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

Updated: August 9, 2006, 3:04 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

MLB

 Miguel Tejada
Tejada
• Miguel Tejada hit his 20th home run of the season in the Orioles' win in Toronto. It's the eighth consecutive season in which Tejada has hit at least 20 home runs. Only two other players in major league history had eight consecutive seasons of 20-or-more home runs and 100-or-more games at shortstop: Cal Ripken (nine straight seasons, 1983-1991) and Alex Rodriguez (eight, 1996-2003). Ernie Banks did it seven consecutive years (1955-1961).

• David Ortiz's 1000th career hit was a home run. Ortiz is the third player this season whose career hit No. 1000 was a home run. Albert Pujols did it on April 21 and Richie Sexson on May 1.

The last guy to do that in a Red Sox uniform was Carlton Fisk on June 1, 1980.

• With their win over the Yankees, the White Sox are 31-19 (.620) against teams that currently have a winning record. That's the best record of its kind for any major league team.

• The Yankees lost despite leading, 5-4, entering the bottom of the ninth inning. It was the fourth time this season that the Yankees lost a game in which they led after eight innings, tying them with Oakland and Kansas City for the third-most such losses in the American League this season, behind Cleveland (6) and Texas (5).

• Ricky Nolasco was the winning pitcher for the Marlins. Florida rookies have combined for 35 wins this season, eight more than any other major league team (Detroit is next with 27) and 21 more than any other National League team (Chicago is next with 14). The last major league team to get 35-or-more wins from rookie pitchers in a season was the 2003 Diamondbacks (39).

Three of Nolasco's 10 wins this season were against the Nationals. Nolasco is the only rookie pitcher with three-or-more wins against any one team this season.

• The Mets used four left-handed relief pitchers in their victory over the Padres (Royce Ring, Darren Oliver, Pedro Feliciano and Billy Wagner). Only three other teams in the division era (since 1969) used four lefties out of the pen in a nine-inning victory: Washington at Minnesota in 1971 (Joe Grzenda, Jim Shellenback, Denny Riddleberger and Darold Knowles), Pittsburgh at St. Louis in 1998 (Jeff Tabaka, Sean Lawrence, Ricardo Rincon and Jason Christiansen) and St. Louis at Colorado in 2004 (Rick Ankiel, Randy Flores, Ray King and Carmen Cali).

 Steve Trachsel
Trachsel
• Steve Trachsel is 9-1 in his last 11 starts (since June 9) despite an earned run average of 5.40 over that span. Trachsel leads the major league in wins over that span, but ranks 85th in ERA among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched.

• Adam Kennedy's game-winning hit for the Angels came after Vladimir Guerrero and Garrett Anderson pulled off a double steal. It was the 20th double steal of the season for the Angles this season, the highest total in the major leagues.

• Richie Sexson hit a walkoff grand slam in the Mariners' win over Tampa Bay. It was the fourth walkoff slam in the majors this season. Jeff Francoeur, Jason Kubel and Adam Dunn all hit walkoff slams earlier this season.

• Jay Payton's fourth-inning home run off Kevin Millwood tied the score in a game the A's eventually won, 7-6. Payton had been hitless in his previous 21 at-bats against Millwood prior to his game-tying homer.

• Bob Wickman has recorded a save in each of the Braves' last six wins, the longest such streak by a Braves pitcher since John Smoltz in 2004 (six in a row) and one shy of the team record of seven set by Mike Stanton in 1993.

\Wickman is tied with Todd Jones, Huston Street and Ryan Dempster for the most saves in the major leagues since July 24.

 Brad Radke
Radke
• Brad Radke was the winning pitcher for the Twins in Detroit. Radke has eight career wins at Comerica Park, the most by any visiting player. Radke was tied with Jon Garland for the lead in the category.

Radke has 20 wins against the Tigers since 1995. That matches the second-highest win total by any pitcher against any team over that span. Tom Glavine has 25 wins against the Expos/Nationals and Andy Pettitte has 20 wins against the Orioles over that span.

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