Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Yankees were 0-for-18 with runners on base in their Game 3 loss to the Tigers. That's the worst such performance for any team in any game in postseason history. The previous worst was an 0-for-17 with runners on base by the Twins in Game 2 of the 2002 ALDS against the A's.
The Yankees have not scored a run since Johnny Damon's fourth-inning home run in Game 2, a span of 14 innings. That's one inning longer than the Yankees' longest such streak of the regular season. The Yankees failed to score a run in 13 straight innings against the Mets in May.
• Kenny Rogers (721 regular-season appearances) and Randy Johnson (556) were the starting pitchers at Comerica Park on Friday night. It was only the second postseason matchup of starters who had each pitched at least 500 regular-season games. The other was Roger Clemens (672) vs. John Smoltz (635) in Game 2 of the 2005 NLDS between the Braves and Astros.
Rogers threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in the Tigers' Game 3 win over the Yankees after entering the game with the highest postseason ERA (8.85) of any pitcher with at least five postseason starts. Rogers lowered that ERA to 6.43, which means Don Newcombe (8.59) now reclaims that distinction.
Rogers recorded his first career postseason win Friday night at the ripe old age of 41 years, 330 days. Only two pitchers in major league history were older than Rogers when they earned their first career postseason win: Dolf Luque in Game 5 of the 1933 World Series (43 years, 64 days) and Dennis Eckersley in Game 4 of the 1996 NLCS (42 years, 10 days). But both of those pitchers won in relief.
• Good news, Tigers fans. In major league history, there have been 33 previous best-of-five postseason series that were deadlocked at one game apiece. The Game 3 winner went on to win 25 of those 33 series (76 percent).
• The A's will be going to the American League Championship Series for the 11th time in franchise history, tying them with the Braves for the second-most appearances in the LCS among all franchises. Only the Yankees (12) have been to the LCS more often.
• Oakland advanced to the ALCS without ever trailing in any game of the division series. Over the past seven years (1999-2005) only two teams swept a postseason series without trailing in any game. The Red Sox did that in the 2004 World Series, as did the Cardinals in last year's NLDS against San Diego.
• Both the A's and the Twins had 26 hits in their ALDS. It's the seventh time in postseason history, and the first time in AL playoff history, that the winning team in a series sweep did not outhit the losing team. It also happened in the 1939 World Series (Yankees over Reds), 1970 NLCS (Reds over Pirates), 1976 NLCS (Reds over Phillies), 1995 NLDS (Reds over Dodgers), 1996 NLDS (Cardinals over Padres) and 2005 NLDS (Cardinals over Padres).
• Minnesota went 1-for-19 (.053) with runners in scoring position in its series against the A's. Only three teams had a lower average with RISP in a postseason series: the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series vs. Baltimore (0-for-22), the 1999 Rangers in the Division Series vs. the Yankees (0-for-14), and the 2001 Astros in the Division Series vs. Atlanta (0-for-12). Those three teams had something in common with the Twins: They all were swept.
• Eric Chavez and Barry Zito tasted victory for the first time after playing on the losing team in each of their four previous postseason series. In postseason history, the distinction of playing in the most series without ever being on the winning side belongs to Ellis Burks, whose team lost each of his six postseason series. Rafael Furcal can join Burks if the Dodgers fail to win three in a row against the Mets.
• Brad Radke made 377 regular-season starts in his career, all for the Twins. If Radke's career is indeed finished, as speculated, he's in some lofty company. To date, the only pitcher to end his major league playing career with a postseason appearance after starting at least 300 games, all for one franchise, was Sandy Koufax (314 major league starts, all for the Dodgers). Koufax's swan song was a Game 2 loss in the 1966 World Series against the Orioles.
Radke participated in only one regular-season game after Aug. 25. Only one other pitcher had ever started a postseason game after appearing in no more than one of his team's final 35 games of the season. In 1945, Detroit's Virgil Trucks was released from the Navy 10 days before starting and winning Game 2 of the World Series. His only previous appearance that year was in the Tigers' regular-season finale.
Parise was the fourth player to score a goal in the first minute of his team's season opener this year, joining the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr (29 seconds), the Blues' Dan Hinote (36 seconds) and the Predators' J.P. Dumont (39 seconds). This is the first season in NHL history in which four teams needed less than a minute to get on the scoresheet for the first time. There were three previous seasons in which three teams did that: 1981-82, 1984-85 and 2001-02.
• The Hurricanes lost to New Jersey 4-0 on Friday night and are 0-1-1. It's only the fifth time in the past 44 seasons that the defending Stanley Cup champion has gone winless in its first two games of the season. The other teams to do that were the 1971 Canadiens, 1972 Bruins, 1986 Canadiens and 1996 Avalanche.
• The Canucks beat the Red Wings 3-1 in Detroit in their season opener Thursday, and they came from behind to beat the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday, 3-2 in overtime. It's the first time in Canucks history that they have opened a season with consecutive road games and have won both.
• The Panthers beat the Bruins 8-3 on Friday night in the first game of the season for both teams. Florida's eight goals were a franchise high for its first game of a season, and they were the most by any NHL team in its season opener since Oct. 6, 2000, when the Devils beat the Canadiens 8-4. The Bruins had allowed at least eight goals in their season opener only twice before, and they did it in consecutive years: 1974-75 (lost 9-5 at Buffalo) and 1975-76 (lost 9-4 at home to Montreal).
• Todd Bertuzzi had four points (one goal, three assists) in his Panthers debut Friday. Bertuzzi is the first player to score more than two points in his first game for Florida.