Date: August 10, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Dickey

ANOTHER 10-K, NO WALK GAME FOR R.A. DICKEY

From Elias: R.A. Dickey earned his 15th win of the season with a complete-game 6-1 victory over the Marlins in which he struck out ten batters and did not issue a walk. It was the third time this season that Dickey recorded a double-digit strikeout total in a game in which he did not walk anyone. Since 2008 the only major-league pitcher with three such games in one season was Felix Hernandez in 2011.

Among the more famous knuckleballers in recent major-league history, Charlie Hough, Tim Wakefield and Hoyt Wilhlem never had a ten-strikeout, no-walk game. The Niekro brothers each did it once. Tom Candiotti did it three times.

New York Mets, Miami Marlins

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Reyes

REYES' HITTING STREAK SNAPPED BY HIS OLD TEAM

From Elias: Jose Reyes's 26-game hitting streak came to an end when he went 0 for 4 in the Marlins' loss to the team Reyes played for from 2003 through 2011, the New York Mets. It's the longest hitting streak in modern major-league history that ended against a team for which the player played in the previous season. The previous high since 1900 was Mike Piazza's 24-game hitting streak for the Mets in 1999, which was stopped by the Marlins, for whom Piazza played five games in 1998.

Some of our older Elias Says followers, though, may recall that in the season after the Cleveland Spiders traded future Hall-of-Famer George Davis to the New York Giants, the Spiders successfully ended Davis's hitting streak at 33 games. OK, maybe not that many people would recall it; that hitting streak occurred in 1893.

Miami Marlins, New York Mets

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Teixeira

FOUR STRAIGHT MULTI-HIT GAMES FOR ERIC CHAVEZ

From Elias: The Yankees earned a split of their four-game series in Detroit with a 4-3 win on Thursday afternoon thanks in large part to Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez, whose back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning turned a one-run deficit into a one-run New York lead that relievers David Phelps and Rafael Soriano preserved for six outs. Chavez was 9 for 16 in the series at Comerica Park with at least two hits in each game. It's the fifth time that Chavez has recorded four consecutive multiple-hit games in his major-league career but it's the first time that he's done so since May 2002 with Oakland.

New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers

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Longoria

RARE TWO-RBI GAME BY A RAYS CLEANUP HITTER

From Elias: Evan Longoria, batting fourth for the Rays, banged out three hits and drove in two runs to lead Tampa Bay to a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays. It was only the third time in the Rays' last 80 games that they had more than one RBI from the cleanup slot. Drew Sutton had two RBIs from the #4 slot against Toronto on May 23 and Jeff Keppinger knocked in a pair of runs from the four-hole versus the Yankees on July 3.

Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

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Wainwright

FOURTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN FOR ADAM WAINWRIGHT

From Elias: Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings, allowed one run and struck out seven in his win against the Giants in St. Louis. Wainwright was 3-5 with a 5.40 earned-run average in his first nine home starts this season but he's won all four of his starts at Busch Stadium since then, giving up only five runs while striking out 28 batters in 29 1/3 innings in those four games.

St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants

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Kubel

KUBEL MAKES LIFE MISERABLE FOR N.L. CENTRAL PITCHERS

From Elias: Jason Kubel hit a pair of home runs, both two-run shots, in the Diamondbacks' 6-3 win at Pittsburgh. Kubel has hit 25 home runs this season and 12 of them have come against N.L. Central teams: four versus the Astros and two each against the Brewers, Cubs, Reds and Pirates. All three of Kubel's multi-homer games this year have been at the expense of N.L. Central clubs. In addition to his two-homer game on Thursday, Kubel hit two home runs at Cincinnati on July 18 and three days later he hit three homers against the Astros at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Butler

THE BUTLER DID IT (TRIPLED, THAT IS)

From Elias: Billy Butler hit a double, a triple and a three-run homer in the Royals' 8-2 win at Baltimore. The triple was only the fourth of Butler's major-league career and it was his first three-base hit in the last three seasons. Entering play on Thursday Butler's total of 486 hits since the start of the 2010 season was the highest by far among players without a triple over that span. That distinction now belongs to Atlanta's Brian McCann (332 hits since 2010 but no triples).

Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles

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Jimenez

10 STRIKEOUTS FOR JIMENEZ

From Elias: Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 batters in six innings as he pitched the Indians to a 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night. It was only the third time in the last three seasons that a Cleveland pitcher reached double-figures in strikeouts in one game. Jimenez fanned 10 against the Royals on August 26 last year and Justin Masterson tallied 10 Ks in the Tribe's season opener versus the Blue Jays this year (April 5).

Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox


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