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Barry Bonds Bonds

Barry Bonds hit career home run No. 745 off
Tom Glavine Tuesday night. Bonds had not gone deep against Glavine in his previous 32 at bats. Only one active pitcher had a longer current homerless streak against Bonds: Greg Maddux (no home runs allowed to Bonds in his last 33 at bats).

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).

Andruw Jones Jones

Andruw Jones ended an 0-for-21 slump with a run-scoring double in the sixth inning and his eighth-inning single knocked in the go-ahead run in the Braves' win. Andruw's 21 consecutive hitless at bats was the fourth-longest such streak of his major league career. His career long hitless streak was 28 at bats in April 2005.

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.

Lance Berkman Berkman

Carlos Lee Lee

Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman hit home runs in the Astros' win over the Reds. For Lee it snapped a streak of 76 at-bats without a homer, his longest drought in three years (133 at bats without a homer in 2004). Berkman has now hit 37 home runs against the Reds since the 2000 season, the most by any player against any team over that span.

• 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.

Justin Morneau Morneau

Justin Morneau's three-run home run in the 10th inning gave the Twins a win over the White Sox. It was Morneau's second walk-off home run of the season, tying him with Alex Rodriguez for the major league lead in that category.

• 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.


LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge

Brandon Roy Roy

• The NBA named its All-Rookie Team Tuesday. Portland teammates Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge were both selected to the first team. This is the 45th season in which the NBA named an All-Rookie team and it's the 13th time a pair of teammates was on the first team. It was the second time a pair of Portland rookies was selected: Ron Brewer and Mychal Thompson earned the honor in 1978-79.

LeBron James James

LeBron James had 36 points and 12 assists for Cleveland in its win over the Nets. Only one other player in Cavaliers' history had 35 or more points and at least 10 assists in a playoff game, and he also did it in a home game against the Nets: Mark Price (35 points, 10 assists) on April 23, 1992.

• 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).

Steve Nash Nash

Steve Nash had 20 points and 16 assists in the Suns' win Tuesday night. It was fourth time in his career that Nash had at least 20 points and 15 assists in a playoff game. That's the most such games for any active player. Allen Iverson is the only other active player with more than one 20/15 game in his playoff career. Iverson has two.