The pride of British Columbia Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies is going swing for swing with a pair of Pittsburgh Pirates for the National League batting crown. With each player having three games remaining at the start of play Friday, Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison had taken over the lead hitting.319, with Morneau second at .317, followed by Andrew McCutchen, at .314.
Morneau is bidding to become the third Canadian to win a Major League batting title after Larry Walker (1998, '99 and 2001), and 19th century star Tip O'Neill, a two-time league leader in 1887 and '88.
Thursday while Morneau and the Rockies had an off-day, Harrison picked up three hits to edge ahead of Morneau by two percentage points. McCutchen, with one hit, gained ground as well.
Here's how each player fared on Friday as the Pirates met the Reds in Cincinnati and the Rockies played later in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Josh Harrison: Flew out; lined out, struck out; singled. 1-for-4
Andrew McCutchen: Popped out; struck out; grounded out; doubled. 1-for-4.
Justin Morneau: Walked, homered, flew out, singled. 2-for-3.
So here's how they stand with two games left to play.