Date: August 19, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Dunn

DUNN JOINS KONERKO IN RAPIDLY-GROWING 400-HR CLUB

From Elias: Adam Dunn hit his 400th career home run on Saturday night, less than four months after his teammate Paul Konerko reached the same milestone. Dunn and Konerko are the first players in major-league history to hit their 400th home run for the same team in the same season.

Dunn was the 50th player to reach the 400-homer mark. Twenty-five players did so in the first 122 years of Major League Baseball, the next 25 all did so over the last 15 seasons (1998 to present).

Dunn has a total of 1981 strikeouts, by far the most in major-league history at the time of a player's 400th home run. Prior to Dunn, Reggie Jackson held that distinction with 1677 strikeouts. Stan Musial had the fewest (518).

Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals

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Ciriaco

SOX ROOKIE CIRIACO IS NEW YANKEE-KILLER

From Elias: Pedro Ciriaco went 4-for-4 in the Red Sox 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. Ciriaco has 15 hits in 29 at-bats against the Yankees. During the expansion era, only two other players recorded at least 15 hits in their first 30 AB against the Yankees: Glenn Hubbard (1988) and Howard Kendrick (2006-2007).

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees

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Lester

IT'S LESTER'S TIME

From Elias: Jon Lester (7-10) allowed one run over seven innings to earn the victory in the Red Sox win. Despite Lester's poor record this season, he is heading into a period that has been strong for him in the past. He has a 30-8 career record on or after August 11.

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees

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Cueto

CUETO IMPROVES TO 11-0 IN DAY GAMES

From Elias: Johnny Cueto improved his record to 16-6, including 11-0 in day games, by defeating the Cubs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Cincinnati. Cueto is the first pitcher to win his first 11 decisions in day games in one season since Andy Pettitte did so for the Yankees in 1996.

Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs

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Castro

CASTRO CLEANS UP IN CUBS' WINS

From Elias: Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs from the cleanup spot in the Cubs' 9-7 win in the nightcap at Cincinnati. It was the first time that a Cubs shortstop started in the fourth spot in the batting order since Jeff Blauser did so three times in May 1998. Of course, Ernie Banks started and batted cleanup 546 times for the Cubs from 1955 to 1961 before transitioning to first base.

Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds

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Jones

JONES REACHES MILESTONE FOR DOUBLES

From Elias: Chipper Jones's double in the third inning on Saturday was his 20th this season. This is the 18th consecutive season in which Jones has hit at least 20 doubles, tying Hank Aaron (1954-1971) for the third-longest such streak in major-league history. The record of 20 straight 20-double seasons was set by Tris Speaker (1909-1928) and matched by Eddie Murray (1977-1996).

Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Stanton

STANTON SLUGS ANOTHER AT COORS

From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton became the first player in major-league history to hit a home run in each of his first six games at any ballpark when he homered at Coors Field on Saturday night. As we were first to report in yesterday's Elias Says, three other players homered in their first five games at one stadium: Johnny Grubb at Fenway Park, Matt Nokes at Anaheim Stadium, and Matt Stairs at Citizens Bank Park.

For the record, only two other players compiled a six-game home-run streak at Coors Field at any point in their career: Dante Bichette (1995) and Jeromy Burnitz (2004). Both did so while playing for the Rockies.

Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies

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Oswalt

OSWALT PULLED ONE OUT FROM POTENTIAL WIN

From Elias: The Rangers defeated the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday, but Roy Oswalt was denied the chance at a win when he was removed with two outs in the fifth. Afterwards Oswalt said, "I've started 330 games in the big leagues. I don't think I need to prove myself."

Actually, this was Oswalt's 333rd start and he may have a point. The last pitcher with that much starting experience to be removed one out short of five innings and a potential victory, and who allowed just one run in the game was ... wait for it ... Walter Johnson in 1924.

Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays

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Jaso

CLUTCH-HITTING JASO DELIVERS WALK-OFF SAC FLY

From Elias: John Jaso drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Twins. It was Jaso's sixth game-winning RBI in Late-Inning Pressure Situations this season, tying Josh Willingham for the second most in the majors this season behind Hanley Ramirez (7). Prior to 2012, Jaso had never driven in a winning run in LIPS.

Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins

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Johnson

JOHNSON TRULY EARNS HIS SAVES

From Elias: Jim Johnson earned his 36th save in the Orioles' 3-2 win at Detroit, drawing within one of Fernando Rodney for the major-league lead. It was Johnson's 15th quality save, defined by Elias as one in which the pitcher enters with the tying run in scoring position, or protects a one-run lead for at least one inning. Johnson leads the majors in quality saves, with two more than the runner-up, Joel Hanrahan; Rodney has only eight quality saves.

Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers

RAYS POST UNPRECEDENTED WIN AT ANAHEIM

From Elias: The Rays overcame an early 8-0 deficit to post a 10-8 victory at Angel Stadium. Tampa was the first visiting team ever to win a game at Anaheim in which the Angels led by eight runs. Prior to Saturday night, the Angels had a 192-0 record after taking a lead of eight runs at home.

Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels

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Davis

DAVIS CONTINUES HIS ROAD RAMPAGE

From Elias: Ike Davis hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Mets to a 2-0 win at Washington. It was Davis's 22nd home run this season, including 17 on the road. No player in Mets history has finished a season with that wide a home-run disparity in favor of road games. Carlos Beltran came closest, hitting 11 more homers on the road than at home in both 2006 and 2007.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

GIANTS CONTINUE THEIR MASTERY OVER PADRES

From Elias: The Giants defeated the Padres, 8-7, on Saturday night, and they have now won 19 of their last 25 games against San Diego. That's one win short of San Francisco's best-ever 25-game span versus San Diego. The Giants went 20-5 against the Padres from May 1970 to June 1971.

San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres

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Motte

MOTTE ESCAPES TO SAVE CARDINALS' WIN

From Elias: Jason Motte loaded the bases to start the ninth inning but allowed only one run to score in nailing down the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Pirates. It was the second time this season that Motte earned a save after facing a bases-loaded, none-out situation. Only two other pitchers have done that even once in 2012: J.J. Putz and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks.

St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates

ASTROS ARE QUICK TO CLINCH LOSING SEASON

From Elias: The Diamondbacks scored nine runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a 12-4 win at Houston. It was the Astros' 82nd loss of the season, ensuring that Houston will finish with a losing record. Houston clinched a losing mark in its 120th game last season and in its 121st game this year. The last team to do so this early in two consecutive seasons was the Mets, who recorded their 82nd loss within 121 games in each of their first four seasons (1962-1965).

Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros


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