Date: July 4, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

JONES: 5 HITS AT AGE 40

From Elias: Chipper Jones, age 40, went 5-for-5 in the Braves' 10-3 home win over the Cubs. The last player over 40 to record five hits in a nine-inning game was Paul Molitor (41), for the Twins on August 8, 1998 against Baltimore. Jones is the oldest Braves player in the modern era (since 1900) to rack up five hits in a game. Johnny Cooney was a slightly younger 40 than Jones when he had five hits for the Boston Braves against the Pirates on May 7, 1941.

Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs

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Jurrjens

JURRJENS WINS WITH UNUSUAL LINE

From Elias: Jair Jurrjens allowed three unearned runs on nine hits in five innings, earning a 10-3 win for the Braves over the Cubs. Since earned runs became an official statistic a century ago, only one other Braves starting pitcher has won without allowing an earned run despite giving up four more hits than innings pitched. Steve Avery allowed 12 hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on July 18, 1993.

Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs

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Youkilis

YOUK MAKES GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION ON WHITE SOX FANS

From Elias: Kevin Youkilis was 3-for-6, homered, and drove in four runs in his first home game for the White Sox, a 19-2 rout of the Rangers. Since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920, only one other Sox player has recorded three hits and four RBI in his first home game for the team. Fred Eichrodt went 4-for-4 with four RBI (but no home runs) against the Indians on April 22, 1931 at Comiskey Park. Since 2000, only two players have done this for any team, and both did it for the Nationals: Vinny Castilla in 2005 and Danny Espinosa in 2010.

Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers

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Plouffe

PLOUFFE AND KILLER

From Elias: Trevor Plouffe hit his 19th home run of the season in the Twins' 8-6 win at Detroit. All but one of Plouffe's homers has come in his last 39 games. Eighteen home runs tie the most over any 39-game single-season span in franchise history. The only other player to do that was Harmon Killebrew, in 1962, 1964 and 1967.

Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers

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Murphy

MURPHY ON AN RBI TEAR

From Elias: Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and four runs batted in for the Mets in their 11-1 win over the Phillies in New York. It was the third time in his last six games that Murphy has driven in 4+ runs. Only one other player in the last four years has posted three 4-RBI games in such a short span. Brandon Inge had exactly four RBIs four times in a five-game span shortly after joining the A's in May 2012. Murphy is the first Mets player ever to drive in four runs in three out of six games. And the last MLB second baseman to do it was the Reds' Bret Boone in 1998.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Niese

NIESE DOES IT ALL

From Elias: Jonathon Niese allowed one run in eight innings, and also scored two runs and drove in two more in the Mets' 11-1 home win over the Phillies. The last winning pitcher to allow one run or less in 8+ innings while also scoring and driving in two runs each was the Braves' Kyle Davies against the Mets on May 22, 2007. Niese is the fifth Mets pitcher to accomplish this, joining Jay Hook (1962), Tom Seaver (1971), Dwight Gooden (1985) and Ron Darling (1989).

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Lincecum

LINCECUM STRUGGLES AWAY FROM SAN FRANCISCO

From Elias: Tim Lincecum allowed eight runs, seven earned, while recording just 10 outs in the Giants' 9-3 loss at Washington. In nine road starts this season, Lincecum's ERA stands at 8.45. Since the National League started recording earned runs in 1912, only one Giants pitcher has posted a higher earned-run average through his first nine away starts. Terry Mulholland's ERA was 8.79 through nine games started away from San Francisco in 1995.

San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals

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Crisp

CRISP'S WALK-OFF DOWNS RED SOX

From Elias: Coco Crisp's ninth-inning sacrifice fly brought home the winning run in the Athletics' 3-2 win over the Red Sox in Oakland. Crisp, who played for Boston from 2006 to 2008, is the first former Red Sox player to deliver a walk-off RBI against his old team since Kevin Millar homered for the Orioles on August 12, 2007.

Crisp hit a leadoff home run in the first inning before driving in the winner in the ninth. He's the first Oakland player to have a leadoff homer and a walk-off RBI in the same game since Rickey Henderson, against the White Sox on August 12, 1992.

Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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Chen

CHEN LOSES PERFECTO, WIN

From Elias: Wei-Yin Chen's bid for a perfect game was broken up by Casper Wells' home run with one out in the seventh inning. And when Pedro Strop allowed the Mariners to tie the game in the eighth inning, Chen was left with a no-decision, although the Orioles eventually won 5-4 on Robert Andino's ninth-inning home run. The last Baltimore pitcher to fail to earn a win after retiring the first 19+ batters of a game was Scott McGregor on August 9, 1978. McGregor was perfect for 6 2/3 innings before allowing four straight hits and two runs as the Orioles lost 2-0 to the Royals at Memorial Stadium.

Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners

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Sutton

BUCS REACH 8 GAMES OVER .500 FOR FIRST TIME IN POST-BONDS ERA

From Elias: The Pirates rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to beat the Astros, 8-7 on Drew Sutton's ninth-inning walk-off home run. Pittsburgh (44-36) is eight games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 1992 season 96-66. It was the Pirates' second win this season in a game they trailed by four runs. They came back from four down to beat the Mets on May 21. In the previous three seasons combined, Pittsburgh had only one four-run comeback win.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

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Rodriguez

RODRIGUEZ'S RARE MULTI-HIT GAME BEATS YANKEES

From Elias: Sean Rodriguez went 3-for-4 and hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the Rays' 7-4 win over the Yankees at Tropicana Field. Rodriguez had not had three hits in a game since last August, and entering Tuesday had only had six multiple-hit games in 63 starts this season (9.5%). Only two other players with 50+ games started in 2012 had recorded more than one hit in fewer than 10% of them: Orlando Hudson and John Buck (both 3 out of 59, 5.1%).

Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees

BREWERS WIN A WILD ONE

From Elias: The Brewers, who led the Marlins 9-2 after six innings, needed an Aramis Ramirez walk-off home run in the 11th inning to finally beat Miami, 13-12. The last team to overcome an extra-inning deficit to win after blowing a seven-run lead was the Nationals against the Cardinals on June 5, 2008.

Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins

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Bell

BELL'S NIGHTMARE SEASON

From Elias: Heath Bell allowed two runs while recording just two outs in earning the loss for the Marlins. It was the ninth time this season that Bell has allowed at least two runs while pitching an inning or less, the most such games by any MLB pitcher in 2012.

Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers

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Colvin

COLVIN CONTINUES TO SLUG

From Elias: Tyler Colvin's three-run home run provided all the Rockies' offense in their 3-2 win at St. Louis. Colvin's .833 slugging percentage since June 9 is the highest in the majors among players with at least 50 at-bats. Next best: Andrew McCutchen (.753).

Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

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Lind

LIND POWERS UP WITH RUNNERS ON

From Elias: Adam Lind's fourth-inning three-run home run was the deciding blow in the Blue Jays' 6-3 home win over the Royals. Lind, who has played his entire career for Toronto, has hit exactly half of his 112 major-league home runs with at least one runner on base. Only two of the other 22 players with at least 75 homers in a Blue Jays uniform hit a higher percentage of their homers with runners on: Joe Carter (52%) and Vernon Wells (51%).

Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals


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