Date: May 3, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

MAGIC LOSE SECOND STRAIGHT TO PACERS

From Elias: The Magic lost to the Pacers on Wednesday night, 97-74, after they were defeated two nights earlier by Indiana, 93-78. Orlando is the first NBA team in seven seasons to allow more than 90 points and score fewer than 80 points in each of back-to-back playoff games. That had last been done by the Spurs in the 2005 Finals. San Antonio lost Game 3 of that series to the Pistons, 96-79, and then Game 4 by a 102-71 score, but still won the NBA title in a seven-game series.

Orlando Magic

SPURS STIFLE JAZZ

From Elias: The Jazz lost to the Spurs, 114-83, with Al Jefferson and Josh Howard each scoring a team-high 10 points for Utah. It was only the third NBA playoff game in the shot-clock era in which a team did not have a player score more than 10 points. That was previously done over that span by the Suns in 2000 (87-65 loss to the Lakers) and the Warriors in 1973 (126-70 loss to the Lakers).

Utah Jazz

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Paul

PAUL LEADS IN POINTS, ASSISTS, STEALS AND TURNOVERS

From Elias: Chris Paul recorded game-high totals in points (29), assists (6), steals (5) and turnovers (5) against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. There have been only two other instances over the last two seasons in which a player led both teams (either outright or tied) in all four of those categories in one playoff game. Paul himself did it against the Lakers in the opening round last year, as did Russell Westbrook versus the Grizzlies in the 2011 conference semi-finals.

Los Angeles Clippers

MLB

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Bailey

MLB - Dempster-Bailey Share Same Birthday

From Elias: * The Cubs' Ryan Dempster started today against the Reds against Homer Bailey.

Today is Dempster's 35th birthday (May 3, 1977) and Bailey's 26th birthday (May 3, 1986).

The Elias Sports Bureau tell us this is the 1st time in MLB history that each starting pitcher in a game was celebrating his birthday that day

Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds

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Jones

JONES AND GIAMBI WALKOFF INTO RECORD BOOKS

From Elias: Chipper Jones and Jason Giambi each hit game-ending home runs on Wednesday. It was the first day in major-league history on which two players age 40 or older hit walkoff homers, and never before had two men, each with at least 400 career home runs to their credit, hit walkoff round-trippers on the same day.

Giambi came off the bench to hit a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, which gave the Rockies an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers. At 41, he became the second-oldest player in major-league history to hit a pinch-hit walkoff home run. The oldest was Tony Perez, who did so in 1984 at age 42, with a two-run shot in the bottom of the 11th inning off the Pirates' Don Robinson at Riverfront Stadium.

Jones, who turned 40 last month, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Braves a 15-13 victory over the Phillies. It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game in the National League since July 4, 1985, when the Mets outlasted the Braves, 16-13, in 19 innings.

Atlanta trailed 6-0, before taking an 8-6 lead, but then fell behind, 12-8, in the eighth inning. The only other major-league team in the past 30 years that won a game after rallying from a deficit of at least six runs and overcoming a separate disadvantage of four or more runs was the 1997 Mariners, in a 12-11 victory against the Rockies.

Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

ANGELS OUT-HIT TWINS, 15-0

From Elias: Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Twins on Wednesday night, while Angels batters scored nine runs on 15 hits off Minnesota's pitchers. It was only the second major-league game in the past 40 years in which one team had at least 15 hits and the other had none. On June 27, 1980 Jerry Reuss no-hit the Giants at Candlestick Park, an 8-0 game in which the Dodgers collected 17 hits.

Los Angeles Angels

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Burnett

BURNETT ROCKED AT BUSCH

From Elias: A.J. Burnett allowed 12 runs, all earned, in 2 innings on Wednesday night in St. Louis. He became the first major-league starting pitcher since 1913 (when earned runs were first officially recorded throughout the major leagues) to permit 12 or more earned runs in an outing of fewer than three innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Nova

ORIOLES SNAP NOVA'S WIN STREAK

From Elias: Ivan Nova' 15-game winning streak ended with a 5-0 loss to Baltimore. The Orioles franchise (including the St. Louis Browns) snapped three other pitchers' winning streaks of 15 or more games in their history (each was a 16-game streak): Washington's Walter Johnson (1912), Philadelphia's Lefty Grove (1931) and Seattle's Randy Johnson (1997).

