Date: April 4, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Kinsler

KINSLER HOMERS IN FIRST AT-BAT

From Elias: After hitting first-inning leadoff home runs on Friday and Saturday, Ian Kinsler walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning on Sunday, delaying his third home run of the season until the third inning. Kinsler became the first player in major-league history to homer in his first official at-bat in each of his team's first three games of a season.

Texas Rangers

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Kinsler

THREE GO DEEP IN FIRST THREE GAMES OF THE SEASON

From Elias: Both Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler homered in all three games of the Rangers' weekend series against the Red Sox. They became the first pair of teammates in major-league history to each homer in each of their team's first three games of a season. Kinsler, Cruz and the Yankees' Mark Teixeira are the second trio of major-leaguers to homer in their team's first three games of a season in the same year. Gary Sheffield (Braves), Derrek Lee (Marlins) and Lance Berkman (Astros) did it in 2002.

Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox

BIG BALL IN TEXAS

From Elias: The Rangers hit 11 home runs against the Red Sox over the weekend. In major-league history, only one other team hit as many as 11 home runs over its first three games of a season. The Tigers slammed 15 long balls through their first three games in 2006 (two games at Kansas City and one at Texas).

Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox

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Teixeira

HOT START FOR TEIXEIRA

From Elias: Mark Teixeira hit his third homer in as many games for the Yankees in Sunday's loss to the Tigers. Teixeira became the fourth player to homer in his first three games of a season for the Yankees, joining Joe DiMaggio (June 1949), Dave Kingman (Sept. 1977) and Dave Winfield (April 1983), but Teixeira and Winfield are the only Yankees to homer in each of the team's first three games of a season.

New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers

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Garcia

EARLY SHUTOUT FOR GARCIA

From Elias: Jaime Garcia whitewashed the Padres on Sunday, allowing only four hits in his complete-game, 2-0 triumph. Garcia was the first Cardinals pitcher to hurl a shutout within the team's first three games of a season since Joaquin Andujar threw a 2-0 shutout at Candlestick Park in St. Louis' third game in 1984.

San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

ORIOLES HAVEN'T TRAILED THIS SEASON

From Elias: The Orioles swept their season-opening series against the Rays by scores of 4-1, 3-1 and 5-1 without falling behind in any of those games. It was only the second time since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954 that the Orioles began a season with three games in which they never trailed. They started the 1967 season with three such wins (two vs. the Twins and one against the Kansas City Athletics). A good omen for the O's: the only team that began the 2010 season in that fashion was the eventual World Series winner, the Giants.

Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

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Hudson

HUDSON HOLDS FORM AGAINST NATS

From Elias: The Braves defeated Washington as Tim Hudson improved his career record against the Nationals franchise to 11-2. Hudson defeated Montreal while pitching for the Athletics in 2003; all of his other appearances against the franchise have been for the Braves against Washington. Hudson's .846 career winning percentage against the Expos/Nationals is the highest for any pitcher with at least ten wins against that franchise. The next-highest marks (minimum: 10 wins) belong to Jerry Reuss (.800, 20-5) and Claude Osteen (.800, 12-3).

Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

TREANOR AND BRETT

From Elias: Matt Treanor's three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the Royals a 12-9 triumph over the Angels. The only other player to hit a walk-off homer for the Royals with at least two runners on base in the 13th inning or later was George Brett, whose 14th-inning shot off Seattle's Mike Parrott lifted Kansas City to a 7-5 win on Sept. 30, 1980.

Kansas City Royals, Anaheim Angels

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Nathan

NATHAN BACK ON THE BUMP

From Elias: Joe Nathan returned to the mound for the first time since 2009 and nailed down the Twins' 4-3 win at Toronto despite allowing one run on two hits in his one inning of work. Nathan had been charged with a run while allowing more than one hit in only one of his previous 74 saves, dating back to May 2006.

Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins

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Oswalt

OSWALT WINS SEASON DEBUT

From Elias: Roy Oswalt began his season on the right foot, earning the victory as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Astros. Oswalt won his first start of a season for the first time since 2006. In the interim (2007-2010), Oswalt went 0-3 despite a 3.46 ERA in his four season debuts.

Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros

DAILY-DOUBLE FOR CABRERA

From Elias: Orlando Cabrera homered in the sixth inning to give the Indians a lead they would never relinquish in their triumph over the White Sox, after participating in a triple play in the field two innings earlier. It marks the third consecutive season in which a major-league player hit a go-ahead homer in the same game in which he had either an assist or a putout on a triple play. The Mets' Angel Pagan did it in 2010 (May 19), as did Milwaukee's Prince Fielder in 2009 (Sept. 6). Prior to Fielder, no player had done that since Colorado's Jose Hernandez in 2003 (April 10).

Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

REDS SWEEP DIVISION RIVAL TO BEGIN THE SEASON

From Elias: The Reds are undefeated after taking three games from the Brewers. It's only the second time in the last 31 seasons that Cincinnati has begun a season by sweeping a series of three of more games against a division rival. Since 1981, the only other year in which the Reds did that was 1990, when they started the season with a three-game sweep at the Astrodome.

Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers

PIRATES LOVE WRIGLEY FIELD

From Elias: The Pirates won two of three games in Chicago to begin the year. Pittsburgh is 7-5 at Wrigley Field over the last two seasons, compared to 12-60 in road games against all other teams combined over that span (2010-2011).

Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates


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