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LAWSON IS A LONG-RANGE SHOOTER
From Elias: Ty Lawson made his first ten three-point field goal attempts in the Nuggets' win over the Timberwolves. Lawson is the first player in NBA history to make his first ten shots of a game from beyond the three-point line.
NO ROCKET SCORES MORE THAN 16 POINTS
From Elias: The Rockets beat the Clippers despite no Houston player scoring more than 16 points in the game. It was only the sixth time in team history that the Rockets won a game despite their leading scorer scoring fewer than 17 points, and it was their first such win since Jan. 25, 2008 at Portland when Tracy McGrady led the team with 15 points.
GOODEN BAKES UP A GOOD GAME
From Elias: Drew Gooden scored 15 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and handed out 13 assists in the Bucks' win over the Cavaliers. Gooden is the first player in Bucks history to record at least 13 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in a game - what we at Elias Says have named a "triple baker's dozen." Only one other NBA player had a "triple baker's dozen" this season: Russell Westbrook on January 28 against the Wizards (35 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists). Westbrook appears to be a better baker than Gooden!
BLATCHE PLAYING BIG LATELY
From Elias: Andray Blatche has scored 153 points and grabbed 73 rebounds over his last six games. Over the last 15 seasons, only two other Washington players had at least 150 points and 70 rebounds over a six-game span within one season: Chris Webber in 1997-98 (153 points, 73 rebounds) and Antawn Jamison last season (164 points, 75 rebounds).
BRITTON BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF PHOEBUS
From Elias: Zach Britton threw 7.2 scoreless in the Orioles' win over the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader in Baltimore. Since the Orioles moved to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954, only one other pitcher won his first two major league games, both as a starting pitcher, allowing no more than one run combined: Tom Phoebus, who started his major-league career with a pair of shutouts in September 1966.
THE RANGERS WERE HAPPY TO PLAY TWO
From Elias: The Rangers, who were blanked in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, erupted for 13 runs in the nightcap. That's the most runs any major-league team has scored in the second game of a doubleheader (traditional or day/night) after being shut out in the first game since the Reds scored 14 runs in game two against the Giants on Sept. 6, 1996. You have to go all the way back to July 27, 1978 to find an American League team to match that feat. The Indians scored 17 runs in the second game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, after losing 11-0 in game one.
MARTIN HITS TWO BOMBS AT FENWAY
From Elias: Russell Martin hit two home runs from the ninth spot in the batting order in the Yankees' win over the Red Sox. Martin is only the second player in Yankees history to hit two home runs as a starting catcher from the ninth spot in the batting order. John Flaherty did it at Baltimore on August 16, 2003.
PEDROIA PERFORMS IN FRONT OF THE HOME FANS
From Elias: Dustin Pedroia had three hits and two RBI on Saturday afternoon, after getting three hits and three RBI on Friday night. Pedroia is the first player in Red Sox history to have at least three hits and two RBI in each of the team's first two home games of a season.
CHRIS CAPS WIN FOR METS
From Elias: Chris Capuano is only the third pitcher in Mets history to post a win while striking out at least eight batters in his first start for the team. Galen Cisco did it against the Cubs on Sept. 21, 1962 (eight strikeouts) and Johan Santana on Mar. 31, 2008 against the Marlins (eight strikeouts).
RUIZ SLAMS BRAVES IN A PINCH
From Elias: Carlos Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the Phillies' win over the Braves. It was the seventh pinch-hit slam by a Phillies player since 2001, the most for any team. The other Phillies to do it over that span were Kevin Jordan (2001), Chase Utley (2005), Jose Hernandez (2006), Greg Dobbs (2007), Ryan Howard (2007) and Matt Stairs (2009) .
NARVESON HAS BEEN MARVELOUS
From Elias: Chris Narveson pitched seven shutout innings in the Brewers' win over the Cubs on Saturday night. Narveson has not allowed a run in his two starts this season. Only four other pitchers in Brewers history did not allow a run in their first two starts of a season: Jim Slaton in 1976, Chuck Porter in 1984, Tom Filer in 1990 and Ben Sheets in 2008.
