Date: September 13, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Griffin

GRIFFIN MAKING HISTORY

From Elias: A.J. Griffin is 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his first 11 big-league starts. Since the major leagues began recording earned runs about 100 years ago, the only other pitcher who was undefeated in his first 11 big-league appearances, all of which were starts, while maintaining an earned run average under 2.00, was Jered Weaver in 2006 (12 GS, 9-0, 1.95).

Oakland Athletics

...AND SO ARE THE A'S

From Elias: On June 1, the Athletics lost their ninth straight game (2-0 to the Royals), dropping their record to 22-30. They now stand at 82-60 and have gone 60-30 over 90 games since June 2. Only two other teams in major-league history lost 30-or-more of their first 52 decisions but then won 60-or-more of their next 90: the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves (22-30 and then 64-26; that team went from last place on July 18 to winning the World Series) and the 2009 Rockies (20-32 and then 62-28).

Oakland Athletics

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McLouth

NATE IS GREAT LATE FOR THE O'S

From Elias: Nate McLouth's game-winning single in the ninth inning kept the Orioles tied with the Yankees for first place in the American League East. It was the fifth time in his career that McLouth had a hit that put his team ahead in the ninth inning or later. On April 14, 2008 he hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off the Dodgers' Takashi Saito to give the Pirates a 6-4 win; on May 17, 2008 he hit a two-run homer off the Cub's Carlos Marmol in a 7-6 Pirates' win; on April 20, 2010 he hit a 10th-inning walk-off homer against the Phillies' Jose Contreras in a Braves 7-6 victory; and on April 24, 2011 he hit a two-run single off the Giants' Brian Wilson in a 9-6 Braves win.

"Late-Innings Nate" has batted .353 (18 for 51) in the sixth inning or later since joining the Orioles last month and he has 8 hits in his last 14 at-bats in the sixth inning or later.

Baltimore Orioles

YANKEES ARE STILL IN FIRST PLACE

From Elias: The Yankees are 11-15 over their last 26 games as they've remained in first place (either tied or outright) despite not winning two straight games over that stretch. That's the longest span of games without two straight wins for any first-place team in major-league history.

New York Yankees

HERE COME THE PHILLIES

From Elias: The Phillies, who entered the month of September with a 63-69 record, have won seven straight games. The last National League team to post a winning streak of at least seven games after September 1 after entering the month with a losing record was the Nationals in 2009. Washington won their final seven games of that season after entering the final full month with a 46-86 record.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Hamilton

BELTRE AND HAMILTON HOMER FOR THE RANGERS

From Elias: Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton hit home runs in the Rangers' victory over the Indians. It was the 11th time this season that those two players homered in the same game, the most for any pair of teammates this season. The Rangers have won all 11 games.

Beltre has hit 13 homers over his last 20 games. Beltre is the fourth player in Rangers franchise history to hit 13 or more homers over a 20-game span. Frank Howard hit 14 over 20 games in 1968, Rafael Palmeiro in 1999 (13) and Josh Hamilton earlier this season (13).

Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians

DAVEY DOMINATES EX-TEAM

From Elias: Davey Johnson's Nationals went 14-4 versus the Mets this year. That's the most wins in a season for a manager against a team he used to manage since the Reds' John McNamara won 15 games against the Padres in 1980.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

METS NOT SCORING AT HOME

From Elias: After a 2-0 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets have gone 13 consecutive home games without scoring more than three runs. The last National League team to go 13 consecutive home games scoring three or fewer runs in each was the Reds in 1948. Cincinnati failed to score more than three runs in any of its last 16 games at Crosley Field that season.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

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Bailey

BAILEY BEATS BUCS

From Elias: Homer Bailey improved his career record against the Pirates to 7-2 in 11 starts with his fine performance. Only one pitcher has more wins against Pittsburgh than Bailey since 2009, the year of his first win against the Bucs: Johnny Cueto (10-3).

Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Richard

RICHARD LOVES SAN DIEGO

From Elias: Clayton Richard is 5-0 with a 1.60 earned-run average over his last five home games after his strong performance against the Cardinals. Richard is the first San Diego pitcher to win five straight home starts within one season since Greg Maddux did it in 2007.

San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

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Weeks

WEEKS IS HITTING HOMERS AGAIN

From Elias: Rickie Weeks has hit six homers over his last 11 games dating back to September 2. Only three players have hit as many homers as Weeks since that date, all from the American League.: Mark Reynolds (7), B.J. Upton (6) and Adrian Beltre (6).

Milwaukee Brewers

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Gallardo

YOVANI EARNS WIN #15

From Elias: Yovani Gallardo won his 15th game of the season after notching 17 wins in 2011. Gallardo is the fifth pitcher in Brewers history with consecutive 15-win seasons. The others: Ted Higuera (four straight, 1985-88), Mike Caldwell and Lary Sorenson (both in 1978-79) and Jaime Navarro (1991-92)

Milwaukee Brewers

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Fielder

PRINCE BREAKS OUT

From Elias: Prince Fielder's three-run home run in the seventh inning snapped a personal 0-for-18 slump. It matched the second-longest hitless streak of Fielder's career. Prince went 0-for-22 earlier this season (May 8-13) and 0-for-18 in June 2008.

Detroit Tigers

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Perez

PEREZ EXTENDS HIS HITTING STREAK

From Elias: Salvador Perez went 2-for-5 in the Royals' win over the Twins extending his overall hitting streak to 16 games and his hitting streak as a catcher to 15 games (he had one game as a DH during his streak). Perez's 15-game hitting streak as a catcher matches the longest such streak in the majors this season. Buster Posey had a 15-game hitting streak as a catcher earlier this season.

Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

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Scutaro

SCUTARO LEADING GIANTS

From Elias: Marco Scutaro had three hits and knocked in two runs in the Giants' win over the Rockies. Scutaro has 61 hits and 30 RBI in 44 games since joining the Giants on July 28. His 61 hits are the most for any San Francisco player over that span and his 30 runs batted in tie him with Hunter Pence for the team lead since that date. Scutaro is also the only Giants player to appear in all 44 games the team has played over that span.

Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants


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