Date: May 4, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

JAMES 35 POINTS, NO TURNOVERS

From Elias: LeBron James had 35 points and no turnovers for the Heat Tuesday night. James is only the second Miami player to have that many points with no turnovers in a playoff game. Dwyane Wade had 41 points and no turnovers in Game 6 against Atlanta in 2009.

Miami Heat

CELTICS' STREAK ENDS

From Elias: The Celtics dropped Game 2 to Miami Tuesday night and now trail 2-0 in the series. Boston had won its last nine games in which they took the floor trailing in the series, an NBA record. The last time the Celtics lost a postseason game in which it was not tied or leading in a series was in the first round of the 2004 playoffs when they were swept by the Pacers.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

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Harden

OKC GETS THUNDER FROM BENCH

From Elias: James Harden came off the bench to score 21 points while Eric Maynor scored 15 as a sub in Oklahoma City's win over Memphis in Game 2. It was the first time in exactly 14 years that two players came off the bench to score at least 15 points in a playoff game for this franchise. David Wingate (19) and Sam Perkins (15) did it for the Sonics against the Suns in Game 5 in 1997.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies

MLB

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Liriano

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LIRIANO'S NO-NO

From Elias: Francisco Liriano's earned-run average of 9.13 entering Tuesday night's game was the highest for any pitcher coming into a start in which he threw a no-hitter (minimum: 5 starts). The previous high was the 6.69 ERA Jose Jimenez brought into his no-no in 1999.

The White Sox starting pitcher Tuesday night, Edwin Jackson, threw a no-hitter last season. Liriano is the first pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hit, no-run game against an opposing starting pitcher who had thrown a no-hitter the season before.

Liriano is only the second left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the White Sox in Chicago. The other was Jesse Tannehill for Boston in 1904.

Liriano walked six and struck out two in his no-hitter Tuesday night. Only one other pitcher since 1900 had four more walks than strikeouts in a no-hitter. Pittsburgh's Cliff Chambers walked eight and struck out four when he no-hit the Braves in 1951. Liriano's two strikeouts were the fewest for a pitcher in a no-hitter since the Dodgers' Jerry Reuss struck out two Giants in his no-no in 1980.

Liriano is the fifth pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter. Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010) are the others.

Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins

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Hamels

ANOTHER GREAT START FOR A PHILLIES PITCHER

From Elias: Cole Hamels allowed only one run in a complete-game win over the Nationals Tuesday night. It was the fourth straight game in which the Phillies' starting pitcher threw at least six innings and allowed no more than one run. Vance Worley, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee preceded Hamels. The Phillies had only two such stretches over the previous 15 seasons. Once in 2002 (Vicente Padilla, Brett Myers, Joe Roa and Randy Wolf) and once in 2009 (Pedro Martinez, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels).

Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

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Reyes

REYES WAS THIS CLOSE TO A WIN

From Elias: Jo-Jo Reyes was in line for his first win since June 13, 2008 until B.J. Upton spoiled it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Reyes has not earned a win in 24 starts (0-11) since that date. The last pitcher to go at least 24 consecutive starts without a win was Anthony Young, who went 27 straight starts without a "W" from 1992 to 1994 while pitching for the Mets and Cubs.

Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

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Lester

LESTER K'S 11 ANGELS

From Elias: Jon Lester struck out 11 batters for the Red Sox Tuesday night. It was the 14th double-digit strikeout game for Lester since 2009, the second-most for any pitcher over that span. Tim Lincecum has struck out at least 10 batters 17 times since 2009.

Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels

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Huff

HUFF SNAPS TIE AND SLUMP

From Elias: Aubrey Huff's 10th inning home run snapped a 6-6 tie and a 0-for-20 slump as the Giants beat the Mets. Huff is the third player over the last 20 years to snap a drought of 0-for-20 or worse with an extra-inning home run. Franklin Stubbs (0-for-23) did it for the Brewers against the Rangers' Kenny Rogers in 1992; and Adam LaRoche (0-for-25) did it for the Pirates against the Cubs' Kevin Hart in 2008.

New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

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Francoeur

FRENCHY PLAYING LIKE HE'S A ROOKIE

From Elias: Jeff Francoeur hit his seventh home run of the season for the Royals Tuesday night. Francouer's seven home runs are the most he has had through 28 games since he hit nine home runs in his first 28 games in 2005, his rookie year.

Kansas City Royals

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Upton

ANOTHER UPTON HOME RUN

From Elias: Justin Upton's eighth-inning home run gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Rockies. That home run came a few hours after his brother B.J. hit a ninth-inning walk-off home run for the Rays against the Blue Jays. It marked the fifth time that the Upton brothers both homered on the same day.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

TRIBE IS FIRST TEAM TO 20 WINS

From Elias: The Indians became the first major league team to 20 wins when they beat the A's Tuesday night. It's the sixth time that Cleveland has been the outright (not tied) first major-league team to 20 victories. They also did it in 1916, 1920, 1952, 1954 and 1999.

Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics

NHL

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Roloson

ROLOSON ROLLS ON

From Elias: Dwayne Roloson won his sixth consecutive game as the Lightning beat the Capitals Tuesday night. The 41-year old Roloson's six-game winning streak is the second-longest ever in one playoff year by a goaltender who had already celebrated his 40th birthday. Jacques Plante won eight straight playoff games for the Blues in 1969 at age 40.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals

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Stamkos

BOLTS COMEBACK WIN

From Elias: The Lightning took a commanding three-games-to-none lead in their series against the Capitals after Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone scored goals 24 seconds apart in the third period to turn a 3-2 deficit for Tampa Bay into a 4-3 lead and eventual win by that score. It was only the second time in franchise history that the Lightning won a playoff game in regulation time after trailing in the third period. They also did that at Ottawa in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Senators in 2006 (trailed 3-2, won 4-3).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals

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Kesler

KESLER PPG IN OT

From Elias: Ryan Kesler's power play goal at 10:45 of overtime gave the Canucks a win over the Predators. It was the fourth overtime power play goal in the playoffs in Canucks history. Trevor Linden versus Calgary in 1994, Trent Klatt and Brent Sopel against Minnesota in 2003 were the other Canucks to do it.

Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators


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