Date: May 19, 2009

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Teixeira

TWO MORE HOMERS FOR TEIX - ONE FROM EACH SIDE

Mark Teixeira hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the Yankees' win over the Twins. Teixeira now has seven games with a home run from both sides of the plate since 2004, the second-most for any player over that span. The only player with more switch-hit homers over that span is Teixeira's current teammate Nick Swisher (eight).

Teixeira is batting .342 with five homers and 13 RBI since Alex Rodriguez rejoined the Yankees on May 8.

New York Yankees

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Morneau

MORNEAU 4-FOR-4 AGAINST PETTITTE

Justin Morneau went 4-for-4 against Andy Pettitte. It's the first time that Morneau had four hits off one left-handed pitcher in a game and it's also the first time any left-handed batter had four hits in a game off Andy Pettitte. Morneau was 0-for-6 in his career against Pettitte entering the game.

Minnesota Twins

WOE CANADA

The Blue Jays have won their last 10 home games against the White Sox while holding Chicago to no more than 3 runs in any of those games. That's the longest streak of its kind since the Pirates won 11 straight home games against the Mets while holding them to no more than three runs in 11 straight games over the 1992-93 seasons. It's also the longest such home winning streak in Blue Jays history and the longest such road losing streak in White Sox history.

Toronto Blue Jays

BOTTOM HEAVY ATTACK FOR RAYS

The Rays scored 13 runs in their win over the A's Monday night, despite not getting an RBI from any of the top four spots in their starting lineup. The last major league team to score that many runs in a game without an RBI from a starter in the one, two, three or four spots in the batting order was the Dodgers on April 13, 2006 in a 13-5 win at Pittsburgh. The last American League team to do it was the White Sox on August 6, 2000 in a 13-0 win over Oakland.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Wolf

DODGERS PEN BLOW ANOTHER WIN FOR WOLF

Randy Wolf left as the pitcher of decision on the winning side for the Dodgers Tuesday night, only to watch the bullpen blow the lead. The Dodgers bullpen has now squandered four potential wins for Wolf this season, the most for any pitcher in the major leagues.

Los Angeles Dodgers

A'S ALLOWING RUNS IN BUSHELS

Oakland has lost its last four games by scores of 14-1, 9-1, 11-7 and 13-4, a total of 47 runs allowed over that four-game losing streak. That's the most runs allowed over any four-game span by the A's since August 1996.

Oakland Athletics

BREWERS: 20 WINS IN LAST 25 GAMES

The Brewers have won 20 of their last 25 games, tying the best 25-game stretch in team history. Milwaukee won 20 of 25 games three times previously, once in 1983, 1987 and 1992.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Kendall

KENDALL GETS 2000TH CAREER HIT

Jason Kendall's second-inning single was the 2,000th hit of his major league career. Kendall, who has played 1,809 games as a catcher, is the fourth player in major league history to have at least 2,000 hits and 1,800 games at catcher. The other three: Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk and Ivan Rodriguez.

Milwaukee Brewers

BRAVES STRUGGLING AT TURNER FIELD

The Braves lost to the Rockies Monday night and are now 6-11 at Turner Field. That's Atlanta's worst record through their first 17 home games since 1988 (3-14).

Atlanta Braves

NATS HAVE WOES, BUT NOT AT THE PLATE

Washington has lost eight of its last nine games despite scoring 57 runs over that span. Over the last 75 years, only three other teams scored that many runs over a nine-game span while winning no more than one game during that streak: San Francisco in 2000, Kansas City in 2002 and Kansas City in 2004.

Washington Nationals

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Lackey

LACKEY LOVES SEATTLE

John Lackey was the winning pitcher for the Angels in their win over the Mariners. Lackey is now 6-0 with a 1.91 earned run average with four walks and 28 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings pitched over his last six starts against Seattle.

Anaheim Angels

NHL

NEW COACHES BATTLE IN PLAYOFFS

The Hurricanes-Penguins series is the first playoff series in 19 years in which both head coaches were hired during the regular season - Paul Maurice and Dan Bylsma. The last was the Capitals' first-round win over the Devils in 1990. The coaches in that series were Terry Murray (Caps) and John Cunniff (Devils).

Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Fleury

FLEURY UNBEATABLE IN GAME ONE AT HOME

Marc-Andre Fleury is now 5-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and one shutout in five career Game Ones played on home ice. The last goaltender to win his first five Game Ones on home ice was Billy Smith, who won his first eight Game Ones on home ice for the Islanders from 1977 to 1982.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Boucher

ANOTHER PPG FOR PENS

Philippe Boucher scored a power play goal for Pittsburgh in Game One. The Penguins have now scored a power play goal in seven straight games, tying a team playoff record, done four times previously.

Pittsburgh Penguins


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