On September 16, 1996, 40-year-old Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins collects the 3,000th hit of his career. Molitor, the 21st player to reach the exclusive hit club, becomes the first player to achieve the milestone with a triple.

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TWINS 1ST: Knoblauch was called out on strikes; Becker was
called out on strikes; Molitor singled to right; Rosado threw a
wild pitch [Molitor to second]; Cordova singled to left [Molitor
scored]; Kelly flied to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 1,
Royals 0.

ROYALS 1ST: Offerman grounded out (shortstop to first); Myers
flied to right; Lockhart flied to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Twins 1, Royals 0.

TWINS 2ND: Coomer flied to left; Walbeck singled to left; Meares
homered [Walbeck scored]; Walker was called out on strikes;
Knoblauch doubled to right; Becker grounded out (second to
first); 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

ROYALS 2ND: Roberts singled to left; Paquette grounded into a
double play (second to first) [Roberts out at second]; Nunnally
flied to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

TWINS 3RD: Molitor flied to right; Cordova struck out; Kelly
walked; Coomer lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 3,
Royals 0.

ROYALS 3RD: Sweeney flied to center; Stynes grounded out (second
to first); Howard grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

TWINS 4TH: Walbeck flied to center; Meares was hit by a pitch;
Walker popped to third; Knoblauch lined to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
1 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

ROYALS 4TH: Offerman flied to right; Myers walked; Lockhart
flied to center; Roberts grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

TWINS 5TH: Becker struck out; Molitor tripled to center; Cordova
popped to first; Kelly grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

ROYALS 5TH: Paquette singled to shortstop; Nunnally struck out;
Sweeney struck out; Stynes grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

TWINS 6TH: Coomer grounded out (third to first); Walbeck
grounded out (shortstop to first); Meares grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 0.

ROYALS 6TH: Howard popped to shortstop; Offerman doubled to
right; Myers doubled [Offerman scored]; Lockhart homered [Myers
scored]; Roberts grounded out (second to first); Paquette
singled to center; Nunnally tripled to right [Paquette scored];
Sweeney singled to third [Nunnally scored]; GOODWIN RAN FOR
SWEENEY; Goodwin was caught stealing second (catcher to second);
5 R, 6 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 5.

TWINS 7TH: MERCEDES REPLACED GOODWIN (PLAYING C ); REBOULET
BATTED FOR WALKER; Reboulet grounded out (second to first);
Knoblauch flied to right; Becker singled to left; SCANLAN
REPLACED ROSADO (PITCHING); Molitor singled to right [Becker to
second]; Cordova forced Molitor (second to shortstop); 0 R, 2 H,
0 E, 2 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 5.

ROYALS 7TH: REBOULET STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 3B); Stynes doubled
to left; NORMAN RAN FOR STYNES; Norman was picked off second but
was safe on an error by Walbeck [Norman to third]; STEVENS
REPLACED RADKE (PITCHING); Howard out on a sacrifice fly to
right [Norman scored]; Offerman singled to left; Myers popped to
shortstop; Lockhart lined to second; 1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.
Twins 3, Royals 6.

TWINS 8TH: NORMAN STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); Kelly singled to
first; Coomer lined to second; Walbeck grounded into a double
play (second to shortstop to first) [Kelly out at second]; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Twins 3, Royals 6.

ROYALS 8TH: Roberts singled to center; Paquette out on a
sacrifice bunt (pitcher to first) [Roberts to second]; Nunnally
flied to left; Mercedes flied to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Twins 3, Royals 6.

TWINS 9TH: LAWTON BATTED FOR MEARES; BLUMA REPLACED SCANLAN
(PITCHING); Lawton singled to center; HALE BATTED FOR REBOULET;
Hale singled to left [Lawton to second]; Knoblauch forced Hale
(pitcher to shortstop) [Lawton to third]; Becker singled to
right [Lawton scored, Knoblauch to third]; Molitor out on a
sacrifice fly to center [Knoblauch scored]; Becker stole second;
Cordova was called out on strikes; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins
5, Royals 6.

Final Totals R H E LOB
Twins 5 12 1 8
Royals 6 11 0 4