 24 contests during the month. Remarkably, 11 of those came during Toronto’s second series of the season — a three-gamer against the Seattle Mariners. After hitting a two-run homer in Game 1, Carter collected four more RBIs in Game 2, highlighted by a walk-off two-run shot to lead the Jays to an 8-6 win. To cap things off, he hit a three-run blast off Randy Johnson en route to a five-RBI performance in Game 3, and a three-game sweep of the Mariners at SkyDome.

Carter also managed to drive in at least a run in six straight contests (April 17-24), compiling another 13 during that stretch. Perhaps most impressive about his RBI barrage in April of ’94, was the fact that he accomplished the feat despite being hampered by a right thumb that had been broken in spring training.

Though his ML record was broken by Juan Gonzalez (35) in 1998, Carter’s mark of 31 still stands as a Blue Jays franchise record.

Five runs in the first three innings help lead the Blue Jays to a comfortable 7-3 win on Sunday afternoon … Tomo Ohka becomes just the second Japanese pitcher to win 50 games in the majors, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on five hits in his second straight solid outing … Appearing as a pinch-hitter, Alex Rios picks up his fourth homer of the year, while catcher Jason Phillips enjoys a 3-for-4 performance at the plate … It’s back to ‘Doc’ on Monday night, as Toronto (12-12) looks to split the series against Texas …

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