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JAMES LEADS THE HEAT
From Elias: LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Miami's Game 1 victory against the Pacers. It was the 21st playoff game of James' NBA career in which he was his team's outright leader in each of those three categories, the most such postseason games, by far, for any player in NBA history. In fact, the only other players to do that in half as many playoff games as LeBron are Larry Bird (13 times) and Tim Duncan (11 times). James' teams are 17-4 in playoff games in which he was their outright leader in points, rebounds and assists (Cleveland 13-4 and Miami 4-0, including 2-0 this year).
CLIPPERS WIN THE FIRST AND LAST GAMES ON THE ROAD
From Elias: The Clippers knocked the Grizzlies out of the playoffs with a Game 7 victory at Memphis. There have been 108 first-round playoff series in NBA history that were played in a best-of-seven format (1968 through 1974 and 2003 to date). The Clippers became the first team to win one of those series with road victories in Games 1 and 7.
THEY DIDN'T NEED MUCH FROM GRIFFIN
From Elias: The Clippers won despite getting a contribution of only eight points and four rebounds from Blake Griffin (in 28 minutes on the court). It was the first game of Griffin's professional career in which he scored fewer than 10 points and grabbed fewer than seven rebounds.
HISTORIC BEGINNING TO MIDDLEBROOKS' CAREER
From Elias: Will Middlebrooks opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning and he added a solo homer in the third as the Red Sox enjoyed a lopsided victory over the Indians. In doing so, Middlebrooks became the third player to accumulate at least four home runs and 13 RBIs over his first ten games in the major leagues. The others to do that were Kansas City's Mark Quinn in September 1999 (5 HR, 15 RBI) and Seattle's Alvin Davis in April 1984 (4 HR, 13 RBI).
STANTON HITS THE JACKPOT ...
From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton beat the Mets by hitting the third walk-off grand slam in Marlins history. The others were hit by Dan Uggla (June 11, 2008 against the Phillies) and Bobby Bonilla (September 16, 1997 versus the Rockies). Stanton (age 22 years, 187 days) was the youngest player to end a game with a bases-loaded home run since Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (22 years, 125 days) beat the Nationals in that fashion on May 13, 2006, six years to the day before Stanton's shot.
... AND SO DOES VOTTO
From Elias: Joey Votto's bases-loaded home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Reds to a 9-6 victory against the Nationals. Votto and Giancarlo Stanton became the first pair of major-leaguers to hit walk-off grand slams on the same day since Boston's Mo Vaughn (vs. Seattle) and San Diego's Steve Finley (vs. Arizona) did it on April 10, 1998. Vaughn and Finley were the first pair to do so on the same day since the Mets' Mike Jorgensen (vs. Los Angeles) and Oakland's Tony Armas (vs. Baltimore) both hit walk-off slams in extra innings on June 11, 1980.
VERLANDER OVERCOMES POOR RUN SUPPORT
From Elias: Justin Verlander allowed two hits in seven innings to earn the win as the Tigers defeated the Athletics, 3-1. Since 2009, Verlander has won 14 games in which his team scored no more than three runs; that's the most such wins over that span by any American League pitcher. The only other major-league pitchers to win as many as 14 games of that kind since 2009 are Tim Lincecum (19) and Roy Halladay (14).
CRUZ SLAMS WEAVER
From Elias: Nelson Cruz capped a five-run third inning with a grand slam off Jered Weaver at Texas on Sunday night. It was the fourth home run that Weaver has allowed in 44 career at-bats against him with the bases loaded. That's an average of one every 11 at-bats compared to Weaver's career average of one home run allowed every 37 at-bats when the bags aren't jammed. The other players to slam Weaver were David Ortiz (2007), Ryan Kalish (2010) and Adam Lind (2011).
BRAVES SCORE SEVEN TWO-OUT RUNS
From Elias: The Braves handed Lance Lynn (6-1) his first loss of the season with their 7-4 victory at St. Louis. Atlanta scored all seven of its runs with two outs, after beginning the day with the lowest percentage of two-out runs in the majors (25.8%). Before Sunday the Braves hadn't scored as many as seven runs in a game with all of their runs being of the two-out variety since an 8-6 win over the Cubs at Turner Field on April 18, 2007.
