Date: August 15, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Rollins

ROLLINS LEADOFF HOMER IS ENOUGH

From Elias: Jimmy Rollins' home run leading off the top of the first was the only run in the Phillies' win over the Marlins. It's only the second 1-0 win in Phillies' history in which the only run came on a leadoff home run in the first inning. John Briggs smacked Bill Singer's second pitch of the game while Grant Jackson blanked the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 12, 1969.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Kendrick

KENDRICK LOVES FISH

From Elias: Kyle Kendrick improved his career record against the Marlins to 9-2 (.818) with his victory Tuesday night. That's the highest career winning percentage against the Marlins for any major-league pitcher with at least 10 decisions against them.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Kuroda

KURODA FLIRTS WITH A NO-NO

From Elias: Elvis Andrus' infield single ended Hiroki Kuroda's no-hit bid at six innings. It was the fourth time in his career that Kuroda went at least six innings without allowing a hit. He had three such games with the Dodgers: two in 2008 (6? and 7 innings) and one in 2010 (7?). The only other Japanese-born pitcher that had at least four no-hit bids of six or more innings was Hideo Nomo. Nomo had five such games including two no-hitters.

New York Yankees

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Swisher

SWISH DISHES A TWO-RUN HOMER

From Elias: Nick Swisher's two-run home run in the seventh inning broke a 0-0 tie in the Yankees win over the Rangers. Swisher has hit two homers and driven in seven runs over the last two games. It's the fourth time in his career that Swisher had at least two homers and knocked in seven or more runs over a two-game span. He had also did it in June 2005 (3 HR/7 RBI), June 2008 (3/7) and April 2012 (2/7).

New York Yankees

PUJOLS BEING PUJOLS

From Elias: Albert Pujols hit his 26th home run of the season, all in 88 games since May 6. Pujols leads the majors in home runs since that date and his 77 runs batted in over that span ranks second to Miguel Cabrera (79).

Los Angeles Angels

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Beckett

BECKETT SPANKED BY O'S AGAIN

From Elias: Josh Beckett has lost each of his last four starts against the Orioles. It's only the second time in his career that Beckett has lost at least four consecutive starts against one opponent. Beckett lost four straight starts against the Braves spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Boston Red Sox

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Hudson

HUDSON IS PERFECT AGAINST PADRES

From Elias: Tim Hudson improved his record to 6-0 with a 2.70 earned-run average in 12 career starts against the Padres. Only one other active pitcher won his first six career decisions against San Diego: Ian Kennedy, who is currently 6-0 against them.

Atlanta Braves

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Bruce

BRUCE THRIVES VERSUS LEFTIES

From Elias: Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off left-hander Josh Edgin in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Reds' win over the Mets. It was the fourth walkoff home of Bruce's career; three of them have come off lefties (Tim Byrdak in 2010 and James Russell in 2011 were the others). Bruce has hit 30 homers against left-handed pitchers since 2010, the most by any left-handed batter.

Cincinnati Reds

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Guthrie

GUTHRIE THROWING BLANKS

From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven shutout innings for the Royals Tuesday night running his scoreless streak to 15 innings. It's the longest single-season scoreless innings streak of Guthrie's career. His previous long was 12 innings, done twice, once in May 2007 and once in August 2008.

Kansas City Royals

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Harrell

ROOKIE MAKING AN IMPACT

From Elias: Lucas Harrell has 10 of the Astros' 39 wins this season (25.6%). That's the second highest percentage of team wins for any pitcher this season. R.A. Dickey has 27.3 percent of the Mets' wins this season (15 of 55).

The last rookie to earn 10 wins before his team won 40 games was Jeff Francis for the Rockies in 2005. Francis's 10th win was the Rockies 37th victory of the season.

Houston Astros

DODGERS BIG WIN OVER THE PIRATES

From Elias: The Dodgers beat the Pirates, 11-0, Tuesday night. It was the Dodgers' largest shutout win against the Pirates in the 2,075-game history of this rivalry which dates back to 1890. The Dodgers beat the Pirates, 10-0, twice: July 25, 1918 and May 5, 1961.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Cabrera

CABRERA IS FIRST TO 100 RIBBIES

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera knocked in two runs in the Tigers' win over the Twins. Cabrera (101 RBIs) is the first major league player to 100 runs batted in this season. Cabrera was also the first player to 100 RBIs in 2010. The only other active player who was the first major-leaguer to 100 RBIs in more than one season is Alex Rodriguez (in 2002 and 2007).

Detroit Tigers

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Holliday

HOLLIDAY ENDS DROUGHT

From Elias: Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer off Ian Kennedy in the fourth innings to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in a game they eventually won 8-2. Prior to that trip to the plate Holliday had been hitless in his previous 15 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, one shy of the longest such drought of his major-league career. Holliday went 0-for-16 versus righties earlier this season.

St. Louis Cardinals

YOUNG IS HOT

From Elias: Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 in the Rockies' win over the Brewers Tuesday night. Young is batting .462 over this last 14 games dating back to July 31 (24-for-52). That's the highest batting average for any major-league player with at least 30 at-bats since that date.

Colorado Rockies

THE DAY OF THE PITCHER

From Elias: There were six shutouts in major league baseball Tuesday night, the most on any one day in the 2012 season. The last time there were at least six shutouts on one day was May 14, 2011 (6).


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