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5/15/2007 - NHL MLB

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


Greg Maddux was perfect until Javier Valentin hit a one-out double in the sixth inning. It's the third time in his career that Maddux took a perfecto into the sixth inning. On May 23, 1995, Maddux was perfect until St. Louis' Tom Pagnozzi led off the sixth inning with a single. On June 7, 1997, Maddux's perfect game ended when San Francisco pitcher Mark Gardner hit a two-out single in the sixth inning.

Gil Meche threw seven shutout innings for the Royals in Oakland Monday night. Meche has not allowed an earned run in 27 innings pitched on the road this season. Over the last 15 years, only one pitcher began a season with 27 or more innings on the road without allowing an earned run: Houston's Roger Clemens did not allow an earned run in his first 35 road innings in 2005.

Casey Kotchman hit a first-inning grand slam off
Kevin Millwood Monday night. It was the second slam allowed by Millwood this season (Jermaine Dye hit one off him on April 18). Millwood allowed only one slam in his last five seasons combined (Andruw Jones in 2004).

The Rangers have been outscored 31-8 in the first inning this season (-23). Tampa Bay (-30) is the only team in the majors with a worse first-inning run differential than the Rangers this season.

• The Red Sox beat the Tigers 7-1. Boston has now won its last 27 games in which it scored five or more runs, the longest current streak of its kind in the majors and the longest by a Red Sox team since they won 31 straight in August/September 1949.

Carlos Delgado worked out a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Mets' win over the Cubs. It was the first walk-off win via a bases on balls for the Mets since Mike Piazza drew one off Milwaukee's Julio Santana in the 11th inning on Aug. 2, 2005.

It was the fifth win via a walk-off bases on balls for the Mets since 1998. Only Seattle and the Yankees -- both with five as well -- have as many such wins over that span.

Tom Gorzelanny allowed only five hits in seven shutout innings for the Pirates Monday night, but more importantly he got his first major league hit. Gorzelanny was hitless in 36 career major league at-bats before his sixth inning single. Since 1996, four other players (batters or pitchers) started their major league career 0-for-36 or worse: Miguel Batista (0-for-41), Tony McKnight (0-for-37, he never had a major league hit), Brian Moehler (0-for-36) and Ramon Ortiz (0-for-36).

Freddy Sanchez went 3-for-3 against Dontrelle Willis Monday night and now has nine hits in 13 career at-bats against him, a .692 batting average. That's the highest career batting average for any batter who has had at least 10 at-bats against Willis.

Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4 and his now hitless in his last 15 at-bats. That matches the third-longest hitless streak of Cabrera's career. Cabrera went 0-for-23 in August 2003, 0-for-17 in June 2003 and 0-for-15 in April/May 2004.

Brian McCann broke up Jason Bergmann's no-hit bid with a home run to lead off the eighth inning. It was the third time this season that a player broke up a no-no with a home run in the seventh inning or later. Ben Broussard homered off Chien-Ming Wang with one out in the eighth inning to break up a no-hitter and Carlos Pena did it Sunday with a home run off Jason Frasor with two outs in the seventh inning.

The last Braves player to hit a home run this late in the game to break up a no-hitter was Ron Gant off Mike Maddux on Aug. 31, 1991. Gant's homer also led off the eighth inning.


Daniel Alfredsson scored the only goal in Ottawa's 1-0 win over Buffalo. It was the second time in his career that Alfredsson scored the only goal in a playoff game that ended in a 1-0 score, his other one also coming against Buffalo at Ottawa in Game 4 of the first round in 1997. That one came in overtime.

Alfredsson is one of eight players in NHL history with two such goals in his career, but only one of the other seven did it against the same team both times. Boston's Cooney Weiland did it twice against the Canadiens, both in 1929.

• The Sabres were the only NHL team that was not shut out during the 2006-07 regular season and they were not blanked in the 2007 playoffs until Monday night. Buffalo was the first team to go through a regular season without being shut out and then get shut out in that year's playoffs since the 1995-96 Red Wings. Detroit was shut out twice in the 1996 playoffs, by the Blues' Jon Casey in the second round and by Colorado's Patrick Roy in the Western Conference finals.

• Buffalo, the team with the best record in the NHL this season, has fallen behind 3-0 in this series against Ottawa. The Sabres are only the fifth team in the NHL's modern era (since 1944) to have the best record in the regular season and then lose the first three games of a playoff series. Detroit lost four straight games to Toronto in the 1949 Stanley Cup finals, Chicago lost four straight games to Boston in 1970, Calgary lost four straight to Edmonton in 1988 and Detroit lost four straight to New Jersey in the 1995 Stanley Cup finals.


Jason Kidd had 17 rebounds in the Nets loss to the Cavs. Kidd is only the fifth guard in the last 30 years with 17 or more rebounds in a playoff game. The others: the Lakers' Magic Johnson (18 in 1981), Chicago's Michael Jordan (19 in 1991), Boston's
Paul Pierce (17 in 2002) and Sacramento's Bonzi Wells (17 in 2006).

• San Antonio blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead Monday night in its loss to the Suns. In the Tim Duncan era, the Spurs were 55-2 in the playoffs in games in which they led by 11 or more points in the fourth quarter. The Spurs had won the last 27 such games with their last loss coming on May 19, 2003 vs. Dallas.

Arena Football

• All was going well for the Chicago Rush of the AFL and their head coach Mike Hohensee. The defending league champs were riding an eight-game winning streak until the Dallas Desperados scored a go-ahead TD with three seconds left in Monday's game. The loss was the 87th regular season defeat of Hohensee's AFL career, tying him with Michael Trigg for most losses by an AFL coach.