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The biggest Upton sports news since Ziegfeld star Frances lent her fiancée Bert Bell the necessary $2,500 to move the moribund Frankford Yellow Jackets to Philadelphia in 1933…
Incredibly and ironically, the brothers would make a little more history together on Friday night, each connecting for solo home runs about one hour apart to give their teams 1-0 leads.
That’s not historic you say?
Well, you’re right. What is historic, however, is that the home runs were the 100th of their respective careers, making them the sixth brother duo to achieve that milestone according to Elias, and without question the first to do it on the exact same night.
Historic, yes, and also pretty darn neat. I think Rays manager Joe Maddon would agree that assessment.
‘‘Congratulations to the Family Upton,’’ Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘That’s an incredible feat. Mom and Dad have to be really proud tonight. The brothers have to feel great about it, but just think about being the parents at that moment. That’s pretty neat.’‘
Justin Upton reached the century mark first, connecting off Philadelphia Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick in the second inning of Arizona’s 4-2 victory.
‘‘I definitely wanted to beat him to it,’’ Justin Upton said. ‘‘It really felt good. I’m happy for him. It’s a big night for the family.’‘
About 44 minutes later, B.J. Upton caught up to his brother and reached triple digits himself with a fourth inning blast off Baltimore Orioles starter Tommy Hunter, which was Matt Moore and the Rays bullpen needed in their 2-0 win.
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