Date: June 25, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Youkilis

CHANGE OF SOX FOR YOUKILIS

From Elias: Kevin Youkilis will join a White Sox team whose third basemen entered play on Sunday with the lowest batting average (.167), slugging percentage (.224) and on-base percentage (.243) this season for any major-league team from that position. The White Sox also entered Sunday's game with major-league lows for home runs (one) and RBIs (18) from the hot corner.

Chicago White Sox

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Ross

ROSS HOMERS OFF MINOR IN TWO STRAIGHT INNINGS

From Elias: Cody Ross hit a three-run home run off of Mike Minor in the fourth inning and he added two-run shot against Minor in the fifth inning in Boston's 9-4 win over the Braves. Ross became the first Red Sox player to homer off of one pitcher with runners on base in consecutive innings of a game since Manny Ramirez did so against Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton on April 16, 2005.

Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

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Escobar

1-0 IN TEN INNINGS

From Elias: Eduardo Escobar's pinch-hit RBI single in the tenth inning gave the White Sox a 1-0 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday, after Milwaukee posted a 1-0 ten-inning victory in the series opener on Friday night. Before this weekend the White Sox had played only one extra-inning game that resulted in a final score of 1-0 over the last 15 seasons (1998-2012). There was only one other series in the majors over the last 37 seasons (1976 to date) in which two such games were played (the other was the Dodgers versus Diamondbacks in 2010). It was the third such series in White Sox history (their first since 1968 against the Yankees) and the first in Brewers history.

Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers

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Dickey

DICKEY STREAKS COME TO AN END

From Elias: The Yankees' four-run third inning in their 6-5 victory over the Mets snapped R.A. Dickey's streak of 44 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly ended Dickey's streak, the longest of its kind for any major-league pitcher since 1988, when Orel Hershiser tossed 59 consecutive innings without allowing a run (earned or unearned). Nick Swisher followed Teixeira with a three-run homer to end Dickey's streak of 52 2/3 straight homerless innings, the longest of his career. Dickey had held opponents without an extra-base hit in 105 consecutive at-bats before Swisher's home run, the longest such streak against any major-league pitcher this season.

New York Mets, New York Yankees

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Price

AMERICAN LEAGUE LEADERS

From Elias: Matt Harrison (10-3 for the Rangers) and David Price (10-4 for the Rays) both notched victories on Sunday to share the distinction of being the first American League pitchers to win ten games this season. Price was also the first A.L. pitcher to reach double-digit wins in 2010. Harrison is the first Rangers pitcher to do that since Kenny Rogers in 2004.

Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers

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Lee

LEE REMAINS WINLESS

From Elias: The Rays defeated Cliff Lee in the second game of Sunday's split doubleheader to drop his record to 0-4 in 12 games this season. Lee is the first former Cy Young Award winner to string together 12 straight starts without a victory since Greg Maddux went 0-5 over a span of 14 starts for the 2008 Padres. Lee is the second pitcher to begin a season with 12 or more winless starts after winning that award. Vida Blue was 0-5 in 14 starts (the entire season) for the 1983 Royals.

Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays

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Norris

WALK-OFF HOMER FOR NORRIS

From Elias: Derek Norris made his first major-league home run count, hitting a three-run walk-off homer to give the Athletics a 4-2 triumph over the Giants. Norris joined Dee Miles (Sept. 14, 1939 for the Philadelphia A's) and George Hendrick (May 28, 1972) as the only players in franchise history whose first homer in the big leagues was a walk-off shot. Norris's homer was the second game-ender for Oakland in the history of their interleague rivalry with San Francisco, and the other one also came off the bat of a rookie. Olmedo Saenz hit a three-run ninth-inning shot off Robb Nen on July 15, 1999 to give Oakland an 11-9 win.

Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants

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Posey

POSEY BREAKS HITLESS STREAK FOR GIANTS

From Elias: Buster Posey's two-run home run with two outs in the first inning of the Giants' loss at Oakland snapped San Francisco's streak of 28 consecutive hitless at-bats with two outs and runners on base. That was the longest streak of hitless at-bats in those situations for any major-league team this season and it was the longest for the Giants since a streak of 30 hitless at-bats in 2003.