SHIELDS WINS, RODNEY SAVES
From Elias: The Orioles scored runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but their comeback fell short when Fernando Rodney shut the door in the bottom of the ninth to secure James Shields' sixth victory of the season. Rodney has notched a save in four of Shields' wins this season, the most for any pitcher in victories by a particular teammate.
MILLWOOD WINS BATTLE OF VETERAN STARTERS
From Elias: Kevin Millwood picked up his first victory of the season and ruined Andy Pettitte's return to the majors as the Mariners salvaged the final game of their three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Millwood, who had lost his previous four starts to match the longest such streak of his career, induced three ground-ball double plays on Sunday (two by Derek Jeter and one by Alex Rodriguez). It was the most GIDPs in a game off Millwood since June 27, 2006.
PETTITTE FOLLOWS MOYER'S LEAD
From Elias: Andy Pettitte, 33 days shy of his 40th birthday (June 15), made his first major-league appearance since the 2010 ALCS after Jamie Moyer returned to the majors in April at age 49. Over the last 60 years (1953-2012) there's been only one other season in which two pitchers, both as old as Pettitte, returned to the major leagues after missing the previous season. That was in 2003, when both John Franco (age 42) and David Cone (age 40) made comebacks for the Mets after neither played in the majors in 2002.
PAPELBON FINISHES THE JOB
From Elias: Jonathan Papelbon struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning to nail down a victory for Cole Hamels as the Phillies defeated the Padres, 3-2. Papelbon has earned 10 saves this season and he's registered six of them by pitching at least one inning and retiring every batter he faced. It's the most "perfect" saves of at least one inning for any major-league pitcher this year.
LILLY HAS HIS WAY WITH THE ROCKIES
From Elias: Ted Lilly improved to 5-0 this season as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 11-5. Lilly has won his last six decisions against Colorado, dating back to September 2010. It's the longest current winning streak against the Rockies for any active pitcher.
ROCKIES SQUANDER FIRST-INNING LEAD
From Elias: The Rockies lost at Dodger Stadium despite taking a three-run lead in the top of the first inning. It was the third game this season in which the Rockies pushed across three or more first-inning runs, and they've lost each of those games (also May 4-5 to the Braves). All other major-league teams have a 53-7 combined record this season in games in which they plated at least three runs in the first inning.
PIRATES PREVAIL IN EXTRA INNINGS AT PITTSBURGH
From Elias: Josh Harrison's 12th-inning single gave the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Astros after Pedro Alvarez knotted the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates have won their last six home games that went to extra-innings (since June 3, 2011). It's the longest current winning streak of its kind for any major-league team and it matches the longest such streak for the Pirates over the last 35 years (1978 to date).
FRANCOEUR GOES DEEP
From Elias: Jeff Francoeur hit his first home run of the season in the Royals' 9-1 win at Chicago. Francoeur had gone 129 consecutive at-bats without a homer since he last rounded the bases on September 23, 2011, also at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the second-longest home-run drought of Francoeur's career; he went 134 at-bats between homers for the Braves in 2008.
ROOKIES LEAD TWINS TO VICTORY
From Elias: Brian Dozier opened the scoring with a third-inning solo home run and the Twins never relinquished that lead as Scott Diamond improved to 2-0 in Minnesota's 4-3 triumph over the Blue Jays. It was the Twins' first win by a rookie starting pitcher in which another rookie produced the game-winning RBI since September 24, 2008, when Denard Span had the game-winner in Nick Blackburn's victory over the White Sox.
KINGS REMAIN UNBEATEN ON THE ROAD
From Elias: The Kings improved their road record in the 2012 playoffs to 6-0 with a 4-2 victory at Phoenix in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. They're the first NHL team to win their first six road games in a playoff year since 1999, when Colorado started 7-0 on its postseason travels, tying the league record set by the Islanders in 1980.