Date: August 11, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Machado

MACHADO IS MACHO

From Elias: In only his second major-league game Manny Machado hit two home runs in the Orioles' win over the Royals. At 20 years, 35 days old, Machado is the youngest player in major-league history to have a multiple home run game in either his first or second career game. The previous youngest player to do this was Manny Ramirez on September 3, 1993. Ramirez (21 years, 96 days old) hit two homers in his second career game, played at Yankee Stadium on September 3, 1993, a 7-3 Indians win. Manny homered off Melido Perez and Paul Gibson.

Machado is the youngest player in Orioles franchise history, which includes the St. Louis Browns from 1902 to 1953, to hit two or more homers in a game. The previous youngest was Boog Powell, who was 20 years, 258 days old when he hit two bombs on May 2, 1962.

In his first two career games, Machado has hit two homers and a triple. He's the first player in modern major-league history (since 1900) with two homers and a triple through his first two career games in the majors.

Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals

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Buchholz

BUCHHOLZ AND COOK MAKE A NICE DUO

From Elias: Clay Buchholz threw a two-hitter and did not walk a batter in the Red Sox' win over the Indians. Buchholz is the second Red Sox pitcher to allow two or fewer hits without a walk in a complete game this season. Aaron Cook did it on June 29 at Seattle. It's only the third time in franchise history that Red Sox had two different pitchers throw a game like that in the same season. It also happened in 1904, when three different pitchers turned the trick (Cy Young twice, Norwood Gibson and Bill Dinneen) and in 1908 (Cy Young and Frank Arellanes).

Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Danks

DANKS MAKES FIRST HOMER COUNT

From Elias: Jordan Danks' first career home run came in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the White Sox a 4-3 win over the A's Friday night. Danks is only the second player in White Sox history whose first career home run was a walk-off homer. Dave Gallagher did it on May 15, 1988 against the Blue Jays. Gallagher's solo home run off Mark Eichhorn with one out in the 11th inning broke a 5-5 tie.

Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics

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Jackson

AUSTIN HAS POWERS

From Elias: The two most exciting plays in baseball are the inside-the-park home run and the triple. Austin Jackson did both for the Tigers in their win over the Rangers Friday night. Jackson is the fifth player over the last 24 years to have both of those exciting plays in the same game. The others to do it over that span were Fred McGriff for the Braves at Colorado in 1993, Brian Giles for the Pirates at Wrigley Field in 2002, Carl Crawford for the Devil Rays against Toronto in 2005 and Brett Gardner for the Yankees against Minnesota in 2009. The last Tigers player with an inside-the-park homer and a triple in the same game was Steve Kemp against Oakland in 1977.

Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers

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Suzuki

ICHIRO KNOCKS IN FIVE RUNS

From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki knocked in five runs in the Yankees' win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. At 38 years, 293 days old, Ichiro is the sixth-oldest Yankees player to drive in five or more runs in a game, the second-oldest to do it in a road game. The oldest Yankees player to drive in at least five runs in a road game is Ruben Sierra, who was 34 days older than Ichiro when he did it, also in Toronto, on August 28, 2004.

New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

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Maholm

MAHOLM IS HOT

From Elias: Paul Maholm threw a three-hit shutout in the Braves' win over the Mets. Maholm is 6-1 with a 1.18 earned-run average over his last nine games (eight starts) dating back to June 29. Maholm's earned-run average is the second-best in the major leagues since that date (min: 25 IP), behind Milwaukee's Mike Fiers (1.16); and his six wins tie him with Kevin Correia for the second-most in the majors over that span, behind Jered Weaver (seven).

Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

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Chapman

CHAPMAN PUTS OUT THE FIRE

From Elias: Aroldis Chapman had a four-out save in the Reds' victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Chapman has been successful on each of his last 18 save opportunities, the second-longest current streak in the among National League pitchers, behind Huston Street (21). The last Reds pitcher to convert 18 straight save chances was Francisco Cordero, who saved 29 in a row spanning the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs

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Ramirez

HANLEY COMES BACK TO COOK MARLINS

From Elias: Hanley Ramirez had three hits and knocked in two runs in his first game against his former team. Only one other former Marlins player had at least three hits and two RBI in his first game against the Marlins. Kevin Millar did it for the Red Sox against the Marlins on June 27, 2003 in a 25-8 Boston win. The Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first inning of that game.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins

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Headley

HEADLEY HOMERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE

From Elias: Chase Headley hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning off James McDonald batting left-handed, and he hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Tony Watson batting right-handed. Headley is the second Padres player to hit a home from both sides of the plate this season. Yasmani Grandal did it on June 30 at Colorado. The Yankees are the only one other major-league team that has had two different players hit homers from both sides of the plate in a game this season. Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher did it for the Bronx Bombers.

San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Bogusevic

ASTROS FINALLY TAKE A WALK

From Elias: Brian Bogusevic's run scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Astros their first walk-off win of the season in home game #57. It's the second-latest into their home schedule that the Astros earned their first walk-off win of a season. Houston fans had to wait until home game #62 for their first walk-off win in 2004.

Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers

THE BIG 7-OH FOR THE NATS

From Elias: With their victory Friday night, the Nationals became the first major-league team to 70 wins this season. It's only the second time in franchise history that the Nationals (or Expos) were the first team to 70 wins in a season. Montreal did it in 1994. It's also the second time in major-league history that a team based in Washington was the first team to 70 wins. The original Senators did it in 1933.

Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Hernandez

KING FELIX BLOWS A 5-RUN LEAD

From Elias: The Mariners handed Felix Hernandez a 5-0 lead Friday night only to watch that lead disappear as the Angels beat the Mariners. Seattle is 33-2 in games in which they had a five-run lead with Felix Hernandez on the mound. The other loss came on September 23, 2006 at the White Sox.

Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels


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