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THUNDER'S BIG SCORERS SUBDUE THE SPURS
From Elias: Kevin Durant (27 points), Russell Westbrook (23), and James Harden (20) provided the bulk of the scoring as the Thunder posted a 108-103 win at San Antonio. It was the second time in this series that Durant, Westbrook, and Harden all scored at least 20 points in the same game. They became the first trio of teammates with two 20-20-20 games in the same playoff series against the Spurs since Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and Glen Rice did it for the Lakers in 1999.
WRIGHT REGAINS A SHARE OF RECORD HE PREVIOUSLY HELD
From Elias: After scoring only one run in the first three games of the series, the Cardinals finally broke out for a 5-4 win over the Mets on Monday. But the run with historical significance was the one David Wright scored in the seventh inning. It was Wright's 735th run, tying him with former teammate Jose Reyes for the team record. Only two other players who were mainly third basemen lead a current major-league team in runs scored: Mike Schmidt and George Brett.
Of interest, Wright has been at this juncture before. A little over a year ago, he tied Darryl Strawberry's Mets record for runs. But before Wright could take sole possession, he was placed on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back and would miss two months. Less than one week into Wright's absence, Reyes joined him and Strawberry atop the Mets' all-time run-scoring list and then surpassed them. Fifty-four weeks later, Wright and Reyes are again tied for the record.
VOGELSONG EXCELS AT HOME
From Elias: Ryan Vogelsong allowed two runs over seven innings to earn the victory in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Cubs. Vogelsong has posted a 1.52 ERA in six starts at AT&T Park this season. Over the last 20 years, there was only one other instance of a Giants pitcher recording an ERA that low over his first six home starts, and that was by Vogelsong himself in 2011 (1.09). Prior to that, no Giants pitcher had done so since Scott Garrelts at Candlestick Park in 1989 (0.86).
POLANCO'S ERRORLESS STREAK ENDS, TWO OTHERS STILL INTACT
From Elias: Placido Polanco was changed with his first error of the season when he mishandled a ground ball on Monday night. That snapped Polanco's streak of 59 consecutive games errorless at third base, dating back to last September. It had been the longest current streak by any third baseman in the majors. But get this: Polanco still owns the longest current errorless streaks by any active player not only at second base (66 games), where he played regularly for the Tigers from 2005 to 2009; but also at shortstop, where he played occasionally for the Cardinals in the early 2000s. He last committed an error as a shortstop in 1999, and he has played 85 games there since then (but only once in the last 10 seasons, and that was in 2005).
PARKER FALLS JUST SHORT IN BID FOR UNCOMMON FEAT
From Elias: Michael Young ended Jarrod Parker's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the eighth inning in the A's 12-1 victory over the Rangers. A rare no-hitter it would have been, considering Texas started the game with a .288 batting average (the highest in the majors). No pitcher has thrown a no-hitter versus a team with a batting average that high since Hideo Nomo's against the Rockies at Coors Field in September 1996. Colorado was batting .290 coming into that game, bolstered by a .348 mark at Coors Field.
Of note, Johan Santana pitched his no-hitter last Friday against the team leading the NL in batting average, the Cardinals (.281 coming in).
TWINS SHOWS RARE DISPLAY OF POWER IN KC
From Elias: Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau, and Trevor Plouffe homered in the Twins' 10-7 victory at Kansas City. It was the first time that Minnesota hit three or more home runs in a game at Kauffman Stadium since August 17, 2003. The Twins played 75 games at Kansas City in the interim, hitting a total of 53 homers.
ROCKIES ROOKIE ON A ROLL
From Elias: Christian Friedrich allowed four hits over seven innings to earn his third straight victory in his last three outings as the Rockies posted a 4-0 win at Arizona. Friedrich is the first Rockies rookie pitcher to win three straight appearances since Jeff Francis did it three times during the 2005 season. No other Colorado rookie recorded such a streak over the last 10 seasons.
BRODEUR IN UNCOMMON POSITION WITH DEVILS DOWN 3-0
From Elias: The Kings took a three-game-to-none lead in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-0 victory over Martin Brodeur and the Devils. This is the 35th playoff series in which Brodeur has started each of his team's first three games, but it's only the second time that he has lost all three games. The first was a 2006 conference semifinal series against Carolina, which the Hurricanes won in five games.
QUICK NEARLY UNBEATABLE IN FINAL
From Elias: Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his shutout victory over the Devils on Monday. Quick has allowed only two goals as LA has taken a three-games-to-none lead in his first Stanley Cup Final. Three goaltenders allowed two or fewer goals in their first three Stanley Cup Final games, but none in the last 60 years. The three were Frank McCool in 1945 (no goals allowed), Alex Connell in 1927 (2), and Terry Sawchuk in 1952 (2).
The last team to score two or fewer goals in the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final was St. Louis in 1969, when they lost by scores of 3-1, 3-1, and 4-0 to Montreal.