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Over the past 20 years, aside from Beckett and Clemens, only two other starting pitchers in the major leagues began a season with a trio of games like that: Pedro Martinez for the 1997 Expos and Kevin Tapani for the 2001 Cubs.
• The Angels, who tied a franchise record by beginning the season without allowing a run in the first inning in their first 12 games, surrendered six runs to the Red Sox in the opening frame on Monday and lost 7-2. Boston outscored Los Angeles 25-3 in the three-game sweep, the largest margin of victory for the Red Sox in a series of three or fewer games since they battered Tampa Bay 27-4 over three games in April 2001.
• The Orioles trailed the Devil Rays 7-1 in the sixth inning but rallied to win 9-7. Since 1990, Baltimore won only two other games in which it was behind by six or more runs in the sixth inning or later. Both of those victories were at Toronto -- one in July 1995 and the other in August 2002.
• The Brewers entered Monday night without a grand slam in their last 195 games (dating back to September 2005), which was the longest current drought for any team in the major leagues. Then Bill Hall homered with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, helping Milwaukee to a 10-6 win over Cincinnati. The longest current streak without hitting a grand slam now belongs to Washington (118 straight games).
• The Cardinals lost to the Pirates 3-2 after Albert Pujols fouled out with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was the fifth time in his major league career that Pujols came to the plate with two out in the ninth with his team trailing and the tying run in scoring position. He has now been retired to end the game in four of those instances (he hit a game-winning two-run double in the other, on Sept. 12, 2006 vs. Houston).
• Prior to Monday night's San Jose-Nashville game, the team leading after the first period in this year's NHL playoffs was 15-0 (with six additional games tied after the opening stanza). That streak ended when the Predators took a 1-0 lead after one period but lost the game 3-1.
Hunter's drought-ending goal cut Buffalo's lead in the game to 2-1, but it turned out to be too little, too late for the Isles. The Sabres were a league-best 40-0-0 during the regular season in games in which they had a two-goal lead at any point during the game.
• Vincent Lecavalier scored the first goal for Tampa Bay. He and Martin St. Louis have combined for six of Tampa Bay's nine goals in the 2007 playoffs. During the regular season those two accounted for 39 percent of the goals scored by the Lightning, the highest percentage for any two teammates in the league.
• With Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all taking the night off, Memphis beat San Antonio 101-91. It was the third game in NBA history in which a team 35 or more games below .500 beat a team 35 or more games above .500 by at least 10 points. Detroit (20-60) beat Boston (61-19) 115-90 in March 1981 and Dallas (11-69) beat Houston (58-22) 107-95 in April 1994.
• Richard Jefferson was 10-for-10 from the foul line but only 2-for-12 (.167) from the field in the Nets' victory over the Knicks. It was the 87th time this season that an NBA player shot 10-for-10 or better from the line, but Jefferson was the first to do it while converting fewer than 20 percent of his field-goal attempts.
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