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Royals’ Whit Merrifield extends hitting streak to 30 games to tie George Brett’s record

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whit Merrifield has just landed himself in the company of a Royals legend.

In Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, the Kansas City Royals’ star got a first-inning triple to mark a 30-game hitting streak. That tied Hall of Famer George Brett’s club record.

Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by third base coach Mike Jirschele #23 after hitting a triple during the 1st inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on April 09, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Merrifield has hit in 30 consecutive games tying George Brett for the club record. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Merrifield’s streak began on Sept. 10 last season. Brett set his record between July 18 and August 18 in 1980.

Of course, if Merrifield gets another hit again Wednesday night as the series against Seattle continues, he would break Brett’s record and take his own spot in Royals history.

Brett told MLB reporter Jeffrey Flanagan he wouldn’t be upset if Merrifield breaks his streak.

“I’m rooting for him,” Brett said. “He deserves it. He’s a good kid. He’s worked hard to get here. I like watching him play. … These streaks are hard. Thirty games is a lot. That means you can’t go in a slump or have one bad day for a month.”

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