Date: April 19, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Durant

WELCOME TO THE PLAYOFFS

Kevin Durant made only seven of 24 field-goal attempts in the Thunder's loss at Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, only two other players missed at least 17 shots from the field in their NBA playoff debut: Vince Carter (3-for-20 in 2000) and Allen Iverson (12-for-29 in 1999). Durant and Iverson were the only players in the last 35 years to make their playoff debut as the reigning NBA scoring champion.

Oklahoma City Thunder

JACKSON'S HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE

The Lakers began their 2010 postseason with an 87-79 win over the Thunder. It was the 15th time that a team coached by Phil Jackson opened its postseason at home, and Jackson has a 15-0 record in those games.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Nelson

NELSON MAKES UP FOR LOST TIME

Jameer Nelson missed the first three rounds of last year's playoffs before returning from injury to average 3.8 points per game in limited minutes during the Finals. That's all water under the bridge now for Nelson, who scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Magic to a victory over the Bobcats in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Nelson is the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in his postseason opener after averaging fewer than five points per game during the previous year's playoffs. The others were Hersey Hawkins (35 points, 1990 76ers), Jerry West (33, 1968 Lakers) and Hal Greer (32, 1963 Nationals).

Orlando Magic

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Nowitzki

NOWITZKI TOPS DUNCAN

The Mavericks defeated the Spurs in their series opener, with Dirk Nowitzki (36) and Tim Duncan (27) posting game-high point totals for their respective teams. It was the seventh time in 21 head-to-head playoff games that Nowitzki outscored Duncan. Dallas owns a 4-3 advantage over San Antonio in those games.

Dallas Mavericks

MLB

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Matusz

MATUSZ IS BALTIMORE'S ONLY WINNER

The Orioles are 2-11 this season and Brian Matusz (2-0) has been credited with both of their wins (April 8 at Tampa Bay and Sunday at Oakland). Matusz is only the second pitcher in the last 94 years to earn the first two victories of the season for a team that began a year 2-11 or worse. The other pitcher to do so over that span (1917-2010) was Rick Wise, who had both wins for the 1973 Cardinals during their 2-15 start.

Baltimore Orioles

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Santana

LIND SPOILS SANTANA'S SHUTOUT BID

Ervin Santana threw a four-hit complete game in the Angels' 3-1 triumph at Toronto, but his bid for a shutout was spoiled by Adam Lind's home run with two outs in the ninth inning. It was the second time in as many days that a pitcher surrendered a home run in a game in which he was one out away from a shutout (Ricky Nolasco to Jayson Werth on Saturday). Before this weekend, that hadn't happened in a major-league game since July 23, 2007, when Luke Scott spoiled a shutout bid by Chad Billingsley.

Anaheim Angels

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Pettitte

PETTITTE HANDS THE BALL TO RIVERA

Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera combined for a regular-season win and a save for the 65th time on Sunday, but it was the first time that they did it without an assist from a middle reliever since July 20, 2008. Pettitte has figuratively handed the ball directly to Rivera in only 12 of the 65 games in which they've combined for a win and a save, and it's happened that way in only three of 20 such games since Pettitte returned to the Yankees in 2007.

New York Yankees

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Heyward

HEYWARD GIVES BRAVES A WALKOFF WIN

Jason Heyward's two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Braves a 4-3 win over the Rockies. Heyward (20 years, 252 days) became the youngest player to register a walkoff RBI since Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 63 days) launched an 11th-inning, game-ending home run for the Marlins on June 20, 2003.

Atlanta Braves

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Garza

GARZA WINS HIS FIRST THREE

Matt Garza defeated the Red Sox on Sunday after winning his previous two starts this season, both against the Orioles. Garza tied a franchise record, becoming the third Tampa Bay pitcher to win his first three games of a season. Doug Waechter did that in August/September 2003 (including one victory in relief) and Victor Zambrano did it in March/April 2004 (all starts).

Tampa Bay Rays

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Ramirez

RAMIREZ COMES THROUGH IN A PINCH

Manny Ramirez's two-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Giants. It was Ramirez's second home run in his last five pinch-hit at-bats, after going homerless in his 27 previous career at-bats in that role. Ramirez hit a pinch-hit grand slam for Los Angeles on July 22, 2009.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kendall

KENDALL HAS A HIT IN EVERY GAME

Jason Kendall extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Sunday with a single in the Royals' six-run third inning. Kendall and Jorge Cantu are the only major-leaguers who have at least one hit in every one of their team's games this season.

