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Manziel ends up in Cleveland
From Elias: The big mystery surrounding the 2014 NFL draft - when and by whom would Johnny Manziel be drafted - was finally solved when the Browns traded up to the 22nd pick and selected the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Cleveland chose Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick in 2012 and released him this March. Only two other teams in the common draft era (which started in 1967) took a quarterback in the first round of the regular draft twice in a three-year span. The Colts did that with Art Schlichter (1982) and John Elway (1983), while the Seahawks did so with Dan McGwire (1991) and Rick Mirer (1993).
Heat blank Deron Williams in win over Nets
From Elias: Miami beat Brooklyn, 94-82, and completely shut down Nets guard Deron Williams. Williams started the game and played 36:31 but did not score a point while missing all nine of his field-goal attempts. Only one other starter in the last ten NBA seasons (regular-season or playoffs) played at least 35 minutes, missed at least nine field-goal attempts and failed to score a single point: Rasheed Wallace for the Pistons on Nov. 8, 2006 at Sacramento (35:43, 0-for-9).
Miami didn't give much away
From Elias: The Heat protected the ball well in Thursday's, turning it over only eight times. It was the 12th time in the 2014 playoffs that a team committed eight or fewer turnovers in a game, matching the total of such games in the entire 2013 NBA playoffs.
Leonard leads the Spurs to victory
From Elias: Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 20 points, shooting 8-for-9 from the floor, as San Antonio defeated Portland again. It's the first time in Leonard's 44 career playoff games that he's led the team in scoring. He's done that five times in 188 regular-season games.
Blue Jays belt five homers and extend a streak
From Elias: The Blue Jays hit five home runs in their 12-6 win over the Phillies in Toronto. The Blue Jays have slugged 28 home runs in their 14 games at Rogers Centre this season with at least one homer in each game. The Jays' streak of 14 consecutive home games with one or more home runs to begin a season is the second-longest in franchise history, behind their own major-league-record streak of 21 straight home games at the start of the 2000 season. The only major-league teams other than Toronto to hit home runs in each of their first 14 (or more) home games in a season are the 2002 Athletics (18), the 1962 Mets (at the Polo Grounds, in the first 14 home games in team history) and the 2001 Yankees (14).
Four (players), three (hits), two (extra-base hits) for the Indians
From Elias: Asdrubal Cabrera banged out four hits and his Cleveland teammates Michael Brantley, David Murphy and Mike Aviles each recorded three hits in the Indians' 9-4 win against the Twins. In addition, each of those players registered at least two extra-base hits in Thursday's game at Progressive Field: two doubles and a home run for Cabrera, a double and a homer by Brantley, and two doubles apiece for Murphy and Aviles. It was the first game in Indians history in which four Cleveland players each notched three or more hits, including at least two extra-base hits. Over the last ten years, only two other major-league teams had four players with at least three hits and two extra-base hits in one game: the Blue Jays in their 15-4 win at Boston on Aug. 17, 2008 (Alex Rios, Adam Lind, Lyle Overbay, John McDonald), and the Mariners in a 21-8 victory at Texas on May 30, 2012 (Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders).
Six, seven, eight (hitters) homer for the Astros
From Elias: The Astros' sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place hitters, George Springer, Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan, each hit a home run in Houston's 6-2 win at Detroit on Thursday afternoon. It was only the second time in the last nine seasons that the Astros had three different players batting sixth or lower in the order hit home runs in the same game. The only other such game for the Astros since 2006 was an 11-7 win at Baltimore last year, in which Carlos Pena (batting 6th), Dominguez (8th) and Marwin Gonzalez (9th) each homered for Houston.
Pearce is filling in nicely for Baltimore
From Elias: Steve Pearce, making his eighth consecutive start at first base for the Orioles in place of the injured Chris Davis, hit a two-run home run in Baltimore's 3-1 win against the Rays. Pearce, who was re-signed by the Orioles after they designated him for assignment last month, leads the team with five runs batted in over the last eight games, and his two home runs tie him with Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis for the club high over that eight-game stretch.
Matt Harrison's first win since 2012
From Elias: Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison posted his first major-league win since Sept. 27, 2012 with a 5-0 interleague victory against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Harrison, who led Texas with 18 wins in 2012 but pitched in only two games last season due to a back injury, has recorded four wins without a loss and allowed only one run in 32¿ innings over his last five games against National League teams.
Cubs rookie slams the White Sox
From Elias: Rookie Mike Olt hit a grand slam for the Cubs in their 12-5 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Olt's home run with the bases loaded was only the fourth grand slam by a Cubs rookie over the last 13 seasons. The other slams by Cubs rookies since 2002 were hit by Jake Fox (2009), Anthony Rizzo (2012) and Junior Lake (2013).
A rare 1-0 Mariners win against the Royals
From Elias: Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight innings and Fernando Rodney earned a save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as they combined for a 1-0 win over Kansas City. It was only the second 1-0 victory by the Mariners over the Royals in the 38-season history of their rivalry. Seattle's other 1-0 win against Kansas City was a four-hit complete game by Randy Johnson on April 11, 1992.
Fraser scores overtime goal in his first playoff game
From Elias: Matt Fraser, in his NHL playoff debut, scored 79 seconds into overtime to earn Bruins a 1-0 victory at Montreal and deadlock their series against the Canadiens at two wins each. Fraser is the third player to score an overtime goal for the Bruins in his first NHL playoff game and he's the first player to do that for Boston in more than 70 years. The others were Mel Hill in 1939 and Don Gallinger in 1943. Over the last 18 years, the only other OT goal scorers in their NHL playoff debuts are San Jose's Niko Dimitrakos (2004) and Benn Ferriero (2011).
Rask notches an overtime shutout
From Elias: Tuukka Rask made 33 saves in leading the Bruins to a 1-0 overtime win at Montreal. Rask is the third goaltender in Bruins history to register a playoff shutout in a 1-0 overtime win. Tiny Thompson was the first, with a double-overtime victory against the Maple Leafs in 1935, and 77 years later, in 2012, Tim Thomas beat the Capitals in OT by virtue of the game's only goal.
Selanne scores power play goal in Ducks' victory
From Elias: Teemu Selanne's second-period power play goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of their series against the Kings and Anaheim went on to record a 3-2 win. Selanne has scored 15 goals over the last five years in which he's participated in the playoffs (2008, '09, '11, '13 and '14) and 10 of those 15 tallies have been power play goals. Selanne scored 29 playoff goals from 1993 through 2007 but only nine of them were power play goals.