Date: June 20, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

TEAM EFFORT LEADS HEAT TO WIN

From Elias: LeBron James scored 26 points on Tuesday and Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each added 25 in the Heat's win over the Thunder. They're the first trio of teammates to score 25 or more points in an NBA Finals game since June 7, 1985, when Kareem-Abdul Jabbar had 36 points against the Celtics, James Worthy had 33 and Magic Johnson had 26 as the Lakers took a 3-2 series lead on Boston.

James has scored at least 25 points in each of his last 14 games, tying an NBA record for consecutive 25-point games in one playoff season, a mark that James himself set in 2009.

The Heat defeated the Thunder after trailing by 14 points at the end of the first quarter. That's tied for the third-largest deficit at the end of the first quarter for any team that won an NBA Finals game. The Celtics overcame a 21-point deficit against the Lakers in 2008 and a 15-point margin against the Hawks in 1957; and the Lakers came back from 14 down against the Celtics in 1966.

Miami Heat

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Westbrook

A HUGE GAME FOR WESTBROOK

From Elias: Russell Westbrook scored 43 points on 20 of 32 shooting, plus three free throws, but it wasn't enough to lead Oklahoma City to a win. Westbrook is the seventh player to make 20 or more field goals in an NBA Finals game, and he's the first of those players to lose.

Westbrook's total of 43 points is the tied for the third-highest in an NBA Finals game by a player younger than 24 years old. Rick Barry had games of 55, 44 and 43 points for the San Francisco Warriors in the 1967 NBA Finals, when he was 23 years old.

Oklahoma City Thunder

MLB

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Suzuki

ICHIRO 500 SHY OF 3000

From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki passed the 2500-hit milestone on Tuesday night, 11 years and 78 days after his major-league debut, and in his 1817th game in the major leagues. That's the shortest amount of time any major-league player has needed to reach 2500 hits; the last to get there in so few games was Al Simmons, who reached that milestone in 1936 in 1784 games.

Seattle Mariners

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Chapman

INDIANS END CHAPMAN'S STREAK

From Elias: Aroldis Chapman faced three batters on Tuesday but he did not record a strikeout, ending his streak of 34 consecutive relief appearances with at least one strikeout, which dated back to last September. That was the third-longest streak of that kind in major-league history, behind a 39-game streak by Bruce Sutter in 1977 and a 35-game streak by Eric Gagne spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Cincinnati Reds

TROUT HAS AN UNSTOPPABLE NIGHT

From Elias: Mike Trout went 4 for 4 on Tuesday, 15 days after a 4 for 4 game against Seattle on June 4. That's as many 4 for 4 games as all other players 20 or younger had combined over the past 15 seasons (1997-2011)┐one each by Giancarlo Stanton in 2010 and by Elvis Andrus in 2009.

But here's the kicker┐Trout is the first player age 20 or younger to have 4 for 4 games in such close proximity since Rogers Hornsby did it on July 29 and August 9, 1916.

Los Angeles Angels

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Cabrera

MELKY REACHES 100 HITS

From Elias: Melky Cabrera had hits in each of his first two at-bats on Tuesday, to reach 100 for the season in his 271st at-bat of the year. That's the fewest at-bats any Giants player has needed to reach 100 hits since Willie Mays got there in the same amount of ABs in 1960.

San Francisco Giants

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Buchholz

BOSTON SUPPORTS BUCHHOLZ

From Elias: Clay Buchholz allowed five runs in six innings, but the Red Sox scored seven, to allow Buchholz to improve to 8-2 this season, despite his 5.53 ERA. That's the second-highest ERA for any starting pitcher who has begun a season 8-2 or better in his first 10 decisions. Dave Burba began the 2001 season 8-2 with a 5.68 ERA for Cleveland.

Boston has averaged 6.6 runs per game in Buchholz's starts, the second-highest average run support for any pitcher who has made at least 10 starts this season, behind Toronto's Ricky Romero (6.9 per game).

