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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:
• With Maddux opposing Mark Buehrle, Friday afternoon's game between the Cubs and White Sox took a predictably fast two hours and seven minutes. Among all active pitchers with at least 100 career starts, Maddux (2:36) and Buehrle (2:37) have the quickest career average time of a nine-inning game.
• The Mets overcame a 4-0 deficit and beat the Yankees, 7-6. It's the third time this season that the Yankees lost a game in which they led by at least four runs. They had only three such losses all of last season and also only three in 2004.
• The Mets' relief corps retired the final 16 batters of the game, the longest streak by any major-league bullpen to end a game since Florida's relievers set down the final 18 Milwaukee batters on July 6 of last season. It also tied the longest streak by the Mets bullpen to end any victory in the history of the franchise.
• Randy Johnson gave up a three-run home run to Carlos Beltran in the first inning on Friday night after Oakland's Mark Kotsay took him deep in the first inning last Sunday at Yankee Stadium. It's only the third time in his major-league career that Johnson has allowed a home run in the first inning in back-to-back starts. He did it in 1999 and again in 2003, each time pitching for the Diamondbacks.
• Aubrey Huff hit a 2-2 pitch for a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against Florida. Huff entered the night batting .040 (1-for-25) this season with two strikes in the count, the lowest such average among the 300 major leaguers who had at least 25 at-bats with two strikes in the count this year.
• Barry Bonds struck out with two outs in the ninth inning in the Giants' 1-0 loss to Oakland. It was the first time that he whiffed to end a game while representing the tying run since July 22, 2002, when the Cardinals' Jason Isringhausen struck him out with a runner on second base to preserve a 5-3 St. Louis win.
• Tony Batista's grand slam was the key hit in Minnesota's 7-1 win at Milwaukee. It was Batista's ninth career grand slam, a high total for a player with 218 career home runs. Only three players in major league history have both more slams and fewer homers that Batista: Joe Rudi (12 and 179), Devon White (11 and 208) and John Milner (10 and 131).
• Chris Carpenter allowed six runs, but still got the win in St. Louis' 9-6 victory at Kansas City. It was only the second time in his major-league career that Carpenter won a start in which gave up at least six earned runs. The other instance was in June 1998, when he was pitching for Toronto.
• The Pistons staved off elimination with an 84-82 win over Cleveland. It was the third straight game in the series decided by two points. Only one other postseason series in NBA history had three straight games decided by two-or-fewer points: Boston and Philadelphia did it in four consecutive games in the 1981 Eastern Conference finals.
• It's not all good for LeBron James. He committed seven turnovers in Friday night's loss, the fourth time in this year's playoffs that he has turned the ball over at least seven times in one game. The last NBA player with four such games in one postseason was Charles Barkley in 1986.
• Friday night's game marked the 14th consecutive playoff series that the Edmonton Oilers started on the road, a streak which dates back to 1992. That ties the NHL record for consecutive Game Ones as the visiting team, a mark also held by the Maple Leafs (14 straight, 1978 to 1993). With the victory, the Oilers are now 5-9 in their last 14 series openers.
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