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BUCKS GO RUNNING
The Bucks were trailing by nine points with slightly more than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but they reeled off 14 straight points and defeated the Hawks in Atlanta, 91-87. It's the first time that a road team won a postseason game by scoring 14 or more straight points in the fourth quarter or overtime, after trailing at the start of the run, since the Mavericks scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win in Houston in 2005.
MLB - Cano
With one day left in April, Robinson Cano is hitting .407 with 8 home runs. No Yankee has ever hit .400 and hit at least 8 HR in the month of April. In fact, the last MLB player to do that: Barry Bonds, 2004. 2004
MLB - Cano Hot April
With one day left in April, Robinson Cano is hitting .407 with 8 home runs. No Yankee has ever hit .400 and hit at least 8 HR in the month of April. In fact, the last MLB player to do that: Barry Bonds in 2004.
AN ODD STREAK FOR CORREIA
Kevin Correia has won four consecutive starts despite not pitching six innings in any of the four games. He's only the second pitcher in major-league history to win four successive starts without pitching six innings in any game. Ed Whitson did that for the 1984 Padres.
DUNN LIKES HITTING AT WRIGLEY
Adam Dunn's home run on Wednesday was the 25th of his career at Wrigley Field in only 241 at-bats, a rate of one every 9.6 at-bats. That's the best home run rate for any player ever at Wrigley and the only active player with a better rate at any stadium is Lance Berkman at Great American Ball Park (one every 8.3 at-bats). (minimum: 20 home runs)
DOUMIT CAN TELL THE GRANDKIDS ABOUT THIS
Ryan Doumit took Trevor Hoffman deep for the second straight day on Wednesday. He's only the second player to hit homers in consecutive at-bats off Hoffman. Dante Bichette also did that, although the at-bats were nearly a year apart (June 28, 1999 and May 10, 2000).
A WILD WIN FOR ARIZONA
The Diamondbacks blew a six-run lead, then came from five runs down to defeat the Rockies on Wednesday. It was the first time since 1986 that a team led by six or more runs, then trailed by five or more runs and came back to win the game. The last team with a win like that was the Rangers in Baltimore in August 1986. (The Orioles were 59-47, 2 ½ games out of first place before that game, but went 14-42 the rest of the way to finish in last place in the A.L. East.) Before that, no team had won after leading by six and then trailing by five since 1901.
PHILLIES COME BACK IN 9TH
The Phillies win on Wednesday was their fifth since the start of the 2008 season in which they trailed by three or more runs in the ninth inning or later. No other major-league team has more than two such wins over that span.
ANGELS WIN ON BUNT-OFF
The Angels defeated the Indians on Wednesday on Howie Kendrick's game-ending bunt single. It's the first time in Mike Scioscia's 11 seasons as their manager that the Angels have had a game-ending bunt single or sacrifice bunt.
HE COMES FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER
The Twins Luke Hughes hit a home run in his first major-league at-bat on Wednesday. Hughes, who was born in Perth, Australia, is the eighth Aussie to hit a homer in the major leagues and the first to do so in his first at-bat in the bigs.
METS COMPLETE MEMORABLE HOMESTAND
The Mets defeated the Dodgers Wednesday to finish their homestand with a 9-1 record. That ties the Mets best record on any homestand of seven or more games. They also had 9-1 homestands in September 1988 and August 1969. The Mets 9-1 homestand coincides with Ike Davis' first 10 games in the major leagues. The only other active non-pitcher who started and won nine of his first 10 games in the major leagues is Hideki Matsui, for the 2003 Yankees.
GARCIA CONTINUES HOT START
Jaime Garcia threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday to lower his season ERA to 1.04. That's the lowest ERA by a Cardinals rookie through four starts of a season since 1954, when Gordon Jones had a 0.84 ERA through four starts.
ORIOLES LOSE TO A NEMESIS
With a win in Baltimore on Wednesday CC Sabathia is now 10-1 in 15 career starts against the Orioles. Sabathia's .909 winning percentage is the second-highest among pitchers with at least ten starts against the Orioles since the club moved to Baltimore (1954), behind Jon Lester (10-0).
A LITTLE LOVE FOR REGGIE SMITH
Lance Berkman hit the 315th home run of his career on Wednesday, bumping Reggie Smith out of the top-five on the list of most homers by a switch hitter. When Smith retired after the 1982 season the only switch hitter with more homers was Mickey Mantle and the only switcher within 100 homers of him was Ken Singleton who had 222.
CANADIENS COME ALL THE WAY BACK
The Canadiens overcame a three-games-to-one deficit to beat the Capitals in their first-round series, winning the final three games by scores of 2-1, 4-1 and 2-1. Montreal was the 22nd team in NHL history to win a playoff series after trailing, 3-1, but only the third to do so by holding their opponent to no more than one goal in each of the last three games. The other comeback winners to do that were the Oilers against the Avalanche in the first round in 1998 (3-1, 2-0, 4-0) and the Devils in the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals against the Flyers (4-1, 2-1, 2-1).
The Capitals, who had the best record in the NHL this season, were eliminated from the playoffs when the Canadiens beat them, 2-1, in Game 7 of their first-round series. It's only the fifth time since the NHL playoffs were expanded to 16 teams in 1980 that the team with the best regular-season record lost in the opening round. The other league leaders to do that were the Blackhawks in 1991 (lost to Minnesota in six games), the Blues in 2000 (San Jose in seven), the Red Wings in 2006 (Edmonton in six) and the Sharks in 2009 (Anaheim in six).
GAME 7S HAVE NOT BEEN KIND TO CAPITALS
The Capitals have lost a Game 7 in each of the last three seasons. Only four other teams in the NHL, NBA or MLB have lost a Game 7 in three consecutive seasons: the Avalanche from 1998 to 2000, Ottawa Senators from 2002 to 2004, Lakers from 1960 to 1962 and Sacramento Kings from 2002 to 2004.
TOP THREE SEEDS OUT IN EASTERN CONFERENCE
The top three seeds in the Eastern Conference, Washington, New Jersey and Buffalo, have all been knocked out of the playoffs. Since the current playoff format was introduced in 1994 there have been only three instances of the top three seeds in a conference getting knocked out in the first round:
- 1998 Eastern Conference: #1 Devils lost to #8 Senators, #2 Penguins lost to #7 Canadiens, #3 Flyers lost to #6 Sabres. - 1999 Eastern Conference: #1 Devils lost to #8 Penguins, #2 Senators lost to #7 Sabres, #3 Hurricanes lost to #6 Bruins. - 2006 Western Conference: (top four seeds): #1 Red Wings lost to #8 Oilers, #2 Stars lost to #7 Avalanche, #3 Flames lost to #6 Mighty Ducks, #4 Predators lost to #5 Sharks.