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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Joe Saunders was the winning pitcher for the Angels at Yankee Stadium, improving his record to 4-0. Saunders is the eighth rookie to start 4-0 or better this year. That's the most such rookies in one season in baseball's modern era (1900 to date). The previous high was seven in 1993 and 1996.
The other rookies to start 4-0 or better this season: Jered Weaver (7-0), Jon Lester (5-0), Tim Corcoran (4-0), Chuck James (4-0), Francisco Liriano (4-0), Anibal Sanchez (4-0) and Jamie Shields (4-0).
• The Rangers scored seven first-inning runs in their victory over the Mariners. Entering the day, Texas had scored only 51 runs in the first inning, second fewest in the majors, ahead of Oakland (49). The Mariners had allowed only 54 first-inning runs this season, second fewest in the majors, behind only San Diego (52).
The seven first-inning runs by the Rangers were the most they've scored in the opening frame since May 3, 2004, when they scored eight against Tampa Bay in a 9-0 victory.
The Rangers' seven first-inning runs came on only two hits. It was the second time this season that a team scored seven or more runs in an inning in which they had no more than two hits. The Braves scored eight runs on two hits in the seventh inning at San Francisco on April 7.
• Tom Glavine made his 25th start of 2006, extending his streak of consecutive seasons with at least 25 starts to 19 (1988-2006) and temporarily tying the major league record shared by Cy Young (1891-1909), Warren Spahn (1947-65) and Greg Maddux (1987-2005). Maddux can claim the record for himself (20 seasons) when he makes his 25th start of the year, which he is scheduled to do Sunday.
• Paul Lo Duca's home run accounted for the Mets' only run in their 2-1 loss in Washington. Lo Duca had gone 247 at-bats without a homer, the second-longest drought of his career. His longest streak is 266 at-bats without a homer spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
• Grady Sizemore hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 4-3 victory over Kansas City. It was the fifth walkoff three-run triple in the major leagues in the last 40 years. Juan Beniquez did it for Toronto in 1987, Dave Collins for Cincinnati in 1980, Joe Torre for St. Louis in 1971 and Manny Mota for the Dodgers in 1971.
• John Smoltz was the winning pitcher for the Braves. Smoltz is 6-0 with a 2.79 ERA in eight starts since July 3. Smoltz leads the major leagues in wins since July 3.
• When Zach Duke took the mound for the Pirates on Friday, it was the 19th time he started a game following a team loss this season, the most such starts in the majors this year. With the win, Duke is 8-6 in those 19 starts following a team loss. He's 0-4 in six starts after a Pirates win.
• Brian Roberts stole a base in the Orioles' loss to the Red Sox, his 30th steal of the season. Roberts joined teammate Corey Patterson (37 stolen bases) in the 30-steal club. It's the first time since 1922 that two players from this franchise had 30 or more stolen bases in the same season. George Sisler (51 steals) and Ken Williams (37) did it for the St. Louis Browns in 1922.
• Jim Thome hit his 35th home run of the season. Thome has now hit 35 or more home runs in a season for three teams. He also did it for Cleveland and Philadelphia. Only six other players in major league history hit at least 35 home runs in a season for three teams: Albert Belle (Indians-White Sox-Orioles), Reggie Jackson (A's-Yankees-Angels), Dave Kingman (Mets-Cubs-A's), Alex Rodriguez (Mariners-Rangers-Yankees), Gary Sheffield (four teams: Marlins-Dodgers-Braves-Yankees) and Alfonso Soriano (Yankees-Rangers-Nationals).
• Justin Verlander took the loss for the Tigers at Chicago. Verlander is 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this season. He's 14-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 19 starts against all other major league teams this year.
• Philadelphia beat Cincinnati in 14 innings Friday night. It was the 26th time that the Phillies and Reds played a game of at least 14 innings against each other, the most such games for any two teams in major league history. Next on the list: the White Sox and Tigers, who've played 24 games of 14 or more innings against each other.
Eric Milton had a pinch-hit single for the Reds in the 13th inning. Milton is the first Reds pitcher to get a hit as pinch-hitter since Paul Moskau on Oct. 1, 1978.
• Andy Pettitte hit a home run in the Astros' win. Roy Oswalt hit a home run Wednesday night. It's the second time in franchise history that two pitchers hit home runs in a three-day span. It also happened in 1976, when J.R. Richard (Aug. 26) and Larry Dierker (Aug. 28) turned the trick.
• The Rockies scored 10 runs for starting pitcher Aaron Cook in their win over the Cubs. Colorado scored only 82 runs in Cook's 23 previous starts this season, an average of 3.6 runs per start. Only one major league pitcher with at least 10 starts has had a worse run support this season: Mark Hendrickson (3.1 runs per start in 21 starts for the Devil Rays and Dodgers).
• Andre Ethier got a hit to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. It's the longest hitting streak by a Dodgers rookie since Steve Sax had a hit in 16 consecutive games in 1982.
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