Date: May 17, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Mazzaro

MAZZARO BLASTED IN INDIANS' ROMP AT KANSAS CITY

From Elias: Apologies in advance to the friends of family of Vin Mazzaro, but his performance on Monday night was so remarkable that it earned the leadoff spot in today's Elias Says. Mazzaro allowed 14 runs, all of them earned, in 2.1 innings of the Royals' 19-1 loss to the Indians. Here's the roll call on what Mazzaro accomplished:

He was the first pitcher since 1900 to allow as many as 14 runs in one game while pitching less than three innings. He was the first relief pitcher to allow 14 or more runs in a game since Tommy Warren of the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 30, 1944. He was only the fifth relief pitcher ever to allow 14 or more earned runs in one game. The last was Les McCrabb of the Philadelphia Athletics on April 16, 1942.

The Indians scored more runs on Monday night than the Browns scored in 10 of their 16 games during the 2010 NFL season.

Kansas City Royals

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Burnett

BURNETT & ZAMBRANO, TWO OF A KIND

From Elias: At the start of play on Monday night, A.J. Burnett and Carlos Zambrano had identical career records of 64-1 when staked to a lead of four or more runs. Both pitchers were cruising with four-run leads when they took the mound in the bottom of the sixth in their respective games; neither survived the inning and both pitchers suffered a loss.

The Rays scored five times in the sixth in a 6-5 win over the Yankees. Burnett's last such loss¿that is, after holding a lead of at least four runs¿came as a member of the Marlins nearly 10 years ago (July 29, 2001 against the Reds).

The Reds scored seven runs in the sixth for a 7-4 win over the Cubs. Zambrano's previous loss after holding a four-run lead came in 2007, and it also came against Cincinnati.

New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs

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Granderson

GRANDERSON MASHES 2 TOP LEFTIES

From Elias: Curtis Granderson, who went 196 at-bats without a home run off a left-handed pitcher as recently as 2009-2010, homered off David Price one day after taking Jon Lester deep. Granderson leads the majors with seven home runs off southpaws; over the last eight years, only one other left-handed batter hit seven homers in his first 50 ABs of a season against left-handed pitchers: Luke Scott in 2009.

A note on Granderson's most recent homers, off Price (34-16 career record) and Lester (66-26): Over the last 25 years, the only other LHB to homer on consecutive days against southpaws with career winning percentages of .600 or better (minimum 20 wins) was Rafael Palmeiro, off Barry Zito and Mark Mulder in April 2003.

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

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Upton

THE UPTONS ARE IN SYNC, POWER-WISE

From Elias: B.J. Upton's sixth-inning home run was the game-winning hit in the Rays' victory, and his brother, Justin, homered for the Diamondbacks later in the evening. It was the seventh time that the Upton brother homered on the same day. That the highest such total by any pair of brothers since Bret Boone retired having hit a home run on the same day as his brother Aaron 19 times, an all-time MLB record.

Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Badenhop

BADENHOP REWARDS RODRIGUEZ'S GAMBLE

From Elias: Burke Badenhop might not be your choice to bat with the potential lead run in scoring position in the 11th inning. But that, my friend, is why you don't manage the Marlins. Edwin Rodriguez sent his relief pitcher to the plate with one hit in 23 career at-bats, and Badenhop delivered a two-strike, game-winning single in a 2-1 victory over the Mets. He was only the second pitcher in the last 15 years to drive in a winning run in overtime while possessing a career batting average below .100. The other was Randy Keisler of the Reds in 2005 (0-for-4).

Florida Marlins, New York Mets

RED SOX RALLY FROM 6-0 DEFICIT TO TOP O'S

From Elias: The Red Sox rallied for five runs in the sixth inning and Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run walkoff double to give Boston an 8-7 win over Baltimore. It was the first win in Terry Francona's eight seasons as manager in which the Red Sox overcame a deficit of six or more runs in the sixth inning or later.

Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles

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Bautista

FOR THIS ONE NIGHT, CALL HIM ICHIRO BAUTISTA

From Elias: Jose Bautista did his finest Ichiro impersonation, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, the second of which started the Blue Jays' game-winning rally in a 4-2 victory at Detroit. Since last September, Bautista has more two-homer games (5) than he has games with two or more singles (4).

Toronto Blue Jays

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Lewis

LEWIS BLANKS WHITE SOX

From Elias: Colby Lewis pitched the first shutout of his career, scattering five hits in the Rangers' 4-0 victory at Chicago. It was the second complete-game shutout against the White Sox in the past two weeks, the first being Francisco Liriano's no-hitter on May 3. Prior to that, no starting pitcher had blanked the Sox since September 2009, when Luke Hochevar of the Royals tossed a three-hit shutout at Comiskey Park.

Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox

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Lee

LEE WALKS 6, A CAREER HIGH

From Elias: The Cardinals took advantage of six bases on balls against Cliff Lee in a 3-1 victory over the Phillies. It was the most walks Lee has issued in one game in a career spanning 227 starts. Of the 40 active pitchers with at least 200 starts, the only one never to walk six batters in a game is Dan Haren (231 starts).

Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals

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Lincecum

FREAK CAN'T CONTROL HIMSELF IN LOSS TO ROCKIES

From Elias: On a similar note, Tim Lincecum walked six batters and suffered the loss in the Rockies' 7-4 win over the Giants. It was the second time in his last five starts that Lincecum issued six walks, a total he didn't reach in any of his 126 previous starts.

San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies

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Pineda

SEATTLE'S KID PHENOM PERFORMS A MAN'S JOB

From Elias: As the rookie teammate of the defending AL Cy Young Award winner, Michael Pineda probably didn't expect to play the role of stopper this season¿as in stopper of losing streaks. But that's just what Pineda did on Monday night, when he pitched seven scoreless innings in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Twins, snapping Seattle's losing streak at six games. No rookie starter ended a losing streak that long with a scoreless outing during the entire 2010 season.

Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins

BOTTOM OF THE ORDER POWERS NATS TO WIN

From Elias: Home runs from infielders Danny Espinosa and Jerry Hairston powered the Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Pirates. It was only the second time in the team's seven seasons in Washington that its starters in both the seventh and eighth spots in the batting order homered in the same game. Ronnie Belliard and Wil Nieves did it at Cincinnati in 2009.

Espinosa had only eight hits in his last 74 at-bats prior to the home run (.108). Those numbers are similar to Sam Fuld's prior to his home run for Tampa Bay on Monday night. Fuld had nine hits in his previous 81 ABs (.111)

Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Hinske

HINSKE IS THE UNLIKELY STAR OF BRAVES' WIN

From Elias: Eric Hinske's third hit of the game was a seventh-inning tie-breaking single that gave the Braves a 3-2 win over the Astros. It was the first time since 2006 that Hinske drove in the winning run in a three-hit performance.

Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros


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