Date: July 6, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Eovaldi

ROOKIES RULE FOR DODGERS

From Elias: Rookie Nate Eovaldi earned the victory while fellow rookies Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke homered in the Dodgers' win over the Diamondbacks. It's just the fourth time in Dodgers history that a rookie pitcher earned a win and two different rookies hit homers in the same game. The other three occurrences were July 17, 1948 at Cincinnati in the second game of a doubleheader (Paul Minner was the pitcher, George Shuba and Roy Campanella hit the homers), Sept. 19, 1958 at Chicago (Ralph Mauriello earned the win, Ron Fairly and Don Demeter homered), and July 14, 1984 at Chicago (Orel Hershiser was the winner, Franklin Stubbs and German Rivera hit the homers).

Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks

PIRATES SWEEP ASTROS

From Elias: The Pirates blanked the Astros, 2-0, Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep of the series. It's the Bucs' first sweep of a series of four-or-more games since 2006, a span of 51 such series. That had been the major leagues' third-longest current streak of that type; only Seattle (66 consecutive series of four-or-more games without a sweep) and Detroit (63) own longer current streaks.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

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Wright

DAVID WRIGHT'S BIG NIGHT

From Elias: David Wright knocked in four runs in the Mets' comeback win over the Phillies Thursday night, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon. Wright has 17 RBI over his last eight games, the most he has ever had over any eight-game span in his major-league career. His previous high: 15 RBI in eight games in August 2006.

For Wright, it was the eighth walk-off RBI of his career, tying Kevin McReynolds for the Mets all-time record in that category. And he became the first major leaguer to be able to say that he has had walk-off hits off both Papelbon and his longtime A.L. East rival, Mariano Rivera.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Youkilis

YOUK PAYING EARLY DIVIDENDS

From Elias: Kevin Youkilis' sixth-inning home run off Matt Harrison gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish. It was the fourth straight game in which Youkilis had a go-ahead RBI. Over the last seven seasons, only one other White Sox player had a go-ahead RBI in four straight games: Paul Konerko did it June last season.

And get a load of this one: since baseball began keeping track of RBIs in 1920, Youkilis is the first White Sox player ever to produce go-ahead RBI in each of his first three home games with the team.

Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers

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Harrison

HARRISON'S CAREER-LONG STREAK ENDS

From Elias: Matt Harrison had not allowed a home run in 41 innings prior to Kevin Youkilis' blast in the sixth inning. It was the longest homerless streak of Harrison's major-league career. Harrison's previous longest streak of not allowing a home run was 36 spanning the end of the 2011 seasons and the beginning of the 2012 season.

Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox

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Fielder

THE PRINCE OF LATE-INNING PRESSURE

From Elias: Prince Fielder's first full season in the majors was 2006, and from then through last season, his total of 33 home runs in Late-Inning Pressure Situations was tops in the majors. Thursday, he hit his first LIPS home run for the Tigers, a three-run blast that broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning and led the Tigers to a win over the Twins. That doesn't mean that Fielder has been entirely unproductive in those Late-Inning Pressure Situations in a Detroit uniform; he's now batting .367 in those spots this season: seventh inning or later, with the score tied or the team at bat trailing by up to three runs (or up to four runs if there are at least two runners on base).

Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins

GIANTS CAN'T HOLD LATE LEAD

From Elias: The Nationals defeated the Giants, 6-5, despite having trailed, 5-1, in the seventh inning. It's the first time the Giants have lost a game in which they led by four or more in the seventh inning or later in over four years, since they lost, 8-7, at home to the Astros on May 15, 2008.

The Giants' streak of 149 consecutive wins when leading by four-or-more runs in the seventh inning or later had been the longest current streak in the major leagues entering Thursday's action, and was the second-longest for the Giants since they arrived in San Francisco in 1958 (they had a 163-game streak from 2000 to 2004).

Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants

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Cain

CAIN NEEDS SUPPORT

From Elias: Matt Cain was lifted from the game as the pitcher of record on the winning side Thursday night only to watch the San Francisco bullpen blow the lead. It was the fourth time this season that the Giants bullpen has blown a win for Cain. Cain's four blown wins are tied for the second most in the majors this season, behind Randy Wolf (seven). Three other pitchers have had four blown wins this season: Kyle Lohse, Jon Lester and Carlos Zambrano.

San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals

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Buehrle

BUEHRLE IS ON THE MARK

From Elias: Mark Buehrle is 3-0 with a 0.83 earned-run average over his last three starts after his performance at Milwaukee on Thursday; Buehrle has pitched at least seven innings and has not allowed more than two runs in any of them. The last time Buehrle had a three-game streak like that was in June 2008.

Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers

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Perez

ROYALS GET OFFENSIVE SUPPORT FROM BEHIND THE PLATE

From Elias: Salvador Perez had four hits for the Royals Thursday night. Perez is the second Royals catcher with a four-hit game this season; Bryan Pena did it on April 15. It's the fourth time in franchise history that the Royals had two different catchers with a four-hit game in the same season. It also happened in 1977 (John Wathan and Darrell Porter), 1980 (Wathan and Porter) and 1998 (Mike Sweeney and Sal Fasano).

Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays

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Choo

SOLO WIN FOR INDIANS

From Elias: The Indians beat the Rays 3-1 on solo home runs by Shin-Soo Choo, Travis Hafner and Michael Brantley. It was only the third time over the last 40 years in which the Indians won a game in which they scored at least three runs with all the runs coming on solo homers. They also did it on May 27, 1994 against the A's (Paul Sorrento, Jim Thome and Sandy Alomar, Jr.) and Aug. 30, 2006 against the Blue Jays (Travis Hafner with two and Jhonny Peralta).

Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays

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Heyward

HEYWARD AND MCCANN GO DEEP IN FIRST INNING

From Elias: Jason Heyward and Brian McCann hit two-run homers off Matt Garza in the first inning Thursday night. It was the first time in 10 years that the Braves had more than one homer with runners on base in the opening frame. The last time the Braves did this was on Aug. 25, 2002 at Los Angeles, when Chipper Jones (three-run homer) and Javy Lopez (two-run homer) connected off Kaz Ishii.

Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs


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