San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics

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Beltran

BELTRAN KEEPS HITTING

From Elias: Carlos Beltran opened the scoring in the Cardinals' 11-8 victory at Kansas City with a three-run homer in the first inning. Beltran has a .308 batting average with 20 home runs and 56 RBI in 70 games after signing with St. Louis during the offseason. Over the past ten years the only other players to equal or exceed Beltran's totals in each of the triple-crown categories over their first 70 games for any franchise after switching teams were Manny Ramirez for the Dodgers (.386 BA, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 2008-2009) and Raul Ibanez for the Phillies (.309 BA, 25 HR, 68 RBI in 2009).

St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals

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Willingham

WILLINGHAM HOMER BEATS CHAPMAN

From Elias: Josh Willingham's two-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Twins to a 4-3 win at Cincinnati as Aroldis Chapman absorbed his fourth loss and his third blown save opportunity over a span of 18 days. Chapman didn't allow an earned run through his first 24 games this season as he went 4-0 with six saves while limiting opponents to a .074 batting average through June 6. But in seven games since then Chapman is 0-4 with only two saves in five chances, while being charged with eight runs, all earned, in 6 innings (11.37 ERA) and allowing nine hits, including three home runs, in 28 at-bats (.321 BA).

Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds

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Wieters

EIGHTH-INNING HOMER BY WIETERS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

From Elias: Matt Wieters slammed a two-run home run off Sean Burnett in the eighth inning and Jim Johnson shut the door in the ninth to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Nationals. It was the first time in Wieters' career that he homered in the sixth inning or later to turn a deficit into a lead.

Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals

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Buehrle

BUEHRLE RIGHTS THE SHIP

From Elias: Mark Buehrle ended his personal four-game losing streak and helped snap the Marlins' six-game slide as Miami defeated the Blue Jays, 9-0. Buehrle had started six previous games this season that immediately followed a Marlins loss and he was 0-6 with a 4.84 ERA in those games.

Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays

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Soriano

SORIANO IS THE ONLY HIGHLIGHT FOR THE CUBS

From Elias: Alfonso Soriano's solo home run accounted for the Cubs' only run in their loss at Arizona. After going homerless in his first 30 games of the season, Soriano has hit 14 homers in his last 37 games, tying him with Trevor Plouffe for the second-most in the majors over that span (since May 15), behind Jose Bautista (15). It's the most homers that Soriano has hit over any 37-game span since 2008 (14 from May 13 through August 1).

Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Noesi

BETTER AT THE PLATE THAN ON THE MOUND

From Elias: Hector Noesi absorbed the loss for the Mariners at San Diego on Sunday despite collecting a pair of singles in his two at-bats. Noesi became the 12th American League pitcher to go 2-for-2 or better in a game during the era of interleague play (1997 to date). He was the third of those pitchers to do so while being tagged with a loss, joining Tony Saunders (for Tampa Bay in 1998) and Ryan Drese (for Texas in 2004). The only winning pitcher among the dozen was Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn in 2001.

Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres

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Young

VERLANDER BENDS BUT DOESN'T BREAK

From Elias: Delmon Young's eighth-inning RBI single gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead that Justin Verlander took to the house in his complete-game victory at Pittsburgh. Detroit had nursed a 2-0 lead until Garrett Jones tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. It was the seventh time this season that Verlander relinquished a lead, but he's posted a 4-1 record in those games. Verlander surrendered eight leads last season and went 3-1 in those games.

Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Johnson

ASTROS ADD INSURANCE IN THE EIGHTH

From Elias: Chris Johnson and J.D. Martinez each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning to close out the scoring in the Astros' 7-1 victory over the Indians. The Astros have scored 45 eighth-inning runs this season to tie them with the Red Sox for the major-league high.

Cleveland Indians


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