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SECOND STRAIGHT GAME WITH WALK-OFF HOMER BY A METS CATCHER
Henry Blanco hit a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to earn the Mets a 5-4 win over the Giants on Saturday afternoon. Blanco's blast came less than 19 hours after fellow catcher Rod Barajas hit a walk-off homer in the ninth inning to win the series opener. It's the first time in major-league history that a team has had walk-off home runs in consecutive games and both were hit by catchers (whether by the same player or two different players).
It was fifth time that the Mets had walk-off home runs in consecutive games and the first since July 27-28, 2001 against the Phillies, when Robin Ventura (off Turk Wendell) and Mike Piazza (off Rheal Cormier) hit the game-winners.
TEIXEIRA HITS THREE HOME RUNS AT FENWAY
Mark Teixeira hit three home runs for the Yankees in their 14-3 rout of the Red Sox in Boston. It was the third three-homer game of his major-league career. Teixeira hit three home runs for the Rangers in a game at Baltimore in 2006 and he belted three for the Braves in an interleague game versus the Mariners in 2008. Teixeira is the fourth player in big-league history to hit three or more home runs in a game for three different teams. The other players to do that are Johnny Mize (Cardinals, Giants, Yankees), Dave Kingman (Mets, Cubs, Athletics) and Alex Rodriguez (Mariners, Rangers, Yankees).
Teixeira's three-homer game was only the second ever by a Yankees player against the Red Sox. Lou Gehrig hit three home runs in an 11-4 Yankees' win at Fenway Park on June 23, 1927.
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MIGUEL CABRERA IS THE BEST WITH THE BASES LOADED
Miguel Cabrera singled home two runs with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to snap a 3-3 tie and send the Tigers on their way to a 6-4 win at Cleveland. His seven plate appearances with the bases loaded this season have produced four hits (in five at-bats, an .800 batting average), one walk and one hit-by-pitch, driving in a total of ten runs. Cabrera's .458 career batting average with the bags full (44 hits in 96 at-bats) is the highest among active players with at least 50 at-bats in bases-loaded situations.
TYLER CLIPPARD IS 5-0 OUT OF THE BULLPEN
Tyler Clippard, who picked up the win when the Nationals beat the Marlins on Saturday, has a 5-0 record, all in relief, in Washington's 30 games this season. He's the first major-league pitcher to record as many as five relief wins in his team's first 30 games of a season since Jeff Nelson with the 2000 Yankees (also 5-0). The only other pitcher to do that for the Expos/Nationals was Montreal's Jeff Reardon in 1986 (5-2).
FELIZ TIES RANGERS ROOKIE SAVE RECORD
Rookie Neftali Feliz recorded his eighth save of the season to wrap up the Rangers' 3-2 win against the Royals. Perez's eight saves tie the single-season record by a rookie pitcher for the Senators/Rangers franchise, a mark set by Steve Foucault in 1973 and matched by Mitch Williams in 1986.
GERUT NOTCHES MAJORS' FIRST CYCLE OF 2010
Milwaukee's Jody Gerut recorded the first cycle in the major leagues this season in the Brewers' 17-3 win at Arizona. He entered the game with only four hits in 30 at-bats this season (2 singles, 1 double and 1 home run). Gerut failed to hit for a "season cycle" last year. He played 112 games for the Padres and Brewers and had 41 singles, 13 doubles and 9 home runs, but no triples!
GUTHRIE ENDS HIS 11-START WINLESS STREAK
Jeremy Guthrie notched his first win since September 6 last year (vs. Texas) with a 7-3 victory at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Guthrie made 11 starts in the interim and posted an 0-8 record with three no-decisions: 0-4 in his last five starts in 2009 and 0-4 in his first six starts this year.
SCOTT BAKER'S FAVORITE BIRD IS THE ORIOLE
Scott Baker earned the Twins a split in their day/night doubleheader against the Orioles by pitching eight innings and allowing only one run and three hits in the nightcap. Baltimore is the only A.L. East team that Baker has been able to beat in recent years. Over the last four seasons he's 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five games against the Orioles, but 0-7 with a 5.61 ERA in 11 games versus the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays or Blue Jays.
BRAVES NEED SEVEN PITCHERS TO PICK UP A 4-1 WIN
The Braves used seven pitchers in their 4-1 win at Philadelphia. It was the first time in the Braves' 135-season history that they used so many pitchers in a nine-inning game in which they allowed no more than one run.
JAKE PEAVY'S SWEET 16
Jake Peavy retired the first 16 Toronto batters in his 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. It was the most consecutive batters retired by Peavy to begin a game in his major-league career. His previous best was against the Dodgers on June 20, 2005 in San Diego, when he was perfect through the first 13 batters.
JON GARLAND WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT START
Jon Garland allowed no runs and two hits over seven innings in his win at Houston. Garland has won his last four starts, pitching at least six innings and allowing no more than one run in each game. It's the first time in Garland's career that he's allowed no runs or one run in each of four consecutive starts.
PAULINO IS A TOUGH-LUCK LOSER
Houston's Felipe Paulino must wonder what he has to do to win a game this season. Paulino's record fell to 0-5 when he suffered a 2-1 loss to the Padres on Saturday despite striking out 11 and issuing no walks. Over the last three seasons the only other pitcher to get a loss in a game in which he had at least 11 strikeouts and no walks was Toronto's David Purcey on Aug. 27, 2008 in Tampa (lost 1-0, 11 strikeouts). The last Astros pitcher to do that was Shane Reynolds on Aug. 15, 1999 against Pittsburgh (lost 2-0, 14 strikeouts).
JEFF KARSTENS' FIRST RUNLESS START SINCE 2008
Jeff Karstens pitched six innings in his 2-0 win over the Cardinals. It was the first time that Karstens made a start in which he did not give up any runs since his first two starts for Pittsburgh (Aug. 1-6, 2008), when he posted wins at Wrigley Field (pitching six innings) and at Arizona (a complete game).
BRANDON PHILLIPS IS A RED-HOT RED
Brandon Phillips continued his recent resurgence with three hits (including two doubles) in five at-bats in the Reds' 14-2 win over the Cubs. Phillips was hitting .210 with only one multiple-hit game through his first 21 games this season but he's posted a .378 average and six multi-hit games in nine games since then (April 29 to date).
FLEURY BACKSTOPS THE PENS TO A 3-2 SERIES LEAD
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves in his 2-1 victory on Saturday night that gave the Penguins a 3-2 in their series against the Canadiens. Over the last two years, Fleury is 6-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in the seven non-overtime playoff games in which he faced more than 30 shots on goal.
JOE THORNTON JUMPS THE SHARKS OVER THE RED WINGS
The Sharks eliminated the Red Wings with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 and Joe Thornton had a hand in both San Jose goals, scoring the first one and assisting on Patrick Marleau's game-winner in the third period. Thornton tallied three goals and five assists in the series, recording at least one point in each game. His three goals and eight points were career highs for one playoff series.