Date: June 9, 2009

Elias Says...

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

MLB

A RARE SWEEP IN ST.LOUIS

The Rockies completed a rare four-game sweep at Busch Stadium on Monday. It marked only the third time in the past 60 years that a team came into St. Louis and swept a series of four or more games against the Cardinals, with a starting pitcher earning the win in every game. The 1971 Mets did that, with first-ballot Hall-of-Famers serving as bookends (Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry and Nolan Ryan) as did a 1990 Reds team that would go on to win the World Series (Ron Robinson, Jose Rijo, Scott Scudder and Tom Browning).

Colorado Rockies

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Pujols

ROCKIES SHUT DOWN PUJOLS

The Rockies held Albert Pujols to one hit (a home run) in 14 at-bats (.071) in their four-game series at St. Louis. In his major-league career, Pujols had a lower batting average in only one series in which he had more than 10 at-bats. He was 0-for-12 in a three-game set against Philadelphia in August 2003.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Contreras

CONTRERAS RETURNS IN STYLE

Jose Contreras, who had not pitched in the majors since May 8, threw eight scoreless innings and allowed one hit in a victory over the Tigers on Monday night. Since 1900, only one other pitcher who had gone at least 30 days since his most recent appearance that season, returned to throw eight-or-more innings in a game, while allowing no more than one hit. In 1995 Kirk Rueter rejoined the Expos after a 3 1/2-month stay in the minors and threw a one-hit shutout against the Giants.

Chicago White Sox

AN UNEARNED GAME-WINNING RUN

Miguel Cabrera reached base on an error by Josh Fields in the top of the ninth inning and then came around to score the winning run in Detroit's 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday afternoon. It was the 36th unearned run scored by the Tigers this season, the most in the majors. In fact, no other team entered play on Monday having scored even 30 unearned runs this year.

Detroit Tigers

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Carroll

CARROLL'S FIRST HOMER IS ONE TO REMEMBER...

Brett Carroll's three-run homer off Randy Johnson on Monday night was the first of his major-league career. The only other currently active major-league player whose first home run in the big leagues was hit off a pitcher who had already won 300 games is Arizona reliever Jon Rauch, whose only career home run came off Roger Clemens in 2004.

Florida Marlins

...AND SO IS WEST'S FIRST WIN

Sean West earned the first win of his major-league career on Monday night and he did it in a head-to-head start against Randy Johnson. The last starting pitcher whose first win came in a game in which he was opposed by a 300-game winner was Ian Snell, against Roger Clemens in 2005. The most noteworthy example is that of Jamie Moyer, who won his major-league debut in 1986, in a matchup against Steve Carlton.

Florida Marlins

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Pettitte

YANKEES SUPPORT PETTITTE WITH FOUR HOMERS

Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher hit home runs giving Andy Pettitte all the support he needed in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The Yankees hit four or more home runs in five of Pettitte's 95 wins at the old Yankee Stadium and this was his first victory with that kind of backing in the new park.

New York Yankees

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McCutchen

PIRATES ROOKIE CONTINUES HOT START

Pirates rookie Andrew McCutchen, who had three hits on Sunday in Houston, went 4-for-7 in Monday night's extra-inning loss to the Braves. McCutchen is one of three active players who had back-to-back games with three-or-more hits within the first five games of their major-league careers. The others are Coco Crisp and Jay Bruce.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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McLouth

McLOUTH HELPS BEAT HIS OLD TEAM

Nate McLouth had three hits and a home run in Atlanta's 15-inning win against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Since 1980, two other players had three or more hits, including a home run, in their first game against a team for which they had played earlier that season: Fred Lynn (for Detroit) against the Orioles in 1988 and Jorge Fabregas (for the White Sox) vs. the Angels in 1997.

Atlanta Braves

PIRATES AND BRAVES PLAY 15 INNINGS

Atlanta beat Pittsburgh in 15 innings on Monday night. It's the second time in the last 50 years that a Pirates-Braves game went at least 15 innings. The other was on May 6, 1992, when the Pirates won in the bottom of the 16th inning on an RBI-single by Jose Lind. Of course, Atlanta had the last laugh that year, beating Pittsburgh in the seventh game of the NLCS.

Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

OAKLAND EXTENDS ITS WINNING STREAK

Oakland defeated Minnesota on Monday night for its seventh straight victory, a streak during which the Athletics' starting pitcher has earned each victory. That ties the longest winning streak in the majors this season in which a team's starting pitcher got the win. Milwaukee and Philadelphia also had seven straight victories of that type this year.

Oakland Athletics


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