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MLB SCORING DOWN
From Elias: As the calendar turns to May, it's worth noting that the overall batting average (.251) and the average of runs per game (8.6) are both the lowest in Major League Baseball, through the end of April, in the past 19 seasons. The last lower figures came in 1992 (8.2 runs per game and a .249 batting average through the end of April).
There were 94 runs scored in the 15 games on Saturday, tying the third-lowest total on a day of exactly 15 games since the major leagues expanded to 30 teams in 1998. There were 89 runs on Apr. 27, 2008; 91 on June 14, 1998; and 94 on June 20, 2004.
ETHIER EXTENDS HITTING STREAK
From Elias: Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 26 games on Saturday (that's the longest hitting streak by a Dodgers player since Willie Davis had a 31-game streak in 1969). Of the 26 teams that have been in the major leagues since 1970, now only the Yankees and Athletics haven't had a player with a hitting streak of more than 25 games since 1970.
CASTRO TIES A-ROD's RECORD
From Elias: Starlin Castro finished April with 40 hits, tying the most hits in April by a player 21 or younger. Alex Rodriguez had 40 hits in April 1997 for Seattle. That was A-Rod's third month of 40 or more hits in the majors (the previous season he had 46 in July and 54 in August)!
BIG GAME JAMES ON A ROLL
From Elias: James Shields got no decision on Saturday despite throwing eight innings and allowing only one run. Shields has gone at least eight innings allowing no more than one run in each of his last three starts. No other pitcher has done that this season; the only ones to have a streak like that in 2010 were Felix Hernandez and Matt Cain (four straight). Shields is the first pitcher in the history of the Tampa Bay franchise to fashion such a streak.
METS NO MATCH FOR HALLADAY
From Elias: Roy Halladay, who beat the Mets on Saturday, has now won each of his last seven starts against them. Only four active pitchers have won their last seven (or more) starts against one team: Halladay has an eight-game streak against Washington; Derek Lowe has won his last 10 starts vs. Pittsburgh; Livan Hernandez has won his last eight against his current team, Washington; and Bronson Arroyo has wins in his last seven starts versus Houston.
From Elias: The Cardinals had a late-inning comeback for the second straight day against the Braves. It's the first time since July 2006, in Houston, that the Cardinals have won consecutive games when trailing in the eighth inning or later.
Atlanta hadn't lost consecutive home games when leading in the eighth inning or later since July 1997 against the Mets.
2 HITS, 14 REACH SAFELY FOR NATIONALS
From Elias: The odd batting line of the day belongs to the Nationals, who had only two hits but had 12 batters reach safely via walk or hit by pitch. Over the last 30 years only one other team has had two or fewer hits in a game in which it had at least 12 walks-plus-hit batters. That was when the Athletics had two hits and 12 walks on April 12, 1994 against the Blue Jays.
REDS' TWO-OUT HITTING LEADS TO WIN
From Elias: The Reds went 10-for-19 with two outs on Saturday against the Marlins, including Edgar Renteria's 10th-inning single, his first walk-off hit since Aug. 9, 2005. Florida's pitchers had held opponents to a .165 batting average with two outs over their previous 14 games (April 13-29).
INDIANS KEEP WINNING
From Elias: The Indians' win on Saturday was their 12th straight at home after two losses to open the season. This is only the second season in which Cleveland won at least 12 of their first 14 home games; the Indians also did it in 1941.
WHITE SOX SKID CONTINUES
From Elias: The White Sox have lost six straight home games and they haven't scored more than four runs in any of those games. It's the first time since they played at Old Comiskey Park that the White Sox have lost six straight home games while scoring no more than four runs in any game (they had an 11-game streak like that in May/June 1989).
ROYALS POUR IT ON AGAINST TWINS
From Elias: The Royals exploded for eight runs, all after two men were out, in the eighth inning of their win over the Twins on Saturday. That's the most two-out runs the Royals have scored in one inning since May 19, 1993, when they had nine in the first inning against Oakland.
RANGERS END ANDERSON STREAK
From Elias: The Rangers hit three home runs in five innings against Brett Anderson on Saturday. Entering the game, Anderson had not allowed a home run in his last 57¿ innings, which had been the longest current streak for any starting pitcher. That distinction now rests on the shoulders of Matt Garza, who has a 55-inning homerless streak (after throwing eight innings without allowing a home run on Saturday).
It was only the second time that Anderson allowed three home runs in one game. The Yankees hit three against him in his third major-league start, on April 22, 2009.
THE "A" IS FOR APRIL
From Elias: A.J. Burnett's win on Saturday improved his career record in April to 20-10 (.667). That moved him past Josh Beckett (23-12, .657) into second place on the list of highest April winning percentage among active pitchers with at least 25 decisions in the month, behind Brad Penny (26-11, .703).
A FIRST FOR ICHIRO
From Elias: Ichiro had two hits, two walks and two stolen bases in the Mariners' win over the Red Sox on Saturday. It's the first time in his major-league career that Ichiro has had at least two hits, walks and stolen bases in one game.
BOSTON 0-FOR WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION
From Elias: The Red Sox went hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position in their loss to the Mariners on Saturday, their largest 0-for with RISP in a game at Fenway Park since they went 0-for-16 against the Yankees on Aug. 18, 2006.
BOURGEOIS A HOMETOWN HERO
From Elias: Jason Bourgeois, who was born in Houston, had the walk-off hit for the Astros on Saturday. He's the first Houston-born player with a walk-off hit for the Astros since Craig Reynolds had six of them between 1979 and 1986.
BRUINS WIN BIG IN GAME 1
From Elias: The Bruins opened their second-round series against the Flyers with a 7-3 win in Philadelphia. The Bruins' seven goals were the most that they have ever scored when playing the first game of a playoff series on the road. Their previous high was six, last done at Montreal in 1992. They had not scored as many as seven goals in Game 1 of any playoff series since they beat the Sabres, 7-3, in the 1988 first-round opener at Boston Garden.
Before Saturday, the Flyers had never allowed more than six goals in a playoff series opener, home or road. The four-goal margin of defeat matched their worst Game 1 loss (6-2 at home against the Rangers in 1986).
KREJCI LEADS BRUINS TO WIN
From Elias: David Krejci had two goals and two assists in the Bruins' 7-3 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. Krejci's four points were the most by a Boston player in a road playoff game since 1988, when Ken Linseman recorded two goals and two assists in a 6-1 Bruins victory at New Jersey in Game 3 of the Wales Conference Final.
ROOKIES PROVIDING DRAMA IN PLAYOFFS
From Elias: Matt Halischuk became the fourth rookie to score in overtime this postseason, joining Ben Smith, Tyler Ennis and Benn Ferriero. It's only the second time in NHL playoff history that at least four rookies scored an OT goal in one playoff year. It also happened in 1968, when five players did it: Larry Keenan, Jacques Lemaire, Don Blackburn, Milan Marcetta and Gary Sabourin.
SUTER SNAPS LUONGO STREAK
From Elias: Ryan Suter's goal with 1:07 left in the third period snapped Roberto Luongo's playoff shutout streak at 126:11, which was the longest of his career. Luongo's previous longest shutout streak in postseason play was 106:08 spanning last year's playoffs and this year's.