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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:
• Mark Redman earned his first win since last July in the Royals' 9-4 victory at Seattle. Redman, who was 0-9 with a 7.35 ERA over his previous 16 starts (since July 30, 2005), entered Sunday's contest with the longest streak of winless starts for any active pitcher in the majors. But that's not all.
A couple hours before Redman's streak ended, the Devil Rays overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays, with Doug Waechter earning his first victory since last August. Waechter was 0-8 with a 7.68 ERA over his previous 15 starts (since Sept. 1, 2005); he began the day with second-longest streak of starts without a win, behind Redman.
With victories by both Redman and Waechter, the longest current streak of winless starts (among active pitchers) now belongs to Eddie Guardado! Guardado hasn't started a game since 1995, but he has a 3-15 record in 25 career starts, and he's 0-11 over his last 14. The longest current streak of that kind among pitchers who have started a game this season is 10, by Bruce Chen.
• The Giants defeated the Mets in 12 innings at Shea Stadium, 7-6, after each team scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning. Lastings Milledge tied the score with his first major league home run -- a two-out, two-strike solo shot in the bottom of the 10th. It's not often that a player hits a game-tying homer during extra innings, so you can imagine how rare it is for a player to hit the first home run of his career under those circumstances. Braves fans will recall Rick Camp doing it in a classic 19-inning game against the Mets on July 4, 1985. Milledge became the third player to do it since then, joining Brian Hunter (for the Braves) and Todd Hundley (for the Mets), both of whom did it in 1991. One more thing: Camp, Hunter, Hundley and Milledge each hit their first home run in a losing effort.
• Jonathan Sanchez earned the first career win in the Giants' victory and Jeremy Accardo notched his first major league save. It was the second time that a San Francisco pitcher's first save in the majors came in a game in which another pitcher recorded his first career win. The other time it happened was April 18, 1970, when Mike McCormick saved a victory for Jim Johnson.
• Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz both homered for the Red Sox in their 8-3 victory at Detroit. Since Ortiz joined Boston in 2003, he and Ramirez have homered in the same game 34 times, the most for any pair of teammates over that span; next-most: 27 by Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds.
• Ortiz greeted Detroit's Jamie Walker with a solo shot in the fifth inning. It was the third time this season that Ortiz homered immediately following an opponent's pitching change; he previously victimized Scott Sauerbeck and Mike Myers in that fashion. Ortiz's third such homer tied him with Joe Crede, J.D. Drew and Craig Wilson for the most in the majors this year.
• Jim Edmonds, playing first base in place of Pujols, was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Cubs. St. Louis first basemen other than Pujols are 6-for-15 with five RBI this season.
Pujols has missed only 23 games since his big league debut in 2001, with the Cardinals posting a higher winning percentage in those games (.609, 14-9) than they did in the games he played (.594, 501-342). Over that span (2001-06), only three NL players have appeared in more games than Pujols (843): Bobby Abreu (852), Juan Pierre (849) and Shawn Green (846).
• Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of homers from the leadoff spot in the Nationals' 8-4 win at Milwaukee. Soriano's 97 career home runs from the top spot in the order, all since 2000, are the most in the majors over that span, 13 more than runner-up Johnny Damon (84).
• The Orioles coasted to an 11-4 victory over the Yankees as Rodrigo Lopez won his third straight start. Lopez has a 3.05 ERA during his winning streak, all with Javy Lopez starting behind the plate; Ramon Hernandez was Rodrigo's batterymate in his 10 previous starts this season. Lopez is 1-7 with an 8.07 ERA with Hernandez catching, with his only victory coming in Baltimore's season opener.
• Chris Young held the Pirates hitless for 5 1/3 innings in the Padres' victory on Sunday after taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning in his previous start (vs. the Rockies). Over the last seven seasons (2000-06), the only other pitcher to begin consecutive starts with at least five hitless innings was Steve Trachsel (June 20-25, 2002).
• Damion Easley's three-run, ninth-inning homer was insurance in the Diamondbacks' 9-3 win at Atlanta. Easley has 10 RBI over his last two games (including his three-homer, seven-RBI performance in Saturday's nightcap). The last NL player to drive in at least 10 runs over the course of two straight games, both on the road, was Sammy Sosa, who drove in 14 runs over a two-game span at Coors Field in 2002 (9 RBI and 5 RBI, July 14-15).
• Gerald Laird was 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs in the Rangers' 10-2 win at Chicago. Laird became the first player to collect four hits in a game, two of which were homers, from the ninth spot in the batting order since Juan Rivera did it for the Yankees on Sept. 27, 2003 (4-for-4, 2 HR). The last player to do that for the Rangers was Kevin Elster (4-for-5, 2 HR, May 17, 1996).
• The Marlins swept their three-game sweep at Colorado with victories from Dontrelle Willis, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Olsen. It's the second time that Florida swept a three-game series with three starting pitchers, each under the age of 25, earning the victories. The other time it happened was in June 2001, when A.J. Burnett, Brad Penny and Ryan Dempster swept the Devil Rays.
• The Orlando Predators' victory over the Desperados at Dallas set up an Arena Bowl showdown with the Chicago Rush, who defeated the SaberCats at San Jose on Saturday. This is the first time in AFL history that both participants advanced to the Arena Bowl with road victories.