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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:
• Sammy Sosa hit two home runs in the Rangers' 9-4 loss at Cleveland. It's the 25th time that Sosa has hit at least two home runs in a game that his team lost, easily the highest total for any player in major-league history. Nobody else has done that even 20 times. Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth combined for fewer multi-homer games in losses than Sosa (they each had 12).
• The Yankees were blanked by the Blue Jays 6-0, their sixth consecutive loss and the seventh straight game in which they've allowed at least six runs. It's the first time in 57 years that the Yankees allowed six or more runs in seven consecutive games. They last did that from June 29 to July 4, 1950, a period during which Whitey Ford made his major-league debut.
• Phil Hughes made his big-league debut for the Yankees, making him the third Yankees player to make his major-league debut as a starting pitcher this season, joining Kei Igawa and Chase Wright. The Yankees are the first team since the 1955 Cardinals to have three players make their major-league debut as a starting pitcher this early in a season (the Yankees have played 20 games this year). The debutants for the 1955 Cardinals were Larry Jackson (fifth game of season), Luis Arroyo (eighth game) and Floyd Woolridge (13th).
• Minnesota beat Kansas City 1-0 in 11 innings. It's only the second time that the Twins won a regular-season extra-inning game at the Metrodome by a 1-0 score. They last did that Sept. 19, 1990, also against Kansas City. Of course, Minnesota won Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, 1-0 in 10 innings, in its home building, against Atlanta.
• Five Minnesota pitchers combined for the shutout, despite issuing 10 walks. It's the first time since the franchise moved to Minneapolis, in 1961, that the Twins allowed no runs and allowed at least 10 walks.
• The Pirates beat the Astros 5-3, giving them their second three-game sweep over Houston this season. Those six wins tie the franchise record for victories over one team in April. The Pirates were 6-0 in the opening month against San Diego in 1993, 6-2 vs. Cincinnati in 1921 and 6-1 against St. Louis in 1908.
• The Angels beat the Devil Rays 11-3 and tied a team record by scoring at least nine runs for a third straight game. Bartolo Colon earned his second win of the season, striking out 11 batters in seven innings. It's the first time in more than 10 years that the Angels' home crowd saw the team score at least 10 runs, while its starting pitcher struck out 10 or more batters. The Angels had most recently done that in a home game May 26, 1996, a 12-2 win over the Red Sox in which Shawn Boskie whiffed 10 batters.
• Randy Keisler allowed four runs and was removed in the fourth inning, but the Cards rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 7-5. Keisler took a no-decision, marking his 16th consecutive start without a win, a stretch that covers six years and four teams. Keisler, whose last win as a starter was June 14, 2001, for the Yankees, has the longest current streak of winless starts in the majors.
• Kobe Bryant scored 45 points in the Lakers' 95-89 win over Phoenix. It was only the fifth postseason game in NBA history in which a player scored at least 45 points with his team scoring no more than 95 points. The other players to do that were George Mikan (1952 Lakers), Shaquille O'Neal (1997 Lakers), Michael Jordan (1998 Bulls) and Tracy McGrady (2003 Magic).
• Phoenix took an 11-0 lead before the Lakers scored. It's been seven years since an NBA team lost a postseason game after scoring at least the first 11 points. On April 29, 2000, San Antonio forged an 11-0 lead over Phoenix but lost 101-94.
• The Lakers' victory continued a streak for their head coach. A Phil Jackson-coached team has never gone down 3-0 in an NBA postseason series of any length.
• The Jazz beat the Rockets 81-67, with only four Rockets players combining for those 67 points. There have been 2,954 postseason games in NBA history, and this was the first in which a team had fewer than five players score points. That's happened five times during the regular season, all before the 24-second shot clock was implemented in 1954.
• Utah and Houston combined for a .362 field-goal percentage, the lowest for two teams in any NBA playoff game in the past three postseasons.
• Tayshaun Prince had 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Detroit's Game 3 win over Orlando. Since Isiah Thomas retired, only one other Pistons player reached all four of those statistical levels in a non-overtime postseason game, and that man was playing for the Magic on Thursday night. Grant Hill had 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals for Detroit, in a playoff game at Atlanta, on May 8, 1999.
• The Pistons were 8-for-13 (.615) from 3-point range, their second-highest percentage beyond the arc in a postseason game (min: 10 FGA). Detroit was 15-for-22 (.682) from long distance in a victory against Cleveland on May 7, 2006.
• Ottawa jumped to a 4-0 lead against Martin Brodeur and the Devils in the first 16:39 of the opening period in Game 1 of their series, then held on for a 5-4 win. It was the first time that the Senators ever scored as many as four goals in the first period of a playoff game and the first time that New Jersey allowed that many goals in the first period of a postseason game. For Brodeur, it marked just the second time that he allowed four goals in any period of a playoff game. Toronto scored four times against him in the third period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2001, though Brodeur and New Jersey won that game in overtime (6-5).
• New Jersey had not allowed more than three goals in any of its past 25 home playoff games. That was two games shy of the longest such streak in NHL playoff history (27 games), a mark set by the Sabres from 1998-2006. The last time the Devils allowed more than three goals in a home playoff game was Game 6 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Colorado (lost 4-0).
• The Sharks beat the Red Wings 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena in Game 1 of their series. It was San Jose's third win in seven playoff games in Detroit (2-2 in four games in 1994, 0-2 in two games in 1995), which matches the number of wins the Sharks have posted in 29 all-time regular-season games there (25 Red Wings wins, one tie).
• Ronald Waterreus and the Red Bulls shut out FC Dallas 1-0. Waterreus has now played 315 minutes without allowing a goal in his first season in MLS, breaking the 11-year-old league record for longest shutout streak at the start of an MLS career. The previous record was 228 minutes by Mark Dodd (1996).
The Red Bulls are the first team in MLS history to start a season with four consecutive shutouts -- three by Waterreus, and the other split between Waterreus and Jon Conway.