— I’ve lost a few baseballs in the bushes, but never like this.

King Felix made the courtiers happy. In 13 starts against the Twins, he has a 2.40 ERA, 0.97 WHIP … and a 5-5 record.

  • Since 2005, the leaders in “ace starts” (a term I just made up for 8+ IP allowing 1 run or less): Roy Halladay 48, Cliff Lee 44, CC Sabathia 40, Felix Hernandez 39.
  • Minnesota already has been held to 1 hit or less in 2 games, matching their 2011 total, which was the MLB high. They’ve had 2 hits or less 3 times and 3 hits or less 4 times, both tops in the majors.

— Not often are the Yankees stymied by a guy with a 10-31 record.

  • The Royals will go for a home series win over the Yanks on Sunday, a trick they haven’t turned since April 2008. Since 1996, KC is 39-95 against New York, including 24-43 at home. (Update: They didn’t get it.)

Mike Minor vs. Jamie Moyer: First NL game this year with both starters allowing 10+ hits. Each one did it in 5 IP; each of the last two season has seen just one such game. There have been 30 such games since 1995, 8 of them at Coors Field.

  • #3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez reached safely in all 5 trips, but never scored.
  • Michael Bourn has drawn 6 bases-loaded walks in 45 chances.
  • In 3 of their last 4 games, the Braves have totaled 37 runs on 52 hits and 15 walks, with 7 HRs and 7 doubles. In between, Joe Blanton skunked them on 3 singles.

— Friday’s first-ever meeting between Jonny Gomes and Brandon Gomes (no relation) resulted in a HBP. Their meeting Saturday ended in a 4-pitch walk. Their fortunes continued diverging from that point: Jonny’s nice catch in the bottom of the 10th and his HR in the 12th led his new mates to victory over the red-hot team that developed him, while Brandon was optioned to AAA after the game.

James McDonald and Erik Bedard are both on pace to reach 200 IP. The Pirates are the only team that hasn’t had a 200-IP man in the past two seasons.

Jose Valverde put the pitch right where his catcher wanted it. Unfortunately, Adam Dunn wanted it there, too.

— Don’t sweat it, kid. Giancarlo hits ’em that far off everyone.

— The first HR by an Angels first baseman was a no-doubter. They also got their first HR from the leadoff spot. They still have none from 3B or SS.

Mike Trout (age 20) is the youngest player to homer this year. Only two position players age 21 or under have appeared in the majors in 2012.

— On 0-and-2, Chris Johnson was looking for the curve, and he got it. His first salami scored three men walked by Jaime Garcia, who hadn’t walked more than 3 in 12 starts since last August.

John Jay, pick on someone your own size!

— “All aboard for a free ride to Lansdowne Street!

  • Early returns on the Jeremy Guthrie trade: Jason Hammel, 4-1, 2.09 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 38 Ks in 39 IP; Matt Lindstrom, no ER, 0.91 WHIP in 11 IP.
  • More favorable trade winds: Last year’s deadline deal of Koji Uehara brought in Chris Davis (.944 OPS) and Tommy Hunter, who’s given them a chance to win 4 of his 5 starts.

Here at HHS Recap, these are a few of our favorite things:

— Youngsters, here’s a good reason to listen when your folks tell you to polish your shoes.

Belated note:

— Overshadowed by Friday’s dramatic ending was yet another strong start by Tigers rookie (and AL ERA leader) Drew Smyly. The second-year pro is the first Tiger in the searchable era to start his career with 5 starts allowing 2 runs or less. Smyly has 29 Ks in 28 IP; only one Tiger has ever had a qualifying season with 9 SO/9.

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