Date: September 11, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NFL

OFFENSES AHEAD OF DEFENSES IN WEEK 1

From Elias: The Ravens were the fifth team this season to score 40-plus points in their season opener, setting an NFL record. In three previous seasons (1920, 1947, 1954), four teams scored 40 or more points in their first game of the campaign.

There was an average of 49.4 points per game in week 1 of the NFL season, the highest average in the opening week since the 1970 merger. The previous high: in 2002, after the last round of expansion, NFL teams combined for 49.3 points per game in week 1.

Across the NFL, 71.5 percent of the yards gained in week 1 were on passes--the highest percentage in any season-opening week in league history, breaking the mark set last season (70.0 pct).

Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

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Reed

REED'S RETURNS

From Elias: Ed Reed's touchdown on an interception on Monday gave him the most yards off interceptions in NFL history and it was his 13th career regular-season return TD of any sort: he's scored seven times on interceptions, three times on blocked punts, twice on opponents fumbles and once on a punt return. The only players in NFL history with more runback TDs are Deion Sanders (19), Devin Hester (18) and Rod Woodson (17). (Five other players also have 13 career return touchdowns.)

Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals

MLB

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Pierzynski

PIERZYNSKI POWER

From Elias: A.J. Pierzynski hit his 26th home run of the season and his 25th as a catcher in Chicago's win over Detroit on Monday. The only other player to hit 25 or more homers in one season as a catcher at age 35 or older also did it for the White Sox: Carlton Fisk had 33 homers as a catcher at age 37 in 1985 and 25 in 1983 at 35 years old.

Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers

GONZALEZ AND ZIMMERMAN LEAD NATIONALS TO WIN

From Elias: Gio Gonzalez improved to 19-7 with a win against the Mets on Monday. Only three other pitchers have won that many games for Davey Johnson in one season: Dwight Gooden (24-4 for the 1985 Mets), David Cone (20-3, 1988 Mets) and Mike Mussina (19-11, 1996 Orioles).

Ryan Zimmerman extended his RBI streak to a career-best seven games on Monday. That also matches the longest RBI streak by a Nationals player since the team arrived in D.C. in 2005. Cristian Guzman had a seven-game streak in 2009.

Washington Nationals, New York Mets

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Parker

PARKER RECORDS 10TH WIN OF SEASON

From Elias: Jarrod Parker earned his 10th win of the season for the Athletics on Monday, joining fellow Oakland off-season trade acquisition Tommy Milone as double-digit winners. (Milone has 12 wins this season.) It's only the second time since the A's arrived in Oakland in 1968 that they have had two rookie pitchers with at least 10 wins. In 2009, Brett Anderson (11) and Trevor Cahill (10) did it.

Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels

REDS RELIEVERS BLANK PIRATES

From Elias: Seven Reds relievers combined to throw eight scoreless innings in Cincinnati's 14-inning win over Pittsburgh (the longest game between those two teams since 1984). That's the most scoreless innings for Reds relievers in one game since they didn't allow a run in 11 innings in a 12-inning win over the Cardinals on Sept. 5, 2003.

Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Rutledge

ROOKIE RUTLEDGE KEEPS SLUGGING

From Elias: Josh Rutledge, who made his major-league debut on July 13, had his 26th extra-base hit of the season on Monday (15 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs). He's tied with Mike Trout for the most extra-base hits among major-league rookies since the All-Star Game.

Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants

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Aoki

AOKI PROVIDING CLUTCH HITS RECENTLY

From Elias: Norichika Aoki had the key hit, a lead-assuming two-run double in the seventh inning, in the Brewers' win over the Braves on Monday. Aoki has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats in Late Inning Pressure Situations after he had been 11 for 57 on the season before this stretch.

Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves

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Denorfia

A SIGHT RARELY SEEN AT PETCO PARK

From Elias: Four Padres players--Chris Denorfia, Logan Forsythe, Cameron Maybin and Everth Cabrera--had three-hit games in San Diego's win over St. Louis on Monday. It's only the second time that four Padres players have had three-hit games in the same game at Petco Park. The other instance was on Apr. 29, 2005 (Sean Burroughs, Ramon Hernandez, Mark Loretta and Phil Nevin).

San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

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Rodriguez

RODRIGUEZ LOSES 10TH

From Elias: Fernando Rodriguez was charged with his 10th loss of the season in the Cubs' win over the Astros on Monday. Over the last seven seasons (2006-12), the only other pitcher to lose 10 games out of the bullpen in one season is Luis Ayala, who was 2-10 for the Nationals (1-8) and Mets (1-2) in 2008.

Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs

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Brown

BROWN HITS FIRST HOMER OFF LEFT-HANDER

From Elias: Domonic Brown's two-run home run off left-hander Wade LeBlanc on Monday led the Phillies to a 3-1 win over the Marlins. Brown entered the game without a home run in 73 career at-bats against left-handed pitchers in his major-league career.

Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins


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