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Whit Merrifield sets new Royals record with 31-game hitting streak

Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - APRIL 10: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals bunts in an RBI during the 7th inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on April 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. With that, Merrifield broke the club record for consecutve games with a hit which currently stands at 31 games. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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On Tuesday, Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games -- dating back to last season, of course -- with a first-inning triple against the Mariners. That matched Hall of Famer George Brett for the Royals record.

Hitless in his first three at-bats on Wednesday against the Mariners, Merrifield set the new Royals record with a bunt single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Terrance Gore had just hit a two-out RBI single. Merrifield laid down a bunt on the left side, plating Gore to tie the game up at 5-5.

Merrifield entered Wednesday’s action batting .349/.378/.558 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 45 plate appearances. His 31-game hitting streak is baseball’s longest since Dan Uggla hit in 33 consecutive games in 2011 with the Braves.

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