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VIZQUEL, FRANCO AND ROSE
From Elias: Omar Vizquel went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to help the Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 5-0. It was Vizquel's ninth multiple-hit game this season, all since he turned 45 years old in April. The only other players with as many nine multi-hit games at age 45 or older in their careers are Julio Franco (53 such games, 2003-2007) and Pete Rose (nine games, all in 1986).
BRAUN SETS A RECORD
From Elias: Ryan Braun hit the 200th and 201st home runs of his career to lead the Brewers to a 3-0 win against the Mets. Braun, with 120 stolen bases since he broke into the majors in May 2007, has reached the combination of 200 homers and 100 stolen bases faster than anyone else in big-league history (five years, 114 days after his major-league debut). Only two other players had both 200 home runs and 100 steals within six years of their debuts: Jose Canseco and Vladimir Guerrero.
RIZZO ANSWERS ALVAREZ IN CONSECUTIVE INNINGS
From Elias: Pedro Alvarez and Anthony Rizzo seemed to be locked in a one-on-one battle during the Cubs' 13-9 victory over the Pirates. Alvarez gave the Bucs a 5-1 lead with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Rizzo brought the Cubs within two runs with his own two-run shot in the bottom of that frame. In the sixth inning, Alvarez hit a three-run homer to give the Pirates a short-lived 9-5 cushion before Rizzo connected with a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to put the Cubs ahead, 10-9. Alvarez and Rizzo are the only pair of opposing players in major-league history to both hit home runs in the same inning in each of two consecutive innings of a game.
TRUMBO HOMERS FROM THE EIGHTH SPOT
From Elias: Mark Trumbo, who was starting in the eighth spot of the batting order for the first time this season, hit his 31st home run of the year in his first at-bat on Sunday. Trumbo's three-run shot gave the Angels a 4-0 lead in the second inning that stood up in a 4-3 win at Kansas City. Trumbo was the 12th player in major-league history to start a game that low in the batting order in a season in which he had already hit 30 or more homers, and he was the first player to do that since Adam LaRoche with the 2006 Braves.
MARINERS CAN'T BEAT HARRISON
From Elias: The Rangers topped Seattle on Sunday with Matt Harrison winning his tenth straight decision against the Mariners (since May 2009), including each of his last eight starts against them (four in 2011 and four this year). Harrison is the only major-league pitcher with four or more wins against one team in each of the last two seasons and he joined Oakland's Dave Stewart (1988-1989) as the only pitchers ever to post four wins against Seattle in each of two consecutive years.
20 HOME RUNS AND 30 STOLEN BASES
From Elias: Jimmy Rollins swiped his 30th base this season, to compliment his 20 home runs, in the Phillies' 7-6 loss at Houston. This is the fourth season in which Rollins has registered 20 or more homers and 30 or more stolen bases; he also did that in 2006, 2007 and 2009. The only players with more seasons of that kind than Rollins are Bobby Bonds (nine seasons) and Barry Bonds (seven).
THIS CATCHER IS NOT WEARING DOWN
From Elias: Matt Wieters hit a pair of solo homers as the Orioles defeated the Athletics to remain one game behind the Yankees in the race for first place in the AL East. Despite the wear and tear of playing behind the plate, Wieters is batting .341 (15-for-44) with four home runs since September 1 and his .306 career batting average during September is his highest average in any month.
VALVERDE FAILS TO HOLD A ONE-RUN LEAD
From Elias: The Indians rallied for two runs off Jose Valverde in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tigers, 7-6. It was Valverde's fifth blown save in 36 opportunities this season, but what's more telling is that he's converted only six of ten save opportunities in games that he's entered with a one-run lead.
TWO RBI HITS IN ONE INNING FOR DUNN
From Elias: The White Sox scored six runs in the sixth inning of their 9-2 victory at Minnesota, sparked by a leadoff home run by Adam Dunn and capped by Dunn's RBI single. Dunn was the first White Sox player to drive in runs in each of two plate appearances in one inning in almost five years, when two members of the Pale Hose did it during an 11-run fifth inning at Kansas City on September 17, 2007. Give yourself a gold star if you recalled the players who did it for the White Sox that day: Josh Fields and Danny Richar.
