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

Updated: October 25, 2006, 2:12 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

World Series
• The Cardinals' victory in Game 3 was the 50th World Series win in team history; only the Yankees (130) have won as many World Series games. But while Chris Carpenter's masterpiece was not a complete game -- who goes the distance these days? -- his 5-0 victory in Game 3 was unlike any of the Cardinals' 49 previous World Series victories.

 Chris Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter became the first Cardinals World Series starter to throw at least eight innings, allowing no walks and no more than three hits. Only two other pitchers over the last 20 World Series have had such performances: Greg Maddux (a nine-inning complete game) in Game 1 of the 1995 Series and Roger Clemens (eight innings) in Game 2 of the 2000 Series.

• What is 2-for-43? For one thing, it's the approximate career home-run rate of such sluggers as Yogi Berra, Bobby Bonds, Joe Carter, Vinny Castilla, Larry Doby, Kent Hrbek, Ted Kluszewski, Greg Luzinski, Lee May, John Mayberry, Raul Mondesi, Rudy York, David Wright and Magglio Ordonez. Each of them averaged two home runs for every 43 at-bats.

But how about two hits in 43 at-bats? Those are the totals produced by right-handed batters against Chris Carpenter during this postseason, with the only hits being singles by Wright in Game 6 of the NLCS and by Brandon Inge on Tuesday in Game 3 of the World Series.

 Ivan Rodriguez
Rodriguez
• With Ivan Rodriguez now hitless in 23 at-bats since he singled off Oakland's Kiko Calero on Oct. 10, here's our top choice for an "Elias Says" note that you will read here first, and then will see on World Series television coverage later tonight:

Pudge's streak of 23 consecutive hitless at-bats matches the second-longest streak of that sort within a single postseason since the American and National League champions first met in 1903. Kelly Gruber went hitless in 23 straight at-bats with Toronto in 1992, and Bobby Bonilla suffered through a run of 24 consecutive hitless at-bats with Baltimore in 1996.

Just so you know, in regular-season play, Rodriguez's longest hitless streak consisted of 21 at-bats from June 29 to July 5, 1993.

(Those who watched television coverage of Tuesday's game saw that just two batters into the game, a note from Monday's "Elias Says" was used as a graphic.)

• Curtis Granderson (0-for-13), Ivan Rodriguez (0-for-11) and Placido Polanco (0-for-10) are the first group of three teammates, each with 10-or-more at-bats, to go hitless through the first three games of a World Series.

 Jim Edmonds
Edmonds
• Jim Edmonds drove in two runs with a fourth-inning, bases-loaded double off Nate Robertson. It was the 49th bases-loaded extra-base hit in World Series history, but only the ninth by a left-handed batter against a left-handed pitcher.

The Cardinals have been involved in five of those nine extra-base hits. Longtime Cardinals followers will remember grand slams hit by the Yankees' Joe Pepitone off Gordon Richardson (1964), by the Tigers' Jim Northrup off Larry Jaster (1968) and by the Twins' Kent Hrbek off Ken Dayley (1987). And Lou Brock had a bases-loaded double off Detroit's John Hiller in 1968.

• Joel Zumaya's two-run throwing error broke the game open in the seventh inning. Coupled with errors by Justin Verlander in Game 1 and by Todd Jones in Game 2, Zumaya's error left the Tigers with the dubious distinction of being the only team whose pitchers made errors in each of the first three games of a World Series.

NHL
• The Penguins defeated the Devils 4-2, and among Pittsburgh's goal-scorers were 19-year-old Sidney Crosby, 20-year-old Evgeni Malkin and 18-year-old Jordan Staal.

The Pens have scored 25 goals this season, and 13 of them have been scored by players who have not yet turned 21 years of age. Meanwhile, the rest of the 20-or-youngers in the league have combined for a total of 11 goals.

• Malkin has scored a goal in each of the four NHL games in which he has played. Since the 1979-80 season -- the dawn of the Gretzky Era -- only three players scored at least one goal in each of the first four NHL games of their respective careers: Boston's Dmitri Kvartalnov (first five games in 1992-93); Quebec's Reg Thomas (four, 1979-80) and the Rangers' Steven King (four, 1992-93).

NFL
• Browns offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon resigned on Tuesday after holding that position since the start of last season. During that period, Cleveland scored only 14.5 points per game, the lowest average for any NFL team over the last two seasons (2005-06).

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