BUTLER TAMES TIGERS
From Elias: Billy Butler had two hits in the Royals' win, extending his hitting streak against the Tigers to 21 games. That's the longest hitting streak for any individual player against Detroit since Alex Rodriguez had hits in 24 straight games against the Tigers from 2001 to 2004.
THERE IS NO "O" IN MINNES TA
From Elias: The Twins, who lost 1-0 to the A's on Saturday night, have scored only 21 runs in eight games this season. That's the second-fewest runs the Twins have scored over their first eight games of a season since the franchise moved from Washington to Minnesota in 1961. The Twins scored only 20 runs in their first eight games of the 1981 season.
TEJADA WALKS OFF FRANKLIN AGAIN
From Elias: Miguel Tejada's two-run double off Ryan Franklin in the bottom of the ninth inning was the game-winning hit for the Giants. It was the second time in his career that Tejada got a walk-off hit off Franklin. On July 22, 2009 Tejada hit a game-winning single off Franklin in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the Astros a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
FORMER PADRE HAUNTS OLD TEAM
From Elias: Former Padres player Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning in the Dodgers' win over the Padres, finally ending a game that had been suspended due to rain the night before. Gwynn is the first former Padres player to have an extra-inning game-winning RBI against the Padres since Mark Sweeney did it for the Giants on September 9, 2006.
RANGERS PEPPER BRODEUR
From Elias: The Rangers kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Devils at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon, scoring five goals against Martin Brodeur. That matches the most goals the Rangers have scored off Brodeur in any of the 89 regular-season and 22 playoff games in which he's faced them. They scored five times against Brodeur twice before, both in regular-season play at MSG: March 8, 1995 and Jan. 6, 2001 .
SMITH ELIMINATES `CANES
From Elias: Lightning goaltender Mike Smith tied his career high for saves in one game by stopping 42 shots in a 6-2 win at Carolina that eliminated the Hurricanes from playoff contention and clinched a berth for the New York Rangers. It was only the third time in Smith's five seasons in the NHL that he made 40 or more saves in a game and it was the first time he got a win while doing so. Smith made 42 saves in an overtime loss to Carolina and a loss to San Jose two weeks apart in October 2008.
VOKOUN BLANKS CAPS AGAIN
From Elias: Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves in his 1-0 win over the Capitals on Saturday night. Vokoun won all three games he played against the Caps this season and he shut them out twice. His first shutout against them was on December 9 in Washington. Vokoun was one of four goaltenders to shut out the Capitals twice this season; the others were Henrik Lundqvist, Ondrej Pavelec and Dwayne Roloson. From 1999-2000 through 2009-10, only two goaltenders blanked Washington twice in one season: Cam Ward in 2006-07 and Steve Mason in 2008-09.
HOME SWEET HOME FOR THOMAS
From Elias: Tim Thomas made 31 saves to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Senators in Boston's final home game of the season. Thomas was 18-5-5 with a 1.85 goals-against average in 29 home games this season. In the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., 1943-44 to date), the only Bruins goaltender to post a lower home GAA in one season (minimum: 20 games) than Thomas was Byron Dafoe, who had a 1.76 goals-against average in 37 games in Boston in 1998-99.
GIONTA HELPS U.S.-CANADA RELATIONS
From Elias: Brian Gionta scored two goals, his 28th and 29th of the season, in the Canadiens' 4-1 win at Toronto on Saturday. With those two goals Gionta, a Rochester, New York native, broke his own record for goals in one season by a U.S.-born Canadiens player. Gionta set that mark with 28 goals last season, his first with Montreal, breaking the old record of 27 by Christopher Higgins in 2007-08.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENSE
From Elias: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros recorded the first four-point game of his NHL career when he tallied two goals and two assists in Philadelphia's 7-4 win over the Islanders on Saturday. Meszaros was the second Flyers defenseman to score four points in one game this season; Chris Pronger had four assists against Montreal on January 25. Atlanta is the only other NHL team with two different defensemen who've had four-point games this season (Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom).