Date: April 29, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Howard

JACK BAUER TIMES TWO EQUALS SUPERMAN

Dwight Howard scored 24 points to go with his 24 rebounds in the Magic's 91-78 win over the 76ers. Howard's was the first 24/24 playoff game in six years -- since Tim Duncan recorded 34 points and 24 rebounds against the Mavericks.

Orlando Magic

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Perkins

WILT, RUSSELL, AND KENDRICK?

Kendrick Perkins placed his name in august company with an odd accomplishment, if you can call it that, in the Celtics' 106-104 overtime win over the Bulls. Perkins played 48 minutes without committing a personal foul. The only other starting centers to do that in an NBA playoff game were Wilt Chamberlain (five times) and Bill Russell (twice) .

Boston Celtics

MLB

WE'LL BET YOU NEVER SAW THIS BEFORE

You know that old saying about baseball that every day you see something that hasn't happened before? Here's the entry for April 28, 2009: The Yankees became the first American League team to break a scoreless tie with an inning of 10 or more runs in the seventh inning or later. New York scored 10 times in the seventh in an 11-0 win at Detroit.

One NL team broke a 0-0 tie with a double-digit inning that late in a game: The Reds beat the Dodgers 10-0 in 13 innings on May 15, 1919.

New York Yankees

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Hughes

HUGHES NEEDS ONLY 6 WINS TO BECOME YANKEES' BEST 1ST-ROUND PICK

Phil Hughes allowed two hits over six innings to win his 2009 major-league debut and post the sixth victory of his MLB career. That, my friends, tied the record for career wins for the Yankees by a player they selected in the first round of the amateur draft. The record was set four decades ago by Bill Burbach, the Yankees' first-round selection in 1965.

New York Yankees

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Cano

LADIES & GENTLEMEN, MEET THE NEW ROBBY CANO

Robinson Cano saw 12 and 10 pitches on consecutive at-bats in the Yankees' victory at Detroit. That snapped Cano's streak of 281 consecutive plate appearances of less than 10 pitches, dating back to last August.

New York Yankees

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Penny

PENNY LABORS IN RED SOX 100-YEAR LOSS

Brad Penny was unable to hold an early 5-1 lead and the Indians scored in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 win, snapping the Red Sox' 11-game winning streak. Penny has won 58 of 69 games in which he was staked to a lead of four or more runs. It was the first time in 100 years -- since August 1909, to be exact -- that Boston blew a lead that large to end a winning streak of 10 or more games.

Boston Red Sox

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Jones

JONES WALKS AND WALKS AND WALKS AND WALKS

Chipper Jones drew four walks on four trips to the plate and he made it pay off by scoring the winning run in the Braves' 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. Over the last 20 years, only one other Braves player drew four bases on balls on four plate appearances in a game: Ryan Langerhans against the Nationals in 2006.

Atlanta Braves

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Utley

UTLEY GOES DEEP TWICE AGAINST SOUTHPAW LANNAN

Chase Utley hit a pair of home runs off John Lannan in the Phillies' 7-1 win over the Nationals. Utley ranked fourth in the majors with 14 home runs off left-handed pitchers last season, but these were his first two off a southpaw in 2009. Utley hit two homers off a left-handed pitcher in the same game only once before (2005 against Brad Halsey) .

Philadelphia Phillies

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Markakis

MARKAKIS EXTENDS HITTING STREAK, WILL FALL SHORT OF RECORD

Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games in the Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Angels, to post the second-longest April streak since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954. But with an off day on Thursday, Markakis will run out of time to match the O's longest April hitting streak during that time, a 17-gamer by Davey Johnson in 1971.

Baltimore Orioles

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Cantu

CANTU DELIVERS GW-HR AGAINST GREEN

Jorge Cantu's game-winning home run in the seventh inning of the Marlins' 7-4 victory over the Mets was the first homer by a right-handed hitter against Sean Green since August 15, 2007. Green hadn't allowed a home run in 254 at-bats by right-handed batters prior to Cantu's blast. It had been the second-longest current streak in the majors.

