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4/22/2007 - MLB NHL Soccer + more

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


Barry Bonds' home run accounted for the only run in the Giants' 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks. It's the second time in his career that Bonds has hit a home run in a 1-0 win. He also did it for the Giants on June 17, 1996 against Al Leiter of the Marlins.

Barry's father, Bobby, had four homers in 1-0 games, tying him for second-most all-time, behind Ted Williams, who had five. Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich and Jimmy Wynn also had four.

Joe Crede's eighth-inning single off Joel Zumaya, which tied the Tigers-White Sox game at 5-5, was the first hit by a right-handed batter off Zumaya this season. Up to that point, right-handed batters were 0-for-26 against Zumaya in 2007.

Cole Hamels struck out 15 Reds batters on Saturday. At 23 years old, Hamels is the youngest pitcher with a 15-K game since Mark Prior had 16 strikeouts at age 22 for the 2003 Cubs and he's the youngest left-hander with a 15-strikeout game since Greg Swindell had 15 at age 22 for the 1987 Indians.

Oliver Perez continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Saturday when he didn't walk a batter in 6 2/3 innings against the Braves. In his previous start Perez walked seven batters in 2 2/3 innings; and in his first start of the season he didn't walk a batter in seven innings. The last pitcher to walk 0, at least seven and 0 batters in three straight starts was Al Leiter for the Mets in 2004.

Travis Hafner hit another home run against the Devil Rays on Saturday, giving him six straight games with a home run against Tampa Bay. The only other active major league player who has hit a home run in his last six games against a team is Ken Griffey, who has gone deep in his last six games against the Royals, dating back to 1999.

• The Orioles have won seven of their last eight games thanks in large part to their rebuilt bullpen. Orioles relievers have four wins and four saves in their last eight games, while allowing only one run in 28 2/3 innings. The relievers have pitched at least two innings in each game and have gone at least three innings in seven of the eight games.


Jason Kidd had 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the Nets' win over the Raptors. It's the second time in his career that Kidd has had a 10-and-15 game in rebounds and assists in the playoffs; he had 10 rebounds and 16 assists in 2000 for the Suns against the Lakers. No other player has done that in a postseason game since Magic Johnson (11/20) in the 1991 NBA Finals against the Bulls.

Dwight Howard had 19 rebounds in his first postseason game on Saturday. Over the last 20 years only two other players had that many rebounds in their first postseason game: Shaquille O'Neal (19 in 1994) and Ben Wallace (20 in 2002).

• The Magic made 58 percent of their field goals against the Pistons on Saturday, but only 50 percent of their free throws. It's only the fifth time that a team has had a higher field-goal percentage than free-throw percentage in a NBA playoff game while taking at least 30 free throws, and it's the widest margin among those five instances. The other cases: 1955 Celtics (60 percent-56 percent), 1967 76ers (47 percent-44 percent), 1969 San Diego Rockets (57 percent-54 percent) and 2005 Heat (58 percent-55 percent).


Daniel Cleary opened the scoring in the Red Wings' 5-1 win over the Flames with a short-handed penalty-shot goal. There have been only two other short-handed penalty-shot goals in NHL postseason history. Petr Klima had one for the Red Wings in 1988 (the only other penalty shot goal in Red Wings postseason history) and Neal Broten did it for the North Stars in 1989.

• 45-year-old Chris Chelios added a short-handed goal later in the game, making him the oldest player to score a shorty in the regular season or playoffs. Chelios is the oldest player to score a regular-season short-handed goal; Guy Charbonneau was the previous oldest with a short-handed goal in the playoffs (at age 40 in 2000).

However, Chelios is not the oldest player to score a postseason goal. Gordie Howe scored nine days after his 52nd birthday for the Whalers in the 1980 playoffs.

• The Stars beat the Canucks in the sixth game of their series on Saturday 2-0 after games two through five ended with scores of 2-0, 2-1, 2-1 and 1-0. This is only the second playoff series in NHL history with five or more consecutive games in which neither team scored more than two goals. The only other series in which that happened was the 1928 Stanley Cup Finals, won by the Rangers over the Montreal Maroons (all five games: 2-0, 2-1, 2-0, 1-0, 2-1).


• The Red Bulls have not allowed a goal in their first three games of the season, including their 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Saturday. They are the only the second team in MLS history to hold their opponents goalless in the first three games of a season; Dallas did it in 1999.

• Last Sunday Clint Mathis made headlines by scoring a goal and recording an assist in the Red Bulls' win. This Saturday, Mathis made headlines of a different sort, by missing a penalty kick and getting a red card. He's only the second player in MLS history to miss a PK and get red carded in the same game. Carlos Valderrama did it for Tampa Bay in 2001.

• Chris Rolfe set up the Fire's first goal and scored the second in Chicago's 2-1 win over Kansas City. Rolfe, who had an assist in each of the Fire's first two games, is the first MLS player to have an assist in each of his team's first three games of a season since Steve Ralston did it for the Revolution in 2002.


Nick Watney finds himself alone atop the leaderboard with a two-stroke lead after the third round of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It's the first time in Watney's career that he has led after the third round of a PGA Tour event. Watney led after the first round of a tournament three times (2005 Buick Open, 2006 Chrysler Classic, 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach) and after the second round once (2006 Chrysler Classic).