Boston Red Sox

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Thornburg

BLUE JAYS POWER PAST BREWERS

From Elias: Tyler Thornburg allowed three straight home runs in the sixth inning of his major-league debut on Tuesday, to Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He's the first player to allow three straight homers in his first game in the big leagues since the Yankees' Bill Fulton did it against the Blue Jays on Sept. 12, 1987 (with homers by Ernie Whitt, Jesse Barfield and Kelly Gruber). Fulton pitched only two more games in the major leagues.

Rasmus and Bautista also hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday. They're the first pair of teammates to hit back-to-back home runs twice in one game since Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman did so for Houston against Philadelphia on July 25, 2005.

The last time Blue Jays' teammates did that was on April 20, 2001 when Raul Mondesi and Carlos Delgado went back-to-back twice at Kansas City.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Ramirez

RAMIREZ HITS 10TH SLAM

From Elias: Aramis Ramirez hit his 10th career grand slam on Tuesday, all of which have come as a third baseman. The only active player with more grand slams as a third baseman is Alex Rodriguez, with 12.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Hamels

HAMELS GETS 10TH WIN OF SEASON

From Elias: Cole Hamels recorded his 10th win of the season Tuesday, giving him double-digit wins in each of the last six seasons. The three most recent pitchers to win 10 or more games in six straight seasons for the Phillies are all in the Hall of Fame: Steve Carlton (13 straight seasons, 1972-1984), Robin Roberts (12, 1949-1960) and Grover Alexander (7, 1911-1917).

Hamels earned his 10th win in his 14th game, which ties the second-fastest any Phillies pitcher has reached 10 wins in the live-ball era (1920 to date). Steve Carlton got there in 13 games in 1980; three others got there in 14 games: Robin Roberts (1953), Dick Ruthven (1978) and Paul Byrd (1999).

Philadelphia Phillies

TWO STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS FOR THE METS

From Elias: The Mets shut out the Orioles for the second straight night on Wednesday, a 5-0 win in which four pitchers held Baltimore scoreless. It's the third time this season that the Mets have had back-to-back shutouts; they also did it against San Diego (May 26-27) and St. Louis (June 1-2). All other teams combined have consecutive shutouts five times this season, and the only other team to do it more than once is the Angels.

Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets

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Verlander

VERLANDER DOMINATES THE NL IN DETROIT

From Elias: Justin Verlander held the Cardinals to three runs (one earned) in seven innings on Tuesday, improving his won-lost record in home games against National League opponents to 11-0 in 12 starts, with a 1.69 ERA. Verlander threw a no-hitter at home against the Brewers in 2007 and he came within two outs of one against the Pirates on May 18.

Detroit Tigers

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DeJesus

CUBS GET PRODUCTION FROM LEADOFF SPOT

From Elias: The Cubs' leadoff hitter David DeJesus drove in both runs in their 2-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Coming into the game, Cubs leadoff hitters had only 12 RBIs this season (tied for the fewest in the major leagues) and they had only one multiple-RBI game, by Reed Johnson in their second game of the year (against the Nationals on Apr. 7).

Chicago Cubs

BRAVES END YANKEES WINNING STREAK

From Elias: The Braves snapped the Yankees' 10-game winning streak on Tuesday with a 4-3 win. It's the first time the Braves have ended a winning streak of 10-plus games since they did so against the Mets in 1986. The Braves have a history of busting winning streaks by New York teams┐they snapped the New York Giants' 26-game winning streak in September 1916, which is the longest winning streak in major-league history

Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees

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Harang

HARANG GOES WILD

From Elias: Aaron Harang walked eight Athletics batters in 3 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' loss in Oakland on Tuesday. He's the first Dodgers pitcher to walk eight or more batters in less than four innings of work since 1943, when Les Webber had nine walks (and allowed 10 runs) in 1┐ innings of relief.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Correia

CORREIA WINS AT HOME

From Elias: Kevin Correia ended a streak of nine-straight winless starts at PNC Park with a win over the Twins on Tuesday. Correia is now 3-10 in home games for Pittsburgh and he still hasn't defeated a National League team┐his wins have been against the Tigers, Orioles and Twins. (Correia's streak of 14 straight winless starts at home against National League opponents is the longest in Pirates history.)

Pittsburgh Pirates


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