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BYNUM REGISTERS A TRIPLE-DOUBLE FROM THE PIVOT
From Elias: Andrew Bynum scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked ten shots in the Lakers' playoff-opening win against Denver. It was the first triple-double by a center in an NBA playoff game since May 7, 1993, when San Antonio's David Robinson (20 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists) did it against Portland. In the interim, there were 52 postseason triple-doubles posted by players at other positions.
SMITH PLAYS BIG IN GAME 1
From Elias: Josh Smith led the Hawks to a Game 1 win over the Celtics with 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Since the franchise relocated from St. Louis to Atlanta prior to the 1968-69 season, the only Hawks players to equal or exceed Smith's totals in each of those categories in a playoff game were Bill Bridges (24 points, 22 rebounds and four assists in a loss at Los Angeles on April 20, 1969) and Dan Roundfield (22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in loss to the Washington Bullets on April 22, 1979).
EARLY HOLE TOO DEEP FOR THE CELTICS
From Elias: The Celtics never recovered from a 31-18 deficit at the end of the first quarter of their Game 1 loss at Atlanta. It was the third time in franchise history that Boston trailed by as many as 13 points at the end of the first period in their playoff opener. The Celtics lost the two previous postseason openers in which that happened, to the Knicks in 1951 (after being outscored 28-14 in the first period) and to the Magic in 1995 (after trailing 30-13 at the end of the first quarter).
SPURS TOP JAZZ
From Elias: The Spurs' 15-point margin of victory in their 106-91 victory was a result of the relatively brief time that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker spent on the floor together. San Antonio outscored Utah by 16 points (42-26) in the 15:11 that their "big three" were all on the court.
DUNCAN SURPASSES 4000 CAREER POINTS IN THE PLAYOFFS
From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 17 points for the Spurs on Sunday. In doing so, Duncan became the seventh player in NBA history with at least 4000 career points in the postseason. Duncan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone as the only players with both 4000 points and 2000 rebounds in NBA playoff competition.
BRIERE CARRIES THE FLYERS
From Elias: Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game 4:36 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory in the opener of their second-round series against the Devils. Briere, who had a pair of two-goal games as Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh in six games in the first round, is the first player in Flyers history to record three multiple-goal performances in the team's first seven games of a playoff year. In fact, he's only the second Flyer since 1998 to register three multi-goal games over an entire playoff year, joining R.J. Umberger who had three in 2008.
VERMETTE GIVES COYOTES THE LEAD
From Elias: Antoine Vermette opened the scoring with a first-period goal in the Coyotes' 5-3 win against Nashville. It was Vermette's NHL-leading fourth go-ahead goal during this year's playoffs.
ANOTHER SHUTOUT LOSS FOR SANTANA
From Elias: Ervin Santana absorbed his fifth loss in as many starts this season, dropping a 4-0 decision at Cleveland. Santana, who lost his three previous starts by scores of 5-0 (at Tampa Bay), 6-0 (vs. Oakland) and 5-0 (at New York), is the first pitcher in Angels history to make four consecutive starts in which the club was shut out. Santana is the first major-league pitcher to endure such a fate since Randy Johnson, who received no run support over a span of four straight starts for the Diamondbacks in 1999 (June 25-July 10).
INDIANS TAKE SERIES BEHIND LOWE
From Elias: Derek Lowe combined with Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez to shut out the Angels on three hits to give the Indians a victory in the rubber game of their weekend series. Lowe improved his record to 4-1 this season, with all of his wins coming in games that immediately followed a Tribe loss. Lowe was 0-9 in his previous ten starts in rubber games of series (all with Atlanta, from 2009 to 2011).
GRANDERSON HAS THAT "YANKEE STADIUM STROKE"
From Elias: Curtis Granderson hit his eighth home run of the season to help CC Sabathia defeat the Tigers. Seven of Granderson's home runs this season have come at Yankee Stadium. He tied the franchise record for the most four-baggers for a Yankee player over the team's first ten home games of a season. The others with seven are Mickey Mantle (1956), Yogi Berra (also in 1956) and Alex Rodriguez (2007).
FLOYD HAS RED SOX' NUMBER
From Elias: Gavin Floyd allowed one run on three hits and struck out nine batters in 6 2/3 innings as he improved his career record against the Red Sox to 7-0. It's the longest winning streak for a White Sox pitcher against Boston since Gary Peters won nine in a row against the Red Sox from 1963 to 1965, and it's the longest win streak ever for a Pale Hose pitcher against Boston to begin his major-league career.
DUNN TIES A MAJOR-LEAGUE RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS
From Elias: Adam Dunn's two-run homer off Josh Beckett staked the White Sox to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but it was his sixth-inning strikeout that tied a major-league record. Dunn has struck out at least once in each of his last 26 games, dating back to last season. That matches Mike Cameron (2001), Geoff Jenkins (2001) and Brad Hawpe (2007) for the longest streak of consecutive games with a strikeout for any non-pitcher since the major leagues began keeping track of strikeouts by batters in 1910.
