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DAVIS MAKES SURE CELTICS WON'T MISS GARNETT
With Kevin Garnett serving a one-game suspension, Glen Davis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Celtics' 106-77 win over the Heat. Garnett attained those totals in the same game only once in his last 48 games of the 2009-2010 regular season.
HAWKS STARTERS ALL CONTRIBUTE TO TAKE 2-0 LEAD OVER BUCKS
All five starters scored in double-figures in the Hawks' 96-86 win over the Bucks. Not only was that the second straight game in which Atlanta has done that, but it marks the second straight postseason that the Hawks have opened with consecutive games in which all five starters scored at least 10 points. No other teams have done that in any of the last three playoff seasons.
RANGERS RUN WILD IN LOSS AT FENWAY
The Rangers stole nine bases but lost to the Red Sox, 7-6, at Fenway Park, providing Elias Says with an embarrassment of riches from which to lead off today's column.
> That was the most steals in one game by an American League team since the A's stole 12 bases against the Twins in 1976 (the highest single-game total in either league during the live-ball era).
> Texas has stolen 29 bases against the Red Sox without being caught since September 6, 2008.
> Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus became the first teammates to steal at least three bases each in the same game since Andrus and Julio Borbon did it against the Red Sox last August. Prior to that, no teammates had done so since Luis Castillo and Cliff Floyd in 2000.
> Vladimir Guerrero stole two bases for the Rangers on Tuesday night - as many as he stole during the entire 2009 season for the Angels.
> There have been only five games in the last 12 seasons in which an American League team stole at least seven bases. All five were against the Red Sox, four of them over the last 12 months.
SLEEP WELL, DARNELL, YOU EARNED IT
What a night for Darnell McDonald, who became the first player to homer in his first at-bat for the Red Sox since Orlando Cabrera loudly announced the end of the Nomar Era in 2004. Then McDonald became the first player in Red Sox history with a walk-off RBI in his debut for the team.
WIN, WIN, SAVE, WIN... PELFREY ROLLS ON
Mike Pelfrey allowed three hits over seven innings to record a victory in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Cubs. Pelfrey's win came three days after he earned a save in the Mets' 20-inning win at St. Louis and five days after he defeated the Rockies at Denver. He was the first pitcher to post wins as a starter no more than five days apart and pick up a save in between since John Candelaria did it for the Yankees in 1988.
Not good enough, you say? Try this: Pelfrey is only the second pitcher ever to record three wins as a starter plus a save in his first four games of a season. Bill Singer saved the first game he pitched in 1969 (the first season in which saves were compiled as an official statistic) before winning four consecutive starts for the Dodgers.
REDS MAKE HISTORY WITH 6TH WIN, ALL IN THEIR LAST AT-BAT
The Reds rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Dodgers, 11-9. Cincinnati has six wins this season, and all have come in their last at-bat, tying a modern major-league record. Since 1900, only one other team posted each of its first six wins in its final turn at the plate: the 1970 Giants.
SANCHEZ ALLOWED ONE RUN, BUT IT WAS ONE TOO MANY
Jonathan Sanchez took a tough loss, allowing only one run and one hit while striking out 10 in the Giants' 1-0 loss to the Padres. Since 1900, only three other Giants pitchers lost a game in which they pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than one hit: Matt Cain (2007), Ferdie Schupp (1916) and Red Ames (1911).
ANOTHER 1-0 SCORELINE AT PETCO
Tuesday night's Padres-Giants game was the 14th 1-0 game at Petco Park since it opened for business in 2004. That's the most 1-0 contests at any major-league ballpark during that time.
SWEENEY'S STREAK BITES THE DUST
Ryan Sweeney went 0-for-3 against the Yankees on Tuesday, snapping his April hitting streak at 22 games, including nine games in April 2009. That was the longest April hitting streak in A's history. Sweeney broke a mark set by Jason Giambi in April 1996 (19). Prior to that, Al Simmons had held the record for 66 years (18).
