Date: August 31, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Lucroy

LUCROY IS FIRST CATCHER WITH TWO SEVEN-RBI GAMES IN ONE SEASON

From Elias: Jonathan Lucroy tied the Brewers single-game RBI record for the second time this season when he drove in seven runs in Milwaukee's 12-11 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Brewers catcher also had a seven-RBI game against the Twins on May 20 at Miller Park. He's the first catcher in major-league history with two games of seven or more RBIs in one season (RBIs became an official statistic in 1920) and only the fifth catcher to have two such games in his career. The others are Bill Dickey, Smoky Burgess, Johnny Bench and Ramon Hernandez.

Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs

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Ransom

RANSOM'S FIRST 10-HOMER SEASON COMES AT AGE 36

From Elias: Cody Ransom reached the 10-home run mark in a season for the first time in his major-league career when he hit a solo shot in the seventh inning for the Brewers in their game at Chicago. Ransom, age 36 years, 195 days as of Thursday, was third-oldest player in the expansion era to reach double-figures in homers in a big-league season for the first time. Since 1961, the only players who were more senior than Ransom when they did that were Jim Dwyer in 1987 (age 37) and Tom Lampkin in 2002 (age 38).

Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers

EDWIN JACKSON FANS 10 IN WIN OVER HIS FORMER TEAM

From Elias: Edwin Jackson pitched eight innings and recorded 10 strikeouts in his win over the Cardinals. It was the sixth consecutive start in which Jackson had more strikeouts than innings pitched. It's the longest such streak of his big-league career and the third-longest streak of its kind in the majors this season. Jackson's teammate, Stephen Strasburg, had a 10-start streak from May 10 through June 30, and the Tigers' Max Scherzer has a current streak of eight consecutive starts with more Ks than innings pitched.

Jackson, who was 5-2 in 13 games for St. Louis in 2011 before signing with Washington as a free agent in February, is the first former Cardinals pitcher to reach double-figures in strikeouts in a win against St. Louis since Steve Carlton did that in Philadelphia on Aug. 11, 1984.

St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals

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Kendrick

KYLE KENDRICK WINS HIS FOURTH STRAIGHT START

From Elias: Kyle Kendrick allowed a pair of solo homers but no other runs in his 3-2 win on Thursday afternoon, which enabled the Phillies to avoid being swept in their three-game series against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. It was the first time this season that Kendrick proved to be a "stopper" for Philadelphia. Going into the game Kendrick was 0-7 with a 6.38 ERA in his nine starts that immediately followed a Phillies loss this year.

Kendrick is 4-0 in his last four starts, having allowed only four runs and 23 baserunners in 29 1/3 innings in those four games. It's the first time that Kendrick has won four consecutive starts in his six-year big-league career.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Britton

10 STRIKEOUTS AND NO WALKS FOR ZACH BRITTON

From Elias: Zach Britton won his third straight start with a victory over the White Sox in which he struck out 10 batters (a career high) and walked none in eight innings while allowing only one run. It was only the second time in the last five seasons that an Orioles pitcher reached double-figures in strikeouts in a game in which he did not issue a walk. Jason Hammel did that in a win over the Nationals on June 22 this year (8 innings, 10 strikeouts).

Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox

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Reddick

JOSH REDDICK: 12 HITS IN LAST FIVE GAMES

From Elias: Josh Reddick was one of four players who homered for the Athletics in their 12-7 win at Cleveland. Reddick's homer was one of the three hits he recorded in Thursday's game and one of the 12 hits that he's registered in 23 at-bats over his last five games. His 12 hits are the second-most that any A's player has posted over a five-game span this season. Yoenis Cespedes went 13 for 20 in a five-game stretch from July 15 through July 20.

Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians

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Villanueva

FIRST AUGUST WIN FOR VILLANUEVA

From Elias: Carlos Villanueva earned his first August win by pitching six scoreless innings for the Blue Jays against the Rays in Toronto. Villanueva won all four games he pitched in July but he was 0-4 in five games this month going into his start on Thursday night. Before his victory over Tampa Bay, Villanueva was the only one of the 13 pitchers with four or more wins in July this year who had not posted a win in August.

Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

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Guthrie

GUTHRIE CONTINUES TO TURN HIS SEASON AROUND

From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie allowed 10 hits but only one run in 7 1/3 innings in his victory against the Tigers in Kansas City. The Royals have won his last five starts and Guthrie is 3-0 in those five games, after he lost nine consecutive decisions from the beginning of June through early August while pitching for Colorado (0-6 over his last 11 games with the Rockies) and Kansas City (0-3 in his first three games for the Royals). In four of Guthrie's last five games he's pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than one earned run.

Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals

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Belt

BELT'S SECOND FOUR-HIT GAME IN AUGUST

From Elias: Brandon Belt went 4 for 5 to help the Giants overcome a 4-0 deficit and beat the Astros, 8-4, in Houston. It was the second four-hit game of the season for Belt, who was 4 for 4 against the Rockies on August 12. Belt is one of five National League players with two four-hit games in August. The others are Andre Ethier, Stephen Lombardozzi, Cameron Maybin and Belt's teammate, Angel Pagan.

San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros

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Seager

ANOTHER MULTIPLE-RBI GAME FOR KYLE SEAGER

From Elias: Kyle Seager drove in two runs for the Mariners in their 5-4 win against the Twins at Target Field. Seager has recorded RBIs in only six of the 26 games he's played this month but in five of the six August games in which he's registered an RBI he's driven in at least two runs.

Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins


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