Date: April 3, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Rose

ROSE MORE THAN HALF THE OFFENSE

From Elias: The Bulls made 41 field goals on Saturday, of which Derrick Rose had 11 made shots and 10 assists. It was the 26th time this season that Rose made or assisted on at least half of the Bulls field goals in one game, the highest such total for any NBA player this season.

Chicago Bulls

GRIZZLIES SWEEP MINNESOTA

From Elias: The Grizzlies finished off a four-game sweep of the Timberwolves with a win on Saturday. It's only the third time in team history that the Grizzlies have had a season sweep of four or more games. They also swept the Clippers in 2003-04 and the Rockets in 2005-06.

Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves

MLB

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Tillman

TILLMAN DOESN'T ALLOW A HIT

From Elias: Chris Tillman didn't allow a hit in six innings on Saturday but was pulled by Buck Showalter after throwing 101 pitches. Over the last 15 seasons only two other pitchers threw at least six innings and didn't allow a hit in their first start of a season: Shaun Marcum (6 IP) for the 2007 Blue Jays and Hideo Nomo, who threw a no-hitter for the 2001 Red Sox.

Baltimore Orioles

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Cruz

CRUZ AND KINSLER GO DEEP AGAIN

From Elias: Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler have each hit home runs in both of the Rangers' games this season. They're the fifth pair of teammates in major-league history to each hit homers in each of their team's first two games of a season. Before this year, the most recent duo to do that was Ray Durham and Benito Santiago for the 2003 Giants.

Texas Rangers

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Lackey

LACKEY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS

From Elias: John Lackey allowed nine runs, all earned, to raise his career ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to 6.78. That's the second-highest ERA by any active pitcher at any venue at which he's made at least 15 starts - Livan Hernandez has a 6.99 ERA at Coors Field.

Boston Red Sox

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Suzuki

ANOTHER RECORD FOR ICHIRO

From Elias: Ichiro broke Edgar Martinez's record Saturday for most hits for the Mariners. The only other active players who are their current team's all-time hits leader are Todd Helton, Derek Jeter and Michael Young.

Seattle Mariners

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Lee

LEE DOING WHAT HE DOES

From Elias: Cliff Lee had 11 strikeouts without a walk in the Phillies' win over the Astros on Saturday. It's the fifth time in his career that Lee has had a game of double-digit strikeouts and no walks, all of which have come since 2008. That's the most 10-K, no walk games for any major-league pitcher since the start of the 2008 season.

Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies

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Drabek

STRONG FIRST START FOR DRABEK

From Elias: Kyle Drabek allowed only one hit in seven innings on Saturday against the Twins. Over the last 10 years only one other American League rookie has gone seven-plus innings while allowing no more than one hit in his first start of a season. That was Baltimore's Chris Waters in his major-league debut on August 5, 2008.

Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins

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Carrasco

INDIANS STARTERS MASSACRED

From Elias: Carlos Carrasco allowed seven runs on Saturday after Fausto Carmona allowed 10 on Friday. The Indians are the first team since 1973 to have their starting pitcher allow seven or more runs in each of the first two games of a season. The last team to do that was the 1973 Yankees, with Mel Stottlemyre and Steve Kline as the starters.

Cleveland Indians

ANKIEL PROVIDES OFFENSE

From Elias: Rick Ankiel had a home run and three RBIs in the Nationals win over the Braves on Saturday. Last season Nationals centerfielders had only two homers and 31 RBIs; each was the lowest total in the majors in 2010.

Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

LATE COMEBACK WIN FOR CUBS

From Elias: The Cubs trailed by three runs in the eighth inning but scored five times to defeat the Pirates. The Cubs had only one win all last season in which they trailed by three or more runs in the eighth inning or later (against the Brewers on April 14).

Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates

BREWERS CAN'T WIN IN CINCY

From Elias: With a win over the Brewers on Saturday the Reds are now 9-1 in home games against Milwaukee since the start of the 2010 season. The only teams with a better home record against a division opponent over that time are the Blue Jays against the Orioles (9-0) and the Astros against the Pirates (also 9-0).

Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

NHL

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Kessel

KESSEL REACHES 30 GOALS

From Elias: Phil Kessel reached the 30-goal mark for the second time in his two seasons with Toronto when he scored to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead in the first period of their game against Ottawa on Saturday. Kessel, who was acquired in a September 2009 trade with the Bruins, is the first player to score at least 30 goals in each of his first two seasons with the Maple Leafs since 1989-90, when Ed Olczyk did so for the third consecutive season (1987-88 through 1989-90: 42, 38 and 32 goals), and Daniel Marois made it two for two to begin his NHL career (31 goals in 1988-89, 39 goals in 1989-90).

Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN WINS IT IN OVERTIME

From Elias: The Capitals trailed Buffalo, 4-3, heading into the final minute of the third period of their game on Saturday night, but a score-tying goal by Jason Arnott and Alex Ovechkin's third overtime goal of the season enabled the Capitals to pull out a 5-4 win over the Sabres. Ovechkin has scored 10 overtime goals in his six seasons in the NHL, the highest total over that span by any player. Ilya Kovalchuk is second with nine OT goals since the lockout.

Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres

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Ryder

BRUINS FIRST PENALTY SHOT GOAL SINCE 2007

From Elias: The Bruins clinched first place in the Northeast Division with a 3-2 victory over the Thrashers on Saturday afternoon, in which Michael Ryder scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot with 7:29 remaining in the first period. It was Boston's first penalty-shot goal since Jan. 9, 2007, when Marco Sturm scored one at Ottawa. Entering play on Saturday, the Bruins had the second-longest current penalty-shot goal drought of any NHL team, behind the Maple Leafs. Toronto has not had a successful penalty shot since Dec. 26, 2006, when John Pohl scored against Minnesota.

Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers

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Ribeiro

WHERE DID THE POWER GO?

From Elias: The most notable thing about the Kings' 3-1 win over the Stars on Saturday was what didn't happen. The only penalties in the game were coincidental roughing minors on the Stars' Mike Ribeiro and the Kings' Brad Richardson, which meant that neither team had a power play chance on the day. It was only the second NHL game in the last eight seasons without a single power play opportunity. Coincidentally, the other instance came exactly one year earlier, in the Blackhawks' 2-1 shootout win at New Jersey on April 2, 2010.

Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars

BIG COMEBACK BY RED WINGS

From Elias: The Red Wings overcame a 3-0 deficit to post a 4-3 overtime victory at Nashville on Saturday afternoon. It was the first time that the Red Wings won a game in which they trailed by three goals since Jan. 30, 2007, when they beat the Islanders in overtime at Nassau Coliseum, also by a 4-3 score.

Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators

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Staal

3 POINTS FOR STAAL

From Elias: Jordan Staal notched his second three-point game of the season when he assisted on three of the Penguins' four goals in their win over the Panthers on Saturday. Staal has scored three or more points in one game nine times in his five seasons in the NHL and eight of those nine instances have come in Penguins road games. His only three-point game on home ice was on Jan. 5, 2010 against the Thrashers in Pittsburgh.

Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Corvo

3 POINTS FOR CORVO

From Elias: Defenseman Joe Corvo scored one goal and two assists for the Hurricanes in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Islanders. It was only the third time in the last two seasons that a Carolina defenseman recorded three points in one game. The others were both by Joni Pitkanen in a five-day span in January 2010 (three assists at Toronto on Jan. 12, three assists vs. Atlanta on Jan. 16).

New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes

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Roloson

ROLOSON BEATS OLD TEAM

From Elias: Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who played 167 games over four seasons with the Minnesota Wild from 2001-02 through 2005-06, made 29 saves to lead the Lightning to a 3-1 win in St. Paul. Going into the game, Roloson had a 2-7-3 record in 12 games at Minnesota since the Wild traded him to Edmonton in March 2006, including an 0-6-2 mark in his last eight games there.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild

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Darche

2 GOALS FOR DARCHE

From Elias: Journeyman forward Mathieu Darche recorded the second two-goal game of his NHL career to help the Canadiens earn a 3-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils in Newark. (His first two-goal game was against Tampa Bay on March 9, 2010.) Darche is only the third Montreal player to score two goals in a game against New Jersey over the last 12 seasons. The other Canadiens to do that since 1998-99 were Yanic Perreault in November 2002 and Bryan Smolinski in January 2008.

New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens


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