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Elias Says ...

5/26/2006 - MLB NBA NHL + more

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

MLB
• The Royals took a 6-0 lead, but lost to the Tigers, 13-8. Kansas City became the first major-league team in 107 years to lose a game after leading by at least six runs and thus extend a losing streak to 13-or-more games. The last team to do that was the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who blew a seven-run lead at Washington on Sept. 16, dropping their 24th consecutive game.

• Thursday afternoon's game began very well for Kansas City. Tony Graffanino, Angel Berroa and Doug Mientkiewicz hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, marking the first time in the history of the Royals franchise the team hit three consecutive home runs in the first inning. No major league team had done that since Sept. 15, 2004, when the Cubs' Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett hit that trifecta in the first inning against Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field.

Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning and a three-run home run in the ninth inning. He's the first player in the majors this season to record five-or-more RBI over the final two innings of a game. The only other Tigers' player to do that over the last 40 years was Shane Halter on Aug. 8, 2001.

• Texas overcame a seven-run deficit to beat Oakland, 8-7. It was the second-largest comeback victory in the majors this year. The Yankees came from nine runs back to beat Texas on May 16. Since the Athletics move to Oakland in 1968, they have lost only two other games in which they held a lead of seven-or-more runs: against Kansas City in September 1978 and against Texas in May 2000.

Phil Nevin was hitless in his last 19 at-bats before hitting the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. That was the longest hitless at-bat streak to end with a walkoff home run since May 13, 1995, when Kansas City's Gary Gaetti broke an 0-for-24 slump with a two-run homer off Troy Percival in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Angels, 4-2.

• Four different Oakland pitchers allowed at least one home run Thursday night, tying the most for any team in any game in the major leagues this season.

Jonathan Papelbon got the save in Boston's 4-1 win against Tampa Bay. Papelbon is 16-for-16 in his save opportunities this year, tying the MLB rookie record for consecutive save conversions to begin a season. Baltimore's Gregg Olson converted his first 16 save opportunities in 1989. Major League Baseball began officially recording saves for pitchers in 1969.

Carl Crawford had three hits at Fenway Park on Thursday night after his five-hit game against Toronto the night before. Jose Reyes (May 5-6) is the only other player in the major leagues with eight-plus hits over a two-game span this season.

• The Orioles blanked the Mariners, 2-0. It was the sixth time this season that Seattle was shut out, and all six of those games have been at home. Only two other teams in American League history suffered six home shutouts in one season before June: the 1914 Red Sox (six) and 1984 Yankees (eight).

Rodrigo Lopez, who had lost his last six starts, threw 7 1/3 shutout innings in the Orioles' win. Lopez is the first American League pitcher to lose at least six straight starts and end that streak with a performance of seven-plus shutout innings since Seattle's Jim Beattie in 1984.

Brett Myers beat the Mets, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs. Myers became the first Phillies pitcher since Curt Schilling in 1998 to not allow more than three earned runs in any of his first 10 starts of a season.

Andy Pettitte has allowed three-or-more earned runs in each of the first two innings of a game for only the second time in his major-league career. Pettitte also did it while pitching for the Yankees on June 8, 2003 at Wrigley Field.

• The Astros stole seven bases in Thursday's loss to Washington. It was the first time that a team stole seven-or-more bases in a game since the Marlins did it on May 27, 2002. That was the longest span in the major leagues without a seven-steal game by one team since there were none from May 1969 to August 1974. There were 21 such games from 1995 to 2002.

NBA
Tayshaun Prince had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the Pistons' 92-88 win over Miami. In Prince's entire NBA career -- 288 regular-season games and 77 postseason games -- he had never before had 24-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a game.

• Detroit's bench contributed only three points (all by Antonio McDyess) in the team's Game 2 win over Miami. In the last 35 years, only two other teams won a Conference Finals or NBA Finals game with so few points from its reserves: the 1988 Celtics (one point) in a win against Detroit, and 1995 Magic (three points) in a win over Indiana.

NHL
• Anaheim out-shot Edmonton 25-3 in the first period. It was the largest shot differential in any period of a playoff game since 1980, when Minnesota outshot Toronto 30-5 in the second period.

• Anaheim won 6-3 at Edmonton. It marked the third time in this year's playoffs that a team staved off a series sweep by winning on the road. Dallas did it at Colorado on April 28 and Ottawa did it at Buffalo on May 11. Since 1982, only one other NHL team stayed alive when trailing in the series 3-0 by winning on the road: Buffalo (at Philadelphia) in 1997.

Golf
• During Thursday's opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, John Daly became the fifth player this year to begin a PGA Tour event with four consecutive bogeys. It was the second time that Daly bogeyed holes one-through-four during the opening round of a PGA Tour event. He also did it at the 1998 MCI Classic, where he shot rounds of 79 and 78 and missed the cut.