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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:
• Dwyane Wade's two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Heat a 101-100 victory over the Mavericks and a 3-2 lead in the series. The last player to make a pair of free throws to close out the scoring in a one-point victory during the NBA Finals was Clyde Drexler, in Portland's 106-105 overtime win at Detroit in Game 2 of the 1990 Finals (the Trail Blazers' only victory of that series).
• With 43 points on Sunday night, Wade is averaging 34.4 points per game during the Finals. Wade's 172 points against Dallas are the third-most for any player through the first five games of his NBA Finals career. In 1967, San Francisco's Rick Barry scored 201 points through five games in his first NBA Finals appearance; Allen Iverson had 178 through his first five games in the Finals in 2001.
• The Mavericks were without Jerry Stackhouse, who has 280 points in 20 games off the bench during this year's postseason (not including ten points in the one game he started). Over the last 20 years, only two players scored more bench points in a single playoff year than Stackhouse, and both did it for Dallas: Nick Van Exel (327 in 2003) and Roy Tarpley (304 in 1988).
• The Tigers homered eight times in their 12-3 win at Wrigley Field, hitting four homers off Mark Prior and four more off Roberto Novoa. Prior and Novoa became the first pair of teammates in major league history each to allow at least four homers in the same game.
Detroit's outburst came exactly three weeks after the Braves hit eight homers in a 13-12 win at Wrigley. To say that the Cubs are the first team to allow at least eight homers in a game twice in one season is an understatement. Before yesterday, the shortest gap for any team between games in which it allowed at least eight home runs was more than four years, by the Milwaukee Braves (Aug. 18, 1956 to April 30, 1961).
The Tigers (five) and Cubs (three) combined to hit eight solo home runs. That's the most in any major league game since July 2, 2002, when the Tigers (four) and White Sox (five) clubbed nine solo shots at Chicago.
• Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer off of Chien-Ming Wang in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nationals a 3-2 victory over the Yankees. Wang was the first starting pitcher to allow a walkoff home run since Jon Garland served up a game-ender to Orlando Cabrera on June 20, 2004 at Montreal. There were 127 walkoff homers in the majors in the interim, all against relievers!
• The weekend series in the nation's capital was the first managerial matchup of Frank Robinson and Joe Torre since August 1984 (Giants and Braves). Robinson and Torre have now gone head-to-head in 56 games during their managerial careers, with each winning 28 games.
• Jon Garland helped his own cause with a two-run home run in the White Sox's 8-1 romp at Cincinnati. Garland became the first White Sox pitcher to homer in a game in which he earned the victory since June 28, 1970, when reliever Danny Murphy did it in an 11-10 win in the second game of a twin bill against the Twins. No starting pitcher had turned that trick for the White Sox since Gary Peters in 1969.
• Adam Loewen became the first pitcher to face a past Cy Young Award winner in each of his first four major league starts in the Orioles' loss at Shea Stadium. In his four starts, Loewen drew Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay (twice) and Tom Glavine as opposing starters.
• Kenny Rogers, 41, and Tom Glavine, 40, became the first 10-game winners in the majors with their victories Sunday. It marks the third time in the last four seasons that the first 10-game winner in the majors was over 40 years old (Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Roger Clemens in 2004). Prior to that, there had been only one season in which a 40-year-old was the first pitcher in the majors to accumulate ten wins (Rick Reuschel for the 1989 Giants).
• Michael Young was in the lineup as the designated hitter for the first time this season in the Rangers' 10-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Young responded with five hits, including a homer, in five at-bats. No DH had gone 5-for-5 in a game since Toronto's Frank Catalanotto on July 9, 2003 (also 5-for-5 with a HR). In his career, Young has played eight games as a designated hitter and his .484 batting average in that role (15-for-31) is the highest among players with at least 30 career DH at-bats, ahead of Ichiro Suzuki (.429, 24-for-56 in 14 games).
• Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 18 games in the Mariners' sweep of the Giants, after hitting safely in 18 straight games in May. Back in 2001, the Seattle rookie had separate streaks of 23 and 21 games. Since then, the only other players with a pair of 18-plus-game hitting streaks in one season are Kevin Millar (18 and 25 games for the 2002 Marlins) and Johnny Damon (18 and 29 games last year). But let's not forget Jimmy Rollins, who fashioned a 36-game streak last season (back-to-back 18's).
• Bartolo Colon's record dropped to 0-3 as he returned from the disabled list in the Angels' loss to the Padres. Colon is the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to begin a season with a three-game losing streak since 1999, when Tom Glavine lost his first three decisions. The only Cy Young winner to start the following season with a losing streak of more than three games was Frank Viola (0-5 to begin the 1989 season).
• Manny Ramirez broke an 0-for-18 slump with a fourth-inning homer at Atlanta. That matched the second-longest streak of hitless at-bats in Manny's career, and his longest since 1998 (0-for-21, the worst of his career).
• The Athletics extended their winning streak to 10 games with their sweep of the Dodgers. In recent years, Oakland built a well-deserved reputation as a "second-half" team; the A's record improved after the All-Star break in each of the past seven seasons. Over that span (1999 to 2005), Oakland had three winning streaks of at least ten games (11 in 2001, 20 in 2002 and 10 in 2003), and each began in August. The A's current winning streak is their longest prior to the All-Star break since 1988 (14 straight wins overlapping April and May).
• Luis Castillo snapped a streak of 28 hitless at-bats in road games with an infield single in the eighth inning of the Twins' victory at Pittsburgh. Castillo's road hitless streak was the longest in the majors this season and the longest for any player since Cristian Guzman went 29 straight at-bats without a hit on the road for Washington last season. Castillo's streak was the longest of its kind for a Twins player since 1987, when Al Newman had a 0-for-31 streak away from the Metrodome.
• Phil Mickelson, runner-up at the U.S. Open for the fourth time, tied Sam Snead for the most second-place finishes by a player who has never won that event. Until Sunday, Mickelson had won eight of the last nine tournaments in which he led going into the final round; the only exception among them was at the 2005 Ford Championship at Doral, when Mickelson suffered a one-stroke loss to Tiger Woods after entering the final round with a two-shot lead.
• Brazil has recorded four consecutive shutouts in World Cup play -- against Turkey and Germany in the 2002 semis and final, against Croatia last week, and 2-0 vs. Australia on Sunday. It's the fourth time that Brazil has held four consecutive World Cup opponents scoreless, one short of the record, set by Italy in 1990.
• Fred was only the fourth substitute ever to score for Brazil in World Cup play. That's four goals out of a total of 194. The other Brazilians to score off the bench: Muller (1990 vs. Scotland), Zico (1978 vs. Peru), and Valdomiro (1974 vs. Zaire).
• Over the last two World Cups, South Korea has avoided losses in four games in which it trailed: Sunday's 1-1 draw with France, a victory over Togo last week, an overtime victory over Italy in the 2002 round of 16, and a draw with the United States in 2002 group play. No other team has more than two such comebacks during that time.
• Fabien Barthez had never before allowed a game-tying or go-ahead goal in the last half-hour of a World Cup match. At the time of Park Ji Sung's equalizer, Barthez's career goals-allowed average of 0.40 ranked fourth in World Cup history (minimum: five games). By game's end, Barthez had fallen to ninth place (0.48).
• France is now winless in five World Cup matches after winning the title in 1998 (0-2-3). No other team went more than three matches without a victory in World Cup play after winning the title.