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THE SUNS WILL COME OUT TOMORROW
The Suns avoided elimination on Sunday with a 105-86 win over San Antonio. It was the largest margin of victory in NBA history for a team that trailed the defending champions 3-0 in a postseason series. The Suns have now played 19 consecutive best-of-seven series without getting swept. Only two teams in the league have a longer current streak of that nature: Chicago (29 straight best-of-seven series without getting swept) and Utah (23, including its current series).
LEBRON: 1,000 CAREER POINTS IN POSTSEASON
LeBron James scored 34 points on Sunday to become 170th player in NBA history to record 1,000 career points in the postseason (he now has 1,019). James (23 years, 119 days) was the third-youngest player to reach that milestone, trailing Kobe Bryant (22 years, 263 days in 2001) and Tony Parker (23 years, 23 days in 2005).
LEBRON JAMES GIVES IT UP FOR DELONTE WEST
We're used to seeing LeBron James taking the last shot of a game with the outcome hanging in the balance. But it was Delonte West's three-pointer, assisted by James, which gave the Cavaliers a 100-97 win at Washington. In LeBron's postseason career, he's made three of five potential go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 10 seconds of either the fourth quarter or overtime. Yesterday marked the first time that James assisted on a go-ahead bucket during the last 10 seconds of a postseason game, something he's done only twice in his career during the regular season (both in March 2006).
MAHOLM TWO HITS AND TWO STRIKEOUTS
Paul Maholm stifled the Phillies with a complete-game two-hitter on Sunday despite striking out only two batters (no, Ryan Howard wasn't one of them). Over the last 33 seasons (1976-2008) the only other pitcher to throw a two-hit (or fewer) complete game for the Pirates with no more than two strikeouts was Doug Drabek in a one-hit shutout at Busch Stadium on May 27, 1991.
GIANTS' OPENING-DAY STARTER LOSES HIS SIXTH IN A ROW
Barry Zito dropped his sixth decision in as many starts this season and saw his ERA balloon to 7.53 in the Giants' 10-1 loss to the Reds. Zito joined Mike Maroth of the 2003 Tigers as the only pitchers since 1990 to lose their first six starts of a season, including their club's season opener. The last pitcher to drop six straight starts beginning with an opening-day loss while posting an ERA as high as Zito's was Toronto's Dave Lemanczyk in 1978 (0-6, 7.84 ERA).
LARUSSA TRUSTS ROOKIE RELIEVERS
The Cardinals defeated Houston, 5-1, with rookie Kyle McClellan throwing three shutout innings in relief of Kyle Lohse to earn his first major-league save. McClellan is the 96th different pitcher to save a game for Tony LaRussa (the most for any manager) and he's the 29th different rookie to do it, matching Sparky Anderson for the most under any manager.
WEBB MASTERY CONTINUES
Brandon Webb is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA this season after defeating Jake Peavy and the Padres. Webb is the sixth pitcher in the last five years (since 2004) to win his first six starts of a season and he's the third to do so while posting an ERA below 2.00. The others were Dontrelle Willis in 2005 (1.07) and Jered Weaver in 2006 (1.12 over the first six starts of his career).
SABATHIA CAN'T BEAT NEW YORK (IN THE REGULAR SEASON)
C.C. Sabathia beat Chien-Ming Wang in last year's ALDS opener but he suffered his seventh straight regular-season defeat against the Yankees on Sunday (each of his last seven starts dating back to June 27, 2001). That ties Sabathia with Kenny Rogers and Glendon Rusch for the longest current losing streak against the Yankees among active pitchers. Rogers, like Sabathia, has a postseason win against the Yankees (2006 ALDS) despite his regular-season losing streak against them.
ANOTHER SHUTOUT LOSS FOR LILLY
Ted Lilly was the tough-luck loser as Washington defeated the Cubs, 2-0. It was the 14th time in the last six seasons that Lilly started a game in which his team was shut out. Over that span (since 2003) only four pitchers have been victimized in that fashion more often than Lilly: Javier Vazquez (17 times), Roger Clemens (16), Barry Zito (16) and Gil Meche (15) .
MELKY CABRERA HOMERS IN 1-0 WIN
Melky Cabrera's home run was the difference maker in the Yankees' 1-0 win at Cleveland. It was the fourth game in the majors this season in which a homer produced the only run. There hadn't been four such games before the end of April in any season since 1991 (also four). The other players to homer in 1-0 games this year are all National Leaguers: Ryan Zimmerman, Jason Bay and Rich Aurilia.
SHIELDS SHUTS DOWN RED SOX ON TWO HITS
James Shields threw a two-hitter to become the third pitcher in the last four seasons (2005-2008) to shut out the Red Sox on two-or-fewer hits. Scott Kazmir had a two-hit shutout against Boston on July 3, 2006 (also at Tropicana Field) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez allowed one hit in a 3-0 win at Fenway Park (April 11, 2007).
CONSECUTIVE SERIES SWEEPS FOR TAMPA BAY
The Rays won their sixth straight game on Sunday, 3-0 over Boston at Tropicana Field. With three wins against both the Blue Jays and Red Sox, Tampa Bay swept back-to-back series of at least three games during one homestand for the first time in its history.
WAGNER ALLOWS FIRST HIT OF THE SEASON
Billy Wagner notched his sixth save of the season in the Mets' 6-3 win over the Braves despite allowing a one-out ninth-inning single to pinch-hitter Matt Diaz, the first hit off Wagner this season! Opponents had 28 at-bats off Wagner before Diaz's single, the longest hitless streak against any pitcher to begin a season since an 0-for-28 streak against Rafael Betancourt in 2005. The last pitcher with a longer start-of-season hitless streak against him was Colorado's Tim Harikkala in 2004 (31 at-bats).
FLEURY'S SECOND SHUTOUT THIS POSTSEASON
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins beat the Rangers 2-0 on Sunday. It was Fleury's second shutout of the 2008 playoffs (he blanked Ottawa 4-0 in Game 1 in the first round) tying the franchise record for most shutouts by a goaltender in a single postseason. The other Penguins to do it were Tom Barrasso in 1993, Ron Tugnutt in 2000 and Johan Hedberg in 2001.