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RED SOX FIRE VALENTINE AFTER ONE SEASON
From Elias: Bobby Valentine was fired as the Red Sox manager on Thursday afternoon. Boston lost 93 games in Valentine's only season as the team's manager, the second most defeats any Red Sox manager has suffered in his first season with the team. In 1930, Heinie Wagner led the Red Sox to a 52-102 record in his only season as the team's manager.
Boston's winning percentage declined by 130 points from 2011 (90-72, .556) to 2012 (69-93, .426) under Valentine. That is the Red Sox largest decline in winning percentage from one season to the next since they had a 136-point drop from 1946 (.675) to 1947 (.539).
CABRERA TOPS BENCH'S MARK
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera knocked in 139 of the 726 runs the Tigers scored during the 2012 season (19.1 percent). That is the highest percentage of a team's total runs driven in by a single player from a team that appeared in the postseason since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Prior to Cabrera, that marked was held by Johnny Bench, who drove in 148 of the N.L. Western Division Champion Reds' 775 total runs during the 1970 season (19.10 percent to Cabrera's 19.15 percent).
FOUR MLB TEAMS WENT FROM LOSING RECORD TO 90 WINS
From Elias: The Nationals (98 wins), Reds (97), A's (94) and Orioles (93) all won over 90 games this season after finishing the 2011 season with a sub .500 record. This is the first time in major-league history that four teams won at least 90 games in a season after finishing the previous campaign with a losing record. There were three such teams in six different seasons: 1965, 1987, 1990, 1998, 2000 and 2007.
RAMS FINALLY ABOVE .500
From Elias: The Rams ran their record to 3-2 after their 17-3 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night. That ended a streak of 93 consecutive games in which the Rams were at or below .500, tied for the third longest such streak in NFL history. The Raiders played 101 consecutive contests in which they did not have a winning record after the game from 2004-10, New Orleans had a 97-game streak from 1971 to 1977 and Philadelphia was .500-or-worse after 93 straight games from 1967 to 1974.
RAMS KNOCK CARDINALS FROM UNBEATEN RANKS
From Elias: The Rams handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season on Thursday night. It is only the third time that the Rams have defeated an unbeaten, untied team with at least four wins in their franchise history. On November 25, 1990, the Rams knocked off the 10-0 49ers and on October 13, 2002, St. Louis handed the 4-0 Raiders their first loss of the season.
KOLB TAKES A BEATING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
From Elias: After getting sacked eight times against the Dolphins last week, Kevin Kolb was brought down nine more times in Arizona's loss to St. Louis on Thursday night. The Cardinals are the first team to allow at least eight sacks in consecutive games since Arizona did it in December of 2003.