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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:
• Chris Young pitched 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball Friday before Joe Randa hit a pinch-home run in the Padres' 6-2 victory over the Pirates. No Padres pitcher has thrown a no-hitter, and Young was only the second in the past 30 years to reach the ninth inning without allowing a hit. The other was Andy Ashby in 1997. Steve Arlin did so in 1972, and Clay Kirby pitched eight hitless innings before being removed for a pinch-hitter in 1970.
Young hasn't pitched a complete game in 68 career starts. But that's no longer a deal-breaker. Five of the past nine pitchers to throw a no-hitter did so in the first complete game of their career: Anibal Sanchez (Sept. 6), Derek Lowe (2002), Bud Smith (2001), A.J. Burnett (2001) and Jose Jimenez (1999).
• Chien-Ming Wang recorded his 18th victory in the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Devil Rays. Wang tied Johan Santana for the major-league lead in victories, and he equaled the all-time single-season mark for pitchers born in Asia. The record was set by Chan Ho Park for the Dodgers in 2000.
Gary Sheffield returned to the Yankees' lineup as a first baseman, a position that he had never played in his 19 seasons in the majors. Only three players debuted as a first baseman more than 18 years after their first major league game: Dixie Walker (1949), Luke Appling (1950) and Nellie Fox (1965). Of those, only Appling played more than three games at first base (13).
Devil Rays pitchers didn't issue a walk in their loss to the Yankees, marking the first time in 145 meetings between those teams that no Yankees batter drew a base on balls. The Red Sox have a current streak of 143 games with at least one walk against the D-Rays dating to 1998 (but not spanning every game ever played between the teams).
• Cole Hamels struck out 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory in the Phillies' 5-2 win over the Marlins. It was the fourth time this season that Hamels reached double-figures. The only other active major leaguers who recorded at least four 10-strikeout games as a rookie are Francisco Liriano (four in 2006), Brandon Webb (four in 2003), Mark Prior (six in 2002), Freddy Garcia (four in 1999) and Kerry Wood (nine in 1998).
• Ryan Zimmerman drove in one of the Nationals' runs in a 3-2 win over the Mets. It was Zimmerman's 100th RBI of the season, a mark reached by only two other National League rookies in the past 50 years: Mike Piazza in 1993 (112) and Albert Pujols in 2001 (130).
• Jeff Baker drove in three runs in the Rockies' 6-4 win over the Braves, raising his career total to 20 RBI in 22 major league games. The only other active players to reach the 20-RBI mark that quickly were Jeff Francouer (22 games), Hideki Matsui (20), Albert Pujols (20) and Carlos Delgado (19).
• Craig Biggio's two-out, game-winning single in the Astros' 6-5 victory over the Cardinals was the 16th walkoff hit of his career, but his first since the second game of the 2003 season.
• Barry Bonds drove in six runs in the Giants' 13-12 loss to the Brewers. At age 42, Bonds became the oldest player with six or more RBI in one game since 43-year-old Carlton Fisk had six RBI for the White Sox in a 1991 victory over the Twins.
Bonds hit his 733rd career home run, tying the National League record that Hank Aaron has held since 1972. Only three other players have held the mark over the past 75 years: Rogers Hornsby (1929-37), Mel Ott (1937-66) and Willie Mays (1966-72).
The Giants scored four runs in the top of the first inning at Milwaukee, only to allow five in the bottom of the inning. The last time the Giants blew a lead of at least four runs before the end of the first inning was 101 years ago, on June 9, 1905, at Pittsburgh, when they scored five in the top of the first and allowed six in the bottom of the inning. Ironically, the Giants' pitchers in that game were a pair of Hall of Famers who each allowed three runs in the first: Joe McGinnity and Christy Mathewson.
• The Reds overcame a 2-0 deficit for a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in a game shortened to five innings by rain. It was the first five-inning game in 19 years in which the winning team trailed by two or more runs in the third inning or later.
• The Europeans took a 5-3 lead in the opening day of Ryder Cup competition behind Sergio Garcia, the only player on either squad on the winning side in both of his matches. Garcia improved his record on the first day of Ryder Cup play to 8-0-0, which is the most opening-day matches without a loss or a tie in the history of the competition.