Date: May 13, 2008

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Allen

NO CELTIC SCORES MORE THAN 15

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 15 points. That's the second lowest total for a "high" scorer in a Celtics playoff game. On April 11, 1980, Larry Bird led Boston with 14 points in a 95-75 win over Houston.

Boston Celtics

MLB

PIRATES SHUT OUT BRAVES DESPITE 4 ERRORS, 6 WALKS

The Pirates shut out the Braves, 5-0, in the opener of their doubleheader despite committing four errors. The last time a team committed that many errors in a shutout was April 10, 1997, when the eventual World Series champion Marlins had four errors in a 1-0 win at Wrigley Field. Pittsburgh also issued six walks on Monday. The last team to pitch a shutout despite four errors and six walks was the Philadelphia Athletics on May 24, 1923, a 1-0 home win over the Yankees at Shibe Park (5 errors, 6 walks) behind a complete game from Eddie Rommel.

Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

HUDSON AGAIN ALLOWS NO EARNED RUNS

Tim Hudson allowed just one unearned run in seven innings in the Braves' 8-1 game 2 win over the Pirates. In nine starts this season, Hudson has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no earned runs three times. The last Braves pitcher with three 7+ inning, zero-earned run outings in his first nine starts was Tom Glavine in 2002.

Atlanta Braves

DUKE, CARMONA WIN DESPITE TROUBLES WITH COMMAND

Pittsburgh's Zach Duke (6 IP, 5 BB, 3 K) and Cleveland's Fausto Carmona (9 IP, 4 BB, 3 K) both earned wins and managed to keep the opposition off the scoreboard Monday despite allowing more walks than strikeouts. Each pitcher has now failed to strike out more than he's walked in seven of eight starts this season. The only other major league pitcher with as many starts walking as many as he's struck out is the Angels' Jon Garland (also 7 of 8). Duke is now 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in such starts, while Carmona is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.57 when failing to get more strikeouts than walks. Entering Monday, all major league starters were 89-164 with a 5.98 ERA when recording as many walks as strikeouts.

Pittsburgh Pirates

BLUE JAYS CAN'T SCORE FOR 18 INNINGS

The Blue Jays were shut out 3-0 in the opener of their doubleheader in Cleveland and were scoreless through nine innings again in the nightcap before breaking through with three runs in the tenth for a 3-0 win. Toronto became the first team in nearly 20 years to fail to score in the first nine innings of both games of a doubleheader. On June 26, 1988, the Athletics were shut-out at home by the Twins, 11-0 and 5-0. A good omen for the Blue Jays: Oakland reached the World Series that year.

Toronto Blue Jays

BRAUN HITS TWO HOMERS AGAINST CARDINALS TWO STRAIGHT GAMES

Ryan Braun hit two solo home runs against St. Louis for the second straight day. The last player to hit multiple home runs in consecutive games versus the Cardinals was the Reds' Ted Kluszewski, at St. Louis on August 13 and 14, 1955.

Milwaukee Brewers

BERKMAN STAYS RED HOT

Lance Berkman was 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs in the Astros' 7-3 win at San Francisco. Berkman has 22 hits and 11 runs batted-in in his last eight games. The last player with 22+ hits and 11+ RBIs over an 8-game span was the Braves' Marcus Giles (23 hits, 11 RBIs) in July 2003.

Houston Astros

ODALIS PEREZ JOINS MAJORS' TOP HITTING PITCHERS

Odalis Perez contributed three singles and earned the victory in the Nationals' 10-4 win over the Mets in New York. Perez is the third pitcher with three hits in a game this season. The others are two of the best hitting active pitchers: Carlos Zambrano on April 16 and Micah Owings on April 26.

Washington Nationals

A HAT TRICK OF HOMERS FOR MARLINS

Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla all homered for the Marlins in their 8-7 loss at Cincinnati. Florida has now hit three or more home runs in a game an MLB-high nine times this season (including their last three in a row). The Phillies are second with 7 such games.

Florida Marlins

JOSH HAMILTON: RBI MACHINE

Josh Hamilton drove in four runs, giving him a major-league leading 43 for the season, in the Rangers' 13-12 win over the Mariners. It was Hamilton's 13th multiple-RBI game, also the most in the majors in 2008. Lance Berkman and Xavier Nady (11 each) are the only other players with more than 10.

Texas Rangers

PETTITTE'S FOURTUNES TURN vs. TAMPA BAY

The Rays scored five runs in four innings of losing pitcher Andy Pettitte in their 7-1 home win over the Yankees. Pettitte had won his last seven decisions at Tropicana Field dating back to 1999. The only active or disabled pitcher with a longer road winning streak versus an opposing team is Jason Schmidt (currently on the DL), who has won his last eight decisions at Arizona. Pettitte has now lost three of his last four decisions overall against the Rays, after starting his career 13-1 against Tampa Bay.

New York Yankees

HARANG FINALLY GETS WIN DESPITE END OF QUALITY START STREAK

Aaron Harang allowed four runs in seven innings, failing to produce a quality start for the first time in five outings. More importantly, Harang earned the win in the Cincinnati's 8-7 victory over Florida. Harang had been 0-3 in his last four starts despite pitching at least six innings and allowing three or fewer earned runs in each. Over the last 20 years, only two other Reds pitchers have had four straight quality starts without earning a win in any of them: Bronson Arroyo in April 2007 and Erik Hanson in July 1994.

Cincinnati Reds

NHL

STARS' LOW SCORING WAYS CONTINUE

The Stars have not scored more than two goals in any of their last seven games. Only three NHL teams had such a long streak in one playoff year: the 1928 Montreal Maroons (nine straight games scoring two-or-fewer goals), 1999 Maple Leafs (seven) and 2000 Avalanche (seven).

Dallas Stars

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Osgood

OS-GREAT

Chris Osgood became the first Detroit goaltender to win nine straight decisions in one playoff year.

Detroit Red Wings

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Datsyuk

2 PLAYERS WITH A HAT TRICK: A GREAT OMEN FOR RED WINGS

Pavel Datsyuk's three goals led the Red Wings to a 5-2 win at Dallas. Datsyuk is the second Detroit player with a hat trick this playoff season. Johan Franzen had two in the second round against Colorado. This is the fourth year that Detroit has had two players with a playoff hat trick: 1943 (Mud Bruneteau, Don Grosso), 1955 (Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay) and 2002 (Brett Hull, Darren McCarty). In each of the previous three, the Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Detroit Red Wings


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