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BRYANT LEADS 4TH-QUARTER RALLY
Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 105-103 win over the Nuggets. It was the 17th time that Bryant scored 10 or more points in the fourth quarter of a Lakers playoff win in which they trailed during the fourth period.
ANTHONY SCORE BIG, TIES RECORD IN NUGGETS' LOSS
Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points in the Nuggets' loss to the Lakers. It was Anthony's fourth consecutive 30-point game, tying Denver's postseason record, set by Alex English in 1985.
AN A-BOMB FROM A-ROD, TIMES FOUR
Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the Yankees' 9-1 win over the Orioles, extending his home-run streak to four games. That's the eighth four-game homer streak of Rodriguez's career, the most among active players. It was his fifth four-game streak since joining the Yankees in 2004, tying Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Yogi Berra for the most such streaks in team history.
MORE 7TH-INNING INSANITY FOR THE ORIOLES
The Yankees blew Tuesday night's game open with seven runs in the seventh inning. The Orioles have been outscored by a 10-to-1 margin in the seventh inning this season - 40 runs to 4, including an 18-0 margin over their last 13 games.
HOWARD, HAMELS, AND LIDGE KEY PHILLIES' WIN
It felt like 2008 at Cincinnati where Ryan Howard homered, Cole Hamels went six innings for the win, and Brad Lidge earned a save in the Phillies' 4-3 victory over the Reds. But here's a surprise: that combination - a Howard homer, Hamels win, and Lidge save - occurred only once during the Phillies' 2008 championship season.
HELTON REACHES 2K MILESTONE
Todd Helton's third-inning single on Tuesday night was the 2000th hit of his major-league career, and it came on his 6088th at-bat. Over the last 50 years, only three other players needed fewer than 6100 at-bats for their first 2000 hits: Wade Boggs, 5832; Rod Carew, 5965; and Tony Gwynn, 6094.
This disclaimer is always needed for Helton, who has played his entire career with the Rockies: His career batting average is 68 points higher at home (.362) than on the road (.294). Of course, Boggs batted 62 points higher at Fenway Park (.369) than he did elsewhere (.307).
PARRA EXTENDS RBI STREAK
Gerardo Parra stroked a two-run game-winning single during a five-run rally in the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks' 5-3 win at Florida. Parra is only the third player in the last 30 years with at least one RBI in each of the first four games of his major-league career. The others were Mike Lansing (1993) and Jesse Barfield (1981).
SCHAFER DELIVERS WITH RISP
Jordan Schafer's two-run single in the third inning of the Braves' 8-1 win over the Rockies ended his streak of 23 at-bats without a hit with runners in scoring position. That was the second-longest RISP drought in the majors this season. Troy Tulowitzki has a current 0-for-24 streak with runners in scoring position.
WILLIS FLASHES HIS FLORIDA FORM
Dontrelle Willis allowed only one hit in six and one-third innings to earn the victory in the Tigers' 4-0 win over the Rangers. Willis allowed one hit (or none) through six innings five times in five seasons with the Marlins - once in every season from 2003 through 2007.
The Rangers have batted .115 in four games against the Tigers this season, compared to a .289 mark against all other teams.
ORTIZ SETS RECORD FOR HOMERLESS AT-BATS
David Ortiz went 0-for-3 in his return to the Red Sox' lineup in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays. That extended Ortiz's homerless streak to 133 at-bats, which is now the longest to start a season by any player who previously recorded a 50-HR season. The old record was 132, by Greg Vaughn in 2002.
WASHINGTON KEEPS SCORING AND LOSING
The Nationals rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth but allowed three in the 10th to drop an 8-5 decision to the Pirates, thereby tying an all-time major-league record. Washington is the sixth team to lose six consecutive games despite scoring at least five runs in each game.
WOOD BLASTED AS ROYALS RALLY FOR 9TH-INNING WIN
Kerry Wood allowed back-to-back solo home runs to Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen, as the Royals rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Indians, 6-5. Wood was the third pitcher in the last 10 days to blow a save by allowing two ninth-inning homers. The others were Ryan Franklin (May 10 vs. Reds) and Brandon Morrow (Thursday vs. Rangers).
The Royals had lost the last 321 games in which they trailed by three or more runs in
WHITE SOX AND TWINS LIMP INTO SERIES AT COMISKEY
The White Sox defeated the Twins, 6-2, in the opening game of a series unusual in that both teams are coming off four-game sweeps. And by "sweeps", we mean losing all four games. The Twins were swept by the Yankees and the White Sox were swept by the Blue Jays. The last such series was played in August 2001 between the Rangers and Tigers.
BUEHRLE CONTINUES HIS DOMINANCE OVER TWINS
Mark Buehrle improved his career record against the Twins to 23-13 with Tuesday night's win. Prior to Buehrle, the last time a pitcher was 10 games above .500 for the White Sox against the Senators/Twins was 1960, the team's last season in Washington. Dick Donovan was 16-6 against the Senators following his win on August 30, 1960.
HOFFMAN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK
Trevor Hoffman retired the side in order to record his 10th save in 10 opportunities this season in the Brewers' 4-2 victory over the Astros. Hoffman, who didn't make his season debut until April 27, leads the majors with eight saves this month.
CLEARY SCORES WITHOUT HELP
Dan Cleary scored on a breakaway in the second period of the Red Wings' 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks. It was the second consecutive game in which Cleary scored an unassisted goal. The last Wings player with UAGs in consecutive playoff games was Gordie Howe, who posted a three-game streak in 1949.
WINGS' PENALTY KILLERS STRUGGLE AGAIN
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the Blackhawks' loss on Tuesday. It was the 11th consecutive game in which the Red Wings allowed a power-play goal, matching the longest streak in one postseason in NHL history. The record was set by the Penguins in 1989.