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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:
• Cleveland's Fausto Carmona, who was given the closer's job when Bob Wickman was traded to the Braves, suffered his fourth loss in four games since last Sunday when Pudge Rodriguez hit a two-run, walk-off homer against him in Detroit on Saturday. Carmona's other losses in the past week were to Seattle on July 30, and at Boston on July 31 and August 2. Carmona is only the second pitcher in major league history to lose four games in relief in a span of no more than seven days. Minnesota's Rick Lysander was charged with four relief losses in a six-day span in 1983.
• Travis Hafner homered in his fourth consecutive game in the Indians' loss to Detroit on Saturday. Hafner, who also hit home runs in four consecutive games from May 1 through May 4, is the only player in the majors with a pair of four-game (or longer) home run streaks this season.
• Seattle starter Joel Pineiro lasted only 2 2/3 innings and allowed four runs as he and the Mariners lost at home to Oakland, 5-2, Saturday afternoon. Pineiro is 0-4 with a 8.69 earned-run average in four starts against the Athletics this year. He's the only pitcher in the majors with four (or more) losses to one team this season.
• Eric Chavez's 65-game errorless streak at third base came to an end when he misplayed a ground ball hit by Richie Sexson in the A's win over the Mariners. Chavez's streak, which began on May 1, was the longest in the majors by a third baseman this year and the longest single-season stretch of errorless games in his major league career. (Chavez's previous high was 47 straight games without an error in 2004.) Boston's Mike Lowell now has the longest current streak of error-free games at third base this season: 61 and counting.
• The Yankees had only one hit in their 5-0 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore, a first-inning single by Bobby Abreu off Adam Loewen. The last game in which the Yankees got only one hit, with that hit coming in the first inning, was on Aug. 29, 1973 at California. Thurman Munson's first-inning single was the only hit off Nolan Ryan. Ryan struck out ten Yankees that night in a 5-0, complete-game victory.
• Miguel Tejada went 3-for-4 in the Orioles' win over the Yankees. Tejada is hitting .618 (21-for-34) in eight games against the Yankees this season with at least two hits in each game. He's the first player to have eight (or more) consecutive multiple-hit games against the Yankees since Paul Molitor had nine in a row for the Brewers in 1985.
• Albert Pujols ended a 33-at-bat home-run drought with a two-run shot off the Brewers' Geremi Gonzalez on Saturday. It was the longest stretch of homerless at-bats for Pujols this season. His only other home run drought of a least 30 at-bats this year was from June 24 to July 2 (31 ABs).
• Billy Wagner preserved a one-run lead to earn the save in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday. It was the 12th time this season that Wagner earned a save in a game in which he entered with a one-run lead. That ties him with the Padres' Trevor Hoffman and Red Sox rookie Jonathan Papelbon for the major-league high in one-run saves this year.
• Colorado beat San Francisco, 2-1, at AT&T Park on Saturday night. It was the 20th time that the Rockies have held their opponent to no runs or one run in a game this season (eight shutouts, 12 one-run games), tying them with the Cardinals for the N.L. high. Two A.L. teams have done that more often than the Colorado and St. Louis: the Tigers (27 times) and Yankees (22).
• Ervin Santana, who was 12-8 for the Angels as a rookie last season, improved his 2006 record to 12-5 with a win over the Rangers on Saturday. Santana is the fifth pitcher in Angels history to win at least 12 games in both his rookie and sophomore seasons. The others were Dean Chance (14-10 in 1962, 13-18 in 1963), Frank Tanana (14-19 in 1974, 16-9 in 1975), Ron Romanick (12-12 in 1984, 14-9 in 1985) and Kirk McCaskill (12-12 in 1985, 17-10 in 1986).
• Dodgers rookie Chad Billingsley, who was 0-2 in five starts before the All-Star break, improved to 3-1 in five starts since the break with a win over the Marlins on Saturday. Billingsley is one of six rookie pitchers to win at least three games since the All-Star break. The others are Detroit's Justin Verlander (4-0), Arizona's Tony Pena (3-1), and Florida's trio of Scott Olsen (3-0), Ricky Nolasco (3-1) and Anibal Sanchez (3-2).
• Astros rookie Luke Scott, who did not make his 2006 season debut until July 15, had his second four-hit game this year when he went 4-for-4 in Houston's win in Arizona on Saturday night. Scott was 4-for-6 in the Astros' game against the Diamondbacks in Houston on July 28. The only other rookies with more than one four-hit game this season are the Dodgers' Andre Ethier (3), the Orioles' Nick Markakis (3) and the Marlins' Dan Uggla (2).
• With his double on Saturday night, Barry Bonds moved past Stan Musial into second place in major-league history with the 1378th extra-base hit of his career. This is the first time in 48 years that Musial hasn't ranked among the all-time top two in XBHs. On July 17, 1958, Musial hit a pair of home runs off Bob Rush of the Braves to tie Lou Gehrig for second place (1190) behind Babe Ruth (1356). Ruth and Gehrig had ranked 1-2 for 20 years.
• Tiger Woods sits alone in the lead heading into the final round of the Buick Open. Woods has entered the final round of a tournament as the sole leader 29 other times. Tiger finished fifth in the first tournament in which he had the solo lead going into the last round, the 1996 Quad City Classic, but he's won all 28 events under such circumstances since then.
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