The .300 club

Thanks to another solid day at the plate (12-for-35, .343) in a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers Monday night, the Blue Jays enter action Tuesday with a Major League-best .281 batting average.

Alex Rios (.266) and Vernon Wells (.251) haven’t exactly helped in this regard, but there are several who have. In fact, Toronto (33-27) currently has five players hitting .300 or better.

Adam Lind leads the way at .313. The 25-year-old was the hero last night, going 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers to lift the Jays to their third win over their last four games. Lind is tied for first in the majors with 21 doubles, and ranks sixth in the AL in RBI (43), tied for eighth in hits (71), fourth in total bases (125) and fourth in extra-base hits (32).

Aaron Hill is second on the club with a .310 average. He currently leads the AL in hits (79). Among Major League second basemen, he’s first in hits and total bases (125). Among #2 hitters, meanwhile, Hill leads the majors with 13 home runs, 41 RBI and 125 total bases.

Scott Rolen (.304), Marco Scutaro (.304) and Lyle Overbay (.303) round out the list of .300-plus Blue Jays. Rolen went 3-for-4 last night with a double to raise his average back up over the .300 mark. Scutaro also had three hits in last night’s win. The Jays’ shortstop has reached safely via a hit, walk or hit by pitch 113 times this season. That currently leads all of Major League baseball – Albert Pujols sits second at 111.

Overbay is the most recent addition to the .300 club. The 32-year-old is batting .366 (26-for-71) with 19 RBIs over his last 21 games, and has hit safely in 14 straight – a Blue Jays season high and the longest active streak in the majors.

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