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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:
• Roy Halladay threw a complete game in the Blue Jays' 10-inning win over the Tigers. It's the second time in his career that Halladay has thrown 10 innings in a game; he also did it Sept. 6, 2003, also against the Tigers. Over the last 10 seasons (1998-2007), no other American League pitcher has thrown 10 innings in a game. Three National League pitchers have done it in the last ten seasons: Darryl Kile (1998), Kevin Millwood (1999) and Mark Mulder (2005).
In the 1980s, it was fairly common for a pitcher to go at least 10 innings in one of his first three starts of the season -- 22 pitchers did it between 1980 and 1988. But since 1989, the only other pitcher to go 10 innings in one of his first three starts was Tim Wakefield for the 1995 Red Sox.
• Halladay is now 11-2 in his career against the Tigers, with a 1.83 ERA, six complete games, four shutouts, 68 strikeouts and only eight walks in 103S innings. The only other active pitcher with an ERA under 2.00 against any team in at least 100 innings is Pedro Martinez, who has a sub-two ERA against three teams, the Mariners (1.57), Indians (1.77) and Devil Rays (1.99).
• Barry Bonds hit two home runs against the Pirates on Friday, giving him 21 against his former team. Five other active players have at least 20 home runs against a former team: Alex Rodriguez (26 vs. Mariners), Moises Alou (26 vs. Pirates), Gary Sheffield (26 vs. Padres), Preston Wilson (23 vs. Mets) and Steve Finley (21 vs. Padres).
Besides Alou, the only other former Pirates player with at least 20 homers against the old team is Gus Bell -- father of Buddy, grandfather of David -- who had 24.
• Roy Oswalt won his 100th career game Friday. With a record of 100-47, he's one of four active pitchers who had less than 50 losses at the time of their 100th win, along with Mike Mussina (100-43), Tim Hudson (100-45) and Pedro Martinez (100-49).
• Carlos Lee hit three home runs for the Astros in Philadelphia on Friday. It was the fifth three-homer game in the City of Homerly Love since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004. (Mike Lowell, J.T. Snow, Jose Reyes and Ryan Howard have also had three-homer games there). No other major league park has more than two three-homer games by a player over that same span.
• Nick Markakis' grand slam sealed the Orioles win over the Royals. At 23 years old, Markakis is the youngest Orioles player to hit a grand slam since 22-year-old Cal Ripken hit one in 1983.
• The Twins lost at home to the Devil Rays on Friday, 4-2, their first regular-season loss at the Metrodome in a Johan Santana start since Aug. 1, 2005. During the course of the streak, only two other teams took a three-run lead on the Twins: the Red Sox in the first game of the streak and the Tigers last July.
• Santana lost a game in which he struck out at least 10 batters for only the fourth time in his career. He's now 23-4 with six no-decisions when fanning at least 10 men.
• Fausto Carmona took the loss in the White Sox win over the Indians on Friday. After winning his first career decision Carmona has now lost his next 11. Only one other player who debuted in the major leagues since 1950 won his first decision and then lost his next 11: Matt Beech did it for the Phillies over the 1996-97 seasons.
• There's been no sophomore slump so far for Ian Kinsler, who hit his fifth home run of the season Friday. No other member of last year's rookie class has more than two homers this year.
• In his third game at Wrigley Field as Cubs manager, Lou Piniella's team blew a five-run lead and lost 6-5. In Piniella's three years as Devil Rays manager, Tampa Bay lost only one home game in which it had a five-run lead, against the Indians on Aug. 23, 2003.
• Carlos Zambrano hit a home run in the loss, giving him at least one home run in each of the last five seasons. Among pitchers who debuted in the era of the designated hitter, only two others hit home runs in five straight seasons: Mike Hampton (2001-05) and Larry Christenson (six straight seasons, 1975-80).
• J.P. Dumont has scored twice in each of the first two games of the playoffs. He's the first player to do that since his current teammate Peter Forsberg scored in the first two games of the postseason for the Avalanche in April 1998.
• The Stars didn't score in four overtime periods on Wednesday, but Jeff Halpern scored 24 seconds into the game Friday. Only one player has scored a faster goal from the start of a game after his team had lost the previous game in OT. Bob Gainey scored for the Canadiens seven seconds into Game 6 of the 1977 Conference Finals, after the Islanders had won Game 5 in OT.
Halpern set a franchise record for the fastest playoff goal. The previous fastest opening goal in Dallas/Minnesota playoff history was 26 seconds (Mike Keane in 2001, Gavin Stewart in 1991).
• Marcus Camby had nine blocks on Friday, after having seven blocks in each of his last two games. It's the second time in his career that Camby has had at least seven blocks in three straight games; he also did it in April 1998. The last player other than Camby with at least seven blocks in three straight games was Dikembe Mutombo, who went on that finger-wagging spree in 1995.
• The Mavericks, who started the day with a 65-13 record, lost by 15 points at home to the Jazz, 104-89. It's only the second time in NBA history that a team at least 50 games over .500 lost at home by at least 15 points. On April 8, 2000, the 64-12 Lakers lost by 18 points at the Staples Center to the Spurs, 98-80.
• The Wizards defeated the Hawks Friday to move one game over .500 (40-39). The Wizards, who were 31-21 through February 22, were in danger of becoming the third team in NBA history to be 10-or-more games above .500 at least 50 games into a season and then fall below .500 at some point later in that season; the 1974-75 Pistons and 2001-02 Bucks both did that.
• Kris Humphries had 18 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors on Friday, tying the most rebounds as a substitute by any player this season (Reggie Evans had 18 on Dec. 28, and Andris Biedrins did the same on April 1).