Date: September 29, 2010

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Bruce

BRUCE AND REDS WALK-OFF INTO PLAYOFFS

From Elias: Jay Bruce's walk-off home run was the 5th game-ending home run in major league history which clinched a team's postseason berth. The 4 previous instances: Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World" for the 1951 Giants; Hank Aaron's 11th-inning blast for the 1957 Milwaukee Braves; Alfonso Soriano's 1st major-league hit for the 1999 Yankees; and Steve Finley's grand slam for the 2004 Dodgers.

Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees

BAKER LEADS 3RD TEAM TO DIVISION TITLE

From Elias: Dusty Baker is the 6th manager to win a division title for 3 different teams, joining Davey Johnson (Orioles, Mets, Reds), Tony LaRussa (White Sox, A's, Cardinals), Billy Martin (Tigers, Twins, Yankees), Lou Piniella (Cubs, Reds, Mariners) and Joe Torre (Braves, Yankees, Dodgers). The 1st year of divisional play in the major leagues was 1969.

Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

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Price

PRICE DOMINATES THE DIVISION

From Elias: David Price threw 8 shutout innings against the Orioles on Tuesday for his 19th win of the season, including his 10th against teams from the American League East. It's the 10th time since divisional realignment in 1995 that an AL East pitcher has won 10 or more games versus division foes, but Price's 2.12 ERA in division games this year is the lowest among those 10 cases.

Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles

YANKEES SCORE WITHOUT HITS

From Elias: The Yankees scored 6 runs on Tuesday, none of which scored on a hit (3 came home on sacrifice flies, 1 on a fielder's choice, 1 on a ground out and 1 on a bases-loaded walk). The only other major-league team to score 6 or more runs in a game this season without the benefit of an RBI hit was the Mets in a 7-6 loss to the Marlins on April 7.

New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Florida Marlins

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Sabathia

40 WINS IN PINSTRIPES FOR SABATHIA

From Elias: CC Sabathia's win on Tuesday gave him 40 in his 2 seasons with the Yankees. It's the most wins for a Yankees pitcher in his first 2 seasons with the team since Tommy John won 43 over 1979 (21-9) and 1980 (22-9).

New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

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Wilson

WILSON A THROWBACK

From Elias: Brian Wilson notched his 10th save of more than 1 inning on Tuesday against Arizona. That's the highest total for any major-league pitcher in either of the last 2 seasons. The last pitcher in double-digits in "4-out saves" was Jonathan Papelbon, who had 11 for the 2008 Red Sox.

San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox

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Soriano

SORIANO TAKES ADAMS DEEP

From Elias: Alfonso Soriano's 2nd home run on Tuesday, off Mike Adams, was the 1st homer that Adams allowed to a right-handed batter at PETCO Park since Minnesota's Craig Monroe took him deep on June 25, 2008. In the interim Adams pitched 71 games in San Diego and held right-handed batters to a .115 batting average there (15 hits in 131 at-bats).

Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres

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Hernandez

HERNANDEZ THE HOSS

From Elias: Felix Hernandez threw 8 innings on Tuesday, upping his season innings total to 249.2. That's the second-highest total by an American League pitcher over the last 12 seasons; Roy Halladay threw 266 innings for Toronto in 2003.

Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies

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Hinske

BRAVES HAVE BENCH POWER

From Elias: Eric Hinske's 2-run, pinch-hit homer was the key hit in the Braves' win over the Marlins on Tuesday. Hinske and Brooks Conrad have each hit 3 pinch-hit homers this season. They're the 1st pair of teammates in Braves history with 3 pinch-hit homers in 1 season; the last major-league teammates to do that were Tony Clark and Miguel Montero for Arizona in 2007.

Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jansen

JANSEN GETS A SAVE THE HARD WAY

From Elias: Kenley Jansen recorded his 3rd career save with aplomb, retiring Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, who each represented the tying run. It was the 1st time this season that any pitcher notched a save by retiring Gonzalez and Tulowitzki for the final 2 outs.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies

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Dunn

DUNN IN DC

From Elias: Adam Dunn's walk-off homer against the Phillies was his 8th career game-ending homer, all of which have come since 2003. The only other major-league players with as many walk-off homers as Dunn since 2003 are David Ortiz (9) and Albert Pujols (8) .

Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox

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Viciedo

THE NIGHT OF THE YOUNG WALK-OFF, PART 1

From Elias: Dayan Viciedo, 21-years old, had a walk-off single for the White Sox on Tuesday. He's the youngest player to have a game-ending RBI for the White Sox since Ozzie Guillen drew a game-ending walk in his 16th career game in April 1985. Guillen had only 9 subsequent walks that season.

Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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Tejada

THE NIGHT OF THE YOUNG WALK-OFF, PART 2

From Elias: Ruben Tejada, who turns 21 on October 27, had three hits, including a walkoff double for the Mets on Tuesday. The only player younger than Tejada to have a game-ending RBI this season is Atlanta's Jason Heyward, who has done it three times.

Tejada is the youngest Mets player to have a game-ending RBI in 45 years, since 20-year old Ed Kranepool had a walkoff single on May 9, 1965.

New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves

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Feliciano

PERPETUAL PEDRO

From Elias: When Pedro Feliciano got into Tuesday's game he tied 2 major-league records: most games pitched over a 3-season span and over a 4-season span. The mark for a 3-season span is 263, which Feliciano shares with Mike Marshall (1972-1974) and Kent Tekulve (1978-1980). The 4-season record is 341 games, which he shares with Paul Quantrill (2001-2004).

New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers

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Ka'aihue

THE BIG KA'HUNA

From Elias: Royals rookie Kila Ka'aihue went 3-3 with a walk, 4 runs scored, 4 RBI, 2 homers and a triple for the Royals on Tuesday. The only other Royals rookie to have a perfect day at the plate (reaching base each time up) with at least 4 runs and 4 RBI was Kevin Seitzer, who had a 6-6 game in 1987, in which he had 4 runs and 7 RBI.

Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

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Wood

WOOD NEEDS SOME LUMBER

From Elias: Brandon Wood went 0-2 Tuesday, dropping his season batting average to .147 (33 hits in 224 at-bats). In the live-ball era (1920 to date), the only player to hit under .150 in a season of 200 or more at-bats was Detroit's Ray Oyler, who hit .135 (29-215) in 1968. Tigers manager Mayo Smith famously replaced Oyler at shortstop at the end of the 1968 season and in that year's World Series with outfielder Mickey Stanley, who had never previously played shortstop in the major leagues. Smith's gamble paid off as Detroit won the World Series in seven games.

Anaheim Angels, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers

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Miles

MILES GETTING HIS WORK IN

From Elias: Infielder Aaron Miles made his 5th career appearance as a pitcher in the Cardinals' loss on Tuesday. Among position players who debuted in the majors over the last 40 years the only other 1 to make at least 5 pitching appearances was Vance Law (son of former major-league pitcher Vern Law), who pitched in 7 games (8 IP, 9 H, 3.38 ERA).

St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates


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