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NUGGETS LOSE EIGHTH STRAIGHT ELIMINATION GAME
The Nuggets have now lost each of the last eight playoff games they have played in which they faced elimination, the longest such streak in NBA history. Denver had been tied with Atlanta (1968 to 1978) and Charlotte (1992 to 2002) entering Game Six.
JACKSON CLOSES OUT ANOTHER SERIES
Phil Jackson is now 50-21 (.704) in playoff games in which his team had a chance to clinch a series. Only one head coach has a better record in potential series-clinching games than Jackson (minimum: 15 games): Gregg Popovich (24-8, .750).
KOBE SECOND ONLY TO MICHAEL
Kobe Bryant scored 35 points and now has 533 points in the 2009 playoffs. This is the fourth time in his career that Bryant has scored at least 500 points in a single playoff year. Only one player in NBA history scored 500+ points in four different playoff seasons: Michael Jordan (eight) .
ORIOLES WIN WITH YOUNG BATTERY
Brad Bergesen - age 23 - was the winning pitcher for the Orioles Friday night while Matt Wieters - age 23 - made his major-league debut behind the plate. The last time the Orioles won a game in which their starting and winning pitcher and their starting catcher were both under the age of 24 was June 11, 1967. Bill Dillman (age 22) and Andy Etchebarren (age 23) was the tandem in the first game of the doubleheader that day.
WIETERS MAKES MAJOR-LEAGUE DEBUT
Matt Wieters made his major-league debut for the Orioles Friday night. Wieters was one of only five players to bat .350 or higher with at least 25 home runs in the minors last season (.355, 27 HR at Class-A and AA).
OL' MAN SHEFF STEALS WIN
Gary Sheffield's stolen base in the 11th inning was instrumental in the Mets win over the Marlins. Over the last 10 seasons only two players over the age of 40 stole a base in extra innings. Moises Alou (41 years, 28 days old) did it for the Mets at Milwaukee in the 13th inning on July 31, 2007 and Rickey Henderson (42, 268) did it for San Diego at Los Angeles in the 10th inning on September 19, 2001.
ROCKIES FIRE HURDLE
The Rockies fired Clint Hurdle Friday. The Rockies were 534-625 (.461) under Hurdle. Among the 73 men who managed at least 1000 games for one team, only two had a worse record with that team than Hurdle did with Colorado: Gene Mauch with the expansion Expos from 1969-1975 (499-627, .443) and Bill McKechnie with the Braves from 1930 to 1937 (500-666, .457).
ROCKIES THROW SHUTOUT FOR NEW MANAGER
Jason Marquis and Huston Street combined for a shutout for new manager Jim Tracy. It's the first time since 2001 that a team threw a shutout for a midseason replacement manger in his first game for a team. On May 5, 2001 Texas beat Chicago, 2-0, in Jerry Narron's first game as manager of the Rangers. Narron had replaced Johnny Oates.
NO EXTRA-BASE HITS AT COORS
The Rockies beat the Padres 3-0 Friday night in game that featured 10 hits, all singles. The Rockies have played 1285 home games in their history; this was only the fourth that did not have an extra-base hit. Two of those three games have occurred within the last year: June 11 and September 14 of last season. The other was at Mile High Stadium on May 29, 1993.
MAYSONET'S GREAT GAME
Edwin Maysonet went 4-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI in the Astros' win over the Pirates. Maysonet is only the second rookie in Astros' history to go 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in a game. J.R. Towles did it on September 20, 2007 (4-for-4, HR, 8 RBI).
CUBS SCORE ONLY TWO RUNS, BUT WIN
The Cubs beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday afternoon. Chicago had lost its previous 25 games in which it scored no more than two runs, the second-longest current streak of its kind in the majors. Only Minnesota (26 games) had a longer such streak.
JAYS BEAT SOX TO END NINE-GAME LOSING STREAK
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox Friday night to snap their nine-game losing streak. It was the third time in the last 11 years that the Red Sox lost to a team was that was on a losing streak of at least nine games. The other two instances were both against Baltimore, one in 2000 and one in 2007.
BREW CREW WINS DESPITE ONLY THREE HITS
The Brewers beat the Reds despite getting only three hits. It's the third time this season that the Brewers won a game with three-or-fewer hits. No other major league team has more than one such win this season. Milwaukee's three wins with three-or-fewer hits this season matches its total from the previous six seasons combined.
ANOTHER FOUR-HIT GAME FOR VICTORINO
Shane Victorino had four hits Friday night, his second four-hit game over the last three games. Victorino is the third player this season to have four hits twice over a three-game span. Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel have also done it this season. The last Phillies player to do it was Jayson Werth in August 2007.
RANGERS ARE FAST STARTERS
The Rangers outscored the A's 2-0 in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader Friday night and 4-1 in the first inning of the second game. The Rangers have outscored their opponent by 16 runs in the first inning this season (31-15), the second-best such differential in the majors. Only the Dodgers (+33) are better.
BANNISTER HAS HOLES IN HIS SOX
Brian Bannister allowed six earned runs in five innings, raising his career earned run average against the White Sox to 7.97. Only three active pitchers have a higher career ERA against one team than Bannister has against the Chisox (minimum: 10 starts): Sidney Ponson against the Indians (9.04), Mark Hendrickson against the Red Sox (8.33) and Chad Durbin against the White Sox (8.12).
ICHIRO HAS REACHED BASE SAFELY IN 29 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Ichiro Suzuki had two hits in the Mariners' win over the Angels. Ichiro has reached base safely in 29 consecutive games, matching the longest such streak for any player in the American League this season. Victor Martinez had a 29-game streak earlier this season.