Date: September 16, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Sanchez

SANCHEZ'S NO-HIT BID SNAPPED BY TRIPLE

From Elias: Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the seventh inning on a triple by Carlos Santana. Since 1996 there have been 222 instances in which an individual pitcher had a no-hitter through at least the first 20 outs of a game. In only two other such games over that span was the no-hitter snapped by a triple. Pedro Martinez (2005 Mets) and Dave Bush (2008 Brewers) both had no-hit attempts ended by eighth-inning triples.

Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

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Butler

ROYALS WIN WITH GAME-ENDING BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS

From Elias: The Royals trailed the Angels heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, 2-0, but Billy Butler hit a two-run homer and Salvador Perez immediately followed with a solo shot to win the game for Kansas City.

It was only the second major-league game in the last seven seasons which concluded with game-ending back-to-back homers. The only other tandem to do that over that span were the Marlins' Dan Uggla and Cody Ross in a victory over the Cubs in 2009.

It's also the first win of that type in Royals history and the first time the Angels lost a game under that scenario.

Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels

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Parker

PARKER AND MILONE FORM IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE TANDEM

From Elias: Jarrod Parker earned his 11th win of the season on Saturday night after Tommy Milone recorded his 13th win of the year on Friday night. Prior to Oakland, the last team to have two rookies each win more than 10 games in a season was the 2008 Twins, with Nick Blackburn (11 wins) and Glen Perkins (12).

But two Athletics rookies had not each won as many as 11 games in one season since 1934, when Joe Cascarella (12), Bill Dietrich (11) and Johnny Marcum (14) all surpassed the 10-win plateau as rookies for the Philadelphia A's.

Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles

DODGERS RALLY IN 9TH INNING

From Elias: The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cardinals, 3-2. It was their seventh win this season after trailing in the ninth inning, the most for any National League team.

Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals

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Granderson

GRANDERSON HOMERS OFF LONG-TIME NEMESIS

From Elias: Curtis Granderson kicked off the scoring in the Yankees' 5-3 victory over the Rays with a two-run homer in the second inning off longtime nemesis James Shields. Granderson carried a .107 lifetime batting average against Shields into that at-bat, with only six hits in 56 previous at-bats.

That was the lowest batting average by any active major-league player with at least 40 at-bats against another. With Granderson's home run, there is a new pair of players atop that list, and oddly, it's another Yankees player and another Rays player: Carlos Pena has batted .116 (five hits in 43 at-bats) against Freddy Garcia.

New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

BRAVES RALLY FROM 4-0 DEFICIT

From Elias: The Braves trailed the Nationals, 4-0, but rallied for a 5-4 victory on Saturday. It was Atlanta's sixth win this season in which it overcame a deficit of four-or-more runs, tying the Twins (of all teams!) for the highest total in the majors.

The only time in the last 25 seasons that the Braves had more comeback wins after falling behind by at least four runs was in 2004, when Bobby Cox's team registered eight triumphs of that kind.

Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals

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Ciriaco

CIRIACO'S 9TH-INNING DOUBLE GIVES RED SOX WIN

From Elias: Pedro Ciriaco's two-out double in the ninth inning gave the Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Ciriaco has only 18 runs batted in this season, but he's had three game-winning RBI in the ninth inning or later (the previous two were both at Yankee Stadium). Every other American League player with at least three game-winning RBI in the ninth inning or later in 2012 has at least 40 total runs batted in for the season.

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays

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Buehrle

BUEHRLE BEATS REDS

From Elias: Mark Buehrle threw 7 2/3 innings, allowed four runs, but issued no walks, in the Marlins' 6-4 victory over the Reds. For Buehrle it was his fifth winning start this season in which he lasted at least seven innings and did not walk a batter, tying him with Matt Cain for the major-league lead in that category.

Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds

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Schafer

TWO PINCH-HIT TRIPLES FOR THE BREWERS

From Elias: Logan Schafer and Travis Ishikawa each hit pinch-hit triples in the Brewers' win against the Mets. Prior to Saturday the most recent major-league teams to have two pinch-hit triples in the same game were the 1996 Reds (Vince Coleman and Lenny Harris) and 1979 Pirates (Manny Sanguillen and Mike Easler).

Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets

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Posey

POSEY RATTLES D-BACKS

From Elias: Buster Posey's two-run homer was the key hit in the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Posey has slugged 16 of his 22 home runs on the road this season (72.7%), the second-highest rate for any major-league player with at least 20 round-trippers. The only player with a higher percentage is Ike Davis, who has hit 20 of his 27 four-baggers away from Citi Field.

San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Keuchel

UNUSUAL PITCHING LINE

From Elias: The oddest pitching line of the night may have belonged to Astros' rookie starter Dallas Keuchel, who threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, gave up four walks and did not register a strikeout in Houston's 5-0 triumph over the Phillies. The only other major-league pitcher to win a game this season, while issuing four walks and not striking out a batter was Derek Lowe, who did so in a complete-game shutout of the Twins on May 15.

Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies

MARINERS ERUPT FOR 8 RUNS

From Elias: The Mariners defeated the Rangers, 8-6, ending Seattle's streak of 19 consecutive games scoring five or fewer runs. That was one game shy of the longest such single-season streak by any American League team in the last 10 seasons. The Blue Jays failed to score more than five runs in 20 straight games in April/May 2008.

Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays

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McCutchen

McCUTCHEN GOES DEEP ON PAYOFF PITCH

From Elias: Andrew McCutchen's home run in the Pirates' 7-6 victory on Saturday came on a 3-2 pitch from Cubs' starter Jason Berken. It was McCutchen's 16th home run this season with two strikes in the count, the most for any player in the National League.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs

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Konerko

KONERKO ON TARGET

From Elias: Paul Konerko's two-run homer helped the White Sox defeat the Twins in Minneapolis on Saturday, 5-3. Before that third-inning trip to the plate Konerko had only one extra-base hit in his previous 52 at-bats at Target Field.

Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins


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