Date: June 4, 2009

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Bailey

ROOKIES RULE

Three rookies were major contributors to Oakland's 5-3 win at Chicago on Wednesday night. Josh Outman started and earned the win, Andrew Bailey recorded a save, and Landon Powell hit a home run. The last major-league team to turn that rookie hat trick - a home run, a save and the win for the starting pitcher - was the 2006 Marlins, who did it twice: Scott Olsen (win), Taylor Tankersley (save) and Dan Uggla (home run) in one game, and Yusmeiro Petit (win), Renyel Pinto (save) and Josh Willingham (home run) in another game.

Oakland Athletics

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Beltre

BELTRE BEATS BALTIMORE

Adrian Beltre had three RBIs in Seattle's 3-2 win over Baltimore on Wednesday night. It's the fourth time in his five seasons with the team that he's driven in all of the Mariners' runs in a victory. The other three instances were all in 2006.

Seattle Mariners

A GOOD NIGHT FOR PITCHERS AT DODGER STADIUM

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was the 22nd 1-0 game at Dodger Stadium in the last 10 seasons (2000-2009), the highest total at any venue in the majors over that span. Next-most: 18 at Shea Stadium. The Dodgers are now 15-7 in 1-0 games in their home park since 2000.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Hoffman

ANOTHER SCORELESS INNING FOR HOFFMAN

Trevor Hoffman earned his 14th save of 2009 in Milwaukee's win against Florida on Wednesday night. Hoffman, at age 41, has not allowed a run in his 16 innings pitched this season. The last pitcher age 40 or older to begin a season with at least 16 consecutive scoreless innings was Art Fowler for the 1963 Angels.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Phillips

PHILLIPS DOES IT ALL FOR THE REDS

Brandon Phillips took multi-tasking to new heights on Wednesday night, when he had three hits, three RBIs, three runs scored, two stolen bases and one home run against the Cardinals. Since 1920, the first year that RBIs were officially recorded in the major leagues, only two other Reds players reached all five of those statistical levels in one game: George Foster in 1976 and Gary Redus in 1983.

Cincinnati Reds

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Glavine

BRAVES RELEASE GLAVINE

Tom Glavine won 244 games for the Braves. Only three pitchers who entered the major leagues in 1950 or later won more games for one team: Jim Palmer (268 for the Orioles), Phil Niekro (268 for the Braves) and Bob Gibson (251 for the Cardinals).

Atlanta Braves

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McLouth

BRAVES ACQUIRE MCLOUTH

Nate McLouth was traded from the Pirates to the Braves. Entering play on Wednesday, Atlanta's centerfielders had combined for a .192 batting average this season, the third-lowest in the National League at any particular position except pitcher, ahead of Colorado's third basemen (.183) and Arizona's center fielders (.190).

Over the Braves' 12 games preceding the trade, the team's center fielders were 6-for-46 (.130), with one extra-base hit (a double), 17 strikeouts and no RBIs.

Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Niemann

NIEMANN BLANKS THE ROYALS

Tampa Bay rookie Jeff Niemann threw a two-hit shutout against Kansas City on Wednesday night. It had been more than 20 years since a rookie authored a complete-game shutout against the Royals, while allowing two-or-fewer hits. Melido Perez did that for the White Sox on October 1, 1988, against a lineup that included George Brett, Bo Jackson, Willie Wilson and Danny Tartabull.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Abreu

ABREU PRODUCES ANGELS' FIRST 4-RBI GAME IN OVER A MONTH

Bobby Abreu drove in four runs in a win at Toronto on Wednesday night. It was the first 4-RBI game for an Angels player since May 1, when Gary Matthews, Jr. knocked in four runs against the Yankees. The only two teams that entered play on Wednesday with a longer span since one of its players had four-or-more RBIs in one game were St. Louis (Albert Pujols on April 25) and Seattle (Yuniesky Betancourt on April 28.).

Anaheim Angels

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Posada

ONLY ONE HOME RUN AT YANKEE STADIUM

Jorge Posada's seventh-inning home run was the lone hit that cleared the fence in the Yankees' 4-2 loss to Texas on Wednesday night. It was only the fourth time in the 25 games played this season at the new Yankee Stadium that no homers were hit through the first six innings.

New York Yankees

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Ortiz

A BIG HIT FOR BIG PAPI

David Ortiz's bases-loaded double in the eighth inning brought home two runs to give the Red Sox a 7-0 lead in the team's 10-5 win at Detroit. That hit snapped Big Papi's 0-for-16 slump with runners in scoring position, the second longest such drought of his major-league career.

Boston Red Sox

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Peralta

PERALTA BREAKS OUT IN THE DOME

Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in Cleveland's win at Minnesota on Wednesday night. Peralta entered the game with a .205 career batting average in the Metrodome, the third-lowest for any active player with at least 150 at-bats in that stadium.

Cleveland Indians

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Penn

THREE STRAIGHT RUN-SCORING WALKS

Marlins reliever Hayden Penn walked three consecutive batters with the bases loaded in Florida's loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night. He's the first pitcher in Marlins history to do that. Only two other major-league pitchers in the last five seasons issued three straight bases-loaded walks: Jason Grilli in 2006 and Jair Jurrjens in 2008.

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Pence

PENCE OWNS THE ROCKIES

Hunter Pence went 4-for-5, with a triple, a home run and three RBIs in Houston's 6-4 win over Colorado on Wednesday night. That increased Pence's career batting average to .375 against the Rockies, the highest for any player (minimum: 75 at-bats) since 2007, the year Pence debuted in the majors.

Houston Astros


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