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THERE WAS A LID ON THE BASKET IN THE FOURTH QUARTER
From Elias: The Bulls and Heat combined for 24 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2. That matches the third-fewest fourth-quarter points for two teams combined in an NBA playoff game in the shot clock era. Cleveland and New Jersey combined for 19 points in the final stanza in Game 5 in 2007, Atlanta and Miami (21) in Game 1 in 2009, Utah and Portland (24) in Game 1 in 1999.
WEAVER MAKES HISTORY
From Elias: Jered Weaver won his first six starts and has lost his last four starts. Only one other pitcher in major-league history won his first six starts of the season and then lost his next four starts: Jumbo McGinnis of the St. Louis team of the American Association in 1884.
HAMELS MATCHES HALLADAY
From Elias: Cole Hamels has struck out at least six batters and issued one or fewer walks in each of his last five starts. Only one other Phillies pitcher since 1900 had such a streak: Roy Halladay did it for five straight starts last season.
BARTLETT STREAK COMES TO AN END
From Elias: Jason Bartlett's streak of nine consecutive games with a run batted in came to an end Wednesday night. Bartlett did not hit a home run in any of those nine games. Over the last 65 years only one other player had an RBI in nine consecutive games without hitting a home run: Kirby Puckett had a 10-game streak for the Twins in September 1988.
PEAVY'S BIG GAME
From Elias: Jake Peavy threw a three-hit shutout without allowing a walk and striking out eight batters Wednesday night. The last Chisox pitcher to have such a game, that is, a complete-game shutout, while allowing three or fewer hits, no walks with at least eight strikeouts was rookie Melido Perez at Kansas City on the next to last day of the season in 1988. Perez blanked the Royals on two hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
JETER GETS CAREER HIT No. 300 VS. O'S
From Elias: Derek Jeter singled to lead off the first inning in Baltimore. It was career hit No. 300 for Jeter against the Orioles. Jeter is the first major-leaguer to collect 300 hits against one franchise since Tony Gwynn retired after the 2000 season with at least 300 hits against four different teams: the Astros, Braves, Giants and Reds.
NOESI WINS IN OVERTIME IN MLB DEBUT
From Elias: Hector Noesi, making his major-league debut, pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win in the Yankees' 15-inning victory over the Orioles. The last pitcher to earn a win in his major league debut by pitching at least four scoreless innings in an extra-inning game was Scott Bankhead for the Royals against the White Sox on May 25, 1986.
ANOTHER BUCS CG AT CINCY
From Elias: Charlie Morton pitched a five-hit shutout at Cincinnati Wednesday night. It was the third complete game by a Pirates pitcher at Cincinnati this season. Charlie Morton had another one on April 15 and Kevin Correia had one on April 18. The last time the Pirates had three road complete games against the same team in one season was in 1991 at St. Louis: Zane Smith (twice), John Smiley and Doug Drabek were the pitchers.
TURNER IS TURNING HEADS
From Elias: Justin Turner has had two hits and at least one RBI in each of his last three games, tying a Mets rookie record. Six other Mets rookies had at least two hits and one RBI in three consecutive games: Rod Kanehl in 1962, Benny Ayala in 1974, Hubie Brooks in 1980 and 1981, Edgardo Alfonzo in 1995, Alex Ochoa in 1996 and Ike Davis in 2010.
SOX BEAT TIGERS 1-0 AT FENWAY
From Elias: The Red Sox beat the Tigers 1-0 at Fenway Park Wednesday night. It was the first 1-0 game in Boston between these two teams since September 28, 1978. In that 1978 game, Mike Torrez (three hits allowed, seven walks) outdueled Kip Young. The only run scored when Jim Rice led off the fourth inning with a home run.
3+3 EQUALS 6 FOR RAYS
From Elias: The Rays scored three runs in the second inning and three runs in the third inning in their 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay has scored three or more runs in an inning 25 times this season, tying them with Cleveland for the most such innings for any American League team this season.
CAIN THROWS ZEROS AT DODGERS
From Elias: Matt Cain did not allow a run to the Dodgers until the fifth inning, extending his scoreless innings streak against the Dodgers to 20. The last Giants starting pitcher to throw 20 consecutive scoreless innings against the Dodgers was Jason Schmidt. Schmidt threw 20¿ scoreless innings against the Dodgers in 2003.
LOHSE IS EFFICIENT
From Elias: Kyle Lohse threw 102 pitches in eight innings in his win Wednesday night, an average of 12.8 pitches per inning. Lohse is averaging only 13.764 pitchers per inning this season, the third-lowest average for any pitcher who qualifies for his league's ERA title. The only two pitchers with a lower pitches per inning than Lohse are Tim Hudson (13.717) and James Shields (13.759).
BIEKSA PUNISHES SHARKS
From Elias: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa led the Canucks to a 7-3 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final with a goal, an assist and a fighting major. Bieksa is the second player to record a "Gordie Howe hat trick" in this year's playoffs, joining Boston's Nathan Horton, who did that in Game 3 of the Bruins' second-round series against the Flyers. Bieksa's fighting major was his third in the 2011 playoffs. Since 1995, the only other NHL player to rack up three fighting majors in one playoff year was Calgary's Jarome Iginla in 2004.