Francoeur hits century mark for assists

Francoeur hits century mark for assists

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur has reached the century mark in outfield assists.

When Francoeur, after diving to grab Ryan Doumit's liner on Friday night, jumped up and threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer and doubled off Joe Mauer, it was his 100th assist.

"It's cool, obviously, and being able to stay healthy and play for a while and have opportunities," Francoeur said. "A lot of those go to the catchers and guys at third making the plays, too, when I threw it."

The 100 includes one batter thrown out at first base, a rare accomplishment.

Since his rookie year in 2005, Francoeur has more assists than any outfielder and is 27 ahead of the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano. There are just four other active Major Leaguers in the 100 outfield assist club: Bobby Abreu, just released by the Angels, 134; Andruw Jones, Yankees, 121; Mark Kotsay, Padres, 120, and Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 119.