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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:
• Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 20 games Wednesday with a seventh-inning single at Dodger Stadium. Ichiro has four hitting streaks of at least 20 games since joining the Mariners, tying Nomar Garciaparra for the most among active players. No other current major-leaguer has more than two single-season hitting streaks of that length during his career.
Ichiro (2001-06) is the first player to fashion four single-season hitting streaks of at least 20 games during his first six seasons in the majors since Joe DiMaggio (1936-41).
• The Marlins' 4-0 loss at Baltimore snapped their club record-tying winning streak at nine games. Florida and Colorado remain the only current major-league franchises that have never had a winning streak of at least 10 games. The Marlins were 21-37 before winning their next nine games. No other team in major-league history ever began a winning streak that long (at least nine games) after being that far below .500 (at least 16 games) that early in a season (through games of June 9).
Erik Bedard earned the victory over the streaking Marlins after snapping an eight-game winning streak by the Mets in his previous start. Bedard is the first pitcher to win consecutive starts against teams that were on winning streaks of at least eight games since 1918, when Pittsburgh's Earl Hamilton did it against the Giants and Cubs. Both of those teams had won nine in a row before losing to Hamilton.
• Jose Reyes became the third player in the last 25 years to hit for the cycle in a game in which he led off the first inning with a home run. The others to do it (since 1981) were Tony Phillips (in 1986) and Mark Grudzielanek (last year). Reyes clinched his cycle with an eighth-inning single. Four of the last eight players to hit for the cycle completed it with a triple: David Bell (2004), Eric Valent (2004), Grudzielanek and Randy Winn (2005).
• The Brewers came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Tigers 4-3 at Milwaukee. The Brewers are 25-17 at Miller Park this year despite having trailed in all but four games there. Milwaukee's 21 come-from-behind victories at home are the most for any team in the majors, by far. The White Sox have the second-most comeback wins in home games (16).
• Orlando Cabrera, who went 2-for-5 in the Angels' 6-3 win at San Francisco, has now reached base safely via a hit, walk or being hit by pitch in each of his last 50 games. It's the longest single-season streak of its kind for any player since Alex Rodriguez earned his way on base in 53 straight games in 2004 with the Yankees. Cabrera doesn't have knockout numbers during his streak -- a .312 batting average and .382 on-base percentage. He extended the streak with the bare minimum (reaching base safely exactly once) in more than half of those games (26 of 50).
• The Cubs coasted to a 9-2 win in a rain-shortened game at Cleveland after scoring eight runs in the third inning. It was the 19th time in the last 20 seasons (1987-2006) that the Cubs scored as many as eight runs in an inning, but their big inning Wednesday was only their third over that span to occur on the road (16 of the 19 were at Wrigley Field).
• Jason Marquis was hung out to dry in the Cardinals' 13-5 loss to the White Sox. Marquis allowed 13 runs, all earned, in five innings of work. During the expansion era (since 1961), only three other pitchers allowed as many as 13 earned runs in a game. The most recent was Oakland's Mike Oquist in a 14-1 loss to the Yankees on Aug. 3, 1998. The other pitchers were Bill Travers (1977 Brewers) and David Wells (1992 Blue Jays).
• The Athletics' 11-inning win at Colorado snapped a streak of six straight home victories for the Rockies in extra-inning games. It was the Rockies' longest streak of that kind since winning nine in a row from 1995 to 1997 -- the first nine extra-inning games they ever played at Coors Field.
• Jason Johnson was traded to Boston the day he was designated for assignment by Cleveland. Johnson has the lowest career winning percentage (.369, 55-94) for any current pitcher (either active or disabled) who has started at least 200 games in the majors. The next-lowest marks among that group of pitchers belong to Glendon Rusch (.388, 59-93), Jamey Wright (.410, 66-95), John Thomson (.428, 62-83) and Jeff Weaver (.458, 81-96). Rusch and Thomson are currently on the disabled list.
While it's true that Johnson has pitched for teams with losing records throughout his 10 seasons in the majors, his career winning percentage (.369) is considerably lower than that of the teams for which he played (.438).
• Angola saw its chance to advance all but eliminated when Iran's Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh tied the match in the 75th minute. Angola hadn't allowed a goal for a span of 250 minutes prior to Iran's tally. Only two other teams posted shutout streaks of 250 minutes or longer in their first trip to the World Cup: Italy in 1934 (331 minutes) and Croatia in 1998 (280).
• Ivory Coast became the first team to overcome a two-goal deficit and win a World Cup match since Germany earned a 3-2 overtime win vs. England in a quarterfinal match in 1970. (Peru also came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Bulgaria in 1970.)
• Anyone who expected FIFA to react to criticism of too many cards by asking officials to exhibit more restraint doesn't know FIFA. In fact, the number of cautions has increased this week. There was an average of 5.1 yellows issued per game through Sunday. Since Monday, the average has been 6.0 per game (66 cautions in 11 matches).
• There have already been as many goals scored in the 80th minute or later in the 2006 World Cup as there were during the entire 2002 World Cup (28).
• The United States needs a win over Ghana on Thursday to keep alive its hopes to advance to the knockout phase of the World Cup. But even a victory over Ghana wouldn't have done it had the U.S. not held Italy scoreless for 43 minutes while playing a man down on Saturday. An amazing related fact: Since Bruce Arena became manager of the national team, the U.S. has outscored its opponents 3-2 when playing a man down. That spans 186 minutes of playing time over 10 different matches.