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CLIPPERS LOSE DESPITE BIG EFFORTS FROM GRIFFIN AND PAUL
From Elias: Blake Griffin had 36 points and eight rebounds and Chris Paul chipped in with 34 points and five rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Clippers dropped a 109-102 decision to the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night. Since the 1990-91 season, only four other teams have lost a game in regulation despite having multiple players record at least 34 points and five rebounds: Cleveland vs. Denver on January 12, 1991 (Larry Nance and Brad Daugherty), Atlanta vs. Charlotte on April 17, 1993 (Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis), the Lakers vs. Portland on April 13, 2003 (Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant) and Miami vs. Chicago on March 14, 2012 (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade).
It was only the third time in the Clippers' franchise history that two players each recorded at least 34 points and five rebounds in the same game. Dominique Wilkins and Ron Harper did it on March 8, 1994 and Michael Brooks and Tom Chambers did it while the team was located in San Diego on April 15, 1982.
CELTICS DEFENSE STIFLES HEAT
From Elias: The Celtics held the Heat to 66 points in their victory on Tuesday night. It marked the 11th time since the start of the 2007-08 season that Boston has allowed fewer than 70 points in a game, by far the highest total for any team in the league over that span (next highest: eight by Chicago).
KINGS STARTERS FIND THE NET IN LOSING EFFORT
From Elias: Sacramento's five starters combined to score 103 points, but the Kings fell to the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday night. The Kings are only the second team this season to lose a game in regulation despite getting at least 100 points from its starters, the other being the Celtics who received 108 points from their starting five in a loss to the Knicks on April 17.
JAZZ DUO CLEANS UP ON THE BOARDS
From Elias: Paul Millsap had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Al Jefferson contributed 18 points and 16 rebounds to help Utah clinch a playoff spot in their win over Phoenix on Tuesday night. It is the first time in more than 22 years that the Jazz have had two players with 15-or-more rebounds in the same game. The last time a Utah tandem did that was on January 23, 1990 when Karl Malone had 18 rebounds and Mark Eaton was credited with 15.
ROYALS' MISERY CONTINUES
From Elias: The Royals lost their 12th consecutive game, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Indians in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Kansas City is just the sixth team in major-league history to have a losing streak of 12-or-more games before the end of April. The other teams to do that were Washington in 1962 (13 straight losses), the Cubs in 1981 (12) and 1997 (14), Baltimore in 1988 (21) and Oakland in 1994 (12).
DARVISH SHINES IN FIRST START AGAINST YANKEES
Yu Darvish did not allow a run and struck out 10 and earned the victory in eight plus innings of work in the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. Since divisional play began in 1969, only two other pitchers have hurled at least eight shutout innings with 10-or-more strikeouts in their first career start against the Yankees: Baltimore's Bob Milacki on September 28, 1988 and Cleveland's Bartolo Colon on September 21, 1998.
WIETERS' SIXTH HOME RUN LIFTS ORIOLES
From Elias: Matt Wieters hit his sixth home run of the season to help lead the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Over the last 30 years, only five other Orioles have hit at least six home runs in the team's first 17 games of a season: Brian Roberts in 2005 (six), Jay Gibbons in 2002 (seven), Brady Anderson in 1996 (eight), Rafael Palmeiro in 1995 (six) and Cal Ripken in 1984 (seven).
RAYS HIT FOUR HOME RUNS IN SHUTOUT VICTORY
From Elias: Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena all homered and David Price hurled a five-hit shutout in Tampa Bay's 5-0 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night. It marks only the second time in the Rays' franchise history that they hit at least four home runs in a shutout victory. The only other time Tampa Bay did that was on August 15, 2008 when Matt Garza shut out the Rangers on two hits and was backed by home runs from Carlos Pena, Eric Hinske, Willy Aybar and Gabe Gross.
METS AND MARLINS WALK THEIR WAY INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS
From Elias: The Mets drew four straight walks from four different pitchers to plate the tying run in the seventh inning of their 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. It was the first time in major-league history that four different pitchers walked four straight batters in one inning of a game.
SANTANA RECORDS 50TH DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUT GAME
From Elias: Johan Santana registered 11 strikeouts in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. It marked the 50th time that Santana has struck out 10-or-more batters in a game in his career. Only five other pitchers that began their career in the last 30 years have had at least 50 games with double-digits in strikeouts: Randy Johnson (212), Roger Clemens (110), Pedro Martinez (108), Curt Schilling (93) and David Cone (59).
CUBS BEAT CARDINALS IN WALK-OFF FASHION FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT
From Elias: Alfonso Soriano drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to lead the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the second consecutive night in which the Cubs defeated the Cardinals in walk-off fashion. This marks the first time the Cubs have won consecutive games, each against the Cardinals, each in walk-off fashion, since July 26 and 27, 1961.
MARINERS ROOKIE COMES UP BIG
From Elias: Rookie Alex Liddi had three hits, including a home run, and stole a base to help lead the Mariners to a 7-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night. Only three other rookies in Mariners' history have had at least three hits, a home run and a stolen base in the same game: Ruppert Jones on June 5, 1977, Ken Griffey Jr. on April 26, 1989 and Bret Boone on September 26, 1993.
CHIPPER CELEBRATES HIS 40TH BIRTHDAY WITH A HOME RUN
From Elias: Chipper Jones celebrated his 40th birthday by belting a home run in Atlanta's 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Jones is the seventh player aged 40-or-older to homer on his birthday since 1900, joining Bob Thurman (1957), Joe Morgan (1983), Darrell Evans (1988), Wade Boggs (1998), Tony Phillips (1999) and Jim Thome (2011). Jones has now hit five career home runs on his birthday, tying Alex Rodriguez and Todd Helton for the most among active players.
ORR DRIVES IN THREE FOR FIRST TIME
From Elias: Pete Orr went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to help lead the Phillies to an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday night. It is the first time that Orr, playing in the 397th game of his career, has ever driven in three runs in a game. Prior to Tuesday night, Orr's 396 games were the most for any active position player that had never had a three-RBI game. That distinction now belongs to Chris Getz (319 games without a 3-RBI game).
ANOTHER DAZZLING START FOR ROOKIE MILONE
From Elias: Tommy Milone allowed no runs and three hits over eight innings and earned the victory in Oakland's 2-0 triumph over the White Sox on Tuesday night. It is the second time that Milone has registered a win while pitching eight scoreless innings and allowing as few as three hits in a game this season (April 9 against Kansas City).
Over the last 75 years, only one other Athletics rookie has had two wins while pitching at least eight shutout innings and allowing three-or-fewer hits in a season: Vida Blue in 1970.
ORTIZ IS A HIT MACHINE
From Elias: David Ortiz recorded his fourth straight multiple-hit game and drove in three runs in the Red Sox 11-2 victory over the Twins. Ortiz has 28 hits on the season, by far the most he has ever had through his first 16 games of a season (previous high: 21 in 1998 and 2001).
ZAJAC'S GOAL SENDS DEVILS TO A GAME SEVEN
From Elias: Travis Zajac's scored at 5:39 of the first overtime to lift the Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Panthers to force a Game 7 in their first round playoff series. Each of the last six overtime games in the 2012 playoffs ended within the first six minutes. The average length of overtime in this year's NHL playoffs is 7:33, which would be the lowest in one playoff year since 1986 when the 11 overtime games ended in an average of 4:19 into OT.