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LEBRON HAS A BIG NIGHT IN BEANTOWN
LeBron James registered 38 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help lead Cleveland to a Game 3 victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday night. Only one other visiting player in NBA history has reached those levels in those three categories in a postseason game in Boston. On March 28, 1963, Oscar Robertson had 43 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help lead Cincinnati to a win over the Celtics at the Boston Garden.
DRAGIC MAKES GOOD USE OF HIS TIME
Goran Dragic scored 26 points in just 17 minutes of action in the Suns' Game 3 victory over the Spurs in San Antonio. That is the most points scored by a player who played fewer than 20 minutes in a post-season game in the shot-clock era.
A STARLIN DEBUT FOR CASTRO
Starlin Castro hit a home run in his first major-league at bat and drove in six runs to help lead the Cubs to a 14-7 victory over the Reds on Friday night. The 20-year old Castro became the first player in major-league history to drive in six runs in his major-league debut; the third youngest player to hit a home run in his first major-league at bat (Whitey Lockman age 18 in 1945 and Ted Tappe age 19 in 1950); and the fifth player in the last 100 years to hit a home run and a triple in his first major-league game (Hank Arft in 1948, Lloyd Merriman in 1949, Frank Ernaga in 1957 and Ken Caminiti in 1987).
MOYER BECOMES OLDEST TO PITCH A SHUTOUT
Jamie Moyer pitched a 2-hit complete game shutout to lead the Phillies to a 7-0 victory over the Braves on Friday night. At the age of 47 years and 170 days old, Moyer is the oldest pitcher in major-league history to pitch a shutout. The previous oldest was Phil Niekro, who hurled a shutout while recording his 300th career victory on October 6, 1985 at the age of 46.
ATLANTA'S LONG-RUNNING SHOW REACHES A MILESTONE
Chipper Jones played in his 2191st major-league game on Friday night, all of them for Braves manager Bobby Cox. That surpassed the total of games played by Lou Whitaker for Sparky Anderson, leaving only one player/manager duo above Jones and Cox. That record, unattainable unless Cox reconsiders his decision to retire after this season, is 2591 games played by Honus Wagner under Fred Clarke for Louisville (1897-1899) and Pittsburgh (1900-1915).
A.L. CY YOUNG WINNER DROPS TO 0-4
Zack Greinke took the loss in Kansas City's defeat at the hands of the Rangers on Friday night, dropping his record to 0-4 on the season. Only two other pitchers have lost their first four decisions the season after winning the Cy Young Award: Frank Viola in 1989 (lost first five decisions) and Bartolo Colon in 2006 (first four).
HUGHES RUNS RECORD TO 4-0
Phil Hughes pitched seven strong innings to earn his fourth victory of the season without a defeat and help lead the Yankees to a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. The 23-year old Hughes is the first Yankees starting pitcher under the age of 24 to start a season 4-0 since Whitey Ford started the 1950 season with nine straight wins at age 22.
METS WIN WITH THE LONG BALL
Ike Davis and Rod Barajas each hit two home runs to lead the Mets to a 6-4 victory over the Giants at Citi Field on Friday night. That marked the second time this season that two Mets each hit two home runs in the same game at Citi Field (Barajas and Jeff Francouer did it on April 9th against Washington). Prior to this season, the Mets had only two home games in which they had two players hit multiple home runs each: August 2, 1962 at the Polo Grounds (Frank Thomas and Marv Throneberry) and June 20, 1964 at Shea Stadium (Joe Christopher and Hawk Taylor).
Both of Davis' home runs came off a left-handed pitcher. Davis became the first Mets rookie left-handed batter to hit two home runs in a game off of left-handed pitchers. Since divisional play began in 1969, only five other left-handed rookie batters have hit multiple home runs in a game off left-handed pitchers: Billy Jo Robidoux in 1985, David Justice in 1990, Ben Grieve in 1998, Brad Fullmer in 1998 and Prince Fielder in 2006.
LATOS SHUTS DOWN ASTROS
Mat Latos hurled eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and allowed only two runners to reach base safely in San Diego's 7-0 victory over Houston on Friday night. Only three other Padres pitchers have pitched at least eight innings, allowed two-or-fewer base runners and registered at least nine strikeouts in a game: Clay Kirby on September 18, 1971, Bruce Hurst on April 10, 1989 and Andy Benes on July 3, 1994.
GONZALEZ HOMER IN 12TH LIFTS JAYS
Alex Gonzalez hit a tie-breaking 3-run home run in the 12th inning to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Friday night. Gonzalez's blast was the 123rd regular-season home run he has hit in his career, but it was only the second round-tripper he has hit in the ninth inning or later to give his team a lead. His only other home run of that type in the regular season came in the 13th inning as a member of the Marlins against the Phillies on September 26, 1998. Ironically, Gonzalez's only postseason home run of his career was a walk-off homer in the 12th inning in Game Four of the 2003 World Series against the Yankees.
JUNIOR SPOILS WEAVER'S NO-HIT BID
Ken Griffey Jr. singled to right field with two outs in the seventh inning to end the Angels' Jered Weaver's no hit bid on Friday night. That marked the first time in his career that Griffey has broken up a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later. Prior to Friday night, the latest into a game that Griffey ended a no hitter was in the sixth inning on July 28, 1990, when he ended the Angels' Kirk McCaskill's no-hit bid with a run-scoring double.
RECCHI BECOMES OLDEST PLAYER TO SCORE TWICE IN A PLAYOFF GAME
Mark Recchi scored two goals for the Flyers in their Game Four victory over the Bruins on Friday night. At the age of 42 years, 93 days old, Recchi became the oldest player in NHL history to score multiple goals in a postseason game. The previous oldest player to do that was Gary Roberts, who tallied two goals for Pittsburgh in a 4-0 victory over Ottawa on April 9, 2008 at the age of 41 years and 322 days old.
Recchi's two goals tonight give him nine multi-goal games in the postseason in his career. That is the highest total among all active players.
FOUR ASSISTS FOR FLYERS DEFENSEMAN
Flyers' defenseman Matt Carle registered four assists to help lead the Flyers to an overtime victory over the Bruins. Carle became the second Philadelphia defenseman to record four+ assists in a postseason game (Bob Daily on May 1, 1980 vs. Minnesota).
TOEWS TIES BLACKHAWKS RECORD
Jonathan Toews tied a Blackhawks record for points by one player in a postseason game (five) when he scored three goals and assisted on two more in Chicago's 7-4 victory over the Canucks. Toews tied the Chicago record that was set by Mush March in 1936 and matched by Doug Bentley (1944), Stan Mikita (1973) and Steve Larmer (1990). Toews' three goals were all scored on power plays. He's the first player in Blackhawks history to score three PPGs in one playoff game and the first player on any NHL team to do that in a postseason game since Colorado's Valeri Kamensky on April 24, 1997 against the Blackhawks.