Date: April 25, 2008

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

WIZARDS REBOUND FROM ROUT WITH THEIR OWN BLOWOUT WIN

The Wizards rebounded from Monday's 116-86 loss at Cleveland with a 108-72 victory on their home court. It was the first time in NBA playoff history that a team posted a 30-point win immediately following a 30-point loss. In fact there were only two such turnarounds by one team in consecutive games against the same opponent in NBA regular-season history: the Syracuse Nationals against the Pistons in 1963, and the Pistons against the St. Louis Hawks in 1960.

Washington Wizards

WIZARDS SET TEAM PLAYOFF RECORD WITH 36-POINT WIN

Washington's 36-point margin of victory was the largest in a playoff game in franchise history. The previous team record was 35 points, set in a 117-82 win over the Sonics in Game 6 on the 1978 NBA Finals. That evened the series, which the Washington Bullets won in seven games.

Washington Wizards

RAPTORS BENCH COMES UP BIG AGAIN

Jose Calderon came off the bench to score 18 points and his fellow sub Jason Kapono scored 15 points in the Raptors' 108-94 Game 3 win over the Magic. Calderon, Kapono, and Carlos Delfino all scored at least 15 points off the bench in Game 2 - something no three teammates had done in an NBA playoff game since 1990. The last trio to do so was Todd Lichti, Blair Rasmussen, and Walter Davis of the Nuggets.

Toronto Raptors

MLB

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR CHIPPER

Now that's a birthday! Chipper Jones celebrated #36 by going 3-for-3 with a home run in the Braves' 7-4 win over the Marlins. It was Jones's fourth home run on his birthday - he hit two in 2001 and one in 1996 - one short of the all-time major-league record shared by Alex Rodriguez, Derrek Lee, and Al Simmons.

Atlanta Braves

LOPEZ PLATES 6 FROM LEADOFF SLOT FOR THE THIRD TIME

Felipe Lopez drove in six runs, including a grand slam, in the Nationals' 10-5 win over the Mets. It was the third time that Lopez recorded a six-RBI game from the leadoff slot. Over the last 50 years, only one other player did that even twice. Rick Monday had six-RBI games batting leadoff for the Cubs in 1973 and 1976.

Washington Nationals

METS' SLAMMIN BULLPEN DOES IT AGAIN

Aaron Heilman surrendered the grand slam to Felipe Lopez. It was the fourth GSHR in the National League this season, and the third allowed by a Mets reliever.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

LEE LOWERS ERA TO 0.28 WITH 3-HITTER

Cliff Lee improved his record to 4-0 in four starts and lowered his ERA to 0.28 that's one earned run in 31 2/3 innings - throwing a three-hitter in the Indians' 2-0 win at Kansas City. That's the lowest ERA by a pitcher in winning each of his first four appearances of a season since 1991, when Rogers Clemens posted a 0.28 ERA over his first four starts.

Cleveland Indians

BERKMAN LOVES GABP

Lance Berkman went 3-for-3 with a home run in the Astros' 5-3 win over the Reds. Berkman has a .360 career batting average at Great American Ball Park, with 18 home runs in 37 games. For the curious, the most homers by any active player over a span of 37 games at any stadium is 22 by Alex Rodriguez at the home of the Angels, known at the time as Edison International Field (1998-2003).

Houston Astros

BURRELL SETS TEAM RECORD FOR RBIs IN APRIL

Pat Burrell's game-winning RBIs in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 3-1 win at Milwaukee were his 23rd and 24th this month, setting a Phillies record for the month of April. The previous mark was 22 by Von Hayes in 1989.

Philadelphia Phillies

TIGERS POUND THE RANGERS AGAIN

The Tigers hit five home runs in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Rangers. Detroit has now scored 86 runs in its last 10 games, the Tigers' highest 10-game total since 2000. Incidentally, that was one run short of the highest 10-game total of Jim Leyland's 17-year managerial career. Leyland's Rockies scored 87 runs over 10 games in 1999. (Not surprisingly, nine of those 10 games were played at Coors Field.)

Detroit Tigers

ANGELS RALLY FOR RARE COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN AT FENWAY

The Angels rallied for six runs over the last three innings for a 7-5 win over the Red Sox. It was the Angels' second win in the last 25 seasons at Fenway Park in which they trailed by two or more runs in the seventh inning or later (2-62).

Anaheim Angels

THE RAYS LOVE DISNEY

The Rays completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, improving their record at Disney's Champion Stadium to 6-0 over the last two seasons. In fact, that's one short of the Rays' longest winning streak at any stadium, home or road, in their history. Tampa Bay posted seven straight wins at Tropicana Field in June 2004.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

GIANTS WON ANOTHER 1-0 DECISION VS. PADRES

The Giants posted a 1-0 win over the Padres at Petco Park, the same score by which they defeated San Diego at home on April 9. It's the first time in 40 years that the Giants won a pair of 1-0 decisions against a team in the same month. They last did that against the Mets in August 1968.

San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

A'S SAY "NO PROBLEM" TO THOMAS'S SLOW START

Frank Thomas went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks in his return to the A's, batting cleanup as DH in an 11-2 win over the Twins. Thomas was released by the Blue Jays on Sunday after going 10-for-60 with three home runs and 11 RBIs to start the season. Those numbers weren't likely to scare off the A's, since they were virtually identical to Thomas's first 60 ABs for Oakland in 2006: 10-for-60, 4 HR, 9 RBI. The Big Hurt finished that season with a .270 batting average, 39 homers, and 114 RBIs.

Oakland Athletics

EVEN STEVE BLASS NEVER DID THIS

Tom Gorzelanny issued seven walks before allowing his first hit, a two-run fifth-inning single by Brian Barton, in the Pirates' 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Gorzelanny was the second pitcher this season to walk seven batters before allowing a hit, following Dontrelle Willis (Apr. 5). There were only two such games over the previous six seasons combined: Adrian Hernandez in 2004 and Damian Moss in 2002, neither of whom allowed a hit in those starts.

The last Pirates pitcher to do that was Dock Ellis, who walked eight batters in his no-hitter against the Padres in 1970.

Pittsburgh Pirates

NHL

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Kostopoulos

CANADIENS TIE FLYERS LATE, WIN QUICKLY IN OT

Alexei Kovalev scored a game-tying goal with 29 seconds remaining in the third period and Tom Kostopoulos scored the winner 48 seconds into overtime in the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Flyers. It was only the fourth postseason game in NHL history in which a team tied the score in the final minute of regulation and won it in the first minute of overtime.

Montreal Canadiens

FLYERS BLOW ANOTHER 2-GOAL LEAD

The Flyers have lost three of the five games in which they took a two-goal lead in the 2008 playoffs. The last team to lose three games after holding a two-goal lead in one postseason was the Rangers in 1995. Philadelphia was 30-1-1 during the regular season after leading by two goals.

Philadelphia Flyers

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Theodore

THEODORE'S 2ND-ROUND BLUES CONTINUE

Jose Theodore allowed four goals in 21 minutes before being pulled in favor of Peter Badaj in the Avalanche's 4-3 loss at Detroit. Theodore has a 17-9 career record in first-round games, but he's 2-14 in the second round and has lost his last 12 second-round decisions.

Colorado Avalanche


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