Date: September 15, 2010

Elias Says...

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

MLB

DODGERS WIN DESPITE ONLY ONE KNOCK

From Elias: The Dodgers beat the Giants 1-0 despite getting only one hit, a second-inning single by Matt Kemp. That's not such a big deal, considering the Dodgers won a game against the Angels on June 28, 2008 without getting any hits. The last time the Dodgers won a game in which they got exactly one hit was on September 9, 1965. The fact that the Dodgers won that game against the Cubs with only one hit was insignificant considering that was the game in which Sandy Koufax threw his perfect game. The only hit in that game was a seventh-inning double by Lou Johnson.

Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants

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Hamels

HOTTEST PITCHER IN BASEBALL: COLE HAMELS

From Elias: Cole Hamels is 4-0 and has allowed only one run in 28.2 innings pitched over his last four starts. The last Phillies pitcher to have a four-start span like that was Randy Wolf in 2002. Wolf went 4-0 and allowed only one run in 35 innings during that four-start span.

Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies

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Posada

POSADA LOVES EXTRA PLAY ON THE ROAD

From Elias: Jorge Posada's 10th-inning home run gave the Yankees an 8-7 win over the Rays Tuesday night. Posada has five career extra-inning home runs, all on the road. Only three active players have more extra-inning home runs on the road than Posada: Jason Giambi (6), Carlos Pena (6) and Albert Pujols (6). Other active players with five: Adam Dunn, Troy Glaus, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones.

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

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Aybar

AYBAR IN A PINCH

From Elias: Willy Aybar hit a three-run pinch-hit home run for the Rays Tuesday night. Aybar has 10 runs batted in as a pinch-hitter this season, the most in a season for any American League player since 2004 when both the Yankees' Ruben Sierra (11) and the Indians' Ben Broussard (10) did it.

Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees

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Mauer

MAUER REACHES 1000 HITS FASTER THAN CAREW AND OLIVA

From Elias: Joe Mauer got his 1000th career hit for the Twins Tuesday night in only 827 games. Among players who began their career with the Twins franchise since it moved to Minnesota in 1961, only one reached 1000 hits faster than Mauer: Kirby Puckett (750 games).

Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox

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Hudson

HUDSON IS THE FIRST

From Elias: Daniel Hudson is 6-1 in with a 1.67 earned-run average for the Diamondbacks since coming over in a trade with the White Sox. Since earned runs were first compiled on official scores (1912 in the NL, 1913 in the A.L), Hudson is the first pitcher to win at least six of his first nine starts with an ERA that low for his second team in his rookie season.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds

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Hernandez

LIVAN DOES IT WITH HIS ARM AND BAT

From Elias: Livan Hernandez threw eight scoreless innings and hit a home run in the Nationals' win over the Braves. Hernandez at 35 years, 206 days old is the oldest pitcher to earn a win as a starting pitcher while not allowing a run and hitting a homer since Kevin Brown did it for the Dodgers on April 7, 2002. Brown was 37 years, 24 days old when he won a game while throwing seven scoreless innings and hitting a home run off the Rockies' Mike Hampton in a game played at Dodger Stadium.

Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals

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Dunn

DUNN IS UNDERRATED

From Elias: Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run in the Nationals' win over the Braves. Dunn has 279 home runs and 699 runs batted in since the start of the 2004 season. Only one other player has that many homers and has knocked in that many runs over the last seven seasons: Albert Pujols (291 HR, 835 RBI).

Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

O'S CONTINUE TO WIN UNDER BUCK

From Elias: The Orioles improved their record to 25-15 under Buck Showalter. Only one other time since the 2000 season did the Orioles win 25-or-more games over a 40-game span. Baltimore went 25-15 over 40 games under Lee Mazzilli early in the 2005 season.

Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays

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Dickey

DICKEY IS A CY YOUNG CANDIDATE SINCE MAY 25

From Elias: R.A. Dickey threw a five-hitter as the Mets downed the Pirates Tuesday night. Dickey's 11 wins since May 25 - the date of his first win of the season - is tied for third-most in the National League over that span, behind two Cy Young Award candidates: Adam Wainwright (12) and Roy Halladay (12). Ryan Dempster and Bronson Arroyo also have 11 wins since May 25.

Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets

ROYALS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN

From Elias: The Royals scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and five in the third on their way to an 11-3 win over the A's. It's the fourth time in team history that the Royals scored at least three runs in each of the first three innings of game, all four games were played at home. The previous three occurred on April 19, 1973 (vs. Oakland), May 12, 1976 (Minnesota) and May 30, 1987 (Texas).

Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

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Norris

ASTROS STARTERS STEPPING UP

From Elias: Bud Norris earned the win for the Astros Tuesday night. Houston starting pitchers are 9-0 with a 2.85 earned-run average over the last 15 games. The last time the Astros went 15-or-more games within one season without a loss from a starting pitcher was in 1994 (16-game streak)

Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers

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Wells

CASPER THE FRIENDLY TIGER

From Elias: Casper Wells went 4-for-4 for the Tigers Tuesday night, the second Tigers rookie to be perfect from the plate this season in a game in which he had at least four at-bats. Austin Jackson went 5-for-5 on April 30. It's the first time since 1974 that the Tigers had two rookies go for 4-for-4 or better in a game in the same season. Gene Lamont and Marv Lane were the Tiger cubs who did it that year.

Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers


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