Date: June 1, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wade

WADE PERFORMS WELL IN FINALS

From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in Miami's Game 1 victory over the Mavericks. Wade has scored 230 points in seven career NBA Finals games. Only two other players scored that many points in their first seven NBA Finals games: Rick Barry (269) and Michael Jordan (234).

Miami Heat

TURN UP THE HEAT ON SOUTH BEACH

From Elias: Miami has won each of its nine home games in the 2011 playoffs, while allowing 95 or fewer points in each game. Only three other teams in NBA history had a streak like that: the Bulls in 1996 (all 10 home games), Lakers in 2004 (nine) and Celtics in 2008 (nine).

Miami Heat

HEAT AND MAVS TAKE TIME TO WARM UP

From Elias: The Heat and Mavericks combined for 33 points in the first quarter of Game 1. That's the fewest points scored in the first quarter of the NBA Finals in the shot-clock era.

Dallas Mavericks

MLB

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Bautista

BAUTISTA LEADS A.L. IN HOME RUNS FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH

From Elias: Jose Bautista finished the month of May with 11 home runs, the most in the American League. It was the fifth straight month in which Bautista led the A.L. in homers (excluding March and October). Bautista led the American League in homers in July, August and September of 2010 and in April and May of 2011. The last player to lead a league in home runs (outright or tied) for five consecutive months was Jimmie Foxx. Foxx led the A.L. in homers in June, July, August and September in 1933 and in April in 1934.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Lee

ESPINOSA REACHES 10 HR EARLIER THAN ANY SECOND SACKER

From Elias: Danny Espinosa hit two home runs - his ninth and tenth of the season - off Cliff Lee in the Nationals' win over the Phillies. Espinosa is the first rookie second-baseman in major-league history to hit 10 home runs before June 1.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Granderson

CURTIS AND THE BABE

From Elias: Curtis Granderson's first-inning homer was his 17th of the season to go along with his five triples. Granderson became only the second player in major-league history with 17 or more home runs and five or more triples in a season before June 1. The other was Babe Ruth, who did it for the Yankees in 1928 (five triples and 19 homers through May 31).

New York Yankees

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Zambrano

20-YEAR OLD LYLES MAKES MLB DEBUT AT WRIGLEY

From Elias: Jordan Lyles, at the age of 20 years, 224 days, made his major league debut as a starting pitcher for the Astros at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. Lyles was the third-youngest player to make his major-league debut as a starting pitcher at the "Friendly Confines". Carlos Zambrano, who coincidentally started for the Cubs tonight against Lyles, was 20 years, 80 days old when he made his debut on August 20, 2001; and the Dodgers' Bill Singer was 20 years 153 days old when he made his debut on September 24, 1964.

Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs

ASTROS SCORE SIX IN NINTH INNING FOR WIN

From Elias: The Astros scored six runs in the ninth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 victory Tuesday night. The last time the Astros scored that many runs in the final inning of a game to turn a deficit into a win was April 16, 1985 at Dodger Stadium. Just like Tuesday night, Houston trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning of that game and scored six in the ninth for a 7-3 win.

Houston Astros

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Sanchez

ANIBAL IS HOT

From Elias: Anibal Sanchez is 4-0 with a 1.15 earned-run average over his last five starts. The last Marlins pitcher to go 4-0 or better with an ERA that low over a five-start span was A.J. Burnett in 2005. Burnett went 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA over a five-start span from July 30 to August 19.

Florida Marlins

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McDonald

BUCS STARTING PITCHING EXCELLING

From Elias: James McDonald allowed one run in six innings for the Pirates in their win over the Mets Tuesday night. Pittsburgh's starting pitchers have not allowed more than two earned runs in any of their last 12 games, the longest such streak for any team in the major leagues this season and the longest by the Bucs since 1984. The Pirates starting pitchers during their 12-game streak in 1984 were John Candelaria, Larry McWilliams, John Tudor, Jose DeLeon, Rick Rhoden and Lee Tunnell.

Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets

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Ramirez

ALEXEI HAS ANOTHER BIG GAME

From Elias: Alexei Ramirez had four hits and three RBI in the White Sox win over the Red Sox. Ramirez had four hits and five runs batted in on May 22 as well. Ramirez is only the fourth player in White Sox history to have two games with at least four hits and three runs batted in within a span of 10 days: Hal Trosky did it in 1946, Frank Thomas in 1993 and Chris Singleton in 2000.

Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox

SOX WINNING STREAK AT FENWAY... WHITE SOX THAT IS

From Elias: The White Sox have won six straight games at Fenway Park, matching their second-longest winning streak ever on Yawkey Way. The Pale Hose won seven straight at Fenway spanning the 1958 and 1959 seasons, they won six in a row in 1953 and spanning 1926 and 1927.

Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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Bruce

JAY BRUCE AND FRANK ROBINSON

From Elias: Jay Bruce finished the month of May with a .342 batting average, 12 home runs and 33 runs batted in. Only one player in Reds history batted .340 or better with at least 12 homers and 33 RBI in a calendar month: Frank Robinson in July 1961 (.409 BA, 13 HR, 34 RBI).

Cincinnati Reds

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Farnsworth

BELTRE 0-FOR-19 AGAINST FARNSWORTH

From Elias: Kyle Farnsworth induced Adrian Beltre to pop out for the final out in the Rays' win over the Rangers. Beltre is now 0-for-19 in his career against Farnsworth. That matches the most career at-bats without a hit any active batter has against any active pitcher in the major leagues. Colorado's Dexter Fowler is 0-for-19 in his career against Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia.

Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers

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Sizemore

SIZEMORE ENDS DROUGHT

From Elias: Grady Sizemore had two run-scoring doubles in the Indians' win over the Blue Jays. Sizemore entered Tuesday's games hitless in his previous 19 at-bats with runners on base, the longest current streak of its kind in the majors entering the day.

Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays


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