Date: July 16, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Jackson

JACKSON'S RUN-SCORING STREAK

From Elias: Austin Jackson led off the game with a home run and that was all that Justin Verlander and the Tigers needed in their 4-0 win at Camden Yards. It was the 12th consecutive game in which Jackson has scored at least one run. Jackson's streak is the longest for any major-leaguer since Rafael Furcal scored runs in a dozen straight games for the Dodgers in 2010 and it's the longest for a Tigers player since Rocky Colavito had a 12-game run-scoring streak in 1961.

Detroit Tigers

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McCutchen

BREWERS CAN'T KEEP MCCUTCHEN IN THE PARK

From Elias: Andrew McCutchen homered in all three games of the Pirates' series at Miller Park, including a round-tripper in Sunday's 4-1 loss. McCutchen, who also homered against the Brewers in the finale of their previous series (June 3, also at Milwaukee) is the first Pirates player to homer in four straight games against one particular opponent since Reggie Sanders had a four-game home-run streak against the Cardinals in 2003. McCutchen was the second Pirate to homer in four straight games against the Brewers. Brian Giles did that in July 2002.

Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Sale

SALE RIGHTS THE SHIP

From Elias: The White Sox took the rubber game of their series at Kansas City behind Chris Sale, who extended his winning streak to eight games. Sale improved his record to 8-0 with a 2.02 ERA in ten starts this season that immediately followed a White Sox loss. The only other starting pitcher with as many as eight wins this season following a loss by his team in its previous game is James McDonald, who is 8-3 in starts immediately following Pirates losses.

Chicago White Sox

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Hamels

WHERE WOULD THE PHILLIES BE WITHOUT HAMELS?

From Elias: Cole Hamels improved his record to 11-4 by defeating the Rockies on Sunday. Hamels has been credited with 28 percent of his team's wins this season (the Phillies are 39-51), the highest such percentage in the majors. Two other pitchers have earned at least a quarter of their team's victories. David Price has 12 of the Rays' 46 wins (26%), as does R.A. Dickey for the Mets (also 12 of 46).

Philadelphia Phillies

KEEP HIS BAT IN THE LINEUP

From Elias: Stephen Strasburg registered his tenth win of the season as he struck out seven batters in six innings and helped himself at the plate with an RBI single and a walk in the Nationals' 4-0 win at Miami. Strasburg is 10-for-26 at the plate this season; his .385 batting average is the highest for any pitcher in the majors (minimum: three hits).

Washington Nationals

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Gomes

ATHLETICS FIND THEIR POWER STROKE IN MINNESOTA

From Elias: Jonny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Carter and Seth Smith all homered in the Athletics' 9-4 win at Minnesota on Sunday after Cespedes, Carter, Smith and Brandon Moss all went deep in Saturday's victory over the Twins. Oakland hadn't homered four or more times in each of back-to-back games since September 7-8, 2001 (at Oakland vs. the Devil Rays). The A's were the first team to hit as many as four homers in each of two straight games at Target Field since the ballpark opened in 2010.

Oakland Athletics

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Cain

CAIN AND POSEY

From Elias: Matt Cain was the winner in the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Astros, thanks in a large part to Buster Posey, who had three hits, including a pair of go-ahead RBI singles. Cain and Posey have been inseparable this year. Cain has thrown 126 2/3 innings this season, the most for any major-leaguer who has pitched exclusively to one batterymate (and that doesn't include his two innings with Posey behind the plate in last week's All-Star Game).

San Francisco Giants

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Chapman

CHAPMAN STRIKES OUT THE SIDE

From Elias: Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in order in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win for Homer Bailey after Scott Rolen singled in two runs with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Reds a lead over the Cardinals. There have been 19 games in the major leagues this season in which a pitcher earned a save by throwing at least one inning and striking out every batter he faced. The only pitchers with more than one of those saves are Craig Kimbrel (four), Chapman (three) and Chris Perez (two).

Cincinnati Reds

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Beckett

BECKETT BEATS SHIELDS

From Elias: Josh Beckett topped James Shields in the Boston's 7-3 win at Tropicana Field. It was the fifth time that those two pitchers went head-to-head as starters in regular-season play. Beckett is 4-1 and Shields is 1-4 in those matchups, and that doesn't include Beckett's victory over Shields in Game 6 of the 2008 ALCS.

Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays

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Garza

CUBS STARTERS SHUT DOWN THE DIAMONDBACKS

From Elias: Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. Chicago starters (Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster and Garza) threw 19 scoreless innings after Arizona scored a run off Maholm in the first inning of Friday's series opener. It's the longest scoreless streak for Cubs starting pitchers since the final week of the 2010 season, when Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, Casey Coleman and Carlos Zambrano combined 21 straight scoreless innings.

Chicago Cubs

DODGERS CONTINUE SLOPPY PLAY

From Elias: The Padres took advantage of five errors by the Dodgers in their 7-2 win at Los Angeles. All but one of the Padres' runs was unearned and they scored runs as the result of errors in the fourth, seventh and ninth innings. It was the second major-league game this season in which a team allowed unearned runs in three different innings, and the Dodgers were also the offending team in the other game in which it happened (at Colorado on June 1).

San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers

FRIERI IS HUMAN

From Elias: Ernesto Frieri allowed a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning of the Angels' 10-8 win at Yankee Stadium. It snapped Frieri's streak of 28 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, which is the longest for any major-league reliever this season. Two starting pitchers have had longer streaks of consecutive shutout innings this year: Ryan Dempster (a current streak of 33 innings) and R.A. Dickey (32 2/3).

Los Angeles Angels

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Harrison

HARRISON HAS SEATTLE'S NUMBER

From Elias: Matt Harrison tossed a five-hit shutout to win his ninth consecutive decision against the Mariners (since May 2009). Harrison's winning streak versus Seattle is the longest for any pitcher since Pedro Martinez won 13 straight decisions against the Mariners from 1998 to 2004.

Texas Rangers

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Sheets

LOOK WHO'S BACK

From Elias: Ben Sheets allowed two hits in six innings against the Mets to earn a victory for the Braves in his first major-league appearance since 2010. Sheets, who didn't play in the majors in either 2009 or 2011, became the first pitcher to start a game in the majors after twice missing entire seasons at age 30 or older since Scott Erickson returned to Baltimore in 2002 (after missing the 2001 season) and made another comeback with the Mets in 2004 (after not playing in the majors in 2003).

Atlanta Braves

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Oliver

RARE SAVE FOR OLIVER

From Elias: Darren Oliver pitched the final two innings of the Blue Jays' 3-0 win over the Indians to notch his first save of the season. Oliver has only six career saves in 463 relief appearances, but Sunday's save was the first in which he registered as many as six outs. Among the 28 current major leaguers with as many relief appearances as Oliver (including those on the disabled list), only Jesse Crain has fewer than six saves. Crain has only four saves in 467 games out of the bullpen.

Toronto Blue Jays


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