B.J., Justin Upton each hit 100th career home run within minutes of one another
The Upton brothers have been linked in major league history ever since they were drafted, B.J. second overall in 2002 and Justin first overall in 2005.
On Friday, the pair reached a career milestone within minutes of one another.
In Philadelphia, Arizona Diamondbacks rightfielder Justin Upton hit a solo home run to left field off Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick in the second inning for his 100th career home run.
Not too long afterward, in Tampa, Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton hit a solo home run to center off Baltimore Orioles righty Tommy Hunter in the fourth inning for his 100th career home run.
Coincidentally, both homers also put their teams ahead 1-0.
Whitney Holtzman of MLB.com points out another coincidence:
Not only did B.J. and Justin Upton both hit their 100th career homers tonight, they also both hit No. 99 the same night.—
Whitney Holtzman (@WHoltzman) August 04, 2012
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com says that the Uptons are the sixth pair of brothers to both reach the 100-home plateau.
The final list (I think) is DiMaggios, Boones, Alomars, Boyers, Meusels and Uptons. Brothers with 100 homers each.—
Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) August 04, 2012