DODGERS SNAP GONZALEZ'S SCORELESS STREAK
From Elias: James Loney plated Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier with a sixth-inning single to provide the only runs of the game as Chris Capuano outdueled Gio Gonzalez. Loney's run-scoring hit ended a 25-inning scoreless streak for Gonzalez, which stands as the longest in the majors this season and the longest by a starting pitcher in one season for the Expos/Nationals franchise since Javier Vazquez tossed 29 consecutive shutout innings for Montreal in 2003.
GARZA STIFLES PHILLIES
From Elias: Jimmy Rollins's leadoff single was the only hit that Matt Garza allowed over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 5-1 win at Philadelphia. Garza was the first opposing starter to hold the Phillies to no more than one hit through the first seven innings of a game at Citizens Bank Park since August 2010, when Jonathan Sanchez did it for the Giants.
METS BEND BUT THEY DON'T BREAK
From Elias: The Mets persevered in their 11-inning, 6-5 win at Colorado after allowing a game-tying, pinch-hit grand slam to Todd Helton in the eighth inning and a game-tying solo shot by Carlos Gonzalez in the tenth. It was the second victory in franchise history in which the Mets allowed a pair of game-tying home runs in the eighth inning or later. The other was New York's classic 19-inning, 16-13 win at Atlanta on July 4, 1985 in which the Braves had two-out, game-tying home runs from both Terry Harper (a two-run shot in the 13th inning) and Rick Camp (a solo homer in the 18th). It was the only home run in 175 career at-bats for Camp, a pitcher who batted in that potential game-ending situation with no pinch-hitters available for the Braves.
RAYS HAND RANGERS THEIR FIRST SERIES LOSS OF THE SEASON
From Elias: The Rays defeated the Rangers on Sunday night, taking two of three games in their weekend series against the defending A.L. champs. The Rangers had won each of their seven previous series this season, tying them for the second-longest streak of consecutive series wins to begin a season for a team that had gone to the World Series the previous year. The 1907 Cubs won their first 11 series and the 2003 Giants won their first seven.
FOUR-GAME HOMER STREAK FOR BRUCE
From Elias: Jay Bruce homered in his fourth straight game to help lift the Reds to a 6-5 decision over the Astros. Bruce is the third player in franchise history to homer in four consecutive games in April. He joined a couple of Tonys: Perez in 1970 and Fernandez in 1994.
GAME-ENDING CAUGHT STEALING AT HOME PLATE
From Elias: Pinch-runner Tyler Greene was caught stealing at home plate on an attempted double-steal that began with a strikeout by Yadier Molina and ended with a 2-6-2 putout that put a lid on the Brewers' 3-2 win at St. Louis. It was the first major-league game that ended with a runner thrown out on an attempted steal of home since May 15, 1989, when the White Sox' Darryl Boston was thrown out under similar circumstances to Sunday's game-ender: a 2-4-2 play on an attempted double steal to clinch a 3-2 win for the Tigers.
HUDSON REMAINS UNBEATEN IN FIRST START OF A SEASON
From Elias: Tim Hudson was credited with the win in his season debut, despite lasting only five innings in the Braves' 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Hudon has never lost his first start of a season, going 6-0 with eight "no-decisions" in those games (1999-2012).
ENCARNACION STINGS SEATTLE
From Elias: Edwin Encarnacion homered in all three games of the Blue Jays' weekend series against the Mariners, including a go-ahead shot in Sunday's win. Encarnacion, who also homered in his last game against Seattle in 2011 (August 17), became the first player in Blue Jays history to homer in four straight games against Seattle.
NEAR CYCLE FOR WILLINGHAM
From Elias: Josh Willingham drove in three runs, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double and a triple to help the Twins top the Royals. Willingham was the fourth major-league player to fall a home run shy of a cycle this season, joining Chone Figgins (April 7), Howard Kendrick (April 15), Alex Rios (April 22) and Dustin Pedroia (April 25). He was the first Twins player to do so since Joe Benson on September 16 last year.
KUBEL CLEANING UP
From Elias: Jason Kubel, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over the Marlins, is 7-for-13 over the first three games of Arizona's four-game series in Miami. Kubel is one hit shy of his personal high for hits in a series of any length. It was the first time since 2010 that Kubel started in the cleanup spot in three straight games of one series.
LATE COMEBACK IN BALTIMORE
From Elias: Matt Wieters' two-run, game-tying double in the ninth inning set up Wilson Betemit's walk-off homer in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Athletics. It was the O's second victory this season in a game that they trailed by two or more runs in the ninth inning or later (also April 16 at Chicago). Before this year, Baltimore hadn't won a game in that fashion since July 20, 2010.