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DENVER WINS BY 58 POINTS
The Nuggets beat the Hornets, 121-63, in New Orleans on Monday night and that 58-point differential set an NBA record. Never before in the league's 63-season history had a team won a regular-season game or a playoff game on the road by that wide a margin. The most decisive regular-season victory by a visiting team is Seattle's 136-80 win at Houston on December 6, 1986. The previous record for margin of victory for a road team in the playoffs was the Lakers' 126-70 win against Golden State on April 21, 1973.
BIBBY'S 15 POINTS LEAD HAWKS TO VICTORY
Mike Bibby scored a team-high 15 points in Atlanta's 81-71 win at Miami on Monday night. It's the first time in Hawks history that they won a playoff game in which none of their players scored more than 15 points. And it's the only NBA playoff game in the last five seasons in which the victor's leading scorer had 15-or-fewer points.
FOWLER STEALS THE SHOW
Dexter Fowler tied a modern-day rookie record with five stolen bases in the Rockies' 12-7 win against the Padres on Monday night. The last rookie with five steals in one game was the Padres' Damian Jackson in 1999.
Rickey Henderson stole five-or-more bases in a game only once; Lou Brock and Tim Raines, Sr. never did that.
The Rockies stole eight bases in the game, all with Chris Young on the mound. Young is the first pitcher to allow eight-or-more steals in one game since the Marlins swiped 10 bases while San Diego's Stan Spencer was pitching on May 18, 2000. Opponents are now 131-for-144 (91 percent) on stolen-base attempts against Young, the highest career rate against any active pitcher (min: 50 attempts).
TWO GRAND SLAMS TRUMP FIVE HOME RUNS
The Nationals hit five home runs at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, but the Phillies trumped that with two grand slams and a 13-11 victory. It's the third time this season that a team lost a game in which it hit at least five home runs. Cleveland and Houston also lost games like that this year. In 2008, there were only two games all season in which the losing team hit five-or-more homers.
It was the third time since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 that the losing team hit at least five home runs. That has not happened more than once at any other ballpark in the majors over that period.
RANGERS RALLY IN BALTIMORE
The Rangers were down, 4-0, in Baltimore on Monday night, but they rallied to win, 6-4. Last year, Texas won 10 games in which it trailed by four-or-more runs, the most such wins for any team in the majors in 2008 and a Rangers single-season franchise record for comeback victories of that type. This was the Rangers' first win this year in which they recovered from a deficit of at least four runs.
PIRATES CAN'T WIN IN MILWAUKEE
The Pirates lost, 10-5, at Miller Park on Monday night, their 16th consecutive loss at Milwaukee. That's the longest road losing streak by one major-league team against another since Seattle lost 16 in a row at Oakland from 1990 to 1993. Detroit Lions fans can relate to those Wisconsin woes. Their team has lost 17 consecutive regular-season games on the road against the Packers.
SANTOS IS AN UNLIKELY HERO
Mets catcher Omir Santos, who entered Monday night's game without an RBI in the major leagues, hit a first-inning grand slam in the team's 7-1 victory over the Marlins. Four other active players collected their first career RBI with a grand slam: Chase Utley, Jeremy Hermida, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Justin Maxwell.
ASTROS FEEL RIGHT AT HOME IN CINCY
The Astros beat the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night, Houston's 10th consecutive victory in Cincinnati. That's the longest current road winning streak by any major league team against one opponent.
LEADOFF HOMER DOESN'T FAZE HAREN
Dan Haren allowed a leadoff home run in the first inning to Alfonso Soriano in his three-hit complete-game victory over the Cubs on Monday night. No other pitcher in the majors this year threw a complete game after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced. One pitcher did it last season: Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera against the Royals on July 2.
PINEIRO STAYS PERFECT
Joel Pineiro beat the Braves on Monday night to improve his record to 4-0 in 2009. He joins Matt Morris (2002) as the only Cardinals' pitchers in the last 10 years to win each of their first four starts of a season.
Casey Kotchman was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Pineiro in the game. Prior to Monday night, Kotchman was 0-for-9 vs. Pineiro, which had been his largest career "0-for" against any pitcher he's ever faced in the major leagues.
VERLANDER TAMES THE YANKEES
Justin Verlander struck out nine Yankees and did not walk a batter in seven scoreless innings in the Detroit's 4-2 win on Monday night. In the past 20 years, only one other Tigers' pitcher did not issue a walk or allow a run while striking out at least nine batters in a game. That was Chad Durbin on April 25, 2007 against the White Sox (nine strikeouts) .
GUILLEN CLEANS UP
Kansas City cleanup hitter Jose Guillen went 3-for-4, with two home runs and three RBIs in Monday night's 7-1 win against Toronto. Entering play on Monday, the fourth slot in the Royals' batting order was batting .182 this season, with no home runs and a major-league low five RBIs from that position.
ANOTHER CLUTCH 9TH-INNING HOMER FOR BAY
Jason Bay's three-run home run in the ninth inning gave the Red Sox a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Monday night. It was Bay's third home run in the ninth inning this season, with each of them coming in a game Boston won by two-or-fewer runs. Last year, three of Bay's 31 home runs were hit in the ninth inning - two in losses and a solo shot in a 9-3 Pirates win at Houston.
BLACKHAWKS DOUSE THE FLAMES
The Blackhawks wrapped up their series against the Flames with a 4-1 win in Game 6, even though Chicago was outshot by Calgary, 44-16. It was the first time that the Blackhawks won a playoff game in which they allowed more than 40 shots on goal while putting fewer than 20 shots on target themselves since 1975, when Tony Esposito and the Hawks won 6-4 at Boston in the third and deciding game of a preliminary round series, even though the Bruins had a huge 56-19 edge in shots.
ROOKIE HELPS CHICAGO CLINCH SERIES
Kris Versteeg did not score a point in the first three games of the Blackhawks' series against the Flames but he had one goal and two assists in Game 4, a goal and an assist in Game 5, and a pair of assists in the Hawks' series-clinching win in Game 6. Versteeg is the first rookie in Blackhawks history with three consecutive multiple-point games in one playoff year. The last Chicago veteran to do that was Denis Savard in 1995.