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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:
• The Heat won Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in Detroit 113-104, ending the Pistons' streak of defensive dominance at home. The Pistons had held their opponents below 100 points in each of their last 37 regulation-length home playoff games, an all-time NBA record. The previous record of 36 was set by the Minneapolis Lakers between 1949 and 1955, mostly before the 24-second clock was implemented.
Miami became the first visiting team to score 100 points in a regulation playoff game on the Pistons' home court since Orlando won in Detroit 101-98 in a first-round game in 1996.
• The Heat made 38 of 54 free-throw attempts in Game 3, the most free-throw attempts by an NBA team in a regulation-time playoff game in five years -- since Shaquille O'Neal's Lakers took 57 foul shots in Game 2 of the 2000 Finals against Indiana.
• David Ortiz homered on each of his first two at-bats in the Red Sox's 7-2 win over the Yankees on Sunday night. Ortiz now has 10 regular-season home runs at Yankee Stadium over the last three seasons, equaling the highest three-year total by any visiting player during the expansion era.
Since 1961, three other visitors had 10 home runs over three seasons at Yankee Stadium: Carlos Delgado (2001-2003), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-1998), and Jim Rice (1983-1985). Note that Ortiz has also hit three postseason homers at Yankee Stadium during his streak.
• David Wells allowed home runs to Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield in the first inning. Wells had made 77 previous regular-season starts at Yankee Stadium, allowing a total of three home runs in the first inning.
• Mike Mussina threw 35 pitches in the first inning against the Red Sox, one short of the highest first-inning total in his five seasons with the Yankees.
• The Tigers swept the Orioles at Camden Yards this weekend. It was only the second time in the last 20 years that the Tigers swept a first-place team on the road in a series of at least three games. They swept a three-game series from the division-leading Mariners at Safeco Field in August 2000.
The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the O's 8-6 in Sunday's series finale. It was the first time that Detroit rallied from five or more runs down to win in Baltimore since July 4, 1970. Prior to Sunday, the Tigers and the Royals had been the only major league teams to win only one game this season in which they trailed by two or more runs.
Craig Monroe's seventh-inning home run was the game-winner. Monroe became only the second Tigers player ever to homer in every game of a series of three games or more in Baltimore. The other was Norm Cash in September 1965.
• The A's lost to the Indians 6-2 to extend their losing streak to eight games, matching their longest of the season. It's the first time in the 105-year history of the franchise that the A's suffered two losing streaks of eight games or more prior to Memorial Day.
• Roy Halladay pitched a two-hitter in the Blue Jays' 4-0 win over the Twins, missing a no-hitter on a pair of infield singles. Of the last 15 pitchers to lose a no-hitter on infield hits, only one, Hideo Nomo, ever threw an actual no-no.
Among that group of 15, dating back to 1992, two others besides Halladay allowed more than one infield hit: Tim Hudson in 2003 and Greg Maddux, who allowed three infield hits in a three-hit shutout on the final day of play before the 1994 lockout.
• Kelly Johnson of the Braves was only the second player in the last seven seasons (1999-2005) to start and bat third in his major league debut. The other was Ron Calloway of the Expos on Opening Day in 2003.
• Carlos Delgado hit a game-winning home run on a 3-0 pitch in the seventh inning of the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Mets. It was the first game-winning homer on a 3-0 pitch in the seventh inning or later since July 23 last season, when Cleveland's Ben Broussard hit a GW-HR against the Royals.
Delgado has swung at 5 of 11 3-0 pitches this season. No other Marlin has swung at a 3-0 pitch this season (0 of 66).
• Todd Helton snapped an 0-for-16 streak in the first inning against the Cubs. It was only the third time in Helton's career -- but the second time this month -- that he went 15 or more at-bats without a hit. Of interest, Helton hasn't gone more than 10 ABs without a hit at Coors Field since 2000.