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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 27 points and handed out 16 assists in the Suns' Game 1 victory at Dallas. Only four other players have had at least 25 points and 15 assists in the first game of an NBA playoff series. Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson each did it twice; the others were Johnny Moore and Kevin Johnson.
Nash is the first player in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assists in three straight series openers in one playoff year (20 points and 10 assists in first game against the Lakers; 31 and 12 in the Game 1 vs. the Clippers).
• Brian Moehler beat Greg Maddux in the Marlins' 9-3 victory over the Cubs. Moehler defeated Maddux the only other time the two veterans opposed each other as starters, on Sept. 1, 1997 (Tigers at Atlanta). At the time of their first meeting, Maddux was already a four-time Cy Young Award winner and Moehler was less than a year removed from his big-league debut.
Maddux is 0-4 this month after posting a 5-0 mark during April. Maddux is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to lose his first four decisions during the month of May in a season in which he went 5-0 (or better) in April.
• The Indians' 11-0 thrashing of the Twins was Cleveland's most lopsided shutout victory at Minnesota since a 12-0 rout on June 14, 1969 at Metropolitan Stadium.
C.C. Sabathia went all the way for the Tribe, after throwing a three-hit complete game on Friday. It marked the first time in his career that Sabathia completed back-to-back starts. A surprisingly high percentage of active pitchers who have started at least 150 games have never thrown complete games in consecutive starts (43 percent, 34 of 79).
• It was quite a day for Adam Wainwright. After being summoned from the bullpen, Wainwright homered in his first major league at-bat and went on to record the victory in the Cardinals' 10-4 win at San Francisco. Only two other relief pitchers have ever homered in their first major league at-bat and earned a victory in the same game. Hoyt Wilhelm did it for the 1952 New York Giants, as did John Montefusco for the San Francisco Giants in 1974.
• The Angels took two of three games at Texas, after going 0-6-2 over their previous eight series. The Angles haven't had a longer streak of non-winning series in a single season since 1999 (nine in a row).
Vladimir Guerrero went 1-for-5, but he extended his career-long hitting streak at Ameriquest Field in Arlington to 22 games with a first-inning single. Only two other current major leaguers hit safely in their first 22 (or more) games at a particular ballpark: Tony Clark at Fenway Park (first 27 games, 1995 to 2001) and Johnny Damon at Tropicana Field (first 25 games, 1998 to 2002).
• Manny Ramirez, who hit two homers in a losing effort on Wednesday, has five homers against the Yankees this season, four of them coming in this week's three-game set at Fenway Park. With seven regular-season homers against New York in 2004 and another six last year, Ramirez is the first player in almost 40 years to hit 18 homers vs. the Yankees over a three-season span. The last to do it was Cleveland's Fred Whitfield, who hit a total of only 62 homers from 1965 through 1967, with 18 of them coming against the Yankees.
After admiring his mammoth shot off Scott Proctor on Tuesday, Ramirez homered off Proctor again on Wednesday. No player had homered off the same relief pitcher in consecutive games since Arizona's Steve Finley did it against LaTroy Hawkins of the Cubs in 2004 (April 27-28).
• In Tampa Bay's 10-8 victory at Toronto, Carl Crawford became the first player to collect five hits and four stolen bases in a game since Rickey Henderson did it for the Yankees on April 11, 1988.
• Carlos Beltran and David Wright homered for the Mets in their 5-4 win over the Phillies. New York set a franchise record by hitting at least two home runs for a sixth consecutive game. On two previous occasions, the Mets had five straight multiple-homer games (1987 and 2004).
• The Tigers defeated Kansas City again, with Jeremy Bonderman earning a 6-3 victory. Starting pitchers are 27-12 for the Tigers through 46 games; Detroit's starters won as many as 27 of the team's first 46 games only one other time in the last 95 seasons (28-8 at this juncture in 1984).
• Ryan Miller won his 10th game of the 2006 playoffs for the Sabres, becoming the seventh rookie goaltender to reach double-digit wins in one playoff year. The six other rookies each won at least 11 playoff games in one year: Ken Dryden, 12-8 (1971); Patrick Roy, 15-5 (1986); Mike Vernon, 12-9 (1986); Ron Hextall, 15-11 (1987); Felix Potvin, 11-10 (1993); and Brian Boucher, 11-7 (2000). Rookie Cam Ward has nine playoff wins for Carolina this year.
• According to reports Wednesday, Chris Chelios signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings with intentions of playing his 23rd NHL season this fall. Only two defensemen have played as many as 23 seasons in the NHL: Tim Horton (24) and Al MacInnis (23).