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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:
• Daniel Cabrera was two outs away from becoming the first individual pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Yankees since Hoyt Wilhelm of the Orioles on Sept. 20, 1958. (The Astros had a six-pitcher no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 2003.) Cabrera was the 21st pitcher to throw a complete-game one-hitter against the Yankees since Wilhelm's 1958 no-hitter.
• In the past 25 years, only one other pitcher took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Yankees. On Aug. 4, 1989, in Toronto, Dave Stieb's bid was broken up with two outs in the ninth inning on a double by Roberto Kelly.
• Cabrera was the fourth pitcher to take a no-hitter into the ninth inning this month, joining Anibal Sanchez (who got his no-hit game), Chris Young and Ramon Ortiz. The last calendar month in which four or more pitchers had a no-hitter in the ninth inning was June 1990: Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela all threw no-hitters that month, while Trevor Wilson had his attempt spoiled with nobody out in the ninth.
• The Yankees beat the Orioles 16-5 on Wednesday night. It's been 20 years since a team scored 16 or more runs in a game and was held hitless through at least the first eight innings of its next game. On Sept. 18, 1986, the Angels beat the Royals 18-3. One day later, Joe Cowley of the White Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Angels.
• Ramon Hernandez hit two home runs for the Orioles on Thursday night, giving him six homers against the Yankees since Sept. 1. It's the most home runs that any player in major league history has hit against the Yankees in one calendar month! Ten players hit five homers in one month against the Yankees, most recently Manny Ramirez in May 2006 and Bo Jackson in July 1990.
• Minnesota's victory and Detroit's loss creates a tie for first place in the AL Central. It's the first time this season that the Twins (who've played 159 games) have been in first place. It's the latest point in a season that a team reached first place for the first time. The previous record was held by the 1964 Cardinals, who gained a share of the top spot for the first time following their 158th game.
• Kyle Davies was the elixir for the Mets' slumbering bats Thursday night, and Jose Reyes was particularly happy to see him. Reyes walked and scored in the first inning, then singled and scored in the second inning. At that point, Reyes had reached base in each of his past 12 plate appearances against Davies, a streak that ended with a fourth-inning groundout. In the past ten years, only one other major league player reached based in at least 12 consecutive trips to the plate against one particular pitcher: Miguel Cabrera vs. Steve Trachsel (also 12 straight), spanning 2003-04.
• The Royals' loss to Minnesota dropped their record to 59-100, the third straight year that they have lost at least 100 games. The last major league team to lose 100 or more games in three consecutive seasons was the 1977-79 Blue Jays, in their first three years as a major league team. The last non-expansion team to do it was the Pirates, from 1952-54.
• The Dodgers beat the Rockies 19-11. It was the first National League game decided by that score in 112 years, since Brooklyn beat Pittsburgh 19-11 on Aug. 30, 1894. (There have been four games in American League history that ended with a 19-11 decision.)
The 19-run outburst pushed the Dodgers' runs-per-game average above 5.0 for the season (it's now at 5.08). Los Angeles has not averaged five or more runs per game in any season since 1962, when they averaged 5.10 runs per game led by Tommy Davis, who won the both the batting title and RBI crown.
• James Loney had nine RBI, setting a single-game National League record for rookies. The most recent NL rookie with eight RBI in one game was Jason Bay in 2004. The American League record for rookies is 10, done by two Red Sox players: Norm Zauchin in 1955 and Fred Lynn in 1975.
• Roy Oswalt threw seven shutout innings in Houston's 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh. It improved Oswalt's record to 17-2 in September games since 2003. Prior to Oswalt, the last major league pitcher to win at least 17 games in September over a four-year span was Tom Browning of the Reds, from 1985-88.
• The Astros had only three hits in the game. It was the second time this month that Houston won despite producing three or fewer hits. They beat the Mets on Sept. 3 with one hit. No other major league team has won more than one game this season in which it had no more than three hits.
• The Indians fell behind 4-0 against the Devil Rays, and you couldn't blame the home crowd if it had no hope. Cleveland entered the contest with one win this season in a game in which it trailed by four or more runs, tying them with the Dodgers and Cubs for the lowest total in the majors. But the Indians rallied to beat Tampa Bay 5-4.
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