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Scoring change gives Pierre his 20th steal back

Scoring change gives Pierre his 20th steal back

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Scoring change gives Pierre his 20th steal back

MIAMI -- Talk about a delayed steal.

Juan Pierre received credit for only one stolen base after swiping two bags during the ninth inning of Monday's 6-5 loss to the Mets. Four days later, his move from second to third was changed from defensive indifference to his 20th stolen base.

The initial ruling surprised Pierre.

"I'm like, 'What? Catcher indifference on a one-run game?'" Pierre said. "Yeah, it didn't make sense, but I wasn't going to fight it or nothing. I'm past all that kind of stuff. It's definitely good to get a stolen base when it's due to you to have one."

The scoring change bumped Pierre up to 18th in the Majors with 20 steals. But more important, it gave him 20 or more stolen bases in 13 straight seasons. Pierre is the 16th player in MLB history to accomplish such a feat.

He twice led the National League in stolen bases. Pierre paced the Senior Circuit with 46 as a Rockie in 2001 and 65 as a Marlin in 2003.

Pierre also led the American League in steals in 2010, swiping a career-high 68 as a member of the White Sox.

He leads all active players and ranks 18th on the all-time list with 611 steals. He is eight swiped bags away from tying Hall of Famer George Davis at No. 17.

"That's pretty cool," Pierre said. "To move up on the list, to try to move up on the list is pretty cool. I don't play this game for that, but it's always cool.

"When I see the list and stuff like that, I'm like, 'I don't deserve to be on there.' But. you know, over the course of seasons, I've stolen some bases."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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