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Evans control the boards in Nets' win
From Elias: Reggie Evans grabbed 24 rebounds in the Nets' 104-83 win over the 76ers after registering 24 boards against the Bobcats three nights earlier. Evans, who leads the NBA with an average of 16.9 rebounds per game since March 8, is only the third Nets player to post consecutive 20-rebound games since the team joined the NBA in 1976. Buck Williams did it in January 1984, and Jayson Williams did it twice in December 1997
Knicks throw a downtown party
From Elias: The Knicks made 20 of 36 three-point field-goal attempts in a 120-99 victory over the Wizards. It was the fourth game in the last three seasons in which New York scored at least half its points from downtown, the most such games in the NBA during that time. The only other teams with even two are Orlando (3) and Houston (2).
One man can make a big difference, especially if he's a King
From Elias: The Pacers defeated the Cavaliers, 99-94. Indiana has won 11 of 12 games against Cleveland since LeBron James left the Cavs following the 2009 season. Prior to that, the Pacers had lost 13 of the last 14 games in which they faced James in a Cavaliers jersey.
Robinson takes a lot of shots to score a lot of points
From Elias: Nate Robinson scored 22 points off the bench, shooting 7-for-22 from the field in the Bulls' 101-98 loss to the Raptors. Robinson was the first Chicago reserve to miss 15 field-goal attempts in one game in nearly 30 years since Mitchell Wiggins shot 7-for-23 in a blowout loss at San Antonio in December 1983.
Cabrera hits his 100th homer at Comerica Park
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs in the Tigers' 7-3 win over the Blue Jays. It was Cabrera's first home of the 2013 season and he became the first player to reach the 100-homer mark at Comerica Park in the 1056th game played there.
There are three other current major-league stadiums at which there have been more than 1000 games played but where no player has reached the 100-HR mark: Chase Field in Phoenix (1220 games), where the leader is Luis Gonzalez (95); Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (1212 games), Carlos Pena (86); and Safeco Field in Seattle (1101 games), Raul Ibanez (66).
Incidentally, if you're wondering about some sort of record, you'll find this of interest: The White Sox played at the old Comiskey Park from 1910 to 1990, and the all-time leader there was Carlton Fisk with 94 homers. It took more than 43 years before any player reached the 100-HR mark at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, which opened in 1912. Ted Kluszewski finally reached that milestone in 1955.
Gee KO'd by Phillies' sluggers
From Elias: Ryan Howard, Michael Young, and John Mayberry Jr. all homered within a span of five pitches from Dillon Gee in the third inning of the Phillies' 8-3 victory over the Mets. Gee hadn't allowed more than two homers in any of his previous 22 starts, dating back to 2011, and he allowed two home runs in an inning only once in 50 prior starts. It was the first time in the history of Citizens Bank Park that three home runs were hit in a span of five pitches in the same half-inning.
The Bombers are back!
From Elias: And suddenly all is well in Yankeeland. After losing four of their first five games, the Yankees have reached the .500 mark with three straight high-scoring victories, the most recent a 14-1 win at Cleveland on Tuesday night. It's the first time since the summer of 2007 that the Yankees took a lead of at least seven runs in three straight games.
Yu, Justin, and Nick
From Elias: Nick Tepesch allowed one run over 7.1 innings to earn a victory in his major-league debut as the Rangers downed the Rays, 6-1. Tepesch was the third consecutive Rangers pitcher to start and win his debut, following Yu Darvish and Justin Grimm, who did it last season. Only two Texas pitchers did so over the previous 10 seasons (2002-2011): Josh Rupe (2005) and Matt Harrison (2008).
Medlen makes his lead stand up
From Elias: The Braves held on for a 3-2 victory over the Marlins after staking Kris Medlen to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Medlen remains undefeated in games in which he was given a lead (16-0 with 11 no-decisions) and he has earned the victory in the last 11 games in which the Braves gave him a multiple-run lead.
Padres' pitchers fill unusual roles
From Elias: Padres fans saw something different in Tuesday night's home opener, and we don't mean the new dimensions at Petco Park. Bud Black, playing old-school baseball, used one of his starting pitchers as a pinch-hitter (Eric Stults for Clayton Richard) and another as a pinch-runner (Tyson Ross for Carlos Quentin). It was the first time in 15 years that Padres pitchers were used in each of those roles in the same game. The last were Joey Hamilton (PH) and Pete Smith (PR) against the Pirates in 1998.
