Date: May 21, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Harris

49ERS MIGHT LOSE HARRIS FOR 2009 SEASON

Walt Harris sustained a serious knee injury during San Francisco's OTAs, putting his entire 2009 season in jeopardy. Since joining the 49ers in 2006, Harris has started 46 games, the most for any defensive player on the team. In fact, only one other San Francisco defender started more than 32 games over the past three seasons: safety Mark Roman (43 starts). Harris, at age 34, was the oldest cornerback in the league to start all 16 games in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers

49ERS MIGHT LOSE HARRIS FOR 2009 SEASON

Walt Harris sustained a serious knee injury during San Francisco's OTAs, putting his entire 2009 season in jeopardy. Since joining the 49ers in 2006, Harris has started 46 games, the most for any defensive player on the team. In fact, only one other San Francisco defender started more than 32 games over the past three seasons: safety Mark Roman (43 starts). Harris, at age 34, was the oldest cornerback in the league to start all 16 games in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers

NBA

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James

LEBRON FALLS ONE SHY OF 50...AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE

LeBron James fell one point shy of 50 and that was the difference in Cleveland's 107-106 loss to the Magic in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James's 49 points were the third-most in NBA history in a playoff game decided by one point. Bob Pettit scored 50 in a 110-109 win over the Celtics in Game Six of the 1958 Finals, a victory that gave the St. Louis Hawks the league championship. Ray Allen dropped 51 on the Bulls earlier in this year's playoffs, but Chicago won in triple-OT, 128-127.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic

A MAGICAL COMEBACK

The Cavaliers took a 16-point lead against the Magic, and you couldn't blame the fans in the Quicken Loans Arena if they thought this one was in the bag. In the LeBron James era, prior to Wednesday night, Cleveland was 100-5 (.952) in the regular season and 10-0 in the playoffs when it held a lead of more than 15 points at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic

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Howard

HOWARD CRUSHES THE CAVS

Dwight Howard had 30 points and 13 rebounds in Orlando's Game 1 upset of Cleveland. During this past regular season and through the playoffs, only one other player had at least 30 points and 10-or-more rebounds in a game against the Cavaliers: Al Harrington (39 and 13) in a Knicks loss on February 4.

Orlando Magic

A CURIOUS TREND CONTINUES

The Cavaliers' loss continued a curious trend. Seven of the last eight teams that were undefeated in the playoffs entering Game 1 of a Conference Final series or NBA Finals lost the opener of that series: Pistons, 1989 vs. Bulls; Lakers, 1989 vs. Pistons; Bulls, 1993 vs. Knicks; Pacers, 1999 vs. Knicks; Lakers, 2001 vs. 76ers; Heat, 2005 vs. Pistons.

The only team in that span to extend a perfect-to-that-point postseason with a Game 1 win in the Conference Finals or NBA Finals was the Lakers, with a victory over the Spurs in 2001.

Cleveland Cavaliers

MLB

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Upton

BABY-BACK UPTON HAS A HUGE NIGHT

Justin Upton had two home runs and six RBIs in Arizona's win against Florida in the second game of their doubleheader on Wednesday night. He's the first player to have two-or-more homers and at least six RBIs in a game at age 21 or younger since Ron Santo had 2 homers and seven RBIs for the Cubs at age 21 on June 28, 1961.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Ortiz

THE WAIT IS OVER: PAPI GOES DEEP

David Ortiz, who hit 200 home runs over the past five seasons, finally hit his first in 2009, helping the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Big Papi's streak this year of 135 consecutive at-bats without a home run, was the longest in major-league history by a player who hit at least 200 homers over the prior five seasons.

Boston Red Sox

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Cecil

CECIL THROWS FIVE GOPHER BALLS IN HIS FIRST CAREER LOSS

Toronto rookie Brett Cecil allowed five home runs to the Red Sox and suffered the first loss of his big-league career. In the past 50 years, only one other pitcher gave up five or more home runs in the game of his first major-league loss: Casey Daigle (2004 Diamondbacks).

Toronto Blue Jays

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Parra

PARRA EXTENDS HIS RBI STREAK TO FIVE GAMES

Gerardo Parra drove in one run in the Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. That gave Parra at least one RBI in each of his first five games in the major leagues. The last two players with an RBI in each of their first five games in the majors were Mike Lansing (1993 Expos) and Bobby Knoop (1964 Angels). Parra's streak ended in the second game of the doubleheader.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins

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Hanigan

WE'RE NOT SAYING RYAN HANIGAN IS GOING TO HIT 500 HOMERS...

Rookie catcher Ryan Hanigan homered off Jamie Moyer in Cincinnati's 5-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night. The first rookie to ever hit a home run off Moyer was Barry Bonds in 1986. Aside from Bonds, one other rookie who would eventually join the 500-home run club went deep against Moyer: Gary Sheffield in 1989.

Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies

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Carpenter

CARPENTER IS THE BEST FOR THE CARDINALS THROUGH 100 STARTS

Chris Carpenter, making his 100th start for St. Louis, beat the Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night, improving his record to 53-20 (.726) in those games. That's the highest winning percentage for any Cardinals pitcher in his first 100 starts for the team. That distinction had been held by John Tudor, who was 49-21 (.700) in his first 100 starts for St. Louis.

Carpenter had four strikeouts against the Cubs, giving him 571 as a starter for St. Louis, one shy of Bob Gibson's team record for a pitcher's first 100 starts.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Jones

CHIPPER'S JUST GRAND AT TURNER FIELD

Chipper Jones's first-inning single on Wednesday night was his 1000th career hit at Turner Field. Three other active players have at least 1,000 hits at one stadium: Todd Helton (Coors Field), Derek Jeter (the previous Yankee Stadium) and Garret Anderson (Angel Stadium).

Atlanta Braves

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Swisher

YANKEES HIT THREE CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS

Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive home runs in the second inning on Wednesday night. It was the first time in 25 years that the Yankees had back-to-back-to-back home runs from the bottom half of their starting lineup. On June 3, 1984, Oscar Gamble (5th), Steve Kemp (6th) and Toby Harrah (7th) did it in a 15-2 win at Toronto.

Those were the only three home runs hit by the Yankees in their 11-4 win over the Orioles, as Baltimore's pitchers kept New York's power-hungry 3-4 hitters in the ballpark. From Saturday through Tuesday, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez each hit four home runs. They were the first Yankee teammates in 32 years to each hit at least four home runs over the same four-game span. Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent that in 1977.

New York Yankees

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Vazquez

AN EASY WIN FOR VAZQUEZ

It doesn't get much easier than the five-and-fly win that Javier Vazquez earned on Wednesday night against Colorado. He was relieved after five innings, with the Braves leading 10-1. One other pitcher this season earned a victory by pitching only five innings and leaving the game with a lead of at least nine runs: Scott Kazmir at Fenway Park on May 9, in a 14-5 Rays victory.

Atlanta Braves

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Kazmir

ANOTHER ROUGH NIGHT FOR KAZMIR

Scott Kazmir allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against Oakland on Wednesday night, after he gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against Cleveland last Friday night. The only other pitchers in the majors this season to allow seven-or-more runs in fewer than five innings in each of back-to-back starts were Chien-Ming Wang and Jamie Moyer.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Rodriguez

THE END OF TWO STREAKS

Wandy Rodriguez beat the Brewers on Wednesday night, ending Milwaukee's seven-game winning streak. But Rodriguez had his own streak stopped when he allowed a home run to Mike Cameron. He had not given up a home run in his last 15 starts, dating back to August 15. That was the longest such streak in the majors since Derek Lowe went 16 starts without a homer from 1998 to 2002 (spanning several seasons as a full-time reliever).

Houston Astros

TEXAS HAS A CASE OF THE MOTOWN BLUES

It's not Brewers vs. Pirates yet, but with their win on Wednesday night, the Tigers have won their last 10 home games against the Rangers. That's Detroit's longest home winning streak against one team since taking 10 straight from the Angels over the 1996-97 seasons.

Texas Rangers

IT TOOK A WILD PITCH, BUT THE PIRATES FINALLY WON A LOW-SCORING GAME

Pittsburgh's 2-1 win at Washington on Wednesday night was the first major-league game this season in which the winning run scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning (or later). There were six games of that type in the majors last year.

The Pirates had lost their last 30 games when scoring two or fewer runs, dating back to last August, which had been the longest current streak in the major leagues.

Pittsburgh Pirates

DODGERS IMPROVE TO 17-3 AT HOME

The Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday night improved their home record to 17-3 this season. That ties the modern (since 1900) major-league record for best home record through 20 games. Several other teams have started 17-3 at home, most recently the 1998 Yankees (also under Torre), the 1980 Dodgers and 1979 Expos.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Wright

WRIGHT SETS METS RECORD

David Wright was 1-for-2, with two walks in the Mets' loss at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Wright has reached base at least three times in each of his last seven games, the longest such single-season streak in Mets history and the longest in the majors since Chase Utley had a seven-game streak at the end of the 2005 season.

New York Mets

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Griffey Jr.

JUNIOR'S FIRST-INNING RBI STANDS UP

Ken Griffey Jr. had an RBI-single in the first inning that gave the Mariners a 1-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night. It was only the second time in his career that Junior had an RBI in a 1-0 game. The other time was August 8, 2007 for the Reds against the Dodgers.

Seattle Mariners

ONE BIG INNING IS ENOUGH FOR THE WHITE SOX

The White Sox beat the Twins on Wednesday night, 7-4, scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning. In the last 20 years, the White Sox played only one other game in which they scored at least seven runs and produced all of their runs in one inning. That was in an 11-3 win at Kansas City in 2007.

Chicago White Sox


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