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• Rafael Palmeiro did not hit a home run in August, ending his streak of 93 consecutive calendar months (April through September) with at least one homer, the third-longest streak in major-league history. Hank Aaron smacked at least one round-tripper in 126 straight months (1955-75) and Andre Dawson had a 95-month streak (1977-93).
• The Orioles' Bernie Castro made an impressive major-league debut on Thursday night, reaching base in each of his first three times up -- a walk in the first inning, a single in the third and a triple in the fifth. Across the major leagues this season, no other player reached base in each of the first three plate appearances of his first big-league game. Two guys did that last year: the Mets' Kaz Matsui (each of his first five times up in his debut game) and Oakland's Nick Swisher (each of first three).
Because of the rules governing the expansion of rosters, Sept. 1 is a common major-league debut date. Some of the players who played their first big-league game on the first day of September include active players like Mike Piazza, Bobby Abreu, Vinny Castilla and Juan Gonzalez, as well as retired stars like Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser and Lee Smith.
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