Date: September 14, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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McCluster

MOST LIKELY NOT MCCLUSTER'S LAST STAND

From Elias: Dexter McCluster scored a touchdown on a 94-yard punt return for the Chiefs on Monday. That was the longest touchdown by a player in his NFL debut since 1998, when the Buccaneers' Jacquez Green scored on a 95-yard punt return in his first NFL game. (Chiefs fans may also remember Tamarick Vanover scoring on a 99-yard kickoff return in his first NFL game, in 1995, and Paul Palmer doing so on a 95-yard kickoff return, in 1987.)

Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

AN OPENER TO FORGET FOR JETS

From Elias: The Ravens held the Jets to only six first downs on Monday-tying the fewest the Jets have had in any game in team history. The only other game in which the Jets had so few first downs was on December 12, 1976, a 42-3 loss to the Bengals, which was Joe Namath's final game for the team. Namath completed only four passes to Jets receivers that day-as many as he completed to Bengals defenders.

New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens

MLB

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Price

BEST PITCHING MATCHUP IN YEARS

From Elias: The CC Sabathia-David Price matchup lived up to its billing on Monday. It was the first major-league game since 1985 in which each starting pitcher had at least 17 wins and went at least eight scoreless innings. The last such game was on September 11, 1985 at Shea Stadium: John Tudor, 17-8, threw a 10-inning shutout against the Mets. Dwight Gooden, 20-4, threw nine scoreless innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Jesse Orosco then allowed a home run to Cesar Cedeno in top of the 10th inning for the game's only run.

Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees

RAYS WIN, TAKE FIRST PLACE

From Elias: The Yankees-Rays game was the first since 1996 in which one team moved into first place and its opponent fell out of first place after no runs were scored through 10 or more innings. The last game meeting that description was on the final day of the 1996 season when the Padres defeated the Dodgers in 11 innings, 2-0. Both teams had already clinched playoff berths at that point, and the win gave the Padres the National League Western Division title.

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

METS ESTABLISH ESOTERIC RECORD

From Elias: The Mets defeated the Pirates in 10 innings on Monday, 1-0. It was the Mets' 10th consecutive win (dating back to 1995) in a game that was scoreless through nine innings, setting a major-league record. Two other teams, both in the deadball era, had nine-game winning streaks in games that were 0-0 through nine innings (Red Sox 1914-18; Reds 1909-17).

New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates

NOT MUCH SCORING IN NEW YORK GAMES MONDAY

From Elias: Monday was the first day that two New York baseball teams have each played a single game-not against each other-and both were scoreless through nine innings. (That had previous happened with the teams playing each other or on days on which there were doubleheaders.) And at the Meadowlands, the Jets didn't score a touchdown!

New York Yankees, New York Mets

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Lowe

LOWE SETS A CAREER HIGH

From Elias: Derek Lowe set a career high with 12 strikeouts on Monday in his 319th career start. It's the second time in less than three weeks that a Braves pitcher has set a career high in Ks after his 300th start in the major leagues; Tim Hudson had a personal-best 13 strikeouts in his 337th start on August 28 against Florida. Before that, no pitcher had set a career high in strikeouts in his 300th start or later since Tim Wakefield in 2005.

Atlanta Braves

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Uggla

UGGLA MAKES HISTORY

From Elias: Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run of the season on Monday, making him the first player in major-league history to hit 30 homers as a second baseman in four consecutive seasons.

Florida Marlins

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Howard

HOWARD TIES LONGEST STREAK BY PHILLIES PLAYER

From Elias: Ryan Howard drove in his 100th run of the season on Monday, putting him in triple digits for the fifth straight season. That ties the Phillies record for consecutive 100-RBI seasons; Hall of Famer Chuck Klein had five in a row from 1929 through 1933, before being traded to the Cubs.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Cramer

CRAMER WINS DEBUT AT AGE 30

From Elias: Bob Cramer, a 30-year old rookie making his major-league debut, started and won for the Athletics on Monday. Since 1950 only four pitchers-all Japanese veterans-started and won their major-league debut at age 30 or older. Excluding those pitchers (Masato Yoshii, Hiroki Kuroda, Koji Uehara and Kenshin Kawakami), the last pitcher to start and win his major-league debut at 30 or older was a veteran of another sort: John "Jocko" Thompson did it for the 1948 Phillies at age 31, after seeing action at Anzio Beach and the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Oakland Athletics

PADRES END SCORING SKID

From Elias: The Padres defeated the Rockies on Monday, 6-4, ending San Diego's 16-game streak of scoring no more than four runs. That tied the longest streak for any major-league team this season, set by Seattle from June 2-18. It was the Padres' longest streak within one season since 1990 (16 games, July 5-23).

San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies

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Nava

ROOKIES IN THE OUTFIELD FOR BOSTON

From Elias: The Red Sox started an all-rookie outfield on Monday: Daniel Nava in left field, Ryan Kalish in center and Josh Reddick in right. The only other major-league team to start an all-rookie outfield this season is the Tigers (four times) and the Red Sox had not done so since the final day of the 1987 season (Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks and Todd Benzinger).

Boston Red Sox

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Arroyo

ARROYO EXTENDS STREAK

From Elias: Bronson Arroyo won his 15th game of the season on Monday, after he won exactly 15 games in each of the last two seasons. The last Reds pitcher with three straight 15-win seasons was Tom Browning from 1988 to 1990.

Cincinnati Reds

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Marmol

MARMOL PILING UP THE STRIKEOUTS

From Elias: Carlos Marmol struck out Matt Holliday to end Monday's Cubs-Cardinals game, giving Marmol 120 strikeouts this season. No reliever has reached that level since 2004, when four players did it: Brad Lidge (157), Francisco Rodriguez (123), B.J. Ryan (122) and Octavio Dotel (122). The only Cubs pitcher with that many relief strikeouts in one season is Bruce Sutter, who had 129 in 1977.

Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

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Myers

MYERS CHARGING TO THE WIRE

From Elias: Brett Myers allowed one run in seven innings on Monday. It's the seventh time in Myers' last 12 starts that he's gone at least seven innings allowing no more than one run. The only major-league pitcher with more such starts since July 10 is Cole Hamels (8).8

Houston Astros

BUCK THE KING OF THE WALKOFF

From Elias: The Orioles' win over the Blue Jays on Monday was their fifth walk-off win (of their total of 13 home wins) since Buck Showalter took over as their manager on August 3. That's the most walkoff wins for any major-league team over that time.

Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays


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