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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Cardinals defeated the Mets 6-3 at Busch Stadium in the 25th game played at their new ballpark. But given a day off, Albert Pujols fell one home run short of the all-time record for the most homers in the first 25 games at any ballpark. The record is 13, held by Johnny Bench at Riverfront Stadium. Pujols has already hit 12 at the new Busch Stadium, to share the second-highest mark with Barry Bonds, who hit 12 homers in the first 25 games at Pacific Bell Park (now known as AT&T Park).
• Scott Spiezio started in place of Pujols and went 2-for-4 with two RBI. That's been typical of Pujols' occasional subs since he became the team's regular first baseman in 2004. Over the last three seasons, players other than Pujols have started 21 games at first base for the Cardinals. They have batted .370 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in those games.
• Brad Wilkerson broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Rangers' 6-2 win over the Yankees. It was Wilkerson's third home run of the four-game series -- his first ever at Yankee Stadium. Since the Stadium was reopened in 1976, the only other player to hit three homers in his first series there was Matt Williams (1997).
• Kenny Rogers became the first seven-game winner in the majors in the Tigers' 5-3 victory over the Twins on Thursday. Rogers never stood alone atop the major league leaderboard until the age of 39. But he has now done so in two of the last three seasons. Rogers was the outright leader in wins in 2004 from May 30 to June 1 and from June 30 to July 9.
• Southpaw Cliff Lee was the starter and winner in the Indians' 6-5 win over the Royals. The Royals have lost all 10 games in which they have faced a left-handed starting pitcher this season. Over the last 25 years, the only other teams to lose their first 10 games vs. southpaw starters were the 2000 Devil Rays and the 1988 Orioles. (Both lost their first 11.)
• The Reds overcame a 6-0 first-inning deficit to defeat the Pirates, 9-8. It was the first time in the 120-year history of the Pirates franchise that they lost a home game in which they led by six or more runs after one inning. Prior to Thursday's loss, Pittsburgh was 32-0 in such games.
• The Brewers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Phillies, 5-4. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Milwaukee scored the winning run in the seventh inning or later, equaling the longest such streak in franchise history.
• Damian Jackson hit a two-run home run off Kerry Wood in the Nationals' 5-3 win over the Cubs, and afterward expressed surprise that he got a pitch to hit with two outs, a runner on third, first base open, and the pitcher on deck. The only other National League player to hit a home run this season batting eighth with two outs, a runner in scoring position, and first base open was Ryan Langerhans (off Kevin Correia). The composite batting average of N.L. players in those at-bats is .208 (25-for-120).
• The Clippers shot 62 percent from the field in their 118-106 victory over the Suns in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series. It was the highest field-goal percentage in an NBA postseason game in 10 years, since the Spurs shot 62.2 percent in a first-round win against Phoenix (April 26, 1996).
• Corey Maggette was 7-for-8 from the field and 9-for-9 from the foul line in the Clippers' win, missing only a long three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Only two other players made every two-point field-goal attempt and every foul shot in an NBA playoff game, going 5-for-5 or better on both: Larry McNeill of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1975 and Chris Mullin of the Warriors in 1998.
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