Date: June 2, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Correia

CORREIA LEADS MAJORS WITH EIGHT WINS

From Elias: Kevin Correia's victory over the Mets on Wednesday night gave him a major league-high eight wins this season. Prior to Correia, the last Pirates pitcher who led the majors outright in wins through games of June 1 or later was Vern Law, with 19 wins on the morning of September 12, 1960.

Pittsburgh Pirates

FAMILIAR SCRIPT AT CITI FIELD

From Elias: The Mets led the Pirates 2-0 entering the seventh inning on Wednesday night, but went on to lose, 9-3. In each of the Mets' last five home losses they've had a lead in the seventh inning or later, counting each of the last two games, the first two games of the weekend series against the Phillies and the 11-inning loss to the Marlins on May 16. That ties a major-league record; four other teams led in the seventh inning or later of five consecutive home losses, most recently the 1998 Astros.

New York Mets

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Jones

HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

From Elias: Adam Jones, who began his major-league career playing for Seattle, broke a 1-1 tie with an eighth-inning home run to give the Orioles a 2-1 win at Safeco Field. Jones is the first former Mariners player to hit a game-winning homer against the Mariners in Seattle in the eighth inning or later.

Baltimore Orioles

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Butler

BUTLER BREAKS SCORELESS TIE WITH WALKOFF HOMER

From Elias: Billy Butler's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Kansas City a 2-0 win against the Angels. Butler is only the second player in Royals history to break a scoreless tie with a walkoff home run. The first was Jim Eisenreich versus the Rangers in 1990.

Kansas City Royals

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Ramirez

RAMIREZ LEADS SWEEP

From Elias: The White Sox won at Boston on Wednesday, sweeping a three-game series with their seventh consecutive win at Fenway Park. That ties the longest winning streak for any visiting team at Boston in the last 20 years. The Yankees won seven straight games there in 2006.

Alexei Ramirez was 9-for-14 (.643) in the three-game sweep. That was the highest batting average by a visiting player in one series at Fenway Park in 10 years (minimum: 12 at-bats) --since Ichiro was an identical 9-for-14 in a series at Boston during the 2001 season.

Chicago White Sox

REDS RALLY AGAIN

From Elias: The Brewers led the Reds 3-0 until two-run home runs by Jay Bruce in the bottom of the seventh inning and Joey Votto in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Cincinnati a 4-3 victory. It was the fourth time this season that Cincinnati won a game in which it trailed by at least three runs in the seventh inning or later, the most such victories in the major leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Myers

MYERS IN GOOD COMPANY

From Elias: Brett Myers' victory at Wrigley Field on Wednesday improved his career record against the Cubs to 12-3 (.800). Only two other pitchers who began their major-league careers within the past 40 years recorded at least 12 wins against the Cubs and had an .800-or-higher winning percentage against them: Randy Johnson (13-0) and Dwight Gooden (28-4, .875).

Houston Astros

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Lewis

FIVE STEALS AND A SHUTOUT

From Elias: Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz combined for the shutout and the Rangers stole five bases in Wednesday's 3-0 win against the Rays. The only other major-league team in the last three seasons to combine at least five steals with a shutout victory was the Dodgers, earlier this year against the Padres. And it was the first time in their 51-season history that the Rangers stole five bases in a shutout win.

Texas Rangers

LANNAN ENDS DROUGHT

From Elias: John Lannan entered Wednesday's game against the Phillies with an 0-10 record against Philadelphia, which was the most career losses without a win for any active pitcher. But Lannan earned the victory in a 2-1 triumph, thanks in part to an RBI-single by Jayson Werth in the first inning. Werth, who has batted in the second, third or fourth position in the batting order in every game he's played this season, had only one RBI in 50 first-inning plate appearances this season prior to that run-scoring hit.

Washington Nationals

YANKEES EXTEND WIN STREAK AGAINST ATHLETICS

From Elias: The Yankees' victory at Oakland on Wednesday was their 10th straight win against the Athletics. That is now the longest current winning streak for any major-league team against one club. The Tigers have won their last nine games vs. both the White Sox and Twins, as have both the Athletics and Brewers vs. the Pirates.

New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics

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Cabrera

CABRERA TRIPS TWINS

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer was the key hit in the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. It was Cabrera's 15th home run against Minnesota over the last three seasons (2009-11), breaking his tie with Jose Bautista for the most by any player over that span.

Detroit Tigers

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Freeman

MINI MILESTONE FOR BRAVES ROOKIE

From Elias: Freddie Freeman was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Atlanta's 4-3 win against the Padres on Wednesday night. That gave Freeman 51 hits this season, making him the first Braves rookie in 69 years to reach 50 hits in a season as early as June 1. That had last been done by Nanny Fernandez for the Boston Braves in 1942.

Atlanta Braves

INDIANS TAKE 12-0 LEAD IN TORONTO

From Elias: The Indians took a 12-0 lead and went on to beat the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, 13-9. Since 2000, only one other visiting team forged a shutout lead of at least 12 runs in Toronto. The Red Sox did that last July, when they had a 14-0 lead before winning, 14-3.

Cleveland Indians

NHL

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Torres

TORRES SCORES LATE GAME-WINNING GOAL

From Elias: Raffi Torres' goal with 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period earned the Canucks a 1-0 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Torres is only the fifth player in NHL history to score a tiebreaking goal in the final 30 seconds of the third period in a Stanley Cup Final game. The other players to do that were Toronto's Bob Pulford in 1964 (Game 1, 19:58), Detroit's Alex Delvecchio in 1964 (Game 3, 19:43), Boston's Bobby Orr in 1974 (Game 1, 19:38) and Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992 (Game 1, 19:47).

Vancouver Canucks

HISTORIC OPENING GAME

From Elias: Since the NHL was formed in 1917, the only opening game of a Stanley Cup Final series to remain goalless longer than this year's opener (59:41) was Game 1 between the Bruins and the original Ottawa Senators in 1927, which ended in a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes of regulation time and a 20-minute overtime period.

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Luongo

LUONGO RECORDS SHUTOUT IN STANLEY CUP FINAL DEBUT

From Elias: Roberto Luongo bested Tim Thomas, 1-0, in a game featuring two goaltenders making their first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final game. Luongo is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout in his Stanley Cup Final debut, joining Alex Connell (1927), Tiny Thompson (1929), George Hainsworth (1930), Frank McCool (1945) and Grant Fuhr (1984).

Vancouver Canucks


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