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THE MASTERS OF THE TREY SET A RECORD FOR THE DEUCE
The Magic made 35 of 50 two-point field-goal attempts in Tuesday's 108-104 win over the Lakers. It was the second-highest two-point field-goal percentage in NBA playoff history (.700). The record is .705, by the Celtics in 157-128 first-round victory over the Knicks in 1990. The previous high for an NBA Finals game was .658 by the Bulls in a 107-86 win over the Lakers in Game 2 in 1991.
POWER RESTORED AT CITI FIELD
Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Ryan Church all homered in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Phillies, marking the first time since May 13 that the Mets hit more than one home run in a game. That span of 22 games without a multiple-homer game was the Mets' longest since a 29-game streak in 2003.
IBANEZ IS FASTEST TO 20 HOMERS IN PHILLIES HISTORY
Raul Ibanez hit his 20th home run of the season in his 56th game with the Phillies. That was by far the fewest games that any player needed to hit his first 20 homers for Philadelphia. The previous record was 77 games by Jim Thome.
LEFTY & LEFTY GO BACK-TO-BACK OFF A FELLOW LEFTY
Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back home runs off Johan Santana in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's loss. It was the first time since 2007 that a pair of left-handed hitters homered on consecutive plate appearances against a southpaw. The last players to do so were Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano against Hideki Okajima.
Santana, who also allowed a home run to Chase Utley on Tuesday night, gave up more homers to left-handed batters in his win over the Phillies (3) than he allowed in his previous 15 starts combined (2).
LOWE LOOKS LIKE PITCHER OF THE CENTURY TO THE BUCS
Derek Lowe pitched seven innings to earn the victory in the Braves' 4-3 win over the Pirates. Lowe has a 7-0 record in seven career appearances against Pittsburgh. He is the first pitcher since 1900 to win each of his first seven starts against the Pirates. (Kid Nichols and Jerry Nops did it in the 1800s.)
RED SOX MAINTAIN MASTERY OVER THE YANKEES
The Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 7-0, for their seventh straight win over New York (6-0 this season plus the final meeting in 2008). That matches Boston's second-longest winning streak ever against the Yankees, although they're not even halfway to the team record of 17 straight victories versus New York in 1911-1912.
BURNETT FINDS HOME PLATE ELUSIVE
A.J. Burnett threw 40 strikes on 84 pitches in his loss to the Red Sox. It was only the second time in his last 145 starts that Burnett threw more balls than strikes. The other was his first start in 2007, when he lasted only two innings, allowing six earned runs in a loss to the Tigers (29 balls, 26 strikes).
THE MONTHS FLY BY, BUT IT¿S THE SAME OLD LILLY
Ted Lilly pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings to improve his record to 3-0 against the Astros this season in the Cubs' 7-1 victory. Lilly is only the sixth pitcher to post wins in April, May, and June of the same season against Houston, although a pair of Cardinals teammates-Kyle Lohse and Adam Wainwright-did it last season.
CABRERA ENDS 0-FOR-12 STREAK WITH GAME-WINNING HOMER
Miguel Cabrera snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a home run in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 7-6 win over the White Sox. Over the last three seasons, only two other players hit a GW-HR in extra innings coming off a hitless streak of at least 12 ABs: Omar Quintanilla (0-for-18) and Ronnie Belliard (0-for-13), both in 2008.
CORDERO RECORDS A PERFECT SAVE IN A PERFECT SEASON
Francisco Cordero earned his 15th save by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Reds' 3-2 win at Washington. Although Cordero has a perfect 15-for-15 record on saves this season, this was only his fifth perfect save (that is, no batter reached base) and only his fifth quality save. The Elias definition of a quality save is one in which the pitcher enters with the tying run in scoring position or protected a one-run lead for at least one inning.
BASES JUICED? DeROSA'S THE MAN
Mark DeRosa's grand-slam home run in the seventh inning gave the Indians an 8-4 win over the Royals. DeRosa, who has hit at least one grand slam in each of the last four seasons, has a .424 batting average with the bases loaded during that time (25-for-59, 5 HR).
OAKLAND'S ROOKIE STREAK COMES TO AN END
The Twins blasted A's rookie Brett Anderson for 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 10-5 victory at Oakland. That snapped the A's seven-game winning streak, during which six of the wins were earned by rookie starters. Oakland was the first team in modern major-league history to gain as many as six wins from rookie starters over a span of seven games.
FRESHMAN NIGHT IN BALTIMORE
It was a big night for Orioles rookies at Camden Yards where Brad Bergesen pitched eight scoreless innings and Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters had two hits each in a 3-1 win over the Mariners. It was only the third time in the last 50 years that a rookie starter won a game for the Orioles without allowing a run, and two rookie teammates posted multiple-hit games.
MARLINS FACE 3 STRAIGHT CY YOUNG WINNERS
The Marlins posted a 4-3 win over the Cardinals after erasing a three-run deficit against Chris Carpenter, the third consecutive former Cy Young Award winner to start against Florida. The Marlins, who faced Tim Lincecum and Randy Johnson in their two previous games, faced a completely different set of three former Cy Young winners in 2006: Greg Maddux of the Cubs, and Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine of the Mets.
ANOTHER WORLD SERIES TEAM SWOONS
The Rays' record fell to 29-31 in a 4-3 loss to the Angels, marking the fourth consecutive season in which one of the previous year's league champions recorded a losing record through 60 games. The others were the Astros in 2006 (29-31), the Cardinals in 2007 (27-33), and the Rockies in 2008 (22-38).
ROCKIES WIN 6TH STRAIGHT ON ROAD FOR NEW MANAGER TRACY
The Rockies posted their sixth consecutive road victory with a 3-2 win at Milwaukee. Colorado's new manager, Jim Tracy, never won more than four straight road games at his previous managerial position, with the Pirates in 2006 and 2007.
JAYS TAKE THEIR HEAVY LUMBER ON THE ROAD
The Blue Jays defeated the Rangers, 9-0, at Arlington for their second road shutout by at least nine runs this season. Toronto previously posted a 14-0 win over the White Sox at Chicago. The Jays had only two such wins over the previous three seasons combined.
HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE PREVAILS IN GAME 6
The Penguins forced a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh. This is the fifth Final in which the home team won each of the first six games. The home team won only 42 percent of the Stanley Cup Final games played from 1989 through 2002 (31 of 73), but since 2003 the home team has won 74 percent (28 of 38).
PENS WIN DESPITE A MALKIN/CROSBY SHUTOUT
Tuesday night's Game 6 was the first-ever postseason win for the Penguins in which Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby both played but neither registered a goal or an assist. Pittsburgh had previously lost all eight playoff games in which both Malkin and Crosby played and neither scored a goal or recorded an assist.