Michael Cuddyer's scruffy beard keeps sprouting more and more gray. It's becoming quite scratchy, too.
The Colorado Rockies outfielder wants so badly to take a razor to the whiskers, but that will just have to wait.
For the moment, he doesn't want to change anything since he's in such a groove at the plate.
With his single in the eighth on Sunday, Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a team-record 27 games. It's the longest same-season streak in the majors since Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit in 33 straight two years ago.
Even more, Cuddyer has reached base safely in a franchise-best 46 consecutive contests. The last time he failed to get on base through a hit, walk or being plunked by a pitch was April 21, back when there was still a chill in the air.
Since then, there's really been no chilling his bat. Ask Cuddyer the reason for his recent scorching success at the plate, though, and he will just shrug.
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