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KOBE WINS FIRST MVP
Kobe Bryant won his first NBA MVP Award on Tuesday, in his 12th NBA season. Only one other player in league history went that many seasons before being named MVP for the first time: Karl Malone also won his first MVP Award in his 12th season (1996-97 in his case).
A BAD NIGHT FOR LEBRON
LeBron James was charged with 10 turnovers in the Cavaliers' loss to the Celtics on Tuesday. LeBron also had a 10-turnover game in 2006 playoff game against the Wizards. No other player has had 10 turnovers in the postseason since 2002. And since the NBA began tracking turnovers for individual players in the 1977-78 season, no other player has had more than one game of 10 or more turnovers in the playoffs.
James made only 2 of 18 shots on Tuesday, an 11.1 field-goal percentage. Over the last 40 years only two other players had that low of a shooting percentage while attempting that many shots: John Starks also went 2 for 18, in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals for the Knicks against the Rockets; and Karl Malone went 2 for 20 in the second round of the 1997 playoffs, for the Jazz against the Lakers.
CELTICS "D" IS GREAT AGAIN
The Celtics held the Cavaliers to a 30.7 field-goal percentage on Tuesday, after holding the Hawks to a 29.3 shooting percentage on Sunday. The percentage over the two games combined, 29.7 percent (47 for 157), is the third-lowest against any NBA team over two games in one year's playoffs in the shot-clock era (since the 1955 postseason). The Heat held opponents to a 29.7 percentage over two games in 2004 (47 for 158, one more attempt and the same number of shots that the Celtics have faced), and the Fort Wayne Pistons held opponents to a 29.4 percentage in 1955 (57 for 194).
BIG PAPI AND MANNY HIT HOME RUNS IN SAME GAME
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the Red Sox win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Big Papi and Manny have hit home runs in the same game 47 times, 10 more than any other pair of current teammates; Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey have done it 37 times. The duo is one shy of Manny's highest total with any teammate; Ramirez hit a home run in the same game as Jim Thome 48 times in their years together in Cleveland.
SENSORY OVERLOAD IN L.A.
The MetsDodgers game on Tuesday featured an inside-the-park home run (by Blake DeWitt) and a steal of home (by Moises Alou). It was the first major league game to feature each of those events in nearly 18 years, since July 29, 1990, when Felix Jose hit an inside-the-park home run for the Athletics and Brian Harper stole home for the Twins.
It was Alou's fourth career steal of home, the most among active players.
ZAMBRANO SHUTS DOWN REDS
Carlos Zambrano threw eight shutout innings against the Reds on Tuesday, improving his record to 5-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.80. The last Cubs pitcher to win at least five of his first eight starts of a season while posting an ERA as low as 1.80 was Steve Stone, who was 50 with a 1.78 ERA in his first eight starts in 1975.
NO NO-NO FOR FLOYD
Gavin Floyd came within two outs of a no-hitter on Tuesday, before Joe Mauer's double. Earlier this season, on April 12 against the Tigers, Floyd took a no-hitter to the eighth inning before Edgar Renteria broke it up. Floyd is the first White Sox pitcher to take a no-hitter to the eighth inning twice in a season since Ken Brett did it in 1976. Brett's no-hit bids were on May 26 against the Angels (broken up by Jerry Remy with two outs in the ninth inning) and September 23 against the Twins (broken up by Larry Hisle with none out in the eighth inning).
The last White Sox pitcher to have a no-hitter broken up in the ninth inning was Dennis Lamp in Milwaukee on August 25, 1981. In that game Robin Yount doubled to lead off the ninth inning to end Lamp's no-hit bid.
The last Twins player to break up a no-hitter in the ninth inning was Tom Nieto against the Orioles' Eric Bell at the Metrodome on May 5, 1987.
SILVER PINSTRIPED LINING
The Yankees may have lost to the Indians Tuesday, but the right side of their infield showed signs of life at the plate: in the Yankees' fourth-inning rally Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano got hits in the same inning for the first time all year.
BLUE JAYS ANEMIC OFFENSE
The Blue Jays lost to the Rays, 5-4, marking the 20th consecutive game in which Toronto has scored five or fewer runs. No other team in the major leagues has a current streak of more than six games without scoring more than five runs. The last American League team with a streak of 20 or more games was the 2002 Tigers (24 games).
DUKE GETS OFF THE SCHNEID
Zach Duke won on Tuesday for the first time since June 12, 2007. His streak of 11 consecutive winless starts tied him with Jason Jennings for the longest current streak in the major leagues among current starting pitchers entering the day.
GARRETT ANDERSON TAKES ON ROYALS, WINS
Garrett Anderson drove in all five runs in the Angels' 5-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday. It's the second time in his career that Anderson drove in at least five runs, while accounting for all of his team's runs in a game. He had seven RBIs in a 7-1 win over the Indians in 2003.
CONSECUTIVE 4-HIT GAMES FOR BERKMAN
Lance Berkman has had consecutive four-hit games, just as his teammate Miguel Tejada did earlier this season. The last three occurrences of teammates having consecutive four-hit games in the same season all involved Rockies players at Coors Field. The last time non-Rockies teammates did it was in 1988, when the Twins' Kirby Puckett and Dan Gladden each had consecutive four-hit games.