Date: May 28, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

PHIL IN A PHAMILIAR POSITION

The Lakers are now up 3-2 in their best-of-seven series against the Nuggets. This is the 18th time that a Phil Jackson coached team is up 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. Jackson's team won 16 of the previous 17 such series. His only series loss came in 2006 against Phoenix.

Los Angeles Lakers

MLB

CARDS HAVE BEEN STINGY

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon and have now allowed only nine runs over their last nine games. That matches the fewest runs allowed over any nine-game span in team history. The Cards also allowed nine runs over a nine-game span in September 1963 and September 1982.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Suzuki

ICHIRO IS THE MASTER OF THE THREE-HIT GAME

Ichiro Suzuki had three hits in Seattle's 6-1 win over Oakland. Ichiro has 185 three-hit games since 2001, his rookie year, 49 more than any other player over that span (Derek Jeter is next with 136). The last major league player with that many three-hit games over a nine-year span was Wade Boggs. Boggs had 193 games with at least three hits from 1983 to 1991.

Seattle Mariners

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Porcello

YOUTH IS SERVED

Rick Porcello - age 20 years, 151 days old - is now 5-0 with a 1.50 earned run average over his last five starts. Only one pitcher in major league history as young as Porcello went 5-0 with an earned run average of 1.50 or better over any five-start span. Dwight Gooden, at age 19, went 5-0 with a 1.43 earned run average over a five-start span in 1984.

Detroit Tigers

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Bruce

BRUCE HOMERS TWICE AND TRIPLES

Jay Bruce had two home runs and a triple in the Reds' win Wednesday night. Over the last 40 years only two other Cincinnati players had two homers and a triple in a game: Cesar Cedeno did it in 1982 and Barry Larkin in 1995.

Cincinnati Reds

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Paulino

PAULINO GETS NO SUPPORT

The Astros have now scored 11 runs in the six games started by Felipe Paulino. Over the last 25 years only two Houston pitchers have had such poor run support in their first six starts of a season: Xavier Hernandez in 1991 (10 runs of support in his first six starts) and Roger Clemens in 2005 (nine).

Houston Astros

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Santana

SANTANA STREAK SNAPPED

Johan Santana allowed three runs in six innings in the Mets win. That snapped a streak of 14 consecutive home starts in which he did not allow more than two runs, tying the longest such streak by any pitcher in baseball's "modern era" (i.e. since 1900). Doc White (1905-06 White Sox) and Ed Reulbach (1906-07 Cubs) also had 14-start streaks at home.

New York Mets

PITCH AND CATCH

Forty one of the 79 plate appearances in the Nats-Mets game Wednesday night resulted in either a walk (14) or strikeout (27), 52%. That's the highest such percentage in a major league game since the Brewers and Cubs combined for 54% on July 5, 2004.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

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Reimold

ROOKIE REIMOLD HITS EXTRA-INNING WALKOFF HOMER

Nolan Reimold hit a three-run home run in the 11th inning in Baltimore's win over Toronto. Reimold it the first Baltimore rookie in 18 years to hit an extra-inning walkoff home run. Leo Gomez did it on August 12, 1991 against Donn Pall of the White Sox.

Baltimore Orioles

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Uggla

UGGLA TAKES MYERS DEEP AGAIN

Dan Uggla hit a home run off Brett Myers, his fifth career home run off him. That's the most hone runs Uggla has hit off any pitcher, by far, in his major league career. Uggla does not have more than two homers off any other pitcher.

Florida Marlins

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Pierre

HE'S BEEN JUAN-DERFUL

Juan Pierre had three hits in the Dodgers' win over the Rockies. Pierre is hitting .422 since Manny Ramirez's suspension began on May 7. Only two National League players have a higher batting average than Pierre over that span (minimum: 30 at bats): Miguel Tejada (.443) and Casey Blake (a slightly better .422) .

Los Angeles Dodgers

RAY MATTER

The Rays lost to Cleveland, 12-7, Wednesday night. It was the fifth time this season that the Rays allowed at least 10 runs in a game. That already matches the Rays total for the entire 2008 season.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Jeter

DJ GETS YANKS STARTED

Derek Jeter led off the first inning with a single and scored on Mark Teixeira's two-run home run and the Yankees never looked back in their win over the Rangers. Jeter has reached base safely via a hit or walk to lead off the first inning in eight of his last 12 games, posting a .667 first inning average over that span.

New York Yankees

YANKS/SOX TIED FOR FIRST PLACE

The Yankees and Red Sox are both 27-20, tied for first place in the American League East. It's the first time that the Yanks and Sox are tied for first place this late in the season since June 17, 2006 (both were 38-28).

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees

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Gardner

IT'S NOT WHO STARTS, BUT WHO FINISHES

A leftover from Tuesday night's late action: Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 at-bat and 3-for-3 on the bases after replacing Melky Cabrera, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first inning. Gardner was only the second player in the last 50 years with at least three hits and three stolen bases in a game that he didn't start. The other was Rich Amaral of the Mariners in 1998.

New York Yankees

NHL

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Helm

HELM ELIMINATES BLACKHAWKS

Darren Helm scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Detroit eliminated Chicago. Helm is the fifth Detroit rookie to score an overtime goal in the playoffs. The four others were Mud Bruneteau in 1936, Max McNab in 1949, Gerry Melnyk in 1960 and Shawn Burr in 1987.

Helm, who has never scored a regular season goal in the NHL, now has five career playoff goals. That's the most playoff goals scored by any player in NHL history prior to scoring his first regular season goal.

Detroit Red Wings

BLACKHAWKS ARE NOT ROAD WARRIORS

Chicago has now lost its last 11 road playoff games in which it faced elimination, a new NHL record. The Blackhawks had been tied with Rangers (1939 to 1971) for the longest such streak in NHL playoff history.

Chicago Blackhawks

RED WINGS BREAK NHL RECORD

The Red Wings had 46 shots on goal in Game Five and have now had at least 30 shots on goal in a single-season NHL playoff record 13 consecutive games. Detroit had been tied with the 1974 Bruins.

Detroit Red Wings


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