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WADE AND JAMES SEND CELTICS PACKING
From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 34 points and LeBron James added 33 in the Heat's 97-87 win against the Celtics on Wednesday night. They are the first two teammates to each score at least 30 points in a playoff win that eliminated the Celtics from the postseason.
Wade averaged 30.2 points per game in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, and James scored 28.0 points per game. The last pair of teammates to each average at least 28 points per game in a playoff series were the Suns' Steve Nash (30.3) and Amar'e Stoudemire (28.8) in 2005 against the Mavericks. No other teammates ever before each averaged at least 28 points per game in a playoff series win against the Celtics.
THUNDER WINS WITH DEFENSE
From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 99-72 on Wednesday night, holding Memphis to 20-or-fewer points in every quarter. It was the first time in eight years that the Oklahoma City franchise did not permit more than 20 points in any quarter of a regular-season or playoff game. That had last happened on March 24, 2003, when the Sonics beat the Suns, 82-73.
HOSMER HITS FIRST HOMER
From Elias: Eric Hosmer hit his first major-league home run on Wednesday night, helping the Royals to a 4-3 extra-inning win in the Bronx. Two members of the 500-home run club hit their first big-league homers as a visiting player at the old Yankee Stadium: Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Among the many other players to do that were Kent Hrbek and three guys not best-known for their hitting: Mark Belanger, Tommy John and Luis Tiant.
THREES ARE WILD FOR MARTINEZ
From Elias: Victor Martinez was 3-for-4, with a home run and three RBI against the Twins on Wednesday, making him only the third major-league player in the last six seasons to collect at least three hits with three or more RBI in each of three consecutive games. The other players to do that during that period, each did so for the Marlins: Hanley Ramirez in 2010 and Cody Ross in 2008.
JONES GOES 3-FOR-3 AGAINST HERNANDEZ
From Elias: Adam Jones was 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple off Felix Hernandez on Wednesday night, exactly one month after Jayson Nix went 3-for-3 against the reigning Cy Young award winner. That already equals the total number of players who produced a 3-for-3 (or better) game against Hernandez all of last season, when Joaquin Arias and Ryan Sweeney each did so.
PRINCE JOINS FATHER IN 200-HR CLUB
From Elias: Prince Fielder hit his 200th career home run on Wednesday. He and his dad, Cecil (319 homers), are the fourth father-son tandem to each hit at least 200 homers in the major leagues. The others are Bobby and Barry Bonds, Felipe and Moises Alou, and Gus and Buddy Bell.
LUDWICK SNAPS FIRST-INNING DROUGHT
From Elias: Ryan Ludwick hit an RBI-single in the first inning and added a two-run homer later on in the Padres' 13-6 win at Milwaukee. Ludwick entered the game 0-for-19 in the first inning this season. There are now no major-league players who've had at least 10 first-inning at-bats this season and are still hitless in that frame.
INDIANS' HOME WINNING STREAK ENDS WITH THUD
From Elias: The Rays took a 7-0 lead and cruised to an 8-2 win at Cleveland, ending the Indians' 14-game home winning streak. The only larger shutout lead that Tampa Bay ever owned against Cleveland was a 10-0 advantage on Memorial Day 2009, but the Indians rallied to win that game, 11-10!
VOTTO EXTENDS EXTRA-BASE HIT STREAK AT MINUTE MAID PARK
From Elias: Joey Votto hit a triple against the Astros on Wednesday, giving him at least one extra-base hit in each of his last 10 games at Minute Maid Park. That ties the longest streak of consecutive games with an extra-base hit by a visiting player at a particular ballpark in the last 15 years. Dmitri Young had a 10-game streak of that type at Tropicana Field, from 2003 to 2006.
DAVIS ROCKS RED SOX FROM BOTTOM OF ORDER
From Elias: Rajai Davis was 4-for-4, with two runs scored and two RBI against the Red Sox on Wednesday night. It's the only time in the last three seasons that a major-league player starting in the ninth slot in the batting order had a 4-for-4 (or better) game with at least two runs scored and multiple RBI.
DODGERS BLANK BUCS
From Elias: The Dodgers blanked the Pirates 2-0 at PNC Park on Wednesday, giving them their lowest-scoring shutout victory in Pittsburgh since August 20, 1982, when Fernando Valenzuela threw a complete-game two-hit shutout and Ron Cey hit a home run in a 1-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium.
NATS WIN WITH LATE RALLY
From Elias: The Nationals trailed in Atlanta 3-1 heading into the ninth inning, but rallied to beat the Braves in 11 innings, 7-3. It was the first time in six years that Washington won a road game in which it trailed by two or more runs in the ninth inning or later. The Nationals last such victory was also at Turner Field, a 4-3 triumph on April 12, 2005 in which they scored three runs in the ninth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
ROLLINS COMES THROUGH
From Elias: Jimmy Rollins' two-run single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Philadelphia a 5-3 victory over Florida. It was the second time that Rollins produced a game-wining RBI against the Marlins in the ninth inning or later. The first instance was in September 2004, when he hit a 10th-inning homer off Armando Benitez in Florida.