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HOWARD HELPS RESCUE MAGIC AGAIN
Dwight Howard registered 21 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots to help Orlando avoid playoff elimination in Game Five on Wednesday night. Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to help Orlando avoid a series sweep in Game Four. Only one other player has recorded 20-or-more points, 10-or-more rebounds and at least four blocked shots in consecutive games with his team facing elimination in both games: Elvin Hayes in 1979.
MLB - Mets
This is the second time in Mets franchise history that they shut out the same team in three consecutive games. The other instance was in 1969 against the Phillies in Philadelphia. The three winning pitchers for the Mets in '69 were Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver and Gary Gentry.
TWO HOME RUNS, A TRIPLE AND SIX RBIs FOR BELTRE
Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a triple and six RBI in Boston's 11-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Since RBIs became and official statistic in 1920, only five other Red Sox have had at least two home runs and a triple and drove in at least six runs in the same game: Bucky Walters (May 13, 1934), Fred Lynn (June 18, 1975), Dwight Evans (August 13, 1988), Mo Vaughn (July 3, 1995) and Carl Everett (August 29, 2000).
JIMENEZ: 9-1 WITH A 0.88 ERA THROUGH FIRST 10 STARTS
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight shutout innings and registered his ninth victory of the season in Colorado's 7-3 victory over Arizona on Wednesday night. Jimenez is 9-1 with a 0.88 through his first 10 starts this season. Since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in NL and 1913 in AL) only three other pitchers have posted nine victories with an ERA below 1.00 through their first 10 starts of a season: Eddie Cicotte in 1919 (10-0, 0.84 ERA), Hoyt Wilhelm in 1959 (9-0, 0.83 ERA) and Juan Marichal in 1966 (9-0, 0.59 ERA).
YANKEES REGISTER 1-0 WIN IN TARGET FIELD DEBUT
The Yankees defeated the Twins, 1-0, in their first game ever at Target Field in the completion of a game that was suspended due to rain on Tuesday night. The Yankees played 141 games at the Metrodome, over a span of 28 seasons, and never played a game there in which only one run was scored. Prior to Thursday, the Yankees last 1-0 game at Minnesota was a victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington on July 8, 1972. Derek Jeter drove in the Yankees only run of the game with a sixth inning solo home run. It is the first time in his major-league career that Jeter had the lone RBI in a 1-0 game.
TWINS LOSE TWO CLOSE ONES
The Twins dropped a 3-2 decision to the Yankees in the scheduled game that followed Minnesota's 1-0 loss in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game. Twins have now lost three straight games, all at home, all by one run. This marks only the third time that the Twins have had a streak of that kind since they moved to Minnesota. The Twins lost three straight games, all at home and all by one run in July of 2007 and in June of 1999.
TAKAHASHI MAKES METS HISTORY
Hisanori Takahashi hurled six shutout innings and earned the win in the Mets 5-0 shutout victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night. That follows Takahashi's six shutout-inning performance in his first major-league start against the Yankees last Friday night. Takahashi is the first pitcher in Mets history to pitch shutout ball over six innings in each of his first two starts.
METS YOUNG STARS MAKE NEWS
Jose Reyes and David Wright started at shortstop and third base for the Mets on Wednesday night. Reyes and Wright became the first pair of teammates, each under the age of 27 and each with at least 1,000 career hits, to start on the left side of the infield since 1941, when Cecil Travis (SS) and Buddy Lewis (3B) did it for the Washington Senators.
MARINERS RALLY FROM THREE RUNS DOWN
The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth inning to wipe out a three-run deficit and defeat the Tigers, 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon. That marked the first time this season that Seattle has won a game in which it trailed by three-or-more runs (the Mariners were 0-16 in that situation prior to Wednesday). There are three remaining teams that have yet to a register a win after trailing by three-or-more runs this season: Pittsburgh (0-22), Oakland (0-19) and Colorado (0-14).
SORIA RECORDS 100TH SAVE
Joakim Soria became the 103rd pitcher in major-league history to register 100 saves in Kansas City's 5-2 win over Texas on Wednesday. Soria reached that milestone just eight days after celebrating his 26th birthday. Only five pitchers recorded their 100th save at a younger age than Soria: Francisco Rodriguez (24 years, 246 days), Chad Cordero (25 years, 86 days), Gregg Olson (25 years, 205 days), Ugueth Urbina (25 years, 219 days) and Huston Street (25 years, 294 days).
BRAVES WIN WITH BIG INNING
The Braves scored six runs in the seventh inning in their 7-3 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night. That marked the sixth time this season that Atlanta has scored at least six runs in an inning. The Braves scored six-or-more runs in an inning only seven times during the 2009 season.
REDS BLANK PIRATES FOR THIRD TIME IN MAY
The Reds beat the Pirates by a 4-0 score on Wednesday night. That is the third time this month that Cincinnati has blanked Pittsburgh (9-0 on May 11th and 5-0 on May 12th). This is the first time that the Reds have shutout an opponent three times in a calendar month since they did it to the Cardinals in May of 1990.
ASTROS POST FIRST SHUTOUT OF SEASON
The Astros defeated the Brewers by a score of 5-0 for their first shutout win of the season on Wednesday night. There have been only two other instances in which the Astros have gone farther into a season before recording their first shutout than they did this season (46 games): 2003 (65th game) and 1995 (55th game).
DAVIS STEALS THE SHOW
Rajai Davis had three hits and three stolen bases to help lead the A's to a 6-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night. Davis became the first Oakland player with at least three hits and three stolen bases in the same game since Rafael Bournigal did it on July 4, 1996.
SECOND STRAIGHT POOR START FOR LINCECUM
Tim Lincecum was rocked for six runs in four and two-thirds innings in his appearance against the Nationals on Wednesday night, marking the second straight start in which he has allowed five-or-more runs (five runs allowed in five innings on May 20th against Arizona). This is only the second time in his career that Lincecum has allowed at least five runs in consecutive starts. He also did that on June 13th and 19th in 2007.