Florida Marlins

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Sheffield

NOBODY TRIPLES LIKE THE METS TRIPLE

Nine different Mets players have hit a triple in their last nine games, none more unlikely than Gary Sheffield, whose triple in Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to the Marlins was only his second in 1698 at-bats, dating back to 2004. The other recent Mets triplers were Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado, Daniel Murphy, Jose Reyes, Omir Santos, Fernando Tatis, and David Wright. The last team with nine players who tripled over a nine-game span was the Cardinals in 1983.

New York Mets

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Zambrano

ZAMBRANO DRAWS WITHIN 745 OF BONDS' RECORD

Carlos Zambrano hit his 17th career home run in the Cubs' 11-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Zambrano moved past Jim Kaat, who hit 16 homers, and he now has the highest home-run total by a pitcher since Bob Gibson retired with 24 career homers following the 1975 season.

Chicago Cubs

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Richmond

ROOKIE RICHMOND POSTS IMPRESSIVE APRIL

Scott Richmond improved his record to 3-0 in the Blue Jays' 8-1 victory at Kansas City. The last rookies to post a record of 3-0 or better as a starter during the month of April were Kaz Ishii (5-0) and Josh Fogg (3-0) in 2002.

Toronto Blue Jays

ASTROS ROLL ON AT GABP

The Astros topped the Reds, 8-3, for their 11th consecutive victory at Great American Ball Park. That's Houston's longest winning streak at any road stadium in franchise history. The Astros had six streaks of 11 or more wins at the Astrodome and one at Minute Maid Park.

Houston Astros

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Branyan

BRANYAN AN UNLIKELY CANDIDATE FOR A 5-HIT GAME

Russell Branyan, who went 5-for-5 in the Mariners' 9-1 victory over the White Sox, never even had four hits in one game previously. Only two active players with as many career starts as Branyan (553) never had four hits in a game: Tom Glavine (661 starts) and Juan Castro (605) .

Seattle Mariners

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Nathan

NATHAN FAILS AT THE DOME

Joe Nathan suffered his first blown save in a home game since 2007 in the Twins' 4-3 win over the Rays. Nathan has recorded 103 saves in 109 opportunities at the Metrodome.

Minnesota Twins

BREWERS CONTINUE HOME MASTERY OVER PIRATES

The Brewers rallied from a 5-1 deficit for a 6-5 win over the Pirates. It was Milwaukee's 17th consecutive home victory over Pittsburgh, the longest home winning streak by one team against another since the Orioles won 19 straight home games against the Blue Jays from 1978 to 1981. It's the Pirates longest road losing streak against one team since dropping 18 straight at Cincinnati from 1939 to 1940.

Milwaukee Brewers

NHL

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Staal

STAAL SCORES RECORD-BREAKING GOAL IN CANES' WIN

Eric Staal scored with 32 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Devils in Game 7 of their first-round series. It was the latest game-winning goal in the third period of a seventh game in NHL playoff history. The previous record was held by Al MacAdam of the Minnesota North Stars, who scored at 18:34 of the third period in a Game 7 win over the Canadiens in 1980.

Carolina Hurricanes

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Jokinen

HURRICANES ERASE LATE DEVILS LEAD TO WIN -- JUST LIKE '02 AND '06

Jussi Jokinen scored with 1 minute, 20 seconds to play to tie the score on Tuesday night before Eric Staal's game-winner. It was the third time that the Hurricanes won a playoff game against Martin Brodeur and the Devils in which they trailed in the final 2 minutes. The others were Game 5 of the first round in 2002 and Game 2 of the conference semis in 2006. No other team has won a playoff game against Brodeur in which they trailed in the last 2 minutes of the third period.

Carolina Hurricanes

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Fedorov

39-YEAR-OLD FEDOROV SENDS CAPS TO SECOND ROUND

Sergei Fedorov's third-period goal gave the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in the deciding game of their first-round playoff series. At age 39, Fedorov is the oldest player to score the winning goal in a seventh game of an NHL playoff series. The previous record-holder was Trevor Linden, at age 37 in the Canucks' first-round victory over the Stars two years ago.

Washington Capitals

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Varlamov

VARLAMOV CELEBRATES 21ST BIRTHDAY WITH GAME 7 WIN

And at the other end of the scale, Simeon Varlamov was the fourth-youngest goaltender to win a Game 7. Varlamov turned 21 years old on Monday. The younger Game 7 winners were Harry Lumley (18), Patrick Roy (20), and Carey Price (20) .

Washington Capitals


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