Date: May 26, 2008

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

NBA

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Duncan

SPURS STARS ALL SCORE 20 OR MORE POINTS

Manu Ginobili scored 30 points, Tim Duncan scored 22 and Tony Parker had 20 in the Spurs win over the Lakers on Sunday. It's the 14th time that those three have scored 20 or more points in the same playoff game, tying them for the second-highest total for any trio in NBA history. The Celtics' Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson and Kevin McHale scored 20 in the same playoff game 15 times; the 76ers' Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Chet Walker also did it 14 times.

San Antonio Spurs

MLB

POWER TO THE SECOND BASEMEN

Chase Utley hit his 15th home run of the season on Sunday and Dan Uggla hit his 16th. Before this season only three second basemen in major league history had hit 15 or more home runs before the end of May: Alfonso Soriano for the 2003 Yankees (16 homers), Jay Bell for the 1999 Diamondbacks (15) and Damion Easley for the 1998 Tigers (16, including one as a shortstop).

Philadelphia Phillies

VIZQUEL SETS RECORD FOR GAMES AT SHORTSTOP

Omar Vizquel broke Luis Aparicio's record for career games at shortstop on Sunday. Six men have held that record over the last 100 years. Aparicio had held it since breaking Luke Appling's mark in 1970; Appling broke Rabbit Maranville's record in 1949; Maranville took the lead from Bill Dahlen in 1931; Dahlen, who began his major league career in 1891, surpassed Tommy Corcoran in 1908.

San Francisco Giants

TORRE CONTINUES YOUTH MOVEMENT

Clayton Kershaw made his major league debut today as a starting pitcher for Joe Torre's Dodgers at 20 years and 67 days old. The last pitcher to debut as a starter under the age of 21 also did so for Torre: Phil Hughes (20 years, 306 days) for the Yankees last season. Prior to Hughes, Torre had never had a player make his major league debut as a starting pitcher prior to his 21st birthday in his previous 3,700 games managed.

Los Angeles Dodgers

YANKS TO MLB: NEXT YEAR, WE WANT TO FACE SEATTLE 3 TIMES IN MAY

By a scheduling quirk the Mariners made two trips to Yankee Stadium in May, and they lost all six games. It's the first time in Yankees history that they've won six home games against one team in a calendar month. The last major league team to win six home games in a month against one opponent was the 1983 Cubs, who beat the Pirates seven times at Wrigley Field in June.

New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

ANOTHER LONG GAME FOR PADRES FANS

The 18-inning Padres-Reds game Sunday was the sixth home game in Padres' history which lasted at least 18 innings. Since San Diego entered the major leagues in 1969, no other team has played two at home as often as the Padres. The Padres played 21 innings against the Astros in 1971, 18 vs. the Pirates in 1972, 19 vs. the Pirates in 1979, 20 vs. the Astros in 1980, and 22 innings against the Rockies on April 17 this year.

Only six other teams in major league history have hosted two 18-inning games in one season, most recently the 1985 Braves (18 innings against the Giants on June 11, and 19 innings against the Mets on July 4).

Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres

GONZALEZ ENDS MARATHON WITH HOME RUN

Adrian Gonzalez's 18th-inning walkoff home run was the latest game-ending home run in terms of innings since June 24, 2004, when Alfonso Soriano hit an 18th-inning walkoff home run for the Rangers, off Jamie Moyer of the Mariners.

It was the latest game-ending home run ever against the Reds. The previous latest was a 16th-inning home run by the Dodgers' Ramon Martinez on Aug. 29, 2006.

San Diego Padres

HARANG FANS 9 IN EXTRA INNINGS

Aaron Harang struck out nine batters in four innings Sunday, all in extra innings. He's the first pitcher to strike out nine or more batters in extra innings in nearly 40 years, since Jim Kaat had nine of his 10 strikeouts in extra innings for the Twins against the Athletics in an extra-inning game on Sept. 6, 1969. Kaat threw 9 1/3 innings in relief in that game.

Cincinnati Reds

THE ROLE OF FRANK THOMAS WILL BE PLAYED TONIGHT BY CARLOS QUENTIN

The White Sox beat the Angels on Sunday, 3-2, with Carlos Quentin driving in all three runs on two home runs, including a game-ender off John Lackey. If that scenario sounds familiar, it's because the White Sox and Angels played a very similar game in 2003. On August 18 that year the White Sox beat the Angels, 4-2, on two home runs, including a walkoff by Frank Thomas, who drove in all of Chicago's runs. The game-ending home run in that game was also allowed by the starting pitcher, in that case Jarrod Washburn. Quentin and Thomas are the only players in White Sox history to hit two home runs in a game, including a walkoff, while driving in all of the team's runs.

Chicago White Sox

ROCKIES WIN DESPITE THREE HITS

The Rockies beat the Mets on Sunday despite getting only three hits. Colorado had won only one other home game in team history with no more than three hits, vs. Atlanta on Aug. 18, 1999.

Colorado Rockies

RAYS MOVE TO 10 GAMES OVER .500

The Rays beat the Orioles on Sunday to improve to 30-20 this season, after the Devil Rays went 66-96 (.407) in 2007. In the last 90 years only five other teams won at least 30 of their first 50 decisions the year after having a record as poor as Tampa Bay's last season: the 2001 Phillies, 2001 Cubs, 1988 Indians, 1952 Cubs and 1951 White Sox. (None of those five teams, by the way, reached the postseason in those years.)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

JASON BAY ENDS ANOTHER GAME

Jason Bay had a walkoff RBI for the second consecutive game on Sunday, making him the first Pirates player with a game-ending RBI in two straight team games since Tony Pena did it for Chuck Tanner's team in June 1982.

Pittsburgh Pirates

BYRNES HITS FIRST CAREER GRAND SLAM

Eric Byrnes' 101st career home run was his first grand slam, in the Diamondbacks' win over the Braves on Sunday. Entering the day, Byrnes was one of four active players who had never hit a grand slam despite hitting at least 100 career home runs, along with Sean Casey (130 career homers), Shannon Stewart (114) and Orlando Cabrera (100).100

Arizona Diamondbacks

MOMENTUM: ONLY AS GOOD AS THE NEXT STARTING PITCHER

The Tigers were held to one run by Glen Perkins and the Twins bullpen on Sunday, the day after scoring 19 runs. The Tigers have been held to no runs or one run the game after scoring 19 or more twice previously in team history, both coming in the not-often-mentioned pre-Ty Cobb-era, back in 1901 and 1902.

Detroit Tigers


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