Guthrie defeats Twins to extend his unbeaten streak
From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie improved to 2-0 this season in the Royals' 7-4 win over the Twins, extending his unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive starts (7-0 with 6 no-decisions). That's the longest such streak by a Royals pitcher since Kevin Appier went 13 starts without a loss in 1994-1995. Guthrie was winless in 10 starts immediately prior to his current streak.
Cardinals down Arroyo after spoiling his no-bit bid
From Elias: Bronson Arroyo retired the first 15 batters he faced, but the Cardinals awoke to score four runs in the sixth inning and cruised to a 5-1 win over Arroyo and the Reds. It was the first time in 14 seasons that St. Louis defeated a pitcher who held the Cardinals hitless through the first five innings of a game. The Cards last did that against Jon Lieber of the Cubs in 1999.
Axford's struggles continue
From Elias: John Axford allowed three runs in the eighth inning and suffered the loss as the Cubs rallied for a 6-3 win over the Brewers. Axford, who ranked sixth in the National League with 35 saves last season, is the first pitcher since 2006 to be charged with at least one earned run in each of his first four games coming off a season with at least 30 saves. The last pitcher to do so was Miguel Batista of the Diamondbacks.
Malkin makes them count on the road
From Elias: Evgeni Malkin's goal at 10:02 of the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and sent the Penguins on their way to a 5-3 win at Carolina. Malkin has scored only two goals in the 14 road games he's played this season, but both were game-winners. (His other road goal this year came against the Rangers on January 31.) Malkin scored 22 goals in road games when he led the NHL with 50 total goals last season.
Ovechkin keeps scoring streak alive
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored in the Capitals' 3-2 win at Montreal, extending his road goal-scoring streak to nine games. The last player to score in nine consecutive road games was Alexander Mogilny for the Devils in 2000-01.
MSL is getting better with age
From Elias: Martin St. Louis reached the 900-point mark for his NHL career when he recorded the first of his two assists for the Lightning in their 3-2 win against the Senators. St. Louis' second assist, which came on Steven Stamkos' game-winning goal in the third period, was his 40th assist of the season. It's the seventh consecutive season in which St. Louis has recorded 40 or more assists and the eighth time overall. The 37-year-old St. Louis needed only 39 games to reach the 40-assist mark this year, six games fewer than his previous best: 45 games in the 2009-10 season.
Islanders trying to rebuild "Fort Neverlose"
From Elias: The Islanders won only five of their first 18 home games this season (5-11-2) but they've won four straight at Nassau Coliseum since then, including their 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night. It's the Islanders longest home winning streak since they won six straight games in Uniondale from Dec. 29, 2009 through Jan. 21, 2010. Every other NHL team had at least one home winning streak of four or more games in the interim.
Hossa with the lone goal in win
From Elias: Marian Hossa scored with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second period and that goal was enough for the Blackhawks to post a 1-0 win at Minnesota. It was the 431st goal of Hossa's NHL career but only his second in a 1-0 game. Hossa scored his other lone goal of a game for the Atlanta Thrashers against Martin Brodeur on Dec. 23, 2005.
Bob does it again
From Elias: Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in his 4-0 win against the Sharks on Tuesday. Bobrovsky had no shutouts in 91 NHL starts until he blanked the Red Wings on March 9, but beginning with that game he's posted four clean sheets in 15 starts. The only other NHL goaltender with as many shutouts over that span as Bobrovsky is the Canucks' Cory Schneider with four.
St. Louis wins a pair 1-0 games
From Elias: The Blues eked out a 1-0 win at Nashville on Tuesday, after winning by the same score at Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Brian Elliott, who had no shutouts this season before Sunday, was in goal for St. Louis in both games. This is only the third time in NHL history that a team has won consecutive games in one season, each by a 1-0 score on the road. The only other instances came less than seven months apart. The Panthers did that with wins on Long Island and Boston on March 2-4, 2008 (Craig Anderson notched both shutouts), and the Bruins pulled off that feat with victories at Edmonton and Vancouver on Oct. 27-28, 2008 (with Tim Thomas in goal in both games).