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BOSH HARDLY MISSES
From Elias: Chris Bosh scored a game-high 34 points on the strength of 13 of 18 shooting from the floor to lead the Heat to a Game 3 win over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. Bosh, who made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts in Game 1 and shot 4 of 8 from the floor in Game 2, has a .674 field-goal percentage (29 for 43) in the series against Chicago. Over the last 26 years (1986-2011), only the Heat's Dwyane Wade (.688 vs. Detroit in 2006) and the Lakers' Pau Gasol (.696 vs. Phoenix in 2010) had higher field-goal percentages through the first three games of a Conference Finals series than Bosh (minimum: 25 field goals).
SHIELDS HURLS THREE-HIT SHUTOUT WITH 13 STRIKEOUTS
From Elias: James Shields threw a three-hit shutout while striking out 13 Marlins in the Rays' victory at Miami. The only other pitcher to register a shutout with three or fewer hits allowed and 13 or more strikeouts in an interleague game was Pedro Martinez (three hits, 14 strikeouts), who did it for the Expos in a 1-0 win over the Tigers at Olympic Stadium on June 14, 1997 (during the first year of interleague play).
OSWALT JINXED BY THE RANGERS
From Elias: Roy Oswalt was the tough-luck loser as the Rangers defeated the Phillies, 2-0. Oswalt, who allowed only one run in seven innings on Sunday, has lost his last six starts against Texas, five of which came during interleague play for the Astros (2006-2010). Oswalt has never lost more than four consecutive starts against any other team.
WALKOFF WINS IN THE CITY BY THE BAY
From Elias: Emmanuel Burriss's RBI single off Brian Fuentes in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Giants a 5-4 win over the Athletics on Sunday, two days after Aubrey Huff smacked a tenth-inning game-ending hit off Fuentes. It was the third series this season in which the Giants registered a pair of walkoff wins. They also did it against the Cardinals (April 8-9) and Rockies (May 6-7). No other major-league team has played more than one series this season in which it registered a pair of walkoff wins. It was the second series of Fuentes's career in which he was on the mound for two walkoff losses. He was previously victimized in that manner by the Astros (while pitching for the Rockies), June 28-29, 2007.
YANKEES SCORE EIGHT IN SEVENTH ON SMALL BALL
From Elias: The Yankees rode an eight-run seventh inning to a 9-3 win over the Mets. The Bronx Bombers scored those eight runs without the benefit of a home run, which might silence critics (at least for a day or two) who claim that the club's league-leading offense is too reliant on the long ball. The Yankees have scored eight or more runs in an inning 27 times over the last ten seasons, but their outburst on Sunday was only the second time over that span (2002-2011) that they did so without the aid of a home run.
CABRERA 5-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI
From Elias: Asdrubal Cabrera led the Indians to a three-game sweep of the Reds on Sunday as he became the fourth player, all American Leaguers, to go 5-for-5 or better with two or more home runs and at least five RBIs in an interleague game. The others were Cal Ripken (Balt. at Atl., June 13, 1999), Josh Hamilton (Tex. vs. Hou., May 16, 2008) and Dustin Pedroia (Bos. at Col., June 24, 2010).
VOLQUEZ CAN'T STOP THE SWEEP
From Elias: The Reds' losing streak reached five games with their third straight loss to the Indians when Edinson Volquez, who allowed seven runs in 2? innings, couldn't stop the bleeding for Cincinnati on Sunday. Volquez had started six previous games during his career in which the Reds faced the possibility of being swept in a series and he had won all six of those games while posting a 0.65 ERA.
JIMENEZ CAN'T BUY A WIN
From Elias: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed only two hits in eight innings but he still came up on the short end of the Brewers' 3-1 decision over the Rockies. Jimenez is 0-4 in eight starts this season and he's 0-6 in his last 11 regular-season starts dating back to last year. Jimenez's 11 consecutive winless starts tie him for the third-longest current streak of its kind in the majors. Jo-Jo Reyes (27) and Mike O'Connor (12) own the longer streaks.
