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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:
• There are three teams remaining in the NBA playoffs: Miami, Dallas and Phoenix. None of those teams has won an NBA title. This will be the first time in 28 years that each team in the NBA Finals will be attempting to win its first league championship. That last happened in 1978, when Washington opposed Seattle.
• Pat Riley, who first coached in the NBA Finals in 1982 with the Lakers, is heading back to that round for the ninth time. That 24-year span is an NBA record for a head coach. Next longest: 17 years between Red Auerbach's first and last time (1949-66).
• Miami defeated Detroit 95-78. The Pistons, at 64-18, had the best record in the NBA during the 2005-06 season. Only two other teams were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by a margin of at least 17 points after recording the league's best record during the regular season: the 1947-48 St. Louis Bombers (lost by 39 to Philadelphia) and the 2000-01 San Antonio Spurs (lost by 29 to the Lakers).
• Shaquille O'Neal led the Heat with 28 points and Jason Williams added 21. Shaq was 12-for-14 (.857) from the field and Williams was 10-for-12 (.833). Only two other sets of teammates in the history of the NBA playoffs each scored 20-plus points in a game while shooting 80 percent or better from the field: James Worthy and A.C. Green of the Lakers in April 1987 against Denver; Robert Parish and Kevin McHale of the Celtics in May 1987 against Detroit.
• Seattle's Jamie Moyer pitched a two-hit shutout against the Royals on Friday night. Moyer, 43, is the oldest pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout since Charlie Hough in 1994 and he's the oldest to do it while allowing two or fewer hits since Nolan Ryan threw his final no-hitter at age 44 in 1991.
• The Yankees had 12 hits in a win at Baltimore on Friday night, their ninth straight game with at least 10 hits. That's the longest streak by any team since the Braves reached double figures in 12 straight games in 2004, and it's the longest streak for the Yankees since they did it in nine straight games in July 1958. Yogi Berra had 13 hits and three home runs during that nine-game streak, while Mickey Mantle contributed nine hits and two home runs.
• Baltimore's Corey Patterson stole a base for the sixth consecutive game, tying the longest streak by any major league player in the past 10 seasons. Jose Reyes had a six-game streak last year, and the Orioles' Luis Matos did it in 2001. The last player with a longer streak was Kenny Lofton -- eight straight games for Cleveland in 1996.
• The Angels' Jered Weaver, who pitched seven shutout innings in his major league debut last Saturday night against the Orioles, threw six scoreless innings Friday night before the Indians broke his streak with two runs in the seventh. The last pitcher to begin each of his first two games in the majors with at least six shutout innings was Kansas City's Jimmy Gobble in August 2003.
• The Red Sox trailed 2-1 in Detroit with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the ninth inning. Then Mike Lowell singled and Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run. It was only the second game in the major leagues this season in which a team trailed with two outs and nobody on base in the ninth inning, then started a game-winning rally. Boston also won the other game. On April 17 against Seattle, trailing 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Youkilis singled and Mark Loretta hit a walkoff home run.
• Jonathan Papelbon earned his 20th save of the season, and Boston has played only 52 games. He shattered the rookie record for fewest team games to reach 20 saves. That mark was previously held by Mike MacDougal, who got to 20 in the Royals' 76th game in 2003.
• Reed Johnson got things started for Toronto on Friday night with a home run to lead off the first inning, and he capped the Blue Jays' scoring against Tampa Bay with a three-run homer in the ninth inning. It's the second time in his major league career that Johnson has hit a lead-off homer and then another four-bagger in the final inning of the game. He also did it June 15, 2003. Only two other major league players have done that even once in the past 10 years: Geoff Blum in April 2005 and Darin Erstad in June 2000.
• The Padres scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 7-0 win at Pittsburgh. San Diego has outscored its opponents by 24 runs in the first inning this season (44-20), the largest advantage for any team in the major leagues.
• Cincinnati won at Houston 14-5. Each of the Reds' first seven batters reached base -- resulting in a five-run first inning. In only one other major league game this season did each of a team's first seven batters of a game reach base: the Giants did that against the Cubs on May 11.
• The Giants placed Mike Matheny on the disabled list Friday. Since 2000, Matheny has started 732 games behind the plate, the second-highest total for any National League catcher over that period, behind Brad Ausmus (785).
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