Date: May 7, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Bryant

KOBE HITS 40 FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS POSTSEASON

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points in the Lakers' series-tying victory over the Rockets. This is the fourth consecutive postseason in which Bryant had at least one game with 40-or-more points. Only four other players in NBA history had a 40-point game in each of four straight playoff years: Michael Jordan had an eight-year streak (1985-1992) and a four-year streak (1994-1997), while George Mikan (1948-1951), Elgin Baylor (1959-1962) and Allen Iverson (1999-2002) had four-year streaks.

Los Angeles Lakers

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House II

HOUSE SCORES 31 POINTS IN 28 MINUTES

Eddie House scored a game-high 31 points in 28 minutes off the bench as the Celtics topped Orlando to even their series at one game apiece. House was the first player to score 30 points for the Celtics in a playoff game he didn't start since Kevin McHale in 1993, and he was only the second NBA player in the last 12 years to score 30 points off the bench in a playoff game while playing fewer than 30 minutes, joining Cleveland's Daniel Gibson (2007 vs. Detroit).

Boston Celtics

MLB

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Santana

ANOTHER 1-0 WIN FOR SANTANA AND RODRIGUEZ

The Mets won their series opener with the Phillies, and for the second time this season Francisco Rodriguez saved a 1-0 victory for Johan Santana (the other was on April 18 against the Brewers, also at Citi Field). There have been 20 other pairs of teammates who notched a win and a save in a pair of 1-0 games in the same season, but Santana and Rodriguez are the first to do it twice before the end of May.

Johan Santana, who pitched seven scoreless innings to earn the win, hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 12 starts, dating back to last season, to match the longest streak of its kind ever fashioned by a current major-league pitcher (Edinson Volquez in 2008).

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

LONGEST STREAK IN 123 YEARS

The Dodgers beat the Nationals, 10-3, to improve to 13-0 at home this season. They are the first team to start a season 13-0 or better at home since the Detroit Wolverines of the National League in 1886, who won their first 18 games at Recreation Park.

Los Angeles Dodgers

ANOTHER ROAD ROMP FOR THE JAYS

The Blue Jays beat the Angels in Anaheim, 13-1. It was Toronto's third road win by at least 10 runs this season. No other team in the majors has won more than one game as a visitor by at least 10 runs this year.

Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays

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Peavy

PEAVY WHIFFS 12...AND LOSES

Jake Peavy struck out 12 batters in seven innings, but took the loss in the Diamondbacks' 3-1 win over the Padres. Here's an oddity: pitchers with at least 12 strikeouts in a game this season are 1-4 with two no-decisions. Last year, pitchers with a dozen-or-more strikeouts were 11-2.

Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres

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Martinez

MARTINEZ' HITTING STREAK REACHES 15 GAMES

Victor Martinez had three hits in the Indians' win at Fenway Park to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, during which time he's started eight games behind the plate and seven games at first base. It had been more than 40 years since a player fashioned a hitting streak of at least 15 games while starting at least seven games as a catcher and seven or more games at another position in the field. Martinez is the first to do so since Rico Carty, during a 17-game streak for the 1966 Braves (starting seven games behind the plate and ten in left field).

Cleveland Indians

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Braun

BREWERS JUMP ON ARROYO

Bronson Arroyo's night ended four batters into the second inning, when Ryan Braun's grand slam gave the Brewers a 9-0 lead. Arroyo isn't the first pitcher to be charged with nine runs in a game without recording more than three outs (it even happened to Bob Gibson), but he's the first pitcher in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to do it twice! Last June, Arroyo allowed six first-inning runs and was charged with four more without retiring a batter in the second inning in a 14-1 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Pena

PENA GOES DEEP IN EXTRA FRAMES

Carlos Pena's 10th-inning home run gave the Rays a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium. It was Pena's seventh home run in 42 career at-bats in the 10th inning or later, giving him the highest extra-inning home-run rate (one every six at-bats) of any active major-leaguer with more than one overtime homer. Pena passed Adam Dunn, who has nine homers in 61 extra-inning at-bats (6.8 AB/HR).

Tampa Bay Rays

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Jimenez

A WIN AND TWO HITS FOR JIMENEZ

Colorado starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez earned the win and went 2-for-2 at the plate in the Rockies' 11-1 victory over the Giants. Jimenez is the fifth pitcher this season to combine a win with a multi-hit game. The others are Jason Marquis, Johnny Cueto, Micah Owings and Carlos Zambrano.

Colorado Rockies

BALTIMORE AND TEXAS WIN LOW-SCORING GAMES

On Wednesday night, the Orioles (4-1 over the Twins) and Rangers (3-2 against the Athletics) each won their first games this season in which they scored four-or-fewer runs. That leaves the Phillies as the only team in the majors that has not won a game this season in which it scored fewer than five runs.

Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers

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Andrus

ANDRUS GETS THE RANGERS STARTED

Elvis Andrus's first-inning home run gave Texas a lead it never relinquished in a 3-2 win over the Athletics. It was the seventh home run for the Rangers in the first inning this season, moving them one ahead of the Marlins for the MLB lead.

Texas Rangers

TWO RUN-SCORING PASSED BALLS FOR PUDGE

The Cubs scored two runs on passed balls by Ivan Rodriguez in their 6-3 win at Houston. It was the fifth time in Rodriguez's career that he was charged with two passed balls in a game (most recently in 2003), but it was the first time that Pudge had two in one game, both resulting in a run.

Chicago Cubs

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Pujols

ALL OR NOTHING IN THE FIRST INNING FOR PUJOLS

Albert Pujols hit his third first-inning home run in his last five games to open the scoring in the Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Pirates. Pujols has only four hits in his last 19 at-bats during the first inning, but each of those hits cleared the fence.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Cantu

0-1 IS CANTU'S COUNT

Jorge Cantu's three-run, first-inning homer off Derek Lowe gave the Marlins their only lead of the night, albeit a brief one, in an 8-6 loss to the Braves. It was Cantu's eighth home run of the season and his fifth with the count 0-1. No other major leaguer has as many as five homers on any particular count this season.

Florida Marlins

NHL

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Letang

PENGUINS' DEFENSEMAN SCORES IN OT

Kris Letang scored 11:23 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Game 3 of their series. It was only the second overtime goal by a defenseman in Penguins playoff history. Darius Kasparaitis had the other one, in Game 7 of Pittsburgh's second-round series against Buffalo in 2001.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Backstrom

BACKSTROM'S LATE GOAL DELAYS CAPS LOSS

Nicklas Backstrom scored a power play goal with 1:50 remaining in the third period on Wednesday night, effectively sending the Capitals to overtime against the Penguins. It was the third time that a player scored a game-tying goal for the Capitals with less than two minutes remaining in the third period of a playoff game, but Washington went on to lose each of those games in overtime. Backstrom joined Dale Hunter (1993 vs. the Islanders) and Sergei Gonchar (1998 vs. the Bruins).

Washington Capitals

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Jokinen

OT WINNERS FROM UNLIKELY SOURCES

Jussi Jokinen scored only one goal in 25 games for the Hurricanes during the regular season, but his goal at 2:48 of overtime gave Carolina a 2-1 series lead over the Bruins. Jokinen is the second player to score an overtime goal in this year's playoffs after scoring fewer than two goals for his team during the regular season. The other player is his teammate Tim Gleason, who scored in OT against the Devils, after failing to score for Carolina during the regular season.

Carolina Hurricanes


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