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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:
• Miguel Batista retired the first 20 batters he faced in the Diamondbacks' 9-2 win over the A's. Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine, the three winningest active pitchers, have combined for 952 victories. But none has ever taken a perfect game as far as Batista did on Saturday.
• The Twins recorded their 19th win in the past 21 games with a 10-7 victory over the Brewers. But when Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the third inning, it marked the end of a span of 63 innings during which Minnesota never trailed. That equaled the team's longest streak since moving to Minnesota, and it was two innings short of the franchise record set by the Washington Senators in 1923.
• That wasn't a very nice welcome, was it? Russ Ortiz was removed with one out in the fifth inning with a three-run lead in his Orioles debut. The last veteran pitcher yanked in the fifth inning of his team debut with a lead of three or more runs was John Wasdin for the Rangers in 2004.
• The Mets scored all their runs off Randy Johnson in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Yankees. It was the second time this season that the Mets scored at least six earned runs against Johnson. The Blue Jays have also had two such games this season. Over the previous 12 years, only one team had done so (the Rangers in 1998).
• Alex Rodriguez homered in the eighth inning with the Yankees trailing by six runs -- a sore subject with Yankees fans. It was the fifth of A-Rod's 17 home runs this season that was hit when the Yankees either led or trailed by five or more runs. The only players with more such home runs are Alfonso Soriano (7 of 24), and Travis Hafner (6 of 21).
• England is out of the World Cup after losing a penalty-kick tie-breaker to Portugal on Saturday. England has been eliminated on penalty kicks in three of its last four World Cup appearances. They previously lost on PKs to Germany in 1990 (semifinal) and to Argentina in 1998 (round of 16). The only other team with an 0-3 record on penalty kicks in the World Cup is Italy (three consecutive appearances from 1990 to 1998).
• Three matches have been settled on penalty kicks in the 2006 World Cup. Only 13 of 24 kicks have been successful (54%).
• Wayne Rooney was the 23rd player to be sent off with the score tied in a World Cup elimination match. Among the others are some of the game's greatest names: Rudi Voller of Germany and Frank Rijkaard of Netherlands during the same sequence in 1990, David Beckham vs. Argentina in 1998, and Francesco Totti vs. Korea in 2002.
• Prior to today's match, England had played a man down only twice before in the World Cup: for 73 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Argentina in 1998 (David Beckham sent off); and for 48 minutes in a scoreless draw with Morocco in 1986 (Ray Wilkins sent off). England has now played a total of 179 minutes without conceding or scoring a goal when playing a man down in the World Cup.
• Luiz Felipe Scolari has eliminated England in consecutive World Cups. Only one other team was eliminated from consecutive World Cups by the same coach: Yugoslavia, by Josef Herberger of West Germany in 1954 and 1958.
• With its 1-0 victory on Saturday, France became the only team that has played Brazil at least three times in World Cup competition and managed a winning record. France is now 2-1-1 vs. Brazil. Three teams are at .500: the Netherlands are 1-1-1, Italy 2-2-1, and Yugoslavia 1-1-2.
• Fabien Barthez is the first goalkeeper in World Cup history to shut out Brazil twice. Ten goalkeepers blanked Brazil once. The second-longest shutout streak by a goalkeeper against Brazil is 124 minutes by Sweden's Thomas Ravelli over two games in 1994.
• The four longest personal World Cup winning streaks came to an end today in Frankfurt. Ronaldo and Lucio had been on the winning side in their last 11 matches, Gilberto Silva and Cafu in their last 10. For Lucio and Gilberto Silva, that spanned their entire careers.
• Cafu received a yellow card in the 25th minute. It was the sixth of his World Cup career, setting an all-time record. Cafu's sixth caution snapped a tie with Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Eddie Pope (USA), and Dario Simic (Croatia).
• This will be the fourth time that all four World Cup semifinalists are European teams. It also happened in 1982 (France, Germany, Italy, Poland), 1966 (England, Germany, Portugal, Soviet Union), and 1934 (Austria, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia).
• Wednesday's semifinal will match Luis Figo against former teammate Zinedine Zidane. The two midfielders, born less than five months apart in 1972, played together at Real Madrid for four seasons (2001-02 through 2004-05) and both came out of international retirement to help their teams qualify for this World Cup.
But two of the most hyped players coming into the 2006 World Cup were eliminated today without either scoring a goal during the tournament. Wayne Rooney didn't score in 253 minutes of play; Ronaldinho didn't score in 431 minutes.
• It took Landon Donovan just 36 minutes to score in his return to the Galaxy, and he scored again in second-half stoppage team in a 2-0 victory over the Wizards. Donovan hasn't scored a goal in his last 18 games for the U.S. national team, spanning 1,438 minutes.
• Donovan wasn't the only player returning to MLS from the World Cup to score a pair of goals on Saturday night. Claudio Suarez also did it in Chivas USA's 3-0 win over FC Dallas. Over the past four seasons, only two other starting defenders scored twice in an MLS game: Frankie Hejduk and Clarence Goodson (both in 2005). Suarez was a member of Mexico's World Cup team but he didn't play in any of the team's four matches.
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