Rays rookie Wander Franco ties Mickey Mantle with rare feat

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Wander Franco joined some pretty impressive company on Monday.

The Tampa Bay Rays rookie shortstop ripped a triple off the center field wall in the first inning against Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale to give him 36 consecutive games of reaching base safely.

The mark ties Mickey Mantle for the longest on-base streak in American League history by a player 20 years old or younger.

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Mantle accomplished the feat over the course of two seasons, though, beginning Sept. 5, 1951 and ending May 4, 1952.

Franco’s 36-game on-base streak is also the longest by a rookie shortstop since Hanley Ramirez did it for the Marlins in 2006 and longest by a rookie in Rays history.

He is three games shy of tying the Rays franchise mark for longest on-base streak, which was set by Johnny Damon when he reached base in 39 consecutive games in 2011.

Franco, who was the top prospect in baseball before he was called up, has lived up to the hype thus far. He entered Monday hitting .280/.341/.461 with seven home runs and 36 RBI and 45 runs scored over 58 games played.

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