Date: May 27, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Lewis

LEWIS PRODUCES MORE 4TH-QUARTER MAGIC

Rashard Lewis scored 10 points, including two three-pointers, in the fourth quarter of the Magic's 116-114 overtime win over the Cavaliers. Lewis ranks second in the NBA with a total of 107 fourth-quarter points during the 2009 playoffs, trailing only Kobe Bryant (121). Lewis has made 12 three-point field goals in the fourth quarter, to rank third behind the co-leaders, J.R. Smith and Ray Allen (13).13

Orlando Magic

MLB

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Greinke

GREINKE'S ERA RISES TO 0.84 IN WIN OVER TIGERS

Zack Greinke allowed six hits in a complete-game 6-1 victory over the Tigers, raising his ERA to 0.84 in 10 starts this season. Greinke is only the third pitcher in the live-ball era to compile an ERA below 1.00 over his first 10 starts in a season. The others were Hoyt Wilhelm (0.83 in 1959) and Juan Marichal (0.59 in 1966).

Kansas City Royals

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Suzuki

ICHIRO RECORDS HIS SIXTH 20-GAME STREAK

Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 20 games in the Mariners' 4-3 loss at Oakland on Tuesday-the sixth hitting streak of 20 or more games in his major-league career. Over the last 50 years, the only other player with as many as six 20-game hitting streaks was Pete Rose (8).

Seattle Mariners

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Lincecum

LINCECUM START IS GIANTS' BEST SINCE SAL THE BARBER

Tim Lincecum pitched eight shutout innings to earn the victory in the Giants' 4-0 win over the Braves. Lincecum improved his career record to 29-11. The last pitcher to win as many as 29 of his first 40 decisions for the Giants was Sal Maglie, whose first 40 decisions for the New York Giants spanned a four-year stint in the Mexican League (1946-1949), after he posted a 54 mark as a rookie in 1945.

San Francisco Giants

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Oswalt

OSWALT CAN'T HOLD LEADS IN ASTROS' LOSS TO REDS

The Astros gave Roy Oswalt two leads, but even that wasn't enough to snap Houston's losing streak, which reached six games with a 6-4 loss at Cincinnati. Oswalt won the last 11 games in which he was staked to a lead in 2008, but he is 10 in seven such games this season.

Houston Astros

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Hernandez

HERNANDEZ ALLOWS 9 HITS, BUT IS STANDING AT THE END

Livan Hernandez scattered nine hits in his 6-1 complete-game victory over the Nationals. It was the 10th time in Hernandez's career that he allowed as many as nine hits in a complete game. The last pitcher with as many as 10 nine-hit CGs was Kevin Brown (11).

Hernandez is the only active pitcher to throw a complete game for six different teams.

New York Mets

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Dunn

DUNN TAKES THE ALEX GONZALEZ ROUTE TO 1000 HITS

Adam Dunn recorded the 1000th hit of his career on Tuesday night, completing a trek that required 4031 at-bats over nine seasons. We mention this only for the opportunity to cite this coincidence - that of the last three players who needed as many ABs as Dunn to reach 1000 hits, two were named Alex Gonzalez. (The other was Jose Cruz Jr.)

Washington Nationals

BERKEN IS 3RD O'S ROOKIE TO START AND WIN HIS MLB DEBUT

Jason Berken pitched five innings to earn a victory in his major-league debut in the Orioles' 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Berken became the third Orioles pitcher to start and win his MLB debut this season, following Koji Uehara and Brad Bergesen. During the expansion era, the only other trio of teammates to start and win their debut in the same season was Chase Wright, Tyler Clippard, and Ian Kennedy of the 2007 Yankees.

Baltimore Orioles

ALERT THE D.O.E.-CARDINALS FIND ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES

The Cardinals hit four home runs in an 8-1 victory at Milwaukee, with Chris Duncan, rookies Nick Stavinoha and Colby Rasmus, and winning pitcher Adam Wainwright supplying the power. It was the first time in Cardinals history, dating back to 1892, that two rookies and a pitcher homered in the same game.

St. Louis Cardinals

LIGHTNING ALMOST STRIKES AGAIN AT CHASE FIELD

The Padres fell one run short, rallying over the final two innings from a 6-0 deficit in a 6-5 loss at Arizona that snapped San Diego's 10-game winning streak. In their previous game, the Padres became the first team in major-league history to extend a winning streak to 10 or more games by overcoming a deficit of six or more runs in the eighth inning or later.

San Diego Padres

BLUE JAYS EXTEND LOSING STREAK TO 8, HOMERLESS STREAK TO 7

The Blue Jays have lost eight consecutive games and haven't hit a home run in any of the last seven. That's the longest streak without a win or a homer since 1998, when the Devil Rays posted a seven-game streak.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Pavano

PAVANO POSTS 5TH WIN THIS MONTH

Carl Pavano improved his record to 5-4 in the Indians' 5-1 victory over the Rays. All five of Pavano's wins this season were recorded during the month of May. That's as many victories as he recorded in the previous 1438 days combined.

Cleveland Indians

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Milton

IT'S "ROLL BACK THE CLOCK NIGHT" FOR MILTON, PAVANO

It's been almost five years since Eric Milton, pitching for the Phillies, improved his record to 7-1 with a win at Atlanta and Carl Pavano of the Marlins defeated the Mets for his fifth win of the season. The date was June 4, 2004, and that was the last time Milton and Pavano earned victories on the same dayuntil Tuesday night, that is, when Milton and the Dodgers followed Pavano's win with a 7-1 victory over the Rockies.

Los Angeles Dodgers

RAIN HALTS GAME, CUBS HALT LOSING STREAK

The Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Pirates that was halted by rain in the sixth inning. Over the last 50 years, only one other losing streak of eight or more games ended with a rain-shortened victory and it happened last season. The Orioles snapped a 10-game losing streak with a seven-inning win over the Blue Jays.

Chicago Cubs

NHL

ROOKIE COACH BYLSMA REACHES STANLEY CUP FINAL

The Penguins completed a four-game sweep of the Hurricanes with a 4-1 victory at Raleigh. Dan Bylsma will be only the fourth rookie head coach to reach the Stanley Cup Finals as a mid-season replacement. The others were Punch Imlach for the Maple Leafs in 1959, Scotty Bowman for the Blues in 1968, and Al MacNeil for the Canadiens in 1971.

Pittsburgh Penguins

PENGUINS WILL TAKE ANOTHER SHOT AT THE TITLE

The Penguins will be only the second team in the last 30 years to return to the Stanley Cup Final one year after losing in the finals. The Oilers lost to the Islanders in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final and then beat the Islanders to win the Cup in 1984.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Ward

WARD FINALLY SHAKES HANDS AS A LOSER

Cam Ward was the losing goaltender for the Hurricanes, snapping his career-long streak of five wins when facing elimination in a playoff series. Ward's winning streak was the longest when facing elimination since Patrick Roy posted a six-game streak for the Avalanche in 2001-2002.

Carolina Hurricanes


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