Date: July 3, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Grandal

GRANDAL IS HOMER HAPPY

From Elias: Yasmani Grandal's first three hits in his major-league career were all homers. Grandal is the seventh player since 1900 whose first three hits were home runs. The others to do it were Chick Fullis for the Giants in 1929, Ed Sanicki for the Phillies in 1949, Billy Conigliaro for the Red Sox in 1969, Mike Greenwell for the Red Sox in 1985, Alfonso Soriano for the Yankees in 1999-2000 and Keith McDonald for the Cardinals in 2000.

San Diego Padres

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Parker

PARKER IS STINGY

From Elias: Jarrod Parker allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings pitched Monday night in the A's win over the Red Sox. Parker has allowed zero or one run in 10 of his 14 career starts in the major leagues. Only one other pitcher since 1900 accomplished this: Ferdie Schupp for the Giants from 1913 to 1917. Schupp pitched for 10 seasons in the majors from 1913 to 1922, seven of them with the Giants.

Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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Beltran

BELTRAN IS A RBI MACHINE

From Elias: Carlos Beltran knocked in two runs in the Cardinals' win over the Rockies. Beltran has driven in a run in each of his last nine games, the longest such streak for a Cardinals player since Fernando Tatis had an RBI in nine straight games in 2000. Ripper Collins holds the Cardinals record by knocking in a run in 12 straight games in 1935.

Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

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Aoki

BREWERS PLAY SMALL BALL

From Elias: The Brewers scored the winning run on a Norichika Aoki squeeze bunt in the eighth inning. It's the eighth time this season that the Brewers have had an RBI bunt, twice as many as any other major-league team. The Reds are second in the majors with four RBI bunts.

Milwaukee Brewers

BUCS PUTTING UP CROOKED NUMBERS

From Elias: The Pirates scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings in their win over the Astros Monday night. Pittsburgh has scored at least three runs in an inning in each of their last six games, its longest such streak since May 2006, when they also had a six-game streak. Over their last four games the Pirates have scored 36 runs on 57 hits and eight home runs. Since 1950, the Pirates have had that many runs, hits and homers over any four-game span only twice: once in July 1991 and once in May 2006.

Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Valbuena

VALBUENA BASES LOADED DOUBLE IS THE GAME-WINNER

From Elias: Luis Valbuena hit a three-run double in the seventh inning in the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Braves Monday night. Entering the game, the Cubs' .154 team batting average with the bases loaded was the worst in the majors.

Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves

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Samardzija

SAMARDZIJA BOUNCES BACK

From Elias: Jeff Samardzija allowed only one run in seven innings in the Cubs' win over the Braves, one start after allowing nine runs in a loss to the Mets. The last Cubs pitcher to have back-to-back starts like that, i.e. allow zero or one run with at least seven innings pitched after allowing at least nine runs in his start before, was Kevin Tapani in 2001. Tapani allowed 10 runs in a loss at Colorado and then allowed no runs over seven innings against the Dodgers in his next start.

Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves

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Moustakas

A SLAM FOR THE ROYALS

From Elias: Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam in the Royals' five-run seventh inning Monday night. The Royals entered the night as one of five major-league teams without a grand slam this season, along with the Tigers, Twins, Nationals and Giants.

Kansas City Royals

YANKEES DROP ANOTHER ONE AT THE TROP

From Elias: The Yankees have lost their last eight games at Tropicana Field (since July 21, 2011). It's the club's longest road losing streak against any one team since they dropped 15 in a row at Texas from 1989 to 1991.

New York Yankees

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Teixeira

FIRST ERROR BY TEIX IS COSTLY

From Elias: Mark Teixeira's three-base error allowed the winning run to score in the Yankees' loss to the Rays. Teixeira had not committed an error in his previous 91 games, which was the longest current errorless streak for any major-league first baseman.

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

WEAVER IS PROGRESSIVE

From Elias: Jered Weaver is 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average in eight career starts at Progressive Field. Weaver's career ERA at Progressive Field is the best for any pitcher who has thrown at least 50 innings at that ballpark.

Los Angeles Angels


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