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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:
• The Rangers beat the Thrashers 7-0 on Tuesday night in the most lopsided playoff shutout in almost five years, since Detroit beat Colorado 7-0 in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals. It was the largest margin of victory via a shutout in Rangers playoff history. The Rangers had won 6-0 four times in the playoffs, including on consecutive days against the Islanders in 1994.
• Jaromir Jagr had three assists in the first period in the Rangers' win. It was the first time Jagr had three assists in a period in the playoffs. Jagr has had three or more assists in a period seven times in the regular season, most recently on March 29, 2006.
• Marty Turco is 0-6 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .883 save percentage in his past six home playoff games, dating to 2004.
Only two goaltenders in NHL history had a longer home losing streak in the playoffs than Turco: Tony Esposito for Chicago (7, 1975-79) and Rick Wamsley for Montreal and St. Louis (7, 1982-86). Andy Moog for Boston and Dallas (1992-95) and Mike Vernon for San Jose and Florida (1998-2000) also had six-game streaks.
• Dominik Hasek played in his 100th career playoff game Tuesday night. Hasek is the 15th goaltender in NHL history to reach that milestone and the first born outside North America to reach that plateau. Next on the list of career playoff games by goaltenders born outside North America: Nikolai Khabibulin (57), Arturs Irbe (51), Olaf Kolzig (45) and Miikka Kiprusoff (40).
• Alex Rodriguez hit his eighth home run of the season in the Yankees' 12th game. Only two players in major league history reached eight home runs in fewer team games than A-Rod: Mike Schmidt in 1976 (eighth team game) and Luis Gonzalez in 2001 (10th). Several other players reached eight home runs in 12 team games: Johnny Mize (1947), Willie Mays (1964), Jeff Kent (1994), Larry Walker (1997), Albert Pujols (2006) and Chris Shelton (2006).
• The Pirates beat the Cardinals 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon. It was the Pirates' sixth win of the season, but the first that was not saved by Salomon Torres, Prior to Tuesday, Torres was the only pitcher to earn a save in every one of his team's victories.
• The Cardinals are 1-6 at home. It matches the worst home record after seven decisions for any defending World Series Champion in major league history. The 1964 Dodgers and 1998 Marlins also started their home seasons 1-6 the year after winning the World Series.
• Moises Alou hit two home runs for the Mets in Philadelphia. In doing so, Alou (40 years, 288 days old today) became the oldest Mets player to have a multiple-home run game, breaking the record of Rickey Henderson, who was 40 years, 172 days old when he homered twice for the Mets on June 15, 1999.
Alou also hit two home runs in a game for the Giants after turning 40. Only two other players in major league history had a multi-home run game after turning 40 years old for two different teams. Darrell Evans did it for Detroit and Atlanta. Dave Winfield did it for Toronto and Minnesota.
• Adrian Gonzalez had four hits in the Padres' win over the Cubs. It was the fifth time since the start of the 2006 season that Gonzalez had four or more hits in a game. Only two players have more four-hit games than Gonzalez since the start of last season: Ichiro Suzuki (seven) and Miguel Tejada (six).
• Daisuke Matsuzaka, who struck out 10 batters in six innings for the Red Sox on Tuesday night, has struck out 24 batters in three starts. Tim Hudson is the only active pitcher with as many strikeouts in his first three career starts as Matsuzaka. Hudson also struck out 24 batters in his first three career starts.
• Al Reyes notched his fifth save of the season in the Devil Rays' win over the Orioles. Only two other pitchers have saved as many as five games for the Devil Rays by the end of April, and both were named to the All-Star team in those seasons: Roberto Hernandez in 1999 (eight saves during April) and Lance Carter in 2003 (five).
• Sammy Sosa has three home runs in 11 games this season. It's only the fourth time in his 18 years in the majors that Sosa has hit three or more home runs in his first 11 games of a season. He also did it in 1991 (three homers in his first 11 games), 2001 (four) and 2002 (five).
• Torii Hunter hit a grand slam off Jeff Weaver on Tuesday night. Weaver has allowed six slams since the 2005 season, the most by any pitcher over that span. No other pitcher has allowed more than four slams over that time.
• Golden State (41-40) won all three games against Dallas (66-15) this season. The Warriors are the second team in NBA history to sweep a season series of three or more games against a team that had 20 or more wins than they had. Washington (42-40) swept Detroit (64-18) last season.
• The Hawks scored 118 points despite going 0-for-6 from 3-point range. Atlanta is the first team in over seven years to score at least 118 points without making a trey. Washington scored 123 points without making a shot from beyond the arc on Jan. 21, 2000.
• Antonio Daniels went 0-for-10 from the field in Washington's loss to Orlando Tuesday. Daniels is the third player this season to shoot 0-for-10 or worse in a game. The others: Andre Miller (0-for-11 on Nov. 2) and Yakhouba Diawara (0-for-11 on Dec. 31).
• Antawn Jamison scored 48 points in the Wizards' 95-89 loss to the Magic; that performance matched the third-highest single-game point total by an NBA player in a game in which his team failed to score 90 points.
George Mikan set the record in 1950 when he scored 51 of the Minneapolis Lakers' 77 points in an 83-77 loss to the Rochester Royals, and that record was tied in 1997 when Michael Jordan scored 51 points in the Bulls' 88-87 win over the Knicks. (Mikan also scored 48 points in the Lakers' 84-79 victory over the Washington Capitols during the 1949 Basketball Association of America season.)
• Lindsey Hunter (11) and Chauncey Billups (10) both recorded double-digit assist totals in Detroit's victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. That marked the first time in more than 11 years that the Pistons had two players with 10-plus assists in a game. On Dec. 2, 1995, Hunter (10) and Grant Hill (11) teamed up to do it for the Pistons in a victory over Atlanta.
• Morris Peterson had 13 rebounds, all on the defensive end, for the Raptors in their loss in Detroit. Peterson is the second player this season to have 13 or more rebounds in a game, without one on the offensive glass. Kevin Garnett had 16 rebounds, all defensive, in a November game.