RASMUS WALKS FIVE TIMES OFF FIVE DIFFERENT PITCHERS
From Elias: Colby Rasmus drew five walks, each against a different pitcher, in the Cardinals' win at Kansas City, including one with the bases loaded in the tenth inning that gave St. Louis the lead. Rasmus was the first player to draw walks off five different pitchers in one game since Milton Bradley did so for the Rangers at Toronto on April 16, 2008.
HOME-RUN DROUGHT ENDS FOR HUNTER
From Elias: Torii Hunter snapped a homerless streak of 99 at-bats with a two-run go-ahead shot off Derek Lowe in the fourth inning to spark the Angels to a 4-1 win over the Braves. It was Hunter's longest home-run drought since he went 121 at-bats between round-trippers spanning the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
LATE GAME-WINNING HOMER FOR GUERRERO
From Elias: Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Nationals. It was Guerrero's 23rd career game-winning homer in the seventh inning or later. He's six shy of the active leaders, Jim Thome and Andruw Jones (29 each). Guerrero hit 13 of those homers for the Expos, eight for the Angels, and one each for the Rangers and Orioles.
FOUR HITS AND FIVE RBIs FOR ALEXEI
From Elias: Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs to lead the White Sox to an 8-3 win over the Dodgers. Ramirez was the fifth shortstop in White Sox history to collect four or more hits while driving in at least five runs in a game. The others to do so were Luke Appling (1935), Chico Carrasquel (1952), Craig Wilson (1998) and Jose Valentin (2000 and 2004).
PORCELLO HOLDS BUCS HITLESS THROUGH FIVE
From Elias: Rick Porcello (one hit in eight innings) and Jose Valverde combined on a two-hitter as the Tigers defeated the Pirates, 2-0, in Pittsburgh. Porcello, who held the Bucs without a hit until Ronny Cedeno led off the sixth inning with a double, had never held an opponent hitless past the fourth inning in any of his 65 previous major-league starts.
D-BACKS BACK AT .500
From Elias: The Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Twins to even their record for the season at 23-23. Arizona has won eight of its last nine games, after being a season-low seven games under .500 following a loss to the Dodgers on May 13. This is the second season in franchise history in which the D-backs have made it back to .500 after falling seven games below that mark. Arizona was 8-15 in April 2003 before evening its record at 36-36 and finishing with an 84-78 mark.
ANOTHER BAKER'S DOZEN OF PADRES WHIFFS
From Elias: Felix Hernandez struck out 13 batters over eight innings to defeat the Padres. It was the second straight game, and the seventh this season, in which Padres batters registered 13 or more strikeouts. The only other major-league team with even half as many 13-strikeout games this season as the Padres is Houston (four such games).
IT'S WANDY OR NOTHING
CANUCKS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE
From Elias: Game 4 of the Vancouver-San Jose series was goalless until the middle of the second period when the Canucks took a 3-0 lead by scoring three power play goals in a span of 1:55, all with a two-man advantage. Not only were the Canucks the first team in NHL playoff history to score three 5-on-3 power play goals in one period, they were the first NHL team ever to score three PPGs with a two-man edge in one playoff game. In fact, Vancouver was only the second team in NHL playoff history to score three power play goals in less than two minutes, regardless of how many extra men they had on ice. The Canadiens scored three power play goals in a 56-second span against the Red Wings in Game 2 of the 1954 Stanley Cup Final.
From Elias: Henrik Sedin assisted on all four goals by the Canucks in their 4-2 win at San Jose in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. He's the first player in Canucks history to record four assists in one playoff game and the first NHL player with four assists in a Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final game since 1998, when Andrei Nikolishin had assists on all four Washington goals in the Capitals' overtime win at Buffalo in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.
From Elias: Henrik Sedin tallied four points and his brother Daniel notched three in Vancouver's win. It was the fifth time in NHL history that brothers each scored at least three points in the same playoff game. The other brother duos to accomplish that feat were Don and Nick Metz (1942 Maple Leafs), Maurice and Henri Richard (1956 Canadiens), Peter and Anton Stastny (1981 Nordiques), and Duane and Brent Sutter (1983 Islanders).