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

Updated: June 17, 2006, 7:54 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

MLB
• The Phillies fell behind Tampa Bay, 7-0, on Friday night. It was the fifth straight game in which Philadelphia trailed by at least four runs. That's the longest such streak for the Phillies since 1990 (five games). If they do it again in their next game it will be the longest streak of its kind for the Phils since 1961.

 Chris Coste
Coste
• Phillies' 33-year-old rookie Chris Coste got his first major league hit Friday night, a fifth-inning single. Only four players in the last 40 years recorded their first major league hit at an older age than Coste: Minny Mendoza (age 36) in 1970, Hank Izquierdo (36) in 1967, Alan Zinter (34) in 2002 and Alan Cockrell (33) in 1996.

• The Yankees beat the Nationals 7-5 on Friday, despite Alex Rodriguez's three strikeouts in five at-bats. A-Rod has struck out 10 times in his last 17 at-bats, matching the most strikeouts over any 17-at-bat span of his career. The last time Rodriguez did that was in 1999 with Seattle.

• Bernie Williams had four hits in the Yankees' 7-5 win in Washington. It was the 32nd four-hit game of Williams' career. Only three active players have more career four-hit games than Bernie: Ivan Rodriguez (34), Craig Biggio (33) and Kenny Lofton (33).

• The Reds have hit at least one home run in each of their last 15 games, the longest such streak in the major leagues this season. The last major league team to homer in 15 or more consecutive games was Colorado in July-August 2005 (16-game streak).

 Francisco Liriano
Liriano
• Francisco Liriano was the winning pitcher for the Twins on Friday. Liriano is 5-1 with a 1.50 earned-run average since joining the Twins' rotation on May 19. Liriano's five wins over that span tie him with Ian Snell -- the pitcher he beat on Friday -- and Barry Zito for the most wins in the major leagues since that date.

Liriano's 1.50 ERA since May 19 is the third lowest in the majors over that span among pitchers who've worked at least 30 innings during that time period, behind Jason Schmidt (1.25) and Josh Johnson (1.34).

• The Marlins beat the Blue Jays, 3-1. Florida is 16-6 since May 22, the best record in the major leagues over the last 26 days.

• Scott Elarton was perfect through 5 1/3 innings on Friday night against the Astros, his former team. Elarton is the first pitcher to go five or more perfect innings against his former team since Livan Hernandez retired the first 17 Florida batters for the Expos on July 25, 2004.

• Roger Clemens allowed three hits and three walks in the first inning for the AAA Round Rock Express in his final tuneup before returning to the Astros. Clemens has not allowed three hits and three walks in the first inning in any of his 704 major league starts (671 in the regular season and 33 in the postseason).

Soccer
• Lionel Messi scored the final goal in Argentina's 6-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro in World Cup action on Friday. Messi, just eight days shy of his 19th birthday, was the sixth player to score a goal in a World Cup game prior to turning 19 years old. Pele, at age 17, scored six goals for Brazil in 1958; The others to do so were Aleksandar Tirnanic (age 18) for Yugoslavia in 1930; Manuel Rosas (18), who scored two goals for Mexico in 1930; Michael Owen (18), who scored two goals for England in 1998; and Dmitri Sychev (18) for Russia in 2002.

• In Argentina's victory, and for the second time in the first eight days of the 2006 World Cup, a team scored three goals by players who didn't start. That equaled the total of all such games previously in World Cup history:

Year Team Opponent Bench scorers
1982 Hungary El Salvador Laszlo Kiss (3), Lazar Szentes
2002 Paraguay Slovenia Nelson Cuevas (2), Jorge Campos
2006 Australia Japan Tim Cahill (2), John Aloisi
2006 Argentina SCG Esteban Cambiasso, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi

Note that Argentina was the first team ever to receive goals from three subs in the same World Cup match.

• For the second consecutive game, Ivory Coast outshot its opponent but lost the game. Ivory Coast outshot the Netherlands 16-9 in Friday's 2-1 loss, after outshooting Argentina 13-9 in a 2-1 loss last Saturday. No other team has outshot an opponent and lost even one match during the 2006 World Cup.

Golf
• Scoring remained difficult on Friday during the second round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, averaging 75.03. It was the second consecutive day that the players averaged 75. This is the first time in the last 45 years that scoring in each of the first two rounds at the U.S. Open averaged five or more strokes over par.

• Going into round three of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, only Steve Stricker is under par. It's the first time since 1986 at Shinnecock Hills that only one player is under par heading to the third day of action at a U.S. Open. That year, Greg Norman stood alone at -1. Norman finished the tournament in a tie for 12th.

 Phil Mickelson
Mickelson
• Phil Mickelson started the second round of the U.S. Open by putting 20 times through the first 10 holes. It was the first time that Mickelson recorded 20 or more putts through the first 10 holes of a round at the U.S. Open since 1997.

This was only the 29th time in Mickelson's PGA Tour career that he recorded 20 or more putts through the first 10 holes of a Tour event. The last time was in round three of the 2005 Buick Invitational.

• Tiger Woods shot 152 through the first 36 holes of the U.S. Open, his worst 36-hole total ever at the Open. The 152 carded by Woods was also his highest stroke total after two rounds in any tournament in his PGA Tour career. His previous high was 151 at the 1998 Tour Championship. Woods finished that tournament in 20th place.

NBA
• The NBA suspended Jerry Stackhouse for Game Five of the NBA Finals for his hard foul on Shaquille O'Neal in Game Four. The Mavericks were 19-8 (.704) in the 27 games Stackhouse missed during the regular season, 41-14 (.745) in the 55 games that he appeared in.

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