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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Steve Nash scored 29 points and had 15 assists in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals to become the first player in NBA history to reach 25 points and 10 assists in each of four consecutive playoff games. Prior to Nash, Oscar Robertson (1963) and Michael Jordan (1989) had been the only players to amass 25-and-10 in each of three straight playoff games.
• With their 111-108 win at Phoenix, the Spurs became only the third team in NBA history to win the first two games of a playoff series on the road after having trailed entering the fourth quarter in each game.
The only other teams that started a playoff series in that manner: the Suns at Houston in the 1994 Western Conference finals, and the Nets at Detroit in the 2003 Eastern Conference finals. (While the Nets went on to sweep the Pistons in 2003, the Rockets rebounded to defeat the Suns in the West finals and then defeated the Knicks to win the NBA championship.)
• The Cardinals defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 in 12 innings for their 11th consecutive win over the Pirates. That's the third-longest current regular-season winning streak by one team over another in any of the five major North American pro sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS).
The only other current streaks that long are both in the NBA: the Spurs have won their last 15 games against the Celtics, and the Mavericks have won 13 straight over the Hornets.
• Reed Johnson's three-run walkoff homer off Boston's Alan Embree was the 15th walkoff homer in the majors this season and the third allowed by the Red Sox (the most against any team). Derek Jeter hit a game-ender off Keith Foulke on April 5, and Embree himself was victimized by Tampa Bay's Eduardo Perez on April 22.
Prior to this season, Embree had allowed only two walkoff home runs in 568 major-league games (to Boston's Tim Naehring while Embree pitched with Cleveland in 1996, and to Barry Bonds while with San Diego in 2002).
• Roger Clemens threw five scoreless innings before leaving Houston's eventual 4-2 loss at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. That reduced Clemens' ERA to 1.19 for his first 10 starts of this season the lowest for any major-leaguer over his first 10 starts of a season since Pedro Martinez stood at 1.05 through 10 starts in 2000. The last National League pitcher with such a low ERA through 10 starts: John Tudor with the Cardinals, 1.19 in 1988.
Clemens has not given up a run in 26 innings on the road this season the longest road scoreless streak to start a major-league season since Cleveland's Doug Jones went 26 scoreless innings to start the 1988 season.
• Philadelphia's Billy Wagner failed to protect a one-run lead against the Marlins on Tuesday night, and Florida went on to win 4-3 in 10 innings. It was the fourth straight game in which Wagner has allowed a run equaling his career-high streak, done in May 2000 and in April/May 2001.
• Tim Hudson defeated Tom Glavine 4-0 in Atlanta. In three seasons with New York, Glavine now has a won-lost record of 2-19 against the Mets' three main divisional rivals, the Braves (1-8), the Marlins (1-6) and the Phillies (0-5).
• Alex Rodriguez's two home runs on Tuesday gave him a major league-leading total of 16 homers through the Yankees' first 45 games this season. He became only the fifth player in Yankees history to hit 16 home runs in his team's first 45 games in a season; of course, one of those players accomplished that feat five times.
|Bronx Early Bombers|
|Most home runs by a Yankee in the team's first 45 games:|
|Mickey Mantle, 1956||20||52|
|Babe Ruth ,1928||19||54|
|Babe Ruth, 1930||19||49|
|Tino Martinez, 1997||17||44|
|Babe Ruth, 1921||16||59|
|Babe Ruth, 1926||16||47|
|Babe Ruth, 1927||16||60|
|Roger Maris, 1960||16||39|
|Alex Rodriguez, 2005||16||?|