Kansas City Royals

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Marquis

THAT'LL LEAVE A MARK ON HIS ERA

Jason Marquis was charged with seven runs without recording an out as the Brewers scored 10 runs in the first inning and coasted to a win at Washington. Marquis is the first pitcher in Expos/Nationals history to have a box-score line of zero innings and at least seven runs allowed. The last major-leaguer to do that was Philadelphia's J.D. Durbin at Dolphin Stadium on Sept. 1, 2007, and the last to do it for a Washington team was Dick Welteroth, in relief for the Senators, on Aug. 12, 1949 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Washington Nationals

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Carmona

CARMONA BAFFLES WHITE SOX

The Indians completed a sweep of the White Sox behind Fausto Carmona, who won his sixth straight start against Chicago, dating back to September 2007. Only three pitchers have current streaks of more than six consecutive winning starts against one team. Livan Hernandez has won his last eight starts against his current team, the Nationals. Jon Lester has won his last seven starts versus the Orioles, as has Derek Lowe against the Pirates.

Cleveland Indians

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Wainwright

WAINWRIGHT EXTENDS APRIL WINNING STREAK

The Cardinals came from behind to defeat the Mets as Adam Wainwright earned his third victory in as many tries this season. Wainwright, who is 8-0 over his last 11 starts during the month of April (since 2008), owns the longest current April winning streak among active pitchers.

St. Louis Cardinals

PIRATES WIN THREE CLOSE ONES TO SWEEP REDS

The Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Reds, winning by scores of 4-3 on Friday, 5-4 on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday. It was the first time that the Pirates swept a series of at least three games while winning each game by a margin of no more than two runs since the opening series of the 2007 season at Houston. It was Pittsburgh's first such series sweep at home since September 1996 against the Reds at Three Rivers Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Feliz

ASTROS SCORE IN EIGHTH, NINTH AND 10TH TO BEAT CUBS

Pedro Feliz drove in the game-winning run with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 3-2 triumph at Wrigley Field. Jeff Keppinger brought Houston to within one run with an RBI single in the eighth inning before Geoff Blum tied the game with an RBI double in the ninth. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that Houston came from behind to win a road game by scoring in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings. The Astros won in that fashion at Pittsburgh in both 1984 and 1985, and they did it again in 2000 at St. Louis.

Houston Astros

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Hairston

PADRES CAN BE BROTHERS

Scott and Jerry Hairston each scored and drove in runs to contribute to the Padres' 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks. The last pair of brothers to each score a run and collect an RBI as teammates in the same game also did it for San Diego: Edgar and Adrian Gonzalez (Sept. 22, 2009, one of four games last season in which they accomplished that).

San Diego Padres

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Hamels

HAMELS LOSES A TOUGH ONE

Dan Uggla drove in both runs for the Marlins in a 2-0 win at Philadelphia, despite Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson combining to strike out 10 batters without issuing a walk. It was the second time in less than a year that the Phillies lost a game in which their pitchers had no walks and double-digit strikeouts while throwing at least nine innings. Hamels and Chan Ho Park combined to do that in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on June 21, 2009. Philadelphia had lost only one game under those circumstances over the previous 25 seasons (1984 through 2008). Terry Mulholland had no walks and 14 strikeouts in a nine-inning complete-game loss to the Rockies on June 4, 1993.

Philadelphia Phillies

NHL

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Crosby

CROSBY OWNS OTTAWA IN PLAYOFFS

Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and an assist for the Penguins in their Game 3 win at Ottawa. Crosby has registered at least two points in each of his last six playoff games against the Senators (three in 2008 and three this year), totaling four goals and 11 assists.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators

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Brodeur

BRODEUR SETS PLAYOFF MARK FOR OT LOSSES

Daniel Carcillo beat Martin Brodeur with a shot 3:35 into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Devils in Game 3 of their series. Brodeur holds numerous NHL records but Sunday's loss gave him sole possession of a mark we're sure he'd rather not own. It was the 21st playoff overtime loss of Brodeur's NHL career (he's won 12 OT games in postseason play), breaking a tie with Ed Belfour, who was 22-20 in playoff OT games.

Carcillo, who led the Flyers with 207 penalty minutes during the regular season, was the first player to score an overtime goal in the postseason after accumulating at least 200 penalty minutes during the preceding regular season since Buffalo's Brad May scored the series-winning goal against Boston in the first round of the 1993 playoffs.

New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers

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Wolski

GOAL-A-GAME

Wojtek Wolski scored a goal for the third consecutive game to help the Coyotes take a two-games-to-one lead in their first-round series against the Red Wings with a 4-2 win in Detroit on Sunday. Wolski is the third player in Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise history to score goals in each of the team's first three games of a playoff year. Rick Tocchet scored goals in each of the Coyotes' first five postseason games in 1998 and Keith Tkachuk began the 1997 playoffs with goals in each of the team's first three games.

Phoenix Coyotes


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