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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:
• Jered Weaver did it again on Monday night at Seattle: He defeated the Mariners, allowing only one run in a seven-inning start. In each of his first five major-league games, Weaver has started, earned a win, lasted at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs.
The last pitcher who started his big-league career with such a streak was Don Schwall, who did it for the Red Sox in 1961. The last player to do it before Schwall was Boo Ferriss for the 1945 Red Sox; he followed that formula in each of his first seven starts.
In the era of the designated hitter, the only other American League pitcher to simply win his first five major league starts was Ben McDonald for the 1990 Orioles.
• Orlando Cabrera extended his reaching-base streak to 60 games with an eighth-inning single. It's the ninth time during the streak that Cabrera extended the streak by reaching base in the eighth inning or later.
• Scott Kazmir, all of 22 years old, won his 10th game of the season Monday, joining 23-year-old Justin Verlander at that level of victories. The last time that two pitchers in one league, each not yet 24 years old, had at least 10 wins by the All-Star Game was in 1988, when Greg Maddux (22) had 15 wins and Dwight Gooden (23) had 11 wins at the break.
• Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs Monday, giving him 26 on the season, including 20 from the leadoff spot. Soriano hit 38 and 35 home runs out of the leadoff slot for the Yankees in 2002 and 2003, respectively. The only other active player with three 20-homer seasons from the top spot is Craig Biggio, who has done it four times (1993, '97, '98, 2004).
• Justin Morneau drove in three runs, giving him 33 in his last 22 games since June 9. That's seven more RBI than any other player in the major leagues over that time; David Wright ranks second with 26 RBI since June 9.
• Roger Clemens, who had won 341 games entering the day, started Monday against Carlos Marmol, who had one win entering the day. In his penultimate start in 2005, Clemens, with 340 wins at the time, started against Ian Snell, who recorded his first career win that day. Before that game, there hadn't been a difference of at least 340 wins between starting pitchers since Warren Spahn's final major league start, on Sept. 27, 1965, when he had 363 wins and was opposed by Tracy Stallard, who had 11 wins.
• Clemens went only five innings for the win over the Cubs. It was only the seventh win of Clemens' career in which he pitched only five innings. By way of comparison, Greg Maddux has 21 five-inning wins in his career.
• The Brewers have 26 wins at home this season, and Milwaukee has come from behind in 22 of them, the most come-from-behind wins at home for any major league team. No other team has more than 17 come-from-behind wins at home this year. In 14 of those wins, the Brewers have come from at least two runs down, including in each of their last four wins at Miller Park. (No other big-league team has more than 10 home wins coming from at least two down.)
If the Brewers keep up this pace, it'll be one for the record books. The only team in major league history to trail in at least 80 percent of its home wins was St. Louis in 1897 -- a team that went 29-102 and won only 18 games at home. St. Louis trailed in 15 of those 18 wins, 83 percent. The Brewers have come from behind in 85 percent of their home wins this year.
• Felipe Alou won his 1,000th game as a manager Monday, making him only the second manager born outside the United States to win that many games in the major leagues. Baseball pioneer Harry Wright, a Hall-of-Famer born in Sheffield, England, won exactly 1,000 games between 1876 and 1893.
• Omar Vizquel hit his fifth triple of the season, giving the Giants two players, age 39 or older, with at least five triples. Steve Finley has hit eight triples this year. The Giants are the second team in major league history to have two players, each 39 or older, with at least five triples. The 1998 Twins featured Paul Molitor (42 years old at season's end, five triples) and Otis Nixon (39, six triples).
• John Smoltz snapped his winless start streak at seven games with a victory over the Cardinals. Smoltz's streak was the second-longest of his career; he failed to record a victory in nine consecutive starts during the 1999 season.
• Ben Wallace has accepted an offer from the Bulls after appearing in 470 games for the Pistons over the last six seasons. There are 36 players who have played for both of those longtime rival franchises. But the only one to play as many games as Wallace for one team and then play for the other is Dennis Rodman, who played 549 games for the Pistons before suiting up for the Bulls.
• Steve Yzerman announced his retirement after having played 1,514 games and scored 692 goals, all for the Red Wings. That's the most goals in NHL history by a player who spent his entire career with one team. Next-most: Mario Lemieux (690), Joe Sakic (574), Mike Bossy (573). The only player in NHL history to appear in more games, all for one team, is Alex Delvecchio, who played 1,549 games for Detroit from 1950-74.
Yzerman played 22 seasons with Detroit. Two other players in NHL history played 22-or-more seasons, all with one team: Delvecchio (24 seasons with Detroit) and Stan Mikita (22 seasons with Chicago). No one from the NBA or NFL played that many seasons with one team, and only six Major League Baseball players did it: Brooks Robinson (23 years with Baltimore), Carl Yastrzemski (23 with Boston), Cap Anson (22 with the Cubs), Al Kaline (22 with Detroit), Stan Musial (22 with St. Louis) and Mel Ott (22 with the Giants).
• Roberto Carlos, who announced his retirement from international competition, played in 17 World Cup games for Brazil, the fifth-most all-time, behind Cafu (20), Ronaldo (19), Dunga (18) and Taffarel (18).
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