Date: July 14, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Liriano

LIRIANO ALLOWS A GRAND SLAM IN 15-STRIKEOUT PERFORMANCE

From Elias: Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters but allowed a grand slam home run to Jonny Gomes in the fourth inning which led to a 6-3 loss to the A's on Friday night. Liriano is the first pitcher since 1900 to register at least 15 strikeouts and allow a grand slam in the same game.

Liriano registered the ninth 15+ strikeout performance in the Twins' franchise history, but he is the first to do that in a losing effort.

Minnesota Twins

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Soriano

SORIANO STARTS OFF THE SECOND HALF WITH A BANG

From Elias: Alfonso Soriano went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs to help lead the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon. Since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, only three other Cubs have had at least four extra base hits and five RBIs in the same game: George Mitterwald on April 17, 1974 (one double, three homers and eight RBIs against the Pirates), Aramis Ramirez on September 16, 2004 (one double, three homers and five RBIs against the Reds) and Matt Murton on August 3, 2006 (four doubles, five RBIs against the Diamondbacks).

Chicago Cubs

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Teixeira

TEIXEIRA HAS A BIG NIGHT AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAM

From Elias: Mark Teixeira hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Angels, his former team, on Friday night. Only four other players have had a multiple homer game with at least five RBIs against the Angels after previously playing for the team: Ed Kirkpatrick (Royals) on September 30, 1969, Bobby Darwin (Twins), who played only one game with the Angels in 1962, on July 28, 1974, Bobby Bonds (Rangers) on June 23, 1978 and Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers) on June 30, 2010.

New York Yankees

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Hafner

HAFNER'S HOMER GIVES INDIANS A 1-0 WIN

From Elias: Travis Hafner hit a solo home run in the second inning and three Indians pitchers made that run hold up in Cleveland's 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday night. Hafner is the first Indian to hit a home run within the first two innings of a game that would end up with a final score of 1-0 since Johnny Ellis went deep in the second inning of a 1-0 Cleveland win over the Red Sox on September 26, 1973.

Cleveland Indians

ZIMMERMAN FINALLY TAKES JOHNSON DEEP

From Elias: Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run off of Josh Johnson in the third inning to help lead the Nationals to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Friday night. Zimmerman entered the game homerless in 32 career at bats against Johnson, the most at bats he had against any pitcher he had not homered against in his career. That distinction now belongs to Bronson Arroyo, whom Zimmerman has not homered against in 29 career at bats.

Washington Nationals

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Ciriaco

ANOTHER THREE-HIT GAME FOR CIRIACO

From Elias: Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to help lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Rays on Friday night. After going 0-for-4 in his Red Sox debut in the first game of a double-header last Saturday, Ciriaco has now had at least three hits in each of his last three games. Ciriaco is the first player in Red Sox history with three-or-more hits in at least three of his first four games with the team.

Boston Red Sox

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Peralta

PERALTA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE WITH TWO OUTS

From Elias: Jhonny Peralta hit a two-out, three-run home run in the fifth inning to propel the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night. Seventeen of Peralta's 30 RBIs have come with two outs this season (56.7). Only one player that has driven in at least 30 runs this season has produced a higher percentage of his RBIs with two outs than Peralta: Jonathan Lucroy (21 of 30, 70.0%).

Detroit Tigers

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Rutledge

RUTLEDGE MAKES A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT

From Elias: Josh Rutledge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in his major-league debut in the Rockies' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Friday night. Rutledge is only the second Colorado player to go 2-for-2 or better and drive in at least two runs in his first major-league game. The other was Derrick Gibson, who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Colorado in his major-league debut on September 9, 1998.

Colorado Rockies

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Braun

BRAUN AND RANSOM FLEX THEIR MUSCLE

From Elias: Ryan Braun went 4-for-4 with two home runs and Cody Ransom hit a tie-breaking grand-slam home run in the eighth inning to lead the Brewers to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates on Friday night. It marked the first time that the Brewers had a player hit two home runs while a teammate hit a grand slam in the same game since April 25, 2003. Richie Sexson went deep three times and John Vander Wal hit a grand slam, one of his two home runs, in a 12-5 Brewer win over the Braves that day.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Jones

CHIPPER WELCOMES METS ROOKIE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES

From Elias: Chipper Jones hit a solo home run off of Josh Edgin, who was making his major-league debut, in the Braves' 7-5 win over the Mets on Friday night. It was the 461st home run of Jones' career, but only the seventh that came off a pitcher that was making his first appearance in the big leagues. The other pitchers that allowed a home run to Jones in their first game were Mike Busby (1996), Edwin Almonte (2003), Jeff Francis (two in 2004), Juan Morillo (2006) and Chris Schwinden (2011).

Atlanta Braves

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Ellis

ELLIS' LATE HOME RUN LEADS DODGERS TO VICTORY

From Elias: Mark Ellis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in the Dodgers' win over the Padres on Friday night. That marked only the second time that Ellis has hit a home run that turned a deficit into a lead in the sixth inning or later in his career. The only time he did that prior to Friday night was on July 26, 2009 when he came to the plate in the sixth inning with the A's trailing the Yankees, 4-3, and homered to give Oakland a 5-4 lead.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Bumgarner

BUMGARNER HURLS ANOTHER GEM

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner allowed only one run and two hits in seven innings of work in the Giants' 5-1 win over the Astros on Friday night. That marked the fourth time that Bumgarner has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three-or-fewer hits and one-or-fewer runs in a start this season. That is tied with Matt Cain for the second most such starts in the major leagues this season behind the Mets' R.A. Dickey (five).

San Francisco Giants

ROYALS PLAY 14 INNINGS FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS SEASON

From Elias: The Royals dropped a 9-8 decision to the White Sox in 14 innings on Friday night. It is the third time that the Royals have played a game that went at least 14 innings this season (they played a 15-inning game against the Orioles on May 16 and a 15-inning game against the Cardinals on June 17), the most such games Kansas City has played in a single season since 1996 (three).

Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals


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