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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:
• Marco Scutaro's three-run homer off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. It was the ninth time in Scutaro's career that he had a plate appearance that resulted in a walk-off victory, all for Oakland, and all since 2004. The only batter to win more games in that fashion over that span (2004-07) than Scutaro is David Ortiz, who's done it 10 times over the last four seasons.
Scutaro's shot was the fourth game-ending home run surrendered by Rivera in his career. The others came off the bats of Bill Selby (a grand slam at Cleveland, July 14, 2002), Bill Mueller (at Boston, July 24, 2004) and Vernon Wells (at Toronto, July 20, 2006).
• Ichiro Suzuki had four hits (including a first-inning leadoff home run) in the Mariners' 14-6 win over the Rangers, but it was his fourth-inning stolen base that earned Ichiro another line in the record book. Ichiro was successful in his last 39 stolen base attempts in 2006 to set a single-season AL record. He extended his streak to 40 in a row on Sunday to tie the all-time AL record for consecutive steals, set by Tim Raines (for the White Sox 1993-95).
• Kyle Lohse struck out 12 batters in eight innings of the Reds' 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. Ted Lilly had 10 strikeouts in a losing effort for the Cubs. It was only the second major league game over the last three seasons (since 2005) in which two pitchers each posted double-digit strikeouts. C.C. Sabathia (11 strikeouts) and Javier Vazquez (12) did it in on Sept. 26, 2006, when the Indians defeated the White Sox 6-0.
Sunday marked only the second time in the last seven seasons (since 2001) that opposing pitchers each had at least 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 game. The other time it happened was on July 5, 2004, when Ben Sheets and Matt Clement hooked up in a Brewers' whitewash of the Cubs in Milwaukee.
Lilly and Vazquez have something else in common. Since 2003, Lilly has lost 11 starts in which his team was shut out; the only pitcher with more such defeats over that span is Vazquez (13).
• The Indians defeated the White Sox 2-1 despite having only one hit, a double by Grady Sizemore to lead off the first inning. It was the 10th time in the last 15 seasons (1993-2007) that a major league team won a game in which it had fewer than two hits, but the Indians were only the fourth of those teams to do it without the aid of a home run.
The Indians became the first major league team in more than 50 years to win a game in which it began the first inning with its only hit of the game. On April 23, 1952, the only hit for the St. Louis Browns in a 1-0 win over Cleveland was a first-inning leadoff triple by Bobby Young (off Bob Feller). Young later scored on an error by Al Rosen.
• The Dodgers beat the Padres and handed Chris Young his first road defeat since June 20, 2005 (for Texas against the Angels). Young hadn't been charged with a loss in any of his previous 25 starts on the road, tying the Yankees' Allie Reynolds (1948-1949) for the longest such streak in major league history.
• The Devil Rays handed Joe Nathan his first loss since 2005 to gain a split of their four-game series at Minnesota. Tampa Bay became the first team to defeat both Nathan and Johan Santana in the same season, let alone in one series.
• On the same day that B.J. Ryan was placed on the disabled list, Toronto's Shawn Marcum came out of the bullpen and preserved a 2-1 victory by retiring the Tigers in order in the ninth inning. It was the first save of Marcum's career and also his first opportunity. The last time a pitcher converted the first save opportunity of his career by entering a game with a one-run lead to begin the ninth inning and then retiring the side in order was on May 1, 2005, when Ambiorix Burgos saved a 6-5 win for the Royals at Cleveland.
• The Cardinals posted their first home win of the season, scoring at least one run in six of the eight innings they batted in a 10-2 drubbing of the Brewers. Over their four previous games at Busch Stadium this season, the Cardinals plated a run in only four of the 36 innings they came to the plate.
• Five major league teams postponed six home games on Sunday, the most in a single day due to inclement weather since April 12, 1997, when games were postponed at eight different venues.
• The Bulls' 101-68 victory at Washington was their third straight laugher, following wins by 29 points over the Knicks (Tuesday) and 19 points over the Bobcats (Friday). Chicago outscored its opponents by 81 points over that span, the third-largest margin for any NBA team over a three-game span this season. The Spurs ran up three-game margins of 89 points in December and 82 points in March.
• Kirk Hinrich scored only eight points on Sunday, but in doing so he became the third player to accumulate at least 1,300 points for Chicago this season, joining Ben Gordon and Luol Deng. The last trio of Bulls teammates to do that in the same season was Artis Gilmore, Wilbur Holland and Mickey Johnson in 1977-78.
• The Mavericks prevailed over the Spurs in a battle of NBA heavyweights. They entered Sunday's contest with a combined 123 wins this season (Dallas 65, San Antonio 58). There were only four other regular-season games in NBA history in which the opposing teams had combined for at least that many victories: the Lakers vs. Milwaukee on March 17, 1972 (124); Boston vs. Philadelphia on March 29, 1981 (123); Miami vs. Chicago on April 16, 1997 (128); and Chicago vs. New York on April 19, 1997 (125).
• Bostjan Nachbar scored 25 points off the bench for the Nets in their 111-107 win at Indiana, going 6-for-6 from beyond the arc and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. It was only the fifth time in NBA history that a player exhibited perfect shooting on at least six 3-point attempts and five or more free-throw attempts in the same game. The other players to do it were Mark Price (March 9, 1989), Brent Price (Jan. 15, 1996), Tim Hardaway (Dec. 4, 1996) and Chauncey Billups (Jan. 31, 2006). Nachbar is the only player among them to do it in a game he didn't start.
• The Warriors built a 43-point lead and cruised to a 121-108 triumph over Minnesota, despite being outscored by 27 points in the fourth quarter (42-15). It was only the second time since the inception of the shot clock that an NBA team won a game in which is was outscored by more than 25 points in the final period. On Oct. 20, 1972, the Celtics posted a 126-118 win over the Buffalo Braves at Boston Garden in a game in which they were outscored by 35 points in the fourth quarter (58-23).
• Ron Artest had 15 points and a career-high 10 assists in the Kings' 105-100 win over the Clippers. Artest finished the game five rebounds shy of the first triple-double of his career. The closest he's come was for the Pacers on March 31, 2002, when he had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists against the Heat.
• Sidney Crosby became the fourth teenager in NHL history to score a goal in each of the first three postseason games of his career. The others were Wendel Clark (four games, 1986 Maple Leafs), Paul Coffey (three games, 1981 Oilers) and Glen Wesley (three games, 1988 Bruins).
• Detroit outshot the Flames 51-15 in a 3-1 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Wings, who had 26 more shots on goal than the Flames in Thursday's opener, became the first NHL team to register at least 25 more shots than its opponent in each of the first two games of a playoff series since 1978, when the Flyers did it to the Colorado Rockies while sweeping their best-of-three first-round series.
• Valtteri Filppula gave the Red Wings a two-goal cushion with his third-period tally after he opened the scoring in Game 1. Filppula became the third player in Detroit franchise history to score goals in each of his first two career playoff games, joining Vaclav Nedomansky (1978) and Shawn Burr (1987).
• Clint Mathis set up the first goal and scored the second for the Red Bulls in a monsoon on Sunday at the Meadowlands. It was only the second time (in 54 games) since Mathis returned from Germany in 2005 that he scored a goal and had an assist in the same game. He did that 12 times (in 132 games) before he left MLS for the Bundesliga.