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

Updated: July 25, 2006, 2:07 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

MLB
• The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning on Monday after scoring six in the first inning on Sunday and five in the first on Saturday. The Tigers are only the third team in major league history -- and the first in 115 years -- to score at least five runs in the first inning in each of three consecutive games. St. Louis of the American Association (then a major league) did it in June 1891 and Pittsburgh did it in September 1887.

 Cole Hamels
Hamels
• Cole Hamels struck out 12 batters through five innings against the Braves Monday. But with the top of the sixth came the top of the lineup again, and the Braves scored five runs, knocking Hamels out of the game after 5 1/3 innings.

Opponents are hitting .198 against Hamels during his first pass through the batting order, .266 in his second pass and .360 after that.

In the live-ball era, the only other pitcher to strike out as many batters in 5 1/3-or-fewer innings was J.R. Richard for the Astros on June 9, 1978 against the Cardinals. He also had 12 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Over the last five seasons, only two other pitchers have struck out 12 batters through five innings: Pedro Martinez, who did it in his first start for the Mets in April 2005, and A.J. Burnett, who did it for the Marlins last July.

 Greg Maddux
Maddux
• Greg Maddux won the 35th game of his career against the Mets on Monday. That's the most wins by any active pitcher against any team. The only pitchers who debuted in the expansion era with that many wins against one team are Steve Carlton (41 wins against the Cubs, 39 vs. the Pirates and 38 vs. the Cardinals) and Don Sutton (35 against the Braves).

Maddux recorded his 326th career win Monday, but it was only the third in which he was charged with as many as seven runs. He gave up seven and won against the Astros on May 1, 1991 at Wrigley and also allowed seven in a win vs. the Dodgers at Turner Field on Aug. 23, 1998.

• With a win over the White Sox Monday, the Twins are 32-8 over their last 40 games -- almost one-quarter of the season. Through June 7, the Twins were 25-33, 11½ games behind the Tigers. However, while the Twins have played .800 ball over the last six weeks, the Tigers have gone 30-10. The only other major league team even playing above .600 since then is the Red Sox (27-15).

Before this stretch, the Twins franchise had won 32 of 40 games once in its history, in May and June of 1931 when the team, then in Washington, had such a stretch under manager Walter Johnson.

 Jeff Francis
Francis
• Jeff Francis threw a two-hit shutout against the Cardinals at Coors Field on Monday. Only three other pitchers -- all Rockies' opponents -- have thrown a shutout in Denver while allowing two-or-fewer hits. The Dodgers' Hideo Nomo, of course, threw a no-hitter against the Rockies at Coors on Sept. 17, 1996. The Marlins' Pat Rapp threw a one-hitter there a year to the day before Nomo. And the Reds' Jose Rijo threw a one-hitter at Mile High Stadium on Sept. 25, 1993.

• David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each hit home runs for the Red Sox on Monday. It's the 41st time since Ortiz joined the Red Sox in 2003 that Papi and Manny have homered in the same game. The only other teammates who have even done that 25 times over the last four seasons are Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds, who have connected in the same game 30 times since 2003.

• Zach Duke, who posted a 1.81 ERA as a rookie last season, allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings Monday, ballooning his ERA to 5.51 this year, more than three times higher than his mark last year. Only three pitchers in major league history have seen their ERA triple from one season to the next (minimum: 75 innings each year), most recently Pittsburgh's Steve Blass from 1972 (2.48 in 250 innings) to 1973 (9.81 in 89 innings). Blass appeared in one major league game in 1974 and was forced from the game by uncontrollable wildness, giving rise to the term "Steve Blass disease."

 Derek Jeter
Jeter
 Melky Cabrera
Cabrera
• Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter hit back to back triples in Texas on Monday, making them the first pair of Yankees teammates to do that in nearly 25 years, since Sept. 22, 1981, when Mike Patterson and Rick Cerone, of all people, did it at Yankee Stadium against Len Barker of the Indians. Who's Mike Patterson? We were wondering the same thing. He played 15 games for the Yankees over the 1981 and 1982 seasons and in the aforementioned game on Sept. 22, 1981 -- his Yankees debut -- he hit two triples.

• Remember when the Angels weren't scoring runs earlier this year? In 20 games in July, the Halos have scored 119 runs, 5.95 per game, tying them with the Indians for the highest average in the American League in July. Two N.L. teams have higher averages: the Braves (8.33) and the Mets (6.15).

• Jae Seo is 0-5 in five starts for the Devil Rays after being traded by the Dodgers. The last pitcher to lose his first five starts for a team after playing for another major league team earlier that season was Danny Jackson for the 1997 Padres.

• Andre Ethier hit two home runs Monday, joining Matt Kemp and Cody Ross as Dodgers rookies with a multiple-home run game this season. The Dodgers have gotten multi-homer games from three different rookies in one other season in club history, in 1960, when Frank Howard, Tommy Davis and Norm Sherry did it.

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