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NOTHING DOING FROM DOWNTOWN
Detroit (two) and Boston (one) combined to make only three three-point field goals, the fewest in any NBA playoff game in eight years since Phoenix (three) and San Antonio (zero) combined for three on May 2, 2000.
CELTICS HELD TO 21 FIELD GOALS
The Celtics made only 21 field goals in their Game Four loss to the Pistons. In the shot-clock era, only one team converted fewer field goals in a Conference Finals or NBA Finals game: Portland was 19-for-77 from the field in an 85-63 loss to San Antonio in the 1999 Conference Finals.
DEBUSSCHERE, LANIER AND MCDYESS
Antonio McDyess had 21 points and 16 rebounds in only 34 minutes in Monday night's Game Four victory over the Celtics. Only two other Pistons players ever had a 20/15 (points/rebounds) game in the playoffs in less than 35 minutes of playing time: Dave DeBusschere (30/18) in 34 minutes on March 20, 1963 at St. Louis and Bob Lanier (23/18) in 33 minutes on April 14, 1977 vs. Golden State.
ANGELS AND TWINS SCORELESS THROUGH 11 INNINGS
The Angels beat the Tigers, 1-0, in 12 innings on Monday night. It was the second major-league game this season that was scoreless through at least the first 11 innings. On April 17, Colorado and San Diego both failed to score in the first 13 innings, before each scored a run in the 14th. Colorado won that game in 22 innings, 2-1.
REYES HOMERS IN THE FIRST AND SECOND INNING
Jose Reyes hit home runs in the first and second inning in the Mets loss to the Marlins. Two other players homered in both the first and second inning of a game this season: Alfonso Soriano on May 16 and Evan Longoria on May 24.
RIOS SHOWS OFF HIS ARM FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT GAME
For the second straight game, Blue Jays' center fielder Alex Rios threw out a Royals runner at home plate. Only one other centerfielder in the major leagues has had an "8-2" assist in consecutive games this season: Ichiro did that on April 30 and May 1 against Cleveland.
ROYALS ARE SWEPT IN BACK-TO-BACK FOUR-GAME SERIES
With a 7-2 defeat at Toronto on Monday afternoon, Kansas City lost its eighth consecutive game, covering four-game sweeps at the hands of the Red Sox and Blue Jays. In the past 15 years only one other team was swept in back-to-back four-game series and that franchise suffered that indignity twice: Tampa Bay was swept in two consecutive four-game series in both 2002 and 2007.
NICK MARKAKIS OWNS DARRELL RASNER
Nick Markakis had a home run and a double in three at-bats versus Darrell Rasner on Monday, snapping his 0-for-13 slump. Markakis is now 9-for-11 (.818) against Rasner. That ties the highest batting average for any active batter off any active pitcher (min: 10 at-bats): Mark Grudzielanek is 9-for-11 vs. Tim Hudson.
DIAMONDBACKS STRUGGLE VS. THE N.L. EAST
With their defeat in Atlanta, the Diamondbacks fell to 5-9 in games against National League East teams, compared to a 25-12 record versus all other teams.
BILLINGSLEY PITCHES TO A DECISION IN EVERY START
Chad Billingsley took the loss for the Dodgers, dropping his record to 4-6 in ten starts. Only one other National League pitcher has started at least seven games this season and recorded a decision in every one of his starts: Brandon Webb, who is 9-2.
BRAVES SCORE 5 RUNS OFF WEBB IN FIRST TWO INNINGS
Brandon Webb, bidding for his 10th win of the season, allowed two runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning on the way to a 7-3 defeat in Atlanta. It marked only the third time in 174 career starts that Webb gave up two-or-more runs in each of the first two innings of a game.
Webb's failure to earn the victory leaves Pedro Martinez of the 1999 Red Sox as the last pitcher to win 10 games in a season by the end of Memorial Day.
DEMPSTER IMPROVES TO 6-0 AT HOME
Ryan Dempster allowed only one run in seven innings and earned the win in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Monday afternoon. Dempster is now 6-0 at Wrigley Field this season. Since 1925, only one other Cubs pitcher had six (or more) wins at home before the end of May. In 1971, Ferguson Jenkins was 6-1 at home for the Cubs before June 1.
PHILADELPHIA SCORES 15 RUNS ON SUNDAY AND 20 RUNS ON MONDAY
The Phillies, who beat the Astros on Sunday, 15-6, defeated the Rockies on Monday night, 20-5. In the past 50 years only one other major-league team scored 15-or-more runs in one game and then at least 20 runs in their next game and that instance came less than one year ago: On July 21, 2007 the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 17-5 in the second game of a doubleheader and then pasted the Rays 21-4 the next day.
ANOTHER PITCHER WITH 10 STRIKEOUTS AND NO WALKS
On Saturday afternoon Randy Johnson had 10 strikeouts and no walks against the Braves. On Sunday night, Jose Contreras struck out 10 and did not issue a walk versus the Angels. Scott Kazmir kept the streak alive by whiffing 10, without a walk, on Monday night against Texas. It's the first time since September 1998 that on each of three consecutive dates an MLB pitcher has struck out at least 10 batters while walking nobody.
KAZMIR WHIFFS SEVEN IN HIS FIRST TIME THROUGH THE ORDER
Scott Kazmir struck out seven of the first nine Rangers batters that he faced on Monday night in the Rays' victory over Texas. Only one other pitcher in the majors this season struck out at least seven batters in his first time through the batting order: Roy Oswalt (also seven) on May 7 against Washington. For Kazmir it wasn't even a career-best for that type of thing; last year he whiffed eight of the first nine batters he faced against Toronto on April 8.
MALKIN HELD WITHOUT A SHOT
Evgeni Malkin did not have a shot on goal for the Penguins in their Game 2 loss. Before Monday, Malkin had been held shotless only once in his last 100 games (final three games in the 2007 playoffs, 82 games in the 2007-08 regular season and first 15 games in this year's playoffs). That was last November 24, in a 5-0 Pittsburgh win over Atlanta.
OSGOOD IMPROVES TO 6-0 IN THE STANLEY CUP FINALS
Chris Osgood improved his career record in Stanley Cup Finals games to 6-0 with his Game 2 win over the Penguins on Monday night. Osgood was in net for all four games when the Red Wings swept the Capitals in the 1998 Final and he's won the first two games of the Final this year. The only other goaltender in NHL playoff history to win his first six (or more) career decisions in Stanley Cup Finals play was the Canadiens' Bill Durnan, who started out 7-0 (four wins in 1944 against Chicago and three in 1946 against Boston).
CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUT WINS TO START THE STANLEY CUP FINALS
Chris Osgood and the Red Wings have shut out the Penguins in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final: 4-0 in Game 1 and 3-0 in Game 2. It's the fourth time that one team has posted shutouts in consecutive games to begin the Stanley Cup Final. The Montreal Maroons' Clint Benedict shut out the WHL's Victoria Cougars in the first two games in 1926, Toronto's Frank McCool blanked the Red Wings in the first three games in 1945, and Martin Brodeur and the Devils shut out the Mighty Ducks in the first two games in 2003.
The Red Wings have outscored the Penguins, 7-0, over the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Detroit's seven unanswered goals are the most ever to begin a Stanley Cup Final series since the NHL took control of the Cup in 1927. The previous high was six goals, done four times, last by New Jersey against Anaheim in 2003.