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HAWKS LOSE BY A 20+ POINT MARGIN FOR FOURTH TIME
The Cavaliers beat the Hawks by 20 points in Game Two of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series, marking the fourth time in the 2009 playoffs that Atlanta has lost by 20-or-more points. That sets a new NBA record for most 20-point losses in a single postseason.
RED SOX SCORE 12 RUNS IN THE SIXTH BEFORE RECORDING AN OUT
The Red Sox scored 12 runs in the sixth inning against the Indians before recording a single out. That ties the modern major-league (since 1900) record for runs scored before the first out of an inning was recorded. On May 24, 1953, the Brooklyn Dodgers scored 12 runs in the eighth inning before making the first out against the Phillies.
This was only the second time that the Red Sox scored 12 runs in an inning at Fenway Park since divisional play began in 1969. Boston scored 14 runs in the first inning against the Marlins on June 27, 2003.
BUERHLE RETIRES FIRST 19 TIGERS
Mark Buehrle retired the first 19 batters in the White Sox victory over the Tigers Thursday night. That marked the second time in his career that Buehrle had a perfect game through six innings (he retired the first 19 batters against the Indians on July 21, 2004). Only one other active pitcher has been perfect for at least six innings twice in his career: Randy Johnson.
RIVERA ALLOWS BACK TO BACK HOME RUNS
Mariano Rivera allowed back to back home runs in the ninth inning to Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria Thursday night. That marked the first time in his career that Rivera allowed home runs to consecutive batters. Prior to Thursday night, Rivera had allowed two home runs in a game only once as a relief pitcher (July 18, 1998 vs. Toronto). He did it two other times as a starter.
RAYS GO DEEP SIX TIMES AT NEW YANKEE STADIUM
The Rays hit six home runs in their victory over the Yankees Thursday night. Tampa Bay is the second visiting team to hit at least six home runs in the first 13 games played at the new Yankee Stadium (the Indians hit six on April 18th). The visiting team hit six or more home runs at the old Yankee Stadium only twice in the 84 seasons played at that ballpark (both instances occurred during the 2003 season) .
ROYALS WIN ANOTHER LOW-SCORING GAME
The Royals defeated the Mariners, 3-1, Thursday afternoon. That marked the sixth time this season that Kansas City has won a game while scoring three-or-fewer runs. That is the highest total for any team in the league.
MOLINA COMES THROUGH AGAINST HIS NEMESIS
Bengie Molina hit a home run in each of his first two plate appearances against Jason Marquis Thursday afternoon. Molina was 0-for-12 lifetime against Marquis entering the game. That was Molina's largest career 0-for against any pitcher he had ever faced in the major leagues.
BACK TO BACK BIG INNINGS PACE A'S
Oakland defeated Texas, 9-4, on the strength of two big innings - five runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth. That is the first time that Oakland scored four-or-more runs in each of back-to-back innings since September 2, 2005. The A's scored six runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning in a 12-0 rout of the Yankees that day.
WELLEMEYER WINS SEVENTH STRAIGHT DECISION IN MAY
Todd Wellemeyer allowed two runs in seven innings and got the win in the Cardinals' victory over the Pirates Thursday afternoon. Wellemeyer has now won seven consecutive decisions in the month of May. Only one active pitcher has a longer current winning streak in May than Wellemeyer: Jason Schmidt (11 straight wins in May). Note: Schmidt is currently on the disabled list and has not appeared in a game since 2007.
PADRES POST WALK-OFF WIN IN TENTH
David Eckstein singled in Kevin Kouzmanoff with the game-winning run as the Padres nipped the Diamondbacks in 10 innings. That marked the third time this season that San Diego has won in walk-off fashion, tying them with the Dodgers for the highest total in the National League. The Padres had only six walk-off wins all of last season which was tied with the Cubs for the second lowest total in the National League, behind only Arizona (four) .
BELTRAN FINALLY GOES DEEP OFF MOYER
Carlos Beltran belted a two-run homer off Jamie Moyer in the first inning Thursday night. Beltran entered the game homer-less in 57 career at bats against Moyer. That was Beltran's most at-bats against any pitcher without a home run.
K-ROD SAVES METS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT DAY
Francisco Rodriguez posted the save in the Mets 7-5 victory over the Phillies Thursday night. This marked the fourth straight day that K-Rod has recorded a save, something he has done only one other time in his career. Rodriguez saved a game on each of four straight days for the Angels from April 28-May 1 in 2007.
Only one other pitcher in the Mets' franchise history has recorded a save on each of four consecutive days: Braden Looper (May 31-June 3, 2004).
OWINGS TRIPLES IN CINCINNATI WIN
Micah Owings hit a triple in the Reds' victory over the Brewers Thursday night. Owings is the first pitcher to hit a triple this season. Ironically, Owings' triple came off the last pitcher to hit a three-bagger: Braden Looper (September 26th of last season) .
KEMP HITS GRAND SLAM IN FIRST INNING
Matt Kemp hit a grand-slam home run in the first inning for the Dodgers Thursday night. That marked the second time in his career that Kemp has homered with the bases loaded in the first inning (he also did that on April 26, 2008). Since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, only two other players have hit multiple first-inning grand slam home runs for the team: Ron Cey and Todd Zeile (two each) .
MANNY SUSPENDED FOR 50 GAMES
Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Since the start of the 2008 season, the Dodgers are 50-30 (.625) with a .283 team batting average and are averaging five runs per game in the 80 games Ramirez has played. In the games without Ramirez, the Dodgers are 55-57 (.491) with a .257 team batting average and are averaging 4.2 runs per game.
DODGERS BLOW SIX RUN LEAD IN LOSS TO NATIONALS
The Dodgers blew a six run lead and lost to the Nationals Thursday night. Prior to that defeat, Joe Torre's teams had a 638-6 record (.991) when leading by six-or-more runs in his career as a manager
BLACKHAWKS POST COMEBACK VICTORY
The Blackhawks, who beat the Canucks in overtime, 2-1, to even their series at two games apiece, trailed 1-0 until Martin Havlat's goal with 2:44 to play in the third period tied the score. It was only the third time in franchise history that Chicago won a playoff game in which it trailed while being shut out with under three minutes to play in the third period. The Hawks previous two such playoff wins were against Montreal in 1953 and Calgary in 1996. The Blackhawks victory was their fourth come-from-behind win in the 2009 playoffs, the most for any team.
RED WINGS WIN ON ROAD TO EVEN SERIES WITH ANAHEIM
The Red Wings 6-3 victory in Anaheim was their sixth consecutive road win when they trailed 2-1 in a playoff series, dating back to 1998. That equals the longest such streak in NHL playoff history. The Canadiens won six straight road games to even a playoff series at 2-all from 1961 to 1987.