CANO SHOOTS MORE BLANKS AT OAKLAND
Robinson Cano extended his hitless streak at the Oakland Coliseum to 29 at-bats, dating back to April 2007. That broke the record for the longest hitless streak by a Yankees player at the Coliseum, previously held by Darryl Strawberry (an 0-for-28 streak from 1995-1998).
LUDWICK GOES YARD ON HAREN TWICE
Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of homers off Dan Haren in the Cardinals' 9-7 loss at Phoenix. Only three other players hit two homers off Haren in the same game, none of them since he joined the Diamondbacks in 2008. They were Tino Martinez (2005), Carlos Pena (2005) and Frank Thomas (2007).2007
BRAVES LATE HOMERS OVERCOME PHILLIES' 3-RUN LEAD
The Braves tied the game with three runs in the ninth inning on home runs by Jason Heyward and Troy Glaus, and defeated the Phillies, 4-3, on Nate McLouth's walk-off homer in the 10th. It was Philadelphia's first loss in a game in which it led by three or more runs in the ninth inning or later since a 9-8 loss at Yankee Stadium in 2000.
Atlanta was the first team to win a game with three homers in its last four at-bats since 2005, when Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, and Hideki Matsui went back-to-back-to-back for the Yankees in a 20-11 win over the Devil Rays.
DANKS SILENCES THE HEART OF THE RAYS' ORDER
John Danks allowed two hits over eight innings in the White Sox' 4-1 win over the Rays. Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria, and Carlos Pena went a combined 0-for-10 with six strikeouts. Tampa Bay's starters in the 3-4-5 slots didn't go hitless with at least six K's in any game during the entire 2009 season.
BUCK'S 60-FOOT HIT IS A GAME-WINNER
The Royals must not have believed their eyes as they watched their former catcher, John Buck, drive in the winning run with a ball tapped down the third-base line in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 4-3 victory. Buck had only 10 infield hits in his last three seasons with Kansas City. Of course, game-winners were something of a specialty - he had eight in only 59 games for the Royals in 2009.
BREWERS BUILD BIG LEADS IN LAST 2 GAMES
It wasn't quite the 10-0 lead that they took in Sunday's win at Washington, but the Brewers grabbed a 6-0 lead in the second inning and cruised to an 8-1 victory at Pittsburgh. It was the first time in the Brewers' history that they led by six or more runs within the first two innings of consecutive games.
CROSBY STILL SCORING IN BUNCHES
Sidney Crosby scored two goals and assisted on two others in the Penguins' 7-4 victory at Ottawa. Crosby is the first player to record at least two points in each of his team's first four games of a playoff year since Mike Modano did it for the Stars in 1994.
HOWARD CELEBRATES OSGOOD'S ANNIVERSARY
Jimmy Howard made 29 saves in the Red Wings' 3-0 victory over the Coyotes. The only other Detroit rookie to post a playoff shutout in the last 50 years did it exactly 16 years earlier - Chris Osgood against the Sharks on April 20, 1994. Prior to Osgood, no Red Wings rookie recorded a shutout in the postseason since Terry Sawchuk in 1951.
DEVILS SCORE FIRST, LOSE BIG
For only the second time in the last 21 years, the Devils suffered a three-goal loss in a playoff game in which they scored the first goal. The Flyers rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat New Jersey, 4-1. Since 1989, the Devils have an 80-27 record in playoff games in which they drew first blood, but the Flyers have posted consecutive wins after falling behind, 1-0.
LEGWAND STARS IN PREDATORS' WIN
David Legwand scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Predators' 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. Legwand is only the second player to score three or more points in a playoff game for Nashville. Paul Kariya assisted on every Predators goals in a 4-3 victory at San Jose in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Sharks in 2006.
ERAT SCORES ON FIRST PENALTY SHOT OF 2010 PLAYOFFS
Martin Erat provided a dramatic touch by scoring an insurance goal on a penalty shot in the third period of the Predators' win. It was the first penalty shot of the 2010 postseason. There were none during the 2009 playoffs, after a 2008 postseason in which a record six penalty shots were taken.