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CELTICS WIN ANOTHER CLOSE ONE
Boston's four-point win over the Magic in Game Five was the seventh time in the 2009 playoffs that they played a game that was decided by four points or less. That's the most such games for any team through the first two rounds of the playoffs since the NBA went to the current playoff format in 1983-84.
LAKERS WIN BY 40
The Lakers beat the Rockets by 40 points to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. That matches the second-largest margin of victory in an NBA playoff game in which the series was tied prior to the game (excluding Game Ones). Chicago beat Utah, 96-54, in Game Three to take a two-games-to-one lead in the 1998 NBA Finals; and Dallas beat Houston, 116-76, in Game Seven in 2005.
ZIMMERMAN EXTENDS HITTING STREAK TO 30 GAMES
Ryan Zimmerman's first inning single extended his hitting streak to 30 games. Washington played game #31 Tuesday night. Only two players since 1900 hit in 30 consecutive games this early in the season: George Sisler for the 1925 St. Louis Browns (first 30 games) and Rico Carty for the 1970 Braves (games 2-31) .
SANDOVAL WALKOFF HOME
Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run walk-off home run for the Giants Tuesday night. Sandoval at age 22 years, 274 days old, was the youngest Giant to hit a walkoff home run since Jack Clark (22 years, 218 days old) did it on June 16, 1978.
BURNETT AGAINST HALLADAY
The Yankees-Jays game was a matchup of A.J. Burnett (18-10) and Roy Halladay (20-11), a successful one-two punch in Toronto's rotation last season. It's been 33 years since the last matchup of opposing starting pitchers who each won at least 18 games as teammates during the previous season. The previous such games were in April 1976, when it happened four times over a two-week span: Oakland's Mike Torrez faced Baltimore's Jim Palmer twice (April 17 & 30); Atlanta's Andy Messersmith opposed Burt Hooton of the Dodgers (April 18); Baltimore's Ken Holtzman faced Oakland's Vida Blue (also April 18) .
HALLADAY LOVES NEW YORK
Roy Halladay was the winning pitcher for the Jays against the Yankees Tuesday. Halladay has won each of his last six starts against the Bronx Bombers, the longest such streak for any pitcher since Kevin Brown won six consecutive starts against the Yankees from 1989 to 1992.
Halladay is now 16-5 (.762) against the Yankees, the second-best winning percentage against them among all pitchers with at least 20 decisions, behind Babe Ruth (17-5, .773) .
THE DUKE OF EFFICIENCY
Zach Duke threw 104 pitches in eight innings in the Pirates' win over the Cardinals, an average of 13 pitches per inning. Duke is now averaging 13.82 pitches per inning, the lowest such average for anyone with at least 20 innings pitched this season.
METS WALK-OFF WITH A WIN
Carlos Beltran drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth inning for the Mets in their win over the Braves. It was the first walk-off walk for the Mets since May 14, 2007 (Carlos Delgado). There have already been four walk-off walks in the major leagues this season (James Loney, Russell Martin and Shane Victorino had the others), compared to eight the entire 2008 season.
METS WIN LATE
The Mets won Tuesday night despite trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. It was the first win for the Mets in a game in which they trailed by at least three runs in the eighth inning or later since May 17, 2007. The Mets had lost their last 97 such games, which was the third-longest current streak in the majors entering Tuesday's action.
JONES GOES DEEP TWICE
Adam Jones, 23 years of age, hit two home runs in Baltimore's win over Tampa Bay. Since 1984, three other Orioles had a multiple-home run game at that young an age: Cal Ripken (twice in 1984), Jeffrey Hammonds (1994) and Nick Markakis (a three-homer game in 2006) .
WERTH STEALS WIN FOR PHILLIES
Jayson Werth stole second, third and home in the seventh inning in the Phillies' win over the Dodgers. Werth was the first player to steal second, third and home in the same inning since Eric Young did it on June 30, 1996 for the Rockies.
SCALES STARTS CAREER WITH A FIVE-GAME HITTING STREAK
Bobby Scales hit a pinch-hit home run for the Cubs in their win over the Padres. Scales now has a hit in all five games he has appeared in. Over the last 50 years, only two other Cubs started their major league career with a hitting streak of at least five games: Doug Dascenzo in 1988 (five-game streak) and Jerome Walton in 1989 (seven).
HAWPE HAS BIG NIGHT
Brad Hawpe went 4-for-4 with five runs batted in for Colorado in its win over Houston. Hawpe is the fifth Rockies player to go 4-for-4 or better with at least 5 RBI in a game. The others to do it were Andres Galarraga in 1995, Vinny Castilla in 1998, Larry Walker in 2004 and Garrett Atkins in 2007.
THIS GAME WAS OVER EARLY
The A's had a 12-0 lead after four innings in their win over the Royals. This is only the third time since this franchise moved to Oakland in 1968 that they have led 12-0 or better through the first four innings of a game, the first time in a home game. They also did it on August 14, 1999 at Toronto and May 27, 2004 at Boston.
HAREN GETS NO SUPPORT
The Diamondbacks, who scored only one run Tuesday night, have scored only 18 runs in the eight games started by Haren, an average of 2.25 runs per game. Only one pitcher who has started at least six games this season has had worse run support: Johan Santana (2.14).
STAY AWAY FROM THE TWINS
Over the last two seasons, Armando Galarraga is 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA in six games against the Twins. Against all other teams over that span, Galarraga is 16-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 31 games pitched.
ANOTHER MULTI-HR GAME FOR THOME
Jim Thome hit two home runs in the White Sox win over the Indians, the 42nd time in his career he has gone deep at least twice in the same game. Only three active players have more career multi-homer games than Thome: Ken Griffey, Jr. (55), Alex Rodriguez (52) and Carlos Delgado (49).49
THOMAS STANDS TALL
Tim Thomas is 4-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout in five career games in which his team faced playoff elimination.
RECCHI RISES WITH HIS BACK TO THE WALL
Mark Recchi scored the first goal in the Bruins' win over the Hurricanes, keeping Boston's season alive. Recchi has scored eight goals in 20 career playoff games in which his team faced playoff elimination, fifth-most among active players, behind Jeremy Roenick (12), Claude Lemieux (11), Joe Sakic (11) and Sergei Fedorov (9).9
GETZLAF TO PERRY
RED WINGS HAVE ALLOWED A PPG IN EIGHT STRAIGHT GAMES
The Red Wings have allowed at least one power play goal in each of their last eight games. That matches the longest such streak within one year in Detroit playoff history. Detroit allowed power play goals in eight consecutive playoff games in both 1988 and 1998.