Date: September 12, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NFL

NFL - Bears can't beat Packers

From Elias: The Packers may have lost their season opener but recent history says they are not likely to loss against the Bears on Thursday. Dating back to 2009, the Packers are 6-1 against Chicago including the playoffs and have won the last 4 meetings. Their 6 wins ties the most against any division opponent over that span.

Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

MLB

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Ellsbury

ELLSBURY'S FOURTH HIT BEATS YANKEES IN THE NINTH

From Elias: Jacoby Ellsbury's single in the bottom of the ninth innings, his fourth hit of the night, lifted the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Over the last 70 years, only three other Red Sox have had four hits and a game-ending RBI in a nine-inning game: Carlton Fisk (July 28, 1975), Jeff Frye (June 14, 1999) and Shea Hillenbrand (April 15, 2003).

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees

CUBS AND ASTROS USE 11 PITCHERS IN 1-0 GAME

From Elias: The Cubs and Astros combined to use 11 pitchers in a game in which Houston came away with a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. It is the most pitchers used in a 1-0 nine-inning game in major-league history. Prior to Tuesday, there were three games of that type in which 10 total pitchers were used: Colorado vs. San Diego on September 17, 2008, San Francisco vs. San Diego on September 10, 2010 and Pittsburgh vs. Houston on June 14, 2011.

Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros

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Phillips

ANOTHER WIN FOR REDS WHEN PHILLIPS HOMERS

From Elias: Brandon Phillips led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run sparking the Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night. The Reds have now won each of the last 17 games in which Phillips has homered dating back to last September. That is tied for the second longest such streak in Cincinnati's franchise history. The Reds won 19 consecutive games in which Lee May homered in 1970 and had 17-game winning streaks in games in which Frank Robinson went deep from 1962-63 and when Eddie Taubensee homered from 1999 to 2000.

Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Murphy

METS END STREAK OF FUTILITY AT CITI FIELD

From Elias: Daniel Murphy doubled home Ruben Tejada and David Wright followed by driving Murphy in with a single in the bottom of the fifth inning giving the Mets a temporary 2-1 lead in their 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night. The two-run outburst ended the Mets' streak of 110 consecutive innings at home without scoring multiple runs. That is the second longest streak of consecutive home innings with one or fewer runs in major-league history. The Washington Senators went 119 consecutive home innings without scoring multiple runs in 1909.

New York Mets, Washington Nationals

A'S WIN 11TH STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD

From Elias: The A's won their 11th consecutive road game with a victory over the Angels in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The A's began their streak with a victory at Tampa Bay on August 24. Oakland is the first team to win 11 consecutive road games in a single season after August 1st since the Royals won 11 straight away from home in September of 1977.

Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels

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Hardy

HARDY BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF RIPKEN

From Elias: J.J. Hardy went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI to help lead the Orioles to a 9-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Hardy is only the fourth Orioles' shortstop with at least four hits, two homers and five RBI in the same game. The others were Chico Salmon on August 16, 1969, Lenn Sakata on September 20, 1981 and Cal Ripken on April 13, 1991.

Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

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Weeks

WEEKS FLASHES RARE FIRST INNING POWER

From Elias: Rickie Weeks hit a first-inning solo home run off of Tim Hudson to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead en-route to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Braves on Tuesday night. Weeks entered the night with only three extra base hits, all doubles, in 65 at bats in the first inning for the season. His .200 slugging percentage in the first inning was the second-lowest for any player with at least 60 at bats in that situation behind San Francisco's Gregor Blanco (.183).

Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves

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Smith

ROYALS ROOKIE PITCHES A GEM

From Elias: Royals' rookie Will Smith did not allow a run and struck out seven in seven innings of work in Kansas City's 9-1 victory over the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday night. Smith is the first Royals rookie to toss at least seven shutout innings with at least seven strikeouts in a start since Kevin Appier pitched a shutout with 10 K's against the Red Sox on July 20, 1990.

Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

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Fister

FISTER ALLOWS TWO HOMERS BUT NOTHING ELSE

From Elias: Doug Fister allowed only two hits, both solo home runs, and earned a victory in Detroit's 5-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Over the last 20 years, only three other Tigers starting pitchers allowed multiple home runs without allowing any other hits in the game: Hideo Nomo on April 3, 2000 (three), Jeremy Bonderman on July 15, 2004 (four) and Max Scherzer on September 17, 2010 (two).

Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox

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Bumgarner

BUMGARNER HAS A GOOD NIGHT AT THE PLATE, BAD NIGHT ON THE MOUND

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI at the plate, but allowed five runs in 4.1 innings pitched and failed to earn a victory on the mound in the Giants' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night. Over the last 77 years, there have been 56 other Giants starting pitchers that have driven in three runs in a game, but only one of those failed to come away with a win. On July 21, 1986, Steve Carlton accounted for the Giants' only runs with a three-run home run but allowed four runs over six innings and took the loss in an 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals.

San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies

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Kershaw

ANOTHER FRUSTRATING NIGHT FOR KERSHAW

From Elias: Clayton Kershaw allowed only one run over seven innings but was out-pitched by Ian Kennedy and was saddled with a loss in Arizona's 1-0 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. It is the seventh time this season that Kershaw has pitched at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs and failed to earn a win. That is tied with Felix Hernandez for the most such starts in the major leagues this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Utley

UTLEY HAS A PERFECT NIGHT

From Elias: Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and two walks in the Phillies' 9-7 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. It marked only the third time in his career that Utley has reached base in each of his plate appearances in a game in which he came to the plate at least five times. On June 2, 2006, Utley was 4-for-4 with a walk in five plate appearances and on April 25, 2007 he went 5-for-5 in five trips to the plate.

Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins


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