New York Yankees

RANGERS' FIRST LOSING STREAK OF SEASON

From Elias: Prior to Wednesday the Rangers were the only major-league team that had not lost back-to-back games this season. That distinction evaporated with an 11-5 loss to the Blue Jays in Texas's 25th game of the season, which followed a defeat in Toronto on Tuesday night.

The Rangers were the first team since the 1938 Giants to not suffer consecutive losses until their 25th game of a season (or later) after winning the pennant the year before.

Texas Rangers

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Johnson

JOHNSON'S BATTING LINE UNPRECEDENTED IN TEAM HISTORY

From Elias: Chris Johnson was 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs against New York on Wednesday. It was an unprecedented batting line both for the Astros and versus the Mets, two franchises that each entered the major leagues in 1962. Never before had a Houston player gone 4-for-4 (or better) with two or more homers and at least six RBIs in a game, and no player had previously done so against the Mets.

Houston Astros

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Verlander

HOSMER ENDS SLUMP WITH HIT OFF VERLANDER

From Elias: Justin Verlander lamented after the Tigers' loss that "the one pitch I want back is the one in the first to Hosmer." He was referring to Eric Hosmer's RBI-double in the first inning which gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in their 3-2 win at Comerica Park. Hosmer entered the game in an 0-for-19 slump. Maybe teammate Mike Moustakas gave him some pre-game batting tips. Last July, Moustakas connected for a single off Verlander ending a streak of 21 straight hitless at-bats.

Aside from Moustakas, the only other players who broke single-season slumps of 20-or-more hitless at-bats by getting a hit off Verlander were Mark Kotsay in 2006 (0-for-29) and Jhonny Peralta in 2009 (0-for-26).

Detroit Tigers

D'BACKS CAN'T WIN THE CLOSE ONES

From Elias: The Diamondbacks, who were defeated by the Nationals, 5-4, have lost their last eight games that were decided by one run, the longest current streak of that kind in the major leagues. Arizona began the season with a three-game sweep of the Giants, with each victory by one run, but the Diamondbacks are 0-8 since then in games decided by the minimum margin.

Arizona Diamondbacks

RED SOX HITLESS WITH MEN IN SCORING POSITION

From Elias: The Red Sox entered Wednesday with a major league-high .340 batting average with runners in scoring position this season. But Boston was 0-for-13 in those situations in its 4-2 loss to the Athletics. That was the Red Sox biggest "0-fer" with men in scoring position since an 0-for-16 performance against the Yankees at Fenway Park in 2006.

Boston Red Sox

NO SUPPORT FOR REDS PITCHERS

From Elias: The Reds lost to the Cubs, 3-1, Cincinnati's fifth defeat this season in which it allowed three or fewer runs. That tied the Reds with the Marlins for the most losses this season in games permitting no more than three runs.

Cincinnati Reds

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Maybin

CLUTCH HIT BY MAYBIN

From Elias: Cameron Maybin's two-out two-run single in the third inning helped the Padres defeat the Brewers, 5-0. Maybin entered that at-bat 1-for-11 (.091) with five strikeouts with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

San Diego Padres

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Molina

EXTRA SPECIAL NIGHT FOR BOTTOM OF THE ORDER

From Elias: Jose Molina, the Rays' eighth-place hitter, had a two-run double, and Sean Rodriguez, batting ninth, smacked a two-run homer, in a 5-4 win over the Mariners. Tampa Bay entered the game with only seven extra-base hits from the bottom two spots in the batting order combined this season, which was the lowest such total for any American League team.

Tampa Bay Rays

NHL

RANGERS WIN IN TRIPLE OVERTIME

From Elias: The Rangers took a two-games-to-one lead in their series against the Capitals with a 2-1 triple-overtime win in Washington. The Rangers' victory continued the pattern of wins by the road team in marathon overtime games. Visiting teams have won 31 of the 45 playoff games in NHL history which lasted three overtimes or more and the road team has prevailed in 20 of 28 such games since 1987.

New York Rangers

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Rinne

RINNE BLANKS COYOTES

From Elias: Pekka Rinne recorded the first playoff shutout of his NHL career with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 of the Predators' series against the Coyotes. It was only the second postseason shutout in Nashville franchise history. The first Predators playoff whitewash was a 3-0 win by Tomas Vokoun against Detroit in a first-round series in 2004. Rinne had no previous playoff shutouts on his resume, but his 25 regular-season shutouts since 2008-09 are the second-most in the NHL over that span, behind Henrik Lundqvist's 26 clean sheets.

Nashville Predators


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