Date: April 27, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Howard

MAGIC ROUT HAWKS DESPITE HOWARD'S OFF NIGHT

From Elias: The Magic staved off elimination with a 101-76 victory over the Hawks. This is the third time in recent years that Atlanta lost a potential series-clinching game in the opening round of the playoffs by at least 25 points. The Hawks lost Game 7 to the Celtics, 99-65, in 2008; and they lost Game 6 to the Heat, 98-72, in 2009 before winning the series in the seventh game.

Orlando routed Atlanta despite only a contribution of eight points and eight rebounds from Dwight Howard. It was only the third "single-single" by Howard in 56 career playoff games.

Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic

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Noah

BULLS GAIN A POINT A MINUTE WITH NOAH ON THE COURT

From Elias: The Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 116-89 victory over the Pacers in which Chicago outscored Indiana by 34 points in Joakim Noah's 32 minutes of playing time. (Do the math and you'll notice that the Pacers topped the Bulls by seven points with Noah on the bench.) It was the first time that the Bulls outscored their opponent by at least one point per minute of playing time by any of its starters in a playoff game since - you guessed it - Michael Jordan was plus-37 in a 36-minute performance against Indiana in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.

Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers

MLB

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Fielder

FIELDER & BRAUN ARE BREWERS' NEW HOME-RUN KINGS

From Elias: Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Rickie Weeks hit solo homers in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Reds. It was the 28th time that Fiedler and Braun homered in the same game during their five seasons together with Milwaukee, breaking the previous team record held by Cecil Cooper and Gorman Thomas. Fielder and Braun's total is the highest total by any teammates in the majors over the past five seasons.

Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds

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Ethier

ETHIER BREAKS HIS EX-MANAGER'S RECORD

From Elias: Andre Ethier set a major-league record by extending his hitting streak to 23 games in the Dodgers' loss to the Marlins. That's the longest hitting streak ever posted in April of one season, breaking a mark held by Ethier's former manager, Joe Torre, for 40 years. Ironically, Torre broke a record that had stood for only one season: Rico Carty's 20-game hitting streak in 1970. (Note that prior to 1969, no team had played as many as 23 games during April of one season.)

Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins

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Masterson

MASTERSON JOINS SHORT LIST OF INDIANS' MOUND MASTERS

From Elias: Justin Masterson improved his record to 5-0 in the Indians' 9-4 victory over the Royals. Masterson is only the fourth pitcher in team history to win five games during April in one season. The others were Bob Lemon in 1955, Greg Swindell in 1988, and Cliff Lee in 2008 (all 5-0). Masterson has now won seven of his last eight decisions, dating back to last August, after losing nearly twice as many games as he won prior to that (14-27).

Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals

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Konerko

KONERKO IS A TRUE BRONX BOMBER

From Elias: Paul Konerko's two-run home run in the eighth inning gave the White Sox a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium. It was Konerko's 10th homer at the current Yankee Stadium (3) or its predecessor (7). Only three other players in White Sox history hit 10 or more homers as a visitor against the Yankees: Joe Kuhel (16), Harry Hooper (11) and Harold Baines (11).

Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees

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Floyd

HUMBER & FLOYD TAME THE YANKEES

From Elias: Reprising the role made famous by Philip Humber 24 hours earlier, Gavin Floyd allowed only four hits and pitched into the ninth inning in the White Sox victory at Yankee Stadium. It's the first time that any visiting team held the Yankees to four or fewer hits in consecutive games of the same series since the Red Sox did it in April 2004. The White Sox hadn't allowed fewer than five hits in each of two consecutive games of a series at Yankee Stadium, past or present, since 1979.

New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox

ANOTHER FIRST-MONTH FRESHMAN TOPS BOSTON

From Elias: Zach Britton allowed one run in six innings to earn the victory in the Orioles' 4-1 win over the Red Sox. Britton was the second rookie starter to defeat Boston already this season, following Jeremy Hellickson who beat the Sox two weeks ago - something no rookie starter had done during the month of April over the previous seven seasons.

Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox

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Wieters

WIETERS EXTENDS THEN LOSES HIS RISP STREAK

From Elias: Matt Wieters extended his hitting streak with runners in scoring position to seven straight at-bats with an infield single in the second inning of Baltimore's win. But Wieters's streak, which was the longest by a catcher since Bengie Molina went 7-for-7 with RISP in May 2008, ended in the seventh inning.

Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox

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Lind

LIND STARTS FAST IN BLUE JAYS' ROUT

From Elias: Adam Lind drove in five runs, all in the first four innings, in the Blue Jays' 10-3 win over the Rangers. It was the second time in the last three seasons that Lind had five RBIs in the first four innings of one game. The only other Blue Jays player to do that even once during that time was Lyle Overbay (against the Red Sox last August).

Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers

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Hall

HALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

From Elias: On his first at-bat Tuesday night, Bill Hall set an Astros record for strikeouts during the month of April (27), breaking a mark set by Pete Incaviglia in 1992. But the evening ended much better for Hall, who delivered a walk-off single in the Astros' 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Hall had only one other game-ending hit over the last five seasons, and that was also against St. Louis (May 25, 2009).

Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals

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Ross

BACKUP CATCHER ROSS SLAMS 2 HOMERS IN BRAVES' WIN

From Elias: David Ross hit a pair of home runs in the Braves' 8-2 win at San Diego. Ross has played more than 60 games in a season only three times (and not since 2007), but his career home-run rate of one per 19.6 at-bats is virtually the same as the career HR rates of former Braves sluggers Dale Murphy (one per 20.0 AB), Joe Adcock (19.7), and Ron Gant (20.1).

Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres

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Hernandez

HERNANDEZ IS THE KING OF DETROIT

From Elias: Felix Hernandez allowed three runs over six innings to earn the victory in the Mariners' 7-3 win over the Tigers. It was Hernandez's seventh straight win versus Detroit, the longest winning streak against the Tigers since Kelvim Escobar posted eight straight victories without a loss against Detroit over a span of more than seven years (1999-2006).

Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners

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Coke

FOR MARINERS, THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE

From Elias: Seattle's win on Tuesday was their second against Phil Coke in a span of eight days. It was the first time in nearly four years that the Mariners posted two wins against any pitcher in that short a span. Their last such victim was John Danks of the White Sox in August 2007.

Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners

METS EMERGE FROM DOLDRUMS WITH 5TH STRAIGHT WIN

From Elias: The Mets extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 win over the Nationals. It was the Mets' first five-game winning streak since they recorded eight straight victories last June. Between those two winning streaks, New York played below .400, posting the third-lowest winning percentage in the majors during that time (45-68, .398).

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

NHL

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Boucher

BOUCHER GETS EVEN 11 YEARS LATER

From Elias: Brian Boucher, making his first Game 7 start since May 2000, turned aside 26 shots in the Flyers' 5-2 win over the Sabres. Boucher's gap of 10 years and 11 months between Game 7 starts is the longest by any goaltender in NHL history, surpassing the old record of just under nine years by Terry Sawchuk (1955-1964). Boucher's only previous Game 7 appearance was his start in the Flyers' 2-1 home-ice loss to the Devils in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final.

Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres

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Cammalleri

WHO ELSE BUT CAMMALLERI & GIONTA TO FORCE GAME 7

From Elias: Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored for the Canadiens in the 2-1 win that tied their first-round series against the Bruins at three games each. Cammalleri (16) and Gionta (12) have scored 28 goals for the Canadiens over the last two playoff years, only four fewer than all other Montreal players combined (32, with no other teammate having scored more than five goals).

Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins


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