Date: May 16, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

FUTILE SHOOTING DOES IN HEAT IN GAME 2

From Elias: The Heat shot 1-for-16 from three-point range (6.3 percent) and made only 20 of their 29 free-throw attempts (69%) in their Game 2 loss to Indiana on Tuesday night. Miami is the first team to make less than 10 percent of its three-point shots on 15-or-more attempts and less than 70 percent of its free-throw attempts in a playoff game. (The NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80).

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat

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Duncan

DUNCAN STARS IN GAME 1

From Elias: Tim Duncan recorded 26 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead the Spurs to a Game 1 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night. It is the 44th time that Duncan has registered at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and multiple blocked shots in a playoff game, tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the third highest total in NBA history behind Shaquille O'Neal (57) and Hakeem Olajuwon (49). (The NBA began recording blocked shots in 1973-74.)

San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers

MLB

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Greinke

BACK TO BACK GEMS FOR GREINKE

From Elias: Zack Greinke did not allow a run or a walk and struck out seven in seven innings to lead Milwaukee to an 8-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday night. It is the second consecutive start that Greinke has pitched at least seven shutout innings with at least seven strikeouts and no walks. Only four other pitchers have done that in consecutive starts since 1900: Cy Young in 1905, Guy Morton in 1915, Camilo Pascual in 1961 and Woodie Fryman in 1966.

Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets

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Lowe

LOWE TOSSES HIS FIRST SHUTOUT IN NEARLY SEVEN YEARS

From Elias: Derek Lowe threw a six-hit shutout in the Indians' 5-0 victory over the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon. Lowe's gem snapped a streak of 214 consecutive starts without pitching a shutout. That was the fourth longest active streak entering Tuesday's action, behind Freddy Garcia (247), Kevin Millwood (238) and Jeff Suppan (218).

Prior to Tuesday, Lowe's last shutout came on August 31, 2005 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Only three players other than Lowe that were in the starting lineup for that game are currently on a major-league roster: Jerry Hairston Jr., Jayson Werth and Jason Repko (currently on the disabled list).

Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins

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Pence

PENCE ATONES FOR HIS NINTH INNING ERROR WITH A 10TH INNING HOMER

From Elias: Hunter Pence atoned for an error in the ninth inning that allowed the tying run to score by belting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to lead the Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday afternoon. Over the last 30 years, only two other players have hit a game-ending home run after making an error that allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the ninth inning or later: Juan Uribe on August 8, 2007 and Jimmy Rollins on June 23, 2010.

Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros

WHITE SOX BLOW SIX-RUN LEAD IN LOSS TO TIGERS

From Elias: The Tigers overcame a 6-0 deficit and came back to register a 10-8 victory over the White Sox ate U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday afternoon. It was the first time that the White Sox lost a game at home after having a lead of at least six runs in over 16 years. The last time the White Sox lost a home game in that fashion was on May 12, 1996 when the Yankees came back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat Chicago 9-8 at Comiskey Park. The White Sox had won 217 consecutive home games with a 6+ run lead prior to Tuesday's defeat.

Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers

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Baker

BAKER PRODUCES FOR THE PADRES

From Elias: John Baker had three hits and three RBI to help lead the Padres to a 6-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday afternoon. Baker's three RBIs were as many as he had in his previous 41 games combined, a period in which he had 94 at bats, dating back to April of 2010.

San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals

HARPER GOES DEEP IN SECOND STRAIGHT GAME

From Elias: Nineteen year old phenom Bryce Harper hit a home run in Washington's loss to San Diego on Tuesday afternoon, the second consecutive game he has gone deep. Since divisional play began in 1969, only three other teenagers hit home runs in consecutive games: Cesar Cedeno in 1970, Gary Sheffield in 1988 and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989 (twice).

Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

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Molina

MOLINA PRODUCES GAME-ENDING RBI FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2007

From Elias: Yadier Molina hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Cubs on Tuesday afternoon. It marked the first time since September of 2007 that Molina had a game ending RBI. Molina's 237 RBI from 2008 to 2011 were the second most for any National League player who did not have a game-ending RBI behind Chase Utley (306).

St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

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Beckett

BECKETT PITCHES A GEM ON HIS BIRTHDAY

From Elias: Josh Beckett celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching seven shutout innings and striking out nine in the Red Sox' 5-0 win over the Mariners on Tuesday afternoon. Beckett is the first pitcher in Red Sox history to pitch at least seven shutout innings with nine-or-more strikeouts on his birthday. The last major-league pitcher to celebrate his birthday with 7+ shutout innings and at least nine strikeouts was Roy Oswalt on August 29, 2007 (his 30th birthday).

Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners

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Price

PRICE REMAINS UNBEATEN AT THE ROGERS CENTRE

From Elias: David Price allowed three runs over seven innings and earned the victory in the Rays 4-3 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night. With the victory, Price ran his career record to a perfect 5-0 at the Rogers Centre. Price is one of four pitchers to win their first five decisions as a visitor at the Rogers Centre, the others being Jon Garland (first six), Andy Pettitte and Tim Belcher.

Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

SANTANA CONTINUES HIS MASTERY OF THE A'S

From Elias: Ervin Santana tossed 7.2 shutout innings as the Angels blanked the A's by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night. Santana's gem lowered his career ERA to 2.05 against Oakland, the lowest lifetime mark against the Athletics among pitchers who began their career in the last 70 years with at least 150 innings pitched against the A's.

Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics

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Sabathia

CC ROUGHED UP AT CAMDEN YARDS

From Elias: The Orioles touched up CC Sabathia for four runs in six innings in their 5-2 win over the Yankees at Camden Yards on Tuesday night. It is the second consecutive start at Camden Yards that Sabathia has allowed at least four runs (he allowed four runs in six innings in Baltimore on April 11 of this season). Prior to this season, Sabathia had allowed as many as four runs in only one of his 12 starts at Camden Yards, that occurring in his first career appearance as a Yankee on April 6, 2009 (six runs allowed).

New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles

ROYALS' FOUR-RUN FIRST DOES IN RANGERS

From Elias: The Royals scored four runs in the first inning en-route to a 7-4 victory over the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday night. It is the third time that the Rangers have allowed four-or-more runs in the first inning this season, also doing that against Seattle on April 9 and Tampa Bay on April 27. Texas had only four games in which it allowed 4+ runs in the first inning all of last season.

Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers

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Miley

MILEY SHUTS DOWN DODGERS

From Elias: Wade Miley allowed only one run in 6.2 innings pitched in the Diamondbacks' win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Miley has allowed one-or-fewer runs in 6+ innings pitched in three starts this season, the highest total for any National League rookie. Two A.L. rookies have at least three such starts in 2012: Drew Smyly (four) and Yu Darvish (three).

Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers

NHL

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Carter

CARTER IS FIRST KING WITH A PLAYOFF HAT TRICK SINCE GRETZKY

From Elias: Jeff Carter scored the final three goals in the Kings' 4-0 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. It was the first hat trick by a Kings player in the playoffs since Wayne Gretzky's three-goal night in Game 7 of the 1993 Campbell Conference Final at Toronto. Carter was only the fourth NHL player since 1999 to record a "natural" hat trick in the playoffs. The others were Detroit's Darren McCarty (2002), San Jose's Patrick Marleau (2004) and Detroit's Johan Franzen (2010).

Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes

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Quick

NINE STRAIGHT PLAYOFF ROAD WINS FOR QUICK

From Elias: Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots to lead the Kings to a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. Quick has now won each of his last nine road playoff games dating back to last year. Only one goaltender in NHL playoff history had a longer road winning streak than Quick: Billy Smith, who won 10 consecutive road playoff games for the Islanders from 1979 to 1980 (he also had a nine game streak from 1982 to 1983).

Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes


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