Date: May 31, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Rondo

RONDO NEEDS SOME HELP

From Elias: Rajon Rondo scored 44 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in the Celtics' Game 2 overtime loss to the Heat. Rondo is the first player in NBA history with that many points, assists and rebounds in a playoff game.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

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Wade

WADE STREAK CONTINUES

From Elias: Dwyane Wade has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 12 playoff games against the Celtics. The last player with 12 straight 20-point performances versus the Celtics in the playoffs was Jerry West, who did so in 18 straight games from 1966 to 1969, all in the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

MLB

MARINERS ROLL A PAIR OF EIGHTS

From Elias: The Mariners scored eight runs in both the second and third innings in their 21-8 rout of the Rangers. Seattle became the seventh team in major league history with consecutive 8+ run innings and only the fourth since 1900. The other three: the Cubs against the Dodgers on May 5, 2001 (innings 7 and 8), the Indians against the Yankees on July 29, 1928 (innings 1 and 2) and the Red Sox against the Athletics on May 2, 1901 (innings 2 and 3).

The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 20-1, in what is the largest margin of defeat for the Dodgers since they moved to West Coast in 1958.

The Indians scored eight runs in the first inning and nine in the second on their way to a 24-6 win. Johnny Hodapp and Luke Sewell each had five hits in the game. The Yankees lineup that day consisted of four future Hall of Famers: Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.

The Red Sox-Athletics game occurred on only the ninth day in the history of the American League and was only the sixth game in Red Sox history. The Sox scored nine runs in the second inning and 10 runs in the third inning of that game.

Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers

THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF THE MARINERS' SEASON

From Elias: The Mariners beat the Rangers 21-8 about five weeks after Philip Humber tossed a perfect game against them. The Mariners are the second team in major league history to score 20 or more runs in a game in the same season in which they had a perfect game pitched against them. On June 12, 1880, Lee Richmond threw a perfect game against the National League club from Cleveland, a team that earlier that season had a 22-3 win over Buffalo.

Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers

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Stanton

GIANCARLO AND JOLTIN' JOE

From Elias: Twenty-two year old Giancarlo Stanton finished the month of May with 12 homers, 30 RBIs and a .343 batting average. Since 1920, the year runs batted in were compiled on official scores for the first time, only one player under the age of 23 had that many homers and RBIs and a batting average that high in a calendar month: Joe DiMaggio in July 1937 at the age of 22 (15 HR, 43 RBI, .430 BA).

Miami Marlins

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Johnson

JOHNSON OWNS THE NATS

From Elias: Josh Johnson improved his career record against the Nationals to 8-0 with his win on Wednesday. Johnson is only the third pitcher to win each of his first eight decisions against the Nationals/Expos franchise. Joaquin Andujar won his first 10 decisions against the Expos from 1976 to 1981 and Anibal Sanchez is 8-0 against the Nationals.

Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals

TROUT AND HARPER: THE FUTURE IS NOW

From Elias: Mike Trout (21) and Bryce Harper (21) both scored at least 20 runs in May. It's the first time in baseball's modern era (1900 to date) that two players scored 20 or more runs in a month at age 20 or younger. In fact, the only other under-21s to score 20 or more runs in a month in the same season were Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays in 1951 (Mantle in May, Mays in July).

Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals

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Gonzalez

ANOTHER THREE-HOMER GAME AT COORS

From Elias: Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs in the Rockies' win over the Astros. It was the 17th time a player hit three or more homers in a game at Coors Field. That's the most such games at any major league venue since Coors Field opened in 1995. Wrigley Field (15) is second on this list.

Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

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Gonzalez

CARGO AND CUDDYER: THREE BOMBS AND A SLAM

From Elias: Carlos Gonzalez hit three homers and Michael Cuddyer added a grand slam in the Rockies' win. The last team to have one player hit three homers in a game while another player hit a grand slam in the same game was the Yankees at Toronto on August 28, 2004. Tony Clark hit three homers while Ruben Sierra hit the slam.

Colorado Rockies

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Quentin

QUENTIN OFF TO HOT START WITH THE PADRES

From Elias: Carlos Quentin, who hit two homers in the Padres' loss at Wrigley Field, has hit three homers in his first three games in a San Diego uniform. Quentin is the first player in Padres history to hit three home runs in his first three games with the team.

San Diego Padres

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Morrow

MORROW KEEPS IT IN THE PARK

From Elias: The Blue Jays hit four homers in their 4-1 win over the Orioles, but just as important is that Brandon Morrow did not allow a home run. Morrow has not allowed a home run over his last 46 2/3 innings, the second longest such streak of his major-league career. Morrow did not allow a homer over 53 innings last season.

Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles

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Viciedo

VICIEDO HAS ANOTHER BIG DAYAN

From Elias: Dayan Viciedo, who went 3-for-4 in the White Sox win over the Rays, has 16 hits and has knocked in 13 runs over his last seven games. Viciedo is the first White Sox player in more than 50 years with that many hits and runs batted in over a seven-game span. The last to do it was Floyd Robinson in April 1962 (16 hits, 15 RBIs).

Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays

A'S CAN'T SCORE RUNS

From Elias: The A's, who failed to score a run in their loss to the Twins Wednesday, have scored only 164 runs in 51 games this season. That's the fewest runs the A's have scored in their first 51 games of a season since they scored only 157 in 1968, the team's first season in Oakland.

Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins

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Hudson

HUDSON STRUGGLING

From Elias: Tim Hudson has allowed 12 runs, all earned, over his last two starts: seven last Friday against Washington and five on Wednesday against St. Louis. That's the most earned runs Hudson has allowed over any two-start span in six years. Hudson allowed 12 runs over two starts in July/August of 2006: nine to the Mets and then three to the Pirates.

Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

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Ortiz

ANOTHER TWO HITS FOR BIG PAPI

From Elias: David Ortiz had two hits increasing his season total to 61 in 50 games. That matches the most hits Ortiz has ever had in his first 50 games of a season. Ortiz also had 61 hits in his first 50 games in 2007. He finished the 2007 season with a career-high 182 hits.

Boston Red Sox

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Burnett

A.J. IS O.K.

From Elias: A.J. Burnett is 3-0 with a 1.57 earn-run average over his last five starts since he allowed 12 runs in a 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on May 2. Burnett did not allow more than two runs in any of those five starts, matching the longest such streak of his major league career, also done in 2009 while he played for the Yankees.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Wigginton

WIGGY IS HOT

From Elias: Ty Wigginton knocked in eight runs in the Phillies' three-game series against the Mets. That matches the most RBIs Wigginton has ever had over any three-game span of his major league career. Wigginton drove in eight runs over three games in June 2003 while he was playing for the Mets.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Goldschmidt

GOLDSCHMIDT OWNS LINCECUM

From Elias: Paul Goldschmidt hit a sixth-inning home run off Tim Lincecum Wednesday night. It was Goldschmidt's fourth career homer off Lincecum, the most for any player. Goldschmidt had been tied with Seth Smith and Ryan Howard for most career homers off Lincecum.

Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants

NHL

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Fraser

FRASER BREAKS THE SEAL

From Elias: Colin Fraser scored the first goal of his NHL playoff career to give the Kings a 1-0 lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Fraser was the first player whose first NHL postseason game was the opening goal in a Stanley Cup Final series since Bruins defenseman Bob Armstrong scored a power play goal at the 2:08 mark of the first period in Game 1 of the 1953 Final in Montreal. Boston lost that game, 4-2, and lost the series in five games. Armstrong's goal turned out to be the only one he ever scored in an NHL playoff game.

Los Angeles Kings


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