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NBA - Longest Layoffs Between Series
By the time the Mavericks play Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday, 9 days will have passed since their last game. However, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that wait doesn't even make the top-5 list of longest layoffs between series in NBA history. In fact, the Cavs endured a pair of 9-day waits in the 2009 playoffs.
LONGEST LAYOFFS BETWEEN PLAYOFF SERIES NBA HISTORY DAYS NEXT SERIES RESULT '82 Lakers 12 Won NBA Finals '04 Pacers 11 Won Conf Semifinals '03 Nets 11 Lost NBA Finals >Many others 10 -- >Most recent: '01 Lakers (won NBA Finals) SOURCE: ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
RANDOLPH AND GRIZ FORCE GAME 7
From Elias: Zach Randolph had 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Grizzlies avoided elimination and forced a Game 7 with a win over the Thunder. The last player to have that many points and rebounds in a win that forced a Game 7 was Shaquille O'Neal for the Lakers against the Kings in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Shaq had 41 points and 17 rebounds in Game 6 of that series and followed that up with 35 points and 13 rebounds in a Game 7 victory.
VERLANDER FOLLOWS GEM WITH A GEM
From Elias: Justin Verlander allowed two hits over eight innings for the Tigers Friday, the start after his no-hitter. Verlander is the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan to pitch at least eight innings and allow two or fewer hits in his first start following a no-hitter. Ryan threw a two-hit complete game the start after his fourth career no-hitter in June 1975.
ROMERO FLIRTS WITH NO-NO AGAIN
From Elias: Ricky Romero's no-hit bid ended with two outs in the sixth inning Friday night. It was the third time in his career that Romero took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He did it once in 2009 against the Phillies (ended with a Chase Utley single in the seventh inning), once in 2010 (ended with an Alex Rios home run in the eighth), and now once in 2011. Only two other pitchers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at least once in each of the last three seasons: Tim Lincecum (twice in 2009, once in 2010 and twice this season) and Yovani Gallardo.
GONZO OFF TO GOOD START WITH SOX
From Elias: Adrian Gonzalez has eight home runs and 31 RBI in 38 games for the Red Sox this season. Gonzalez is the sixth player to have that many home runs and RBI in his first 38 games with the team. The others are Jimmie Foxx (11 HR, 35 RBI), Ted Williams (8, 38), Walt Dropo (10, 34), Carl Everett (13, 38) and Manny Ramirez (13, 46).
OGANDO CHASING FERGIE AND CHARLIE
From Elias: Alexi Ogando improved his record to 4-0 with a 2.06 earned run average in his first seven career major league starts. Only two pitchers in Rangers history won at least four games with an ERA that low in his first seven starts with the team: Ferguson Jenkins (6-1, 1.58 ERA) and Charlie Hough (5-2, 1.73).
HAFNER TURNS LOSS INTO WIN FOR TRIBE
From Elias: Travis Hafner hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to turn a deficit into a win for the Indians Friday night. It was the first two-out, walk-off home with the team trailing in almost nine years. The last such homer by an Indians player was hit by Bell Selby off Mariano Rivera on July 14, 2002. Selby's grand slam turned a 7-6 Yankees lead into a 10-7 Tribe victory.
GALLARDO EARNS CAREER WIN #40
From Elias: Yovani Gallardo earned career win #40 in the Brewers win over the Pirates at the ripe old age 25 years, 75 days. Only three pitchers in Brewers history reached 40 wins at a younger age than Gallardo: Lary Sorenson (23 years, 350 days), Jim Slaton (24, 319) and Moose Haas (24, 364).
MAYBIN HAS BIG NIGHT
From Elias: Cameron Maybin went 4-for-4 with two homers, three runs scored and three runs batted in for the Padres Friday night. Maybin is only the second player in Padres history to go 4-for-4 or better with at least two homers, three runs scored and three RBI in a game. The other was Damian Jackson on June 26, 2005 versus Seattle.
BUMGARNER CAN'T BUY A WIN
From Elias: Madison Bumgarner is 0-6 with a respectable 4.25 ERA in eight starts. The last pitcher to go winless with at least two losses through his first eight starts with an ERA that low was the Cubs' Juan Cruz in 2002. Cruz was 0-7 with a 3.86 earned-run average through eight starts that season. The last Giants pitcher to have such a start was Terry Mulholland in 1986 (0-6, 3.89 ERA).
HOWARD THREE-RUN HOMER IN FIRST INNING
From Elias: Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the first inning in the Phillies' win over the Braves. Howard has 152 first-inning runs batted in since 2006, 16 more than any other player in the major leagues over that span. David Wright is next on the list with 136.
YOUNG GUN THROWS 4-HIT SHUTOUT
From Elias: Jeremy Hellickson, 24 years old, threw a four-hit shutout for the Rays Friday night. Hellickson is the second pitcher under the age of 25 to throw a shutout and allow four or fewer hits in a game this season. Jaime Garcia (also 24) has done it twice.
MARLINS LOVE DC
From Elias: The Marlins have won their last seven games in Washington. That matches the second-longest current road winning streak for one team against another in the major leagues. The Phillies have won their last 11 games in San Diego, the Cubs have won seven straight in Washington and the Red Sox have won their last seven in Anaheim.
REDS OVERCOME FOUR-RUN DEFICIT
From Elias: The Reds overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Cardinals 6-5 Friday night. It was the third time this season that the Reds won a game in which they trailed by at least four runs, the most for any team in the majors
NO LEAD IS SAFE FOR THE ASTROS
From Elias: The Astros blew a 4-0 lead in their loss to the Mets. It was the sixth time this season that Houston lost a game in which it led by at least three runs, the most for any team in the majors and one shy of its total for the entire 2010 season.
ANGELS ARE SUPERSTITIOUS
From Elias: The Angels lost to the Rangers Friday night, dropping their record to 12-30 (.286) on games played on Friday the 13th. That's the worst such record for any major league team.