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YANKS & RED SOX EACH LOSE FOR 4TH DAY IN A ROW
From Elias: The Yankees were shut out by the Angels on Saturday night in Anaheim, shortly after the Red Sox lost an extra-inning game to the Rays in St. Petersburg. That makes it four days in a row on which both the Yankees and the Red Sox have lost -- the first time that each team has lost on each of four successive days since the last four days of April in 1985. Yogi Berra started that season at the helm of the Yankees, but he was fired after losing games in Chicago on April 27 and 28; his replacement, Billy Martin, then lost on April 29 and 30. The Red Sox' manager that season was John McNamara.
HAREN WINS WHEREVER HE IS
From Elias: Dan Haren improved his record to 15-8 with his gem over the Yankees Saturday night. Haren also won at least 15 games in a season for the A's (15-9 in 2007) and for the Diamondbacks (16-8 in 2008). Three other active pitchers had seasons of 15 or more wins for three different teams: Bartolo Colon (Indians, White Sox and Angels), Derek Lowe (Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves) and Javier Vazquez (Expos, White Sox and Braves).
RAYS SET TEAM RECORD
From Elias: Evan Longoria's eleventh inning single gave the Rays a win over the Red Sox. It was the twelfth walk-off win of the season for the Rays, a franchise record. Tampa Bay had 11 walk-off wins in both 2000 and 2008.
TATEYAMA MAKES HISTORY IN GRAND STYLE
From Elias: Yoshinori Tateyama allowed a grand-slam home run to Scott Sizemore Saturday, the first batter he faced, after allowing a grand-slam homer to the last batter he had faced, Carl Crawford, seven days ago. Tateyama is only the second pitcher in major league history to allow grand slams to consecutive batters faced. The only other pitcher to do it was Seattle's Greg McCarthy in 1998; he was victimized by Toronto's Carlos Delgado on August 12 and by Detroit's Bobby Higginson in McCarthy's next appearance, six days later.
SIZEMORE SLAMS RANGERS IN A PINCH
From Elias: Scott Sizemore's pinch-hit grand slam broke a 3-3 tie in Oakland's 8-7 win over the Rangers. It was the third pinch-hit slam in the majors this season (Carlos Ruiz and Brian Bogusevic had the others) and the first by an Oakland player since Erubiel Durazo did it at Cleveland on July 10, 2004.
WHITE EARNS RARE TYPE OF WIN
From Elias: Alex White earned a win despite allowing five home runs in only five innings pitched. White is only the third pitcher in major league history to get a win in a game in which he allowed at least five homers in no more than five innings pitched. Mike Mussina did it for the Orioles against the Angels on July 1, 1994 (5 HR, 5 IP) and Tim Wakefield did it for the Red Sox at Detroit on Aug. 8, 2005 (6 HR, 5 IP).
HOMERS COME EARLY AND OFTEN
From Elias: There were nine home runs hit in the first five innings of the Rockies-Reds game Saturday afternoon. It's the first game with that many home runs in the first five innings since the Orioles and Yankees had nine on May 27, 2008. You have to go back to May 17, 1979 to find the last such National League game: that was the Phillies-Cubs game at Wrigley Field that wound up with Philadelphia winning, 23-22, in 10 innings.
ANIBAL THE ANIMAL
From Elias: Anibal Sanchez threw a one-hit shutout Saturday night, his second one-hitter of the season. He also one-hit the Rockies on April 22. The last pitcher to throw two complete games in the same season in which he allowed no more than one hit was the Giants' Jason Schmidt in 2004, who tossed one-hitters against the Cubs and the Red Sox.
LAWRIE OFF TO A GREAT START
From Elias: Brett Lawrie has nine home runs and 22 RBI in 35 games for the Jays. Only four other active players had that many homers and runs batted in over their first 35 career games in the major leagues: Albert Pujols (12 HR, 39 RBI), Chris Davis (11 and 26), Adam Dunn (11 and 31) and Jeff Francoeur (10 and 30).
ANOTHER ROOKIE WITH WALK-OFF RBI FOR JAYS
From Elias: J.P. Arencibia's single in the bottom of the ninth was the game-winner for the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon. Arencibia is the third different Toronto rookie with a walk-off RBI this season, joining David Cooper and Brett Lawrie. Tampa Bay is the only other team in the major leagues with three different rookies with a walk-off RBI this season: Robinson Chirinos, Elliott Johnson and Desmond Jennings have done it for the Rays.
RIOS HITS FIRST SLAM
From Elias: Alex Rios hit a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the tenth inning in the White Sox win over the Indians. For Rios, who had 114 career home runs entering Saturday's action, it was the first grand slam of his career. Only two active players had accumulated more career homers than had Rios without hitting a slam: Orlando Cabrera (122) and Ian Kinsler (120).
INGE HITS SECOND WALK-OFF HR OF SEASON
From Elias: Brandon Inge hit a walk-off home run for the Tigers Saturday, his second of the season. Only five other players have more than one walk-off homer this season: Matt Kemp has three, while Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols, Travis Hafner and Johnny Damon each have two.
RAMIREZ TURNS DEFICIT INTO LEAD
From Elias: Aramis Ramirez's two-run single in the ninth inning turned a deficit into a lead in the Cubs' win over the Mets. It was the third time in his career that Ramirez had a hit that turned a deficit into a lead in the ninth inning or later. He did it once before for the Cubs (June 29, 2007) and once for the Pirates (July 15, 2002).
D'BACKS CAP A DAY OF WALK-OFFS
From Elias: The Diamondbacks' 6-5 win over the Padres was the fifth walk-off win of the day in the major leagues, matching the most walk-off wins on any day in the majors this season. There were also five on May 28 and August 16.
PAULINO IS ROYALTY IN KANSAS CITY
From Elias: Felipe Paulino struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in the Royals win over the Mariners. Paulino is only the third pitcher in Royals history to strike out that many batters in a game without issuing a walk. Luke Hochevar did it on July 25, 2009 against the Rangers (13 SO) and Zack Greinke did it on June 13, 2010 against the Reds (12 SO).
LOWE SEES CARDINAL RED
From Elias: Derek Lowe's regular-season record against the Cardinals fell to 1-8 (.111) with his loss Saturday night, the lowest winning percentage against the Cardinals for any active pitcher with at least five decisions against them. Significantly, though, Lowe was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox against the Cardinals in the fourth and final game of the 2004 World Series, ending the Curse.