Date: June 12, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Reyes

REYES IGNITES MARLINS WITH LEADOFF TRIPLE

From Elias: Jose Reyes celebrated his 29th birthday by leading off Monday night's game with a triple, a hit that sparked a three-run first inning in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Red Sox. It was the 14th time in his career that Reyes led off a game with a triple, tying him with Juan Pierre for the second-highest such total among active players. Ichiro leads all current players in that category, with 15 triples to start the first inning.

It was Reyes's 103rd career triple, the most for any major-league player through the date of his 29th birthday since Stan Musial reached that age in 1949 with 108 three-baggers.

Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox

HARPER HAS GOOD COMPANY

From Elias: Bryce Harper was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in the Nationals' win at Toronto on Monday night. Harper has 26 hits, 13 RBI and 11 walks in 19 games played since May 20. The only other major-league player who has more than 25 hits, more than 10 RBI and more than 10 walks over that span is Albert Pujols.

Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays

UNUSUAL LINESCORE

From Elias: The Yankees built a picket fence with single runs in each of the first three innings and that was all the scoring in their 3-0 victory over the Braves on Monday night. It was only the second win in franchise history with that linescore. The Yankees earned a 3-0 victory against the Angels in Anaheim on May 13, 1977 on the strength of an RBI-single by Reggie Jackson in the first inning, a sacrifice fly by Bucky Dent in the second stanza and a solo home run by Thurman Munson in the third frame.

New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves

NHL

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Brown

THREE QUICK GOALS

From Elias: Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored in a span of 3 minutes and 58 seconds of the first period to give the Kings a 3-0 lead and Los Angeles cruised from there to a 6-1 victory over the Devils. The only team in NHL history to score three goals in a shorter time frame in the clinching game of the Stanley Cup Final was the Islanders in 1983. Bryan Trottier, John Tonelli and Mike Bossy scored within one minute and 37 seconds in Game Four of that series, punctuating the Islanders' sweep of the Oilers.

Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils

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Quick

QUICK WINS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

From Elias: Jonathan Quick, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy, is only the second goaltender to record a goals against average below 2.00 in four different playoff series in one postseason. The other was Martin Brodeur, who did so in 2003, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.

Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils


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