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JAMES CROWNS CELTICS
From Elias: LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Miami's Game 1 win over the Celtics. James had another big game against the Celtics in Game 4 last year (35 points, 14 rebounds). The last NBA player with at least 32 points and 13 rebounds in a playoff game against the Celtics twice in his career was Patrick Ewing, who had two such games against the Celtics in the First Round in 1990.
HEATS GETS OFF TO A HOT START
From Elias: The Heat are 6-0 in playoff series openers at home under Erik Spoelstra. Only two other head coaches in NBA history started 6-0 or better in series-opening games played at home: Doug Moe (8-0) and Mike Dunleavy (6-0).
CELTICS TERRIBLE FROM THE LINE
From Elias: The Celtics made only 11 of 21 free throw attempts in their Game 1 loss to the Heat (52.4%). That's the second-lowest free-throw percentage the Celtics have ever had in a playoff game. Boston was 13-for-26 from the line in Game 1 of the 1964 Eastern Division Finals against Cincinnati, a game the Celtics won 103-87.
SALE AND MOORE ARE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER
From Elias: Twenty-three year old Chris Sale struck out 15 batters while twenty-two year old Matt Moore struck out 10 as the White Sox beat the Rays, 2-1. This was the first game in which two pitchers, each under the age of 24, combined for at least 25 strikeouts since July 31, 1901 when the Cubs' Tom Hughes had 15 strikeouts and the Reds' Noodles Hahn had 11 in a game in which both pitchers went the distance in a 14-inning game.
STANTON HAS OPPONENTS CALLING MAYDAY
From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the Marlins' 5-3 win over the Nationals. The 22-year old Stanton has hit 11 homers and driven in 27 runs in May. In Major League Baseball's expansion era (since 1961), only three other players under the age of 23 hit that many homers and drove in that many runs in a calendar month: Johnny Bench in July 1970 (11 HR/ 36 RBI), Bob Horner in July 1980 (14/32) and Adam Dunn in August 2001 (12/27).
LYNN HAS BEST START SINCE GIBSON
From Elias: Lance Lynn improved his record to 8-1 and lowered his earned-run average to 2.54 with another stellar performance Monday afternoon. Lynn is the first Cardinals pitcher with that many wins and an ERA that low over this first 10 starts of a season since Bob Gibson in 1965. Gibson was 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA through 10 starts that season.
TY WHIPS FORMER TEAM
From Elias: Ty Wigginton, who played 288 games for the Mets from 2002 to 2004, knocked in six runs for the Phillies against the Mets Monday afternoon. That matched the most RBI in a game against the Mets by a former Met. Dave Kingman drove in six runs for the Cubs against the Metropolitans on April 19, 1980. Kingman went 3-for-5, with two homers in the game that was played at Wrigley Field.
Each of Wigginton's three hits came with two strikes and drove in at least one run. The last Phillies player with three such hits in one game was Jayson Werth on August 26, 2007 against the Padres.
HAMELS IS MR. MAY
From Elias: Cole Hamels improved his record to 5-0 with a 2.25 earned-run average in May with his performance against the Mets Monday afternoon. The five wins match the most Hamels has ever had in a calendar month (5-1 in May 2007). Hamels' .846 career winning percentage in May (22-4) is the highest of any active pitcher with 20 or more May decisions.
N.L. EAST IS A BEAST
From Elias: The Phillies improved their record to 26-24 with their win over the Mets Monday afternoon. All five teams in the National League East are at least two games over .500. It's the first time that every team in one division is at least two games over .500 this late in a season since all five teams in the National League West did it through games of June 15, 2006.
OL' MCDONALD HAD A FARM ... E.R.A. IS LOW
From Elias: James McDonald pitched eight shutout innings in the Pirates' victory over the Reds. McDonald is 4-1 with a 1.84 earned-run average over his last six starts dating back to April 18. Among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched since that date, only one has a lower ERA than McDonald: Chris Capuano (1.53).
DOUBRONT STARTING TO FIGURE IT OUT
From Elias: Felix Doubront was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox against the Tigers Monday afternoon. Doubront is 4-1 with a 2.70 earned-run average over his last five starts after going 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA over his first five starts of the season.
PACHECO IS HOTTEST ROCKIES PLAYER
From Elias: Jordan Pacheco's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning turned a 7-7 tie into a 9-7 lead and eventual win for the Rockies in game one of their day/night doubleheader against the Astros. Pacheco was batting .340 with nine runs batted in from May 15 through the end of the first game of the doubleheader. Troy Tulowitzki (14) was the only Rockies player with more runs batted in than Pacheco over that span.
FOWLER'S WALK-OFF TRIPLE
From Elias: Dexter Fowler ended Game 2 with a walk-off triple as the Rockies completed a sweep of their day/night doubleheader against the Astros. It was the first walk-off triple in Rockies history and the first for any team since Sam Fuld did it for the Rays against the Royals on August 20, 2011.
TWINS GET TO COOK
From Elias: The Twins had a two-run rally off Ryan Cook in the bottom of the eighth inning in their 5-4 win over the A's. Entering Monday's action, Cook had held opponents hitless in their last 20 at-bats, which was extended to 21 at-bats before Joe Mauer's infield single started the winning rally.
After a Mauer's stolen base and a walk to Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau doubled in the tying run off Cook, who had not allowed a hit in 30 at-bats with runners on base and 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position this season.
WIND BLOWING OUT AT WRIGLEY
From Elias: Both the Padres and Cubs hit four home runs in Chicago's win over San Diego at Wrigley Field. It was the second game this season in which each team hit at least four homers, it also happened the day before in Cincinnati (four homers) against Colorado (five). It had been almost six years since they had such a game at the "Friendly Confines": July 2, 2006 (Cubs hit five homers, White Sox hit four).
ZITO SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
From Elias: Barry Zito improved his record to 4-2 and lowered his earned-run average to 3.41 with seven solid innings Monday. Zito's ERA is over two runs per nine-innings lower than it was through his first 10 games last season: 3-4, 5.51 ERA through 10 games in 2011.
JOHNSON LEADS THE WAY FOR THE JAYS
From Elias: Leadoff hitter Kelly Johnson had three hits and knocked in three runs in the Blue Jays' win over the Orioles. Johnson is the first Blue Jays player with at least three hits and three runs batted in from the leadoff spot in a game since June 25, 2007 when Vernon Wells did it at Minnesota. Wells went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in that game.
HARRISON CONQUERS THE NORTHWEST
From Elias: Matt Harrison is 7-0 with a 2.05 earned-run average over his last seven starts against the Mariners dating back to May 1, 2010. The only other pitcher with a current streak that long against the Mariners is CC Sabathia who has also won his last seven starts against Seattle.
HUGHES ALLOWS GOPHERS
From Elias: Mike Trout hit a fourth-inning home run off Phil Hughes. Hughes has allowed a home run in each of his 10 games this season. Over the last 15 years, only one other pitcher allowed a homer in each of his first 10 games of a season: Kansas City's Runelvys Hernandez allowed a home run in each of his first 12 games in 2006.
VERY BUSY MEMORIAL DAY
From Elias: There were 16 Major League Baseball games played Monday. That's the most games played on Memorial Day since 1977, when there were 17 games played, including four doubleheaders.