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

Updated: July 15, 2006, 1:50 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

Jose Contreras
Contreras

MLB
• Jose Contreras' 17-game winning streak came to an end Friday against the Yankees. Since Carl Hubbell posted his record 24-game winning streak in 1936-37, the only starting pitcher to win more than 17 consecutive decisions was Roger Clemens, who won 20 in a row in 1998-99.

Over the last 20 years, the only visiting pitcher to extend a streak of even 10 straight wins at Yankee Stadium was Scott Erickson of the Twins in 1991 (for his 12th consecutive victory).

• Greg Maddux lost his fifth consecutive decision on Friday against the Mets. It's only the third time in his career, and the first time in 16 years, that Maddux has had a five-game losing streak. He lost eight straight in 1990 and six in a row in 1987. Over his last six starts, since June 14, Maddux is 0-5 with a 5.58 ERA.

• Through five starts this season Roger Clemens is 1-3, having pitched 27 1/3 innings and struck out 22 batters. That's the Rocket's fewest strikeouts through five starts in any season of his career, and it's tied for his second-fewest innings pitched (26 1/3 in 1999, also 27 1/3 in 1998). Clemens has lost three of his first five starts in three other seasons, 1985, 1996 and 1998.

• Tim Hudson could not hold a four-run lead Friday for the second consecutive start. Hudson has been given a four-run lead six times this season, but he's won only three of those games, and gotten no decision in the three others.

• Kenny Rogers allowed five runs in four innings in his first start after starting the All-Star Game. Over the last 15 years, the only All-Star starter to allow more than a run per inning in his first start after the game was Pedro Martinez in 1999. He allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins and immediately went on the 15-day disabled list.

• Despite the Royals' four-run lead and their comeback from a three-run deficit, was the outcome of their game against the Tigers ever really in doubt? The Tigers are 10-0 against the Royals this season. Detroit hadn't won 10 straight against any opponent since posting an 11-game winning streak over the Mariners a quarter-century ago (19801981). The Tigers haven't done so within a single season since posting 10 straight wins over the Philadelphia Athletics in 1946.

• Adam Dunn hit a home run on an 0-2 pitch Friday, the first time he has done that since hitting an 0-2 homer off Pete Munro on Aug. 30, 2004. Between then and Friday Dunn went 6-for-81 with 63 strikeouts on at-bats with a 0-2 count.

• Justin Morneau did not win the game Friday, but his 13-pitch at-bat leading off the 10th inning certainly set the table, as the next three batters singled to defeat the Indians. The 13-pitch plate appearance was the longest of Morneau's career.

John Lackey
Lackey

• John Lackey threw his second consecutive shutout and ran his scoreless streak to 26 2/3 innings on Friday. That's the longest scoreless streak for an Angels' starting pitcher since Rudy May had a 27-inning scoreless streak in 1973.

Lackey struck out at least 10 batters for the third consecutive start on Friday. He's the second pitcher to have three consecutive double-digit strikeout games this season, joining Johan Santana, and he's the fourth player in Angels history to do it, joining Mark Langston (1990), Nolan Ryan (many times) and Bill Singer (1973).

• Mark Ellis hit his 32nd career home run Friday, tying him with Dave Collins for the most by a player born in South Dakota. That's the lowest total for the leader from any state. Next-lowest is 57, by Josh Phelps, who was born in Anchorage, Alaska.

• Austin Kearns made his debut for the Nationals Friday in center field and threw out Jack Wilson at the plate. Kearns had started 39 previous games in center field, but had not started a game there since July 6, 2003.

Soccer
• U.S. Soccer announced Friday that Bruce Arena's contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the year. Arena had 71 wins for the national team, by far the most in American soccer history, and one shy of the combined total of the three next-winningest coaches in U.S. soccer history: Bora Milutinovic (31), Steve Sampson (26) and Bob Gansler (15) have a combined 72 wins.

The bulk of Arena's wins came against regional competition: against North American teams the U.S. was 46-8-16 under Arena, including a 7-4-1 record vs. Mexico. Against all other teams, he had a 25-22-13 record, with an 8-11-5 record against European opponents.

• Real Salt Lake defeated the Revolution in Massachusetts on Friday, 3-1. It was only Real's second win in 25 road games in franchise history -- they also won in Los Angeles against the Galaxy on May 13 this year -- and they have only two ties in those 25 games. The last MLS team to gain points in as few as four of 25 road games was D.C. United from 2000 to 2002.

• Clint Mathis got his second yellow card of the season in the Rapids' loss to the Red Bulls on Friday. In 41 games since returning to MLS from Germany last season, the one-time star of U.S. soccer has received nine yellow cards (and one red card), while scoring only four goals. It's not that Mathis was particularly well behaved before leaving MLS -- from 1998 to 2003 he got 27 yellows and four reds in 132 games, but he scored 48 goals.

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