Triples should come in three’s. Twins outfielder Denard Span tied a modern major league record last night with three triples during an 11-4 rout of the Tigers.

Span led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored, single in his second at-bat and then hit back-to-back triples in the fourth and fifth innings, knocking in five runs on those two hits. He walked in his last at-bat in the seventh, finishing the night a nice 4-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Span now has 24 triples in his young, three-year career, averaging one three-bagger about every 13 games.

Using Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, I pulled up the list that Span matched last night with three triples in a single game as you can see below. Span became the 29th player to accomplish the feat since 1920. Rafael Furcal was the last player to do it back in 2002. As you can see from the list, there are significant players that pulled three triples off: Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Charlie Gehringer. I’m certainly not implying that’s where Span is headed at all, but that’s pretty good company nonetheless.

One interesting thing to note from the list is that Span and Shawon Dunston are the only two players to drive in five runs in these games. Also, the longtime Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry is the only player to hit three triples as the DH position. Interesting stuff.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB Pos. Summary
1 Denard Span 2010-06-29 MIN DET W 11-4 5 4 2 4 0 3 0 5 1 CF
2 Rafael Furcal 2002-04-21 ATL FLA W 4-2 5 5 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 SS
3 Lance Johnson 1995-09-23 CHW MIN W 14-4 6 6 4 6 0 3 0 4 0 CF
4 Herm Winningham 1990-08-15 CIN STL W 3-1 6 6 2 4 1 3 0 1 0 CF
5 Shawon Dunston 1990-07-28 CHC MON W 10-7 5 5 2 3 0 3 0 5 0 SS
6 Craig Reynolds 1981-05-16 HOU CHC W 6-1 5 5 1 4 0 3 0 4 0 SS
7 Doug Flynn 1980-08-05 NYM MON L 5-11 5 5 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 2B
8 Ken Landreaux 1980-07-03 MIN TEX W 10-3 5 5 2 3 0 3 0 1 0 CF
9 Al Bumbry 1973-09-22 BAL MIL W 7-1 5 5 2 3 0 3 0 1 0 DH
10 Bert Campaneris 1967-08-29 KCA CLE L 8-9 6 6 3 3 0 3 0 2 0 SS
11 Ernie Banks 1966-06-11 CHC HOU W 8-2 5 5 1 3 0 3 0 3 0 1B
12 Willie Mays 1960-09-15 SFG PHI W 8-6 6 6 2 5 0 3 0 2 0 CF
13 Roberto Clemente 1958-09-08 PIT CIN W 4-1 4 4 1 3 0 3 0 1 0 RF
14 Danny O’Connell 1956-06-13 MLN PHI W 8-6 5 4 2 3 0 3 0 1 1 2B
15 Carlos Bernier 1953-05-02 PIT CIN W 12-4 5 5 3 4 0 3 0 3 0 CF
16 Ben Chapman 1939-07-03 CLE DET W 4-2 4 3 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 CF
17 Joe DiMaggio 1938-08-27 (1) NYY CLE W 8-7 5 4 1 3 0 3 0 3 1 CF
18 Joe Kuhel 1937-05-13 WSH CHW W 10-2 5 5 3 4 0 3 0 3 0 1B
19 Charlie Gehringer 1929-08-05 DET WSH L 5-21 5 5 2 3 0 3 0 2 0 2B
20 Lance Richbourg 1929-07-31 (1) BSN CHC W 7-1 5 5 4 3 0 3 0 0 0 RF
21 Earle Combs 1927-09-22 NYY DET W 8-7 5 4 2 3 0 3 0 0 1 CF
22 Les Bell 1926-09-22 STL BRO W 15-7 5 5 3 4 1 3 0 2 0 3B
23 Jackie Tavener 1925-09-12 (1) DET CLE L 1-4 5 5 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 SS
24 Jim Bottomley 1923-05-15 STL BSN W 10-5 5 4 2 3 0 3 0 2 1 1B
25 Baby Doll Jacobson 1922-09-09 SLB DET W 16-0 5 5 2 4 0 3 0 4 0 CF
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB Pos. Summary
26 Charlie Hollocher 1922-08-13 CHC STL W 16-5 6 5 1 3 0 3 0 3 0 SS
27 Ray Powell 1921-09-27 (1) BSN BRO W 8-5 5 5 2 4 0 3 0 4 0 CF
28 Joe Judge 1921-08-09 WSH SLB L 6-8 9 7 1 3 0 3 0 2 1 1B
29 Ross Youngs 1920-05-11 NYG CIN L 4-9 4 4 2 3 0 3 0 2 0 RF
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/30/2010.
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