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SPURS REMAIN PERFECT IN 2012 PLAYOFFS
From Elias: The Spurs defeated the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at San Antonio after sweeping the Jazz and Clippers in the first two rounds of the postseason. The Spurs became the first NBA team other than the Lakers to win its first nine playoff games in one year. The Lakers won their first nine or more playoff games in three different years: 1982 (9), 1989 (11) and 2001 (11).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DUNCAN
From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Spurs on Sunday night. It was Duncan's 29th double-double in playoff series openers, passing Wilt Chamberlain for third-most in NBA history, behind Magic Johnson (36) and Shaquille O'Neal (30).
THUNDER DROP GAME 1 ON THE ROAD
From Elias: The SuperSonics/Thunder franchise has lost each of the last ten playoff series openers that it has played on the road. (Its last Game 1 road win was in 1992, when Seattle defeated the Warriors in Oakland in a first-round matchup.) It's third-longest current losing streak of its kind for any NBA team; Milwaukee has lost its last 15 playoff series openers away from home and Cleveland has dropped its last 14.
FORGET WILLIE AND MICKEY. IT'S WILLIE AND MELKY!
From Elias: Melky Cabrera, who went 4-for-4 in the Giants' 3-2 triumph at Miami, leads the major leagues with 73 hits this season. Over the past 75 years (1937-2011) the only other Giants player to record as many as 73 hits over the team's first 48 games of a season was Willie Mays in 1958. Mays had a .424 batting average with 84 hits, 13 homers and 39 RBIs through the Giants' first 48 games in the club's first season in San Francisco.
LATOS AND MOYER SERVE UP THE LONG BALLS
From Elias: The Reds won a 7-5 slugfest over the Rockies at Great American Ball Park with Colorado hitting five home runs, all off Mat Latos, and Cincinnati going deep four times, all off Jamie Moyer. It was the first game in major-league history in which one pitcher allowed five or more home runs while another pitcher served up at least four dingers.
MOLINA SLAMS HALLADAY
From Elias: Yadier Molina's first-inning grand slam in the Cardinals' 8-3 win over the Phillies was the second bases-loaded home run that Roy Halladay has surrendered in his last six starts; Brian McCann had a four-run shot against him at Turner Field on May 2. Entering this month, Halladay had gone 115 consecutive regular-season starts without allowing a grand slam (since Evan Longoria's bases-loaded home run against the Blue Jays on July 19, 2008).
CABRERA CAPS COMEBACK WITH NINTH-INNING HOMER
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera's two-run home run off Matt Capps in the ninth inning lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 victory at Target Field. It was Cabrera's eighth go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later since he joined the Tigers in 2008. That's the most such home runs for any major-leaguer over that span. The Twins entered Sunday's game with a 14-0 record this season in games in which they led going into the ninth inning. Minnesota's loss leaves the Orioles (21-0) as the only American League team that is undefeated under those circumstances.
PADRES CAN'T BUY A RUN
From Elias: R.A. Dickey, Tim Byrdak and Frank Francisco combined for a 2-0 shutout against the Padres at Citi Field, one day after Johan Santana whitewashed San Diego. Mets pitchers capped the series with 26 consecutive shutout innings after the Padres scored a first-inning run on Friday night. It's San Diego's longest streak of consecutive scoreless innings at the plate in one series since September 13-15, 1982 (26 straight innings without scoring a run at Dodger Stadium).
DARVISH POSTS WIN #7
From Elias: Yu Darvish allowed three runs in only five innings of work but it was good enough to improve his record to 7-2 as the Rangers topped the Blue Jays, 12-6. Darvish became the first pitcher in franchise history to win at least seven of his first ten major-league starts. The only other active pitchers to do that were Livan Hernandez (7-0 through his first ten starts), Jered Weaver (7-0) and Lance Lynn (7-2).
FRANCOEUR FINDS HIS STROKE
From Elias: Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler homered in the Royals' 4-2 win at Baltimore. Francoeur began Kansas City's current road trip with only one homer in 39 games this season, but he hit two home runs in the team's three-game series at Yankee Stadium and another two during the three-game set at Camden Yards. Francoeur has hit four homers over a six-game span for only the second time in his big-league career. He did that previously for the Braves in his sophomore season (May 13-18, 2006, all at Turner Field).
RAYS DROP RED SOX BELOW .500 AGAIN
From Elias: Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Rays a 4-3 win at Fenway Park. Before Rodriguez's blast, Boston was two outs away from lifting its record above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Boston is 0-6 this year in games in which it had a chance to climb above .500. That's the second-longest such losing streak to begin a season in franchise history. The 1914 Red Sox failed in their first seven attempts to post more wins than losses.
WHITE SOX ARE HITTING
From Elias: The White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Indians with a 12-6 win at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago has scored 46 runs over its last four games on the strength of 11 home runs. It's only the second time over the last five seasons that any major-league team has produced 46 or more runs and at least 11 homers over a four-game span, and the only other time it happened over that span (2008-2012) was also by the White Sox (46 runs and 14 homers, Aug. 17-20, 2008).
DODGERS' FREE AGENT SIGNING PAYING DIVIDENDS
From Elias: Chris Capuano improved his record to 7-1 this season as the Dodgers defeated the Astros, 5-1. Capuano, who signed with Los Angeles as a free agent during the offseason, is only the second pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela (8-1 over his first ten starts in the majors in 1981) to win at least seven of his first ten starts after joining the Dodgers. The only other pitcher to do so over that span was Kazuhisa Ishii (8-1 over his first ten major-league starts, all for the Dodgers in 2002).
OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICK
From Elias: Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 5-for-5 for the Dodgers on Sunday. Two days shy of his 36th birthday, Hairston became the oldest player to register his first five-hit game in the majors since the Cubs' Moises Alou, age 37 at the time, posted the only five-hit game of his career on September 3, 2003 at St. Louis.
YANKEES FEEL AT HOME IN OAKLAND
From Elias: Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano pitched the Yankees to a 2-0 victory over the Athletics and a sweep of their three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Yankees have won their last nine games at Oakland (since July 5, 2010). It's their longest road winning streak against the Athletics since New York won ten in a row at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium from 1955 to 1956, and it equals the major leagues' longest current winning streak in road games against one opponent. The Padres have won their last nine games at Pittsburgh.
0-2, OH NO!
From Elias: Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo both homered off Hector Noesi on 0-2 pitches in the Angels' 4-2 triumph over the Mariners. Noesi was the first major-league pitcher to allow two home runs on that count in one game this season and he was the first Mariners pitcher to do so since Garrett Olson on June 17, 2009. Only two pitchers allowed a pair of "0-2" home runs in a game all of last season: Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie and Detroit's Brad Penny.
BIG INNING FOR THE BUCS
From Elias: The Pirates exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-0 lead against the Cubs before holding on for a 10-4 victory at PNC Park. It was only the second time this season that Pittsburgh scored four or more runs in an inning; every other major-league team has recorded at least four innings in which they scored at least four runs. The Bucs' only previous "big inning" this year was a five-run outburst in the fifth inning of a game against the Rockies on April 25 (also at Pittsburgh).