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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:
Bonds had gone just over 10 years between home runs off Glavine (April 23, 1997). The only other pitcher that Bonds went longer between home runs against was Jesse Orosco (14 years, 1988-2002).
• Josh Beckett, the Red Sox winning pitcher Tuesday night, is now 7-0. Beckett is the sixth pitcher in Red Sox history to win each of his first seven starts in a season. Three of the previous five won their first eight starts: Babe Ruth in 1917, Boo Ferris in 1945 and Roger Moret in 1973. George Winter (1901) and Mickey Harris (1946) also won their first seven starts.
• Alex Rios hit Josh Beckett's first pitch for a home run. It was the second time this season that Rios hit a home run on the first pitch of the first inning. He also did it on April 13 off Jeremy Bonderman. The Braves' Kelly Johnson is the only other player to hit a home run on the first pitch of a game more than once this season. Johnson hit both of his off the Mets, one off Orlando Hernandez and one off Tom Glavine.
• Oakland won at Kansas City again. The A's are 28-6 in Kansas City since the start of the 2000 season. That's the best record for any major league team on the road against any other major league team over that span.
• Rodriguez hit his 15th home run of the season in the Yankees' win over Texas. It was New York's 31st game of the season. Only one player in Yankees' franchise history reached the 15-homer mark in fewer team games: Mickey Mantle in 1956 hit his 15th home run in team game No. 29.
For the record, Babe Ruth's fewest games to 15 homers as a Yankee was 32 games in 1926.
• The Cavaliers outrebounded the Nets by 14 in Game 1 (51-37) and by 17 in Game 2 (49-32). They're the first team to have 14 or more rebounds than their opponent in each of the first two games of a playoff series since Sacramento did it against Seattle in 1996 (plus-15 and plus-17).
• Cleveland has won each of its first six games of the 2007 NBA playoffs, joining Detroit as the only two teams to start these playoffs with six straight wins. From 1994 to 2006 six teams started the playoffs with a winning streak of at least six games, only one of those teams made it to the NBA Finals that year. The Lakers won their first 11 games of the 2001 playoffs on their way to the NBA championship. The five teams that failed to reach the Finals: Orlando in 1996 (won first six), Indiana in 1999 (seven), San Antonio in 2004 (six), Indiana in 2004 (six) and Miami in 2005 (eight).