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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:
• Johnny Drennen, your name shall be linked forever to Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez. Drennen, an Indians prospect selected 33rd overall in last June's draft, homered off Clemens in the first inning of the Rocket's start for the Class A Lexington Legends on Tuesday night. Ramirez is one of 12 players who homered in their first major-league plate appearance vs. Clemens (April 21, 1996).
For the record, the others were J.J. Hardy (2005); Jon Rauch (2004); Ramon Castro (2004); Josh Phelps (2002); Rondell White (1997); Stan Jefferson (1989); Roberto Kelly (1989); Keith Moreland (1989); Geno Petralli (1986); Gary Ward (1984); and Al Cowens (1984).
• Some others who hit unlikely home runs off Clemens, with their career major-league home-run totals in parentheses: Jon Rauch (1), Pedro Swann (1), Gene Kingsale (3), Beau Allred (4), Shawn Estes (4).
• And just a few hours later, Nomar Garciaparra homered in his first-ever plate appearance against Pedro Martinez. Among the 16 other players to have done so are Mike Piazza, Brian Giles, Adam Dunn, and ... Doug Drabek.
• Matt Kemp also homered off Pedro. Kemp now has four home runs in his first 10 major-league games. The last player to hit four homers in his first 10 games with the Dodgers was Jimmy Wynn in 1974.
• The Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 2-1. Since the start of the 2003 season, they have split 66 regular-season games, with each team posting 33 victories. But as evenly matched as the Yankees and Red Sox have been, only three of their last 33 meetings have been decided by one run.
• Chien-Ming Wang pitched seven innings to earn the victory for the Yankees, three days after recording a save in the first relief appearance of his major-league career. Over the last 15 seasons, only three other pitchers won a start within three days of earning a save: R.A. Dickey (2003), Brian Meadows (2003), and Pedro Martinez (1994).
An indication of how trends have changed: There were only three instances since 2000, three others during the 1990s, nine during the 1980s, but 37 during the 1970s.
• The Yankees had nine hits in Tuesday's victory, falling one hit short of a 13th consecutive game with 10 or more. That would have equaled the longest streaks during the expansion era. Since 1961, the only teams to post double digits in hits in 13 straight games were the Red Sox in 1999 and the White Sox in 1997.
• Another sign of respectability in the Queen City: The Reds defeated the Cardinals, 7-0. It was only the fourth time in the last 60 years the Reds posted a shutout victory of seven runs or more on the road against the team with the best record in the National League. The last was a 16-0 win at Atlanta in 1994.
• For the third time this season, Felipe Alou allowed Jason Schmidt to remain in a game with the tying run on base in the ninth inning, and Schmidt held on to defeat the Marlins, 2-1. Schmidt is 2-0 with one no-decision in those games. The only other starters given that long a leash in any game this season were Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder (once each).
• The A's rallied against Scott Sauerbeck and Rafael Betancourt for three runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Indians, 7-6. It was already the third time this season that Jake Westbrook left with a lead that his bullpen squandered. Indians relievers blew leads for Westbrook only three times in the two previous seasons combined.
• Alex Cintron hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the White Sox a 4-3 win over the Tigers. It was the first time since 2004 that the Tigers lost a road game in which they led by two or more runs in the eight inning or later. The only team not to lose such a road game over the last two seasons are the Twins, Yankees, and Cubs.
• Chris Britton allowed the first home run of his major league career, and it was costly. Alex Rios hit a seventh-inning game-wining home run off the Orioles rookies in the Blue Jays' 6-4 victory. Britton was appearing in his fourth consecutive game. That wasn't unusual for Braves relievers during Leo Mazzone's tenure as Atlanta's pitching coach -- until last season, that is. Only two Braves pitchers, John Foster and Chris Reitsma, worked in four straight games in 2005, compared 10 to instances in both 2004 and 2003.
• The Royals lost to the Rangers, 6-2. It was Kansas City's eight consecutive home loss, to go with their losing streaks of 12 and eight road games earlier in the season. The Royals are the first team this season to record losing streaks of eight or more games both at home and on the road. They were the only team to do so in 2005.
• With so much attention lavished on first-round selections in Tuesday's draft, the list of the day's home-run hitters provided a reminder that there are jewels to be found in the late rounds as well. Among those who homered on Tuesday: Chris Shelton, the 984th pick in 2001; Adam LaRoche, 880th in 2000; Jason Bay, 645th in 2000; Alex Cintron, 1103rd in 1997; Travis Hafner, 923rd in 1996; Marcus Thames, 899th in 1996; Corey Koskie, 715th in 1994; and Sal Fasano, 1029th in 1993.
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