MARTIN LOVES RIGHT FIELD AT YANKEE STADIUM
From Elias: Russell Martin's ninth opposite-field home run of the season was a three-run shot that capped a five-run third inning for the Yankees in their 6-4 win over the Rays. Since Martin joined the Yankees last season, 11 of his 35 home runs have been hit to the opposite field, and all 11 of those homers to right field have been hit at Yankee Stadium. Martin hasn't hit an opposite-field home run outside of the Bronx since April 7, 2010 (for the Dodgers at Pittsburgh).
CORBIN STARS ON THE MOUND AND AT THE PLATE
From Elias: Arizona's Patrick Corbin allowed two runs over eight innings to earn a victory over the Giants and he helped his own cause with four RBI, including a three-run triple. Corbin was the first player to drive in four or more runs in a game in which he pitched at least eight innings since Carlos Zambrano did that for the Cubs at Houston on June 5, 2006.
EXTRA WORK FOR LUDWICK
From Elias: Ryan Ludwick's 11th-inning single drove in the deciding run in the Reds' 5-4 win at Miami. It was Ludwick's third game-winning RBI in extra innings this season (and his second in a seven-day span), tying him with Hanley Ramirez for third-most in the majors, behind co-leaders Adam Jones and Hector Sanchez with four each.
From Elias: Yonder Alonso's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Padres a wild 11-10 win over the Rockies. It matched the most runs ever scored in a nine-inning game that resulted in a one-run victory for the Padres.
WITH JACKSON HURT, SPILLER EXCELS
From Elias: C.J. Spiller enabled the Bills and their fans to absorb the loss of Fred Jackson, running for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over the Chiefs. Spiller became only the second player in team history with at least 100 rushing yards and a TD in each of the first two games of a season. And you know who the other was, right? O.J. Simpson did it in both 1973 and 1975.
Now if a comparison to O.J. isn't enough to get you excited, how about this: Spiller is only the second player in NFL history to open a season with back-to-back 100-yard games, averaging at least 8.0 yards per carry in both. The first was Jim Brown in 1963. That was the season in which Brown gained 1863 yards, a record that stood until Simpson's 2003-yard performance 10 years later.
GIANTS WIDE RECEIVERS STAR IN WIN OVER BUCS
From Elias: Hakeem Nicks (10 catches for 199 yards) and Victor Cruz (11 for 179) tore holes through the Buccaneers' secondary in the Giants' 41-34 victory. Nicks and Cruz were only the second pair of teammates in NFL history to catch 10 or more passes each for an average of at least 15 yards in the same game. The first were T.J. Houshmandzadeh (10/17.1) and Chad Johnson (10/16.1) of the Bengals against the Ravens in 2004.
ELI GOES WHERE ARCHIE & PEYTON HAVE NOT
From Elias: Eli Manning passed for 510 yards in the Giants' victory, becoming the first member of the Manning clan to hit the 500-yard mark in an NFL game. Among other great quarterbacks never to pass for 500 yards in one game (career high in parentheses): Brett Favre (446), John Elway (432), Joe Montana (476), Dan Fouts (444), and Johnny Unitas (401).
SCHAUB LEADS TEXANS TO ANOTHER BIG WIN
From Elias: Houston's 27-7 victory over Jacksonville was the team's sixth straight win with Matt Schaub starting at quarterback, all of them by at least 10 points. That matches the longest such streak by any quarterback over the last five seasons (2008-2012), set by Drew Brees and the Saints in 2009.
EAGLES GO 2-0 ON ANOTHER 1-POINT WIN ON LATE TD
From Elias: The Eagles defeated the Ravens, 24-23, one week after posting a 17-16 victory at Cleveland. The Eagles are the first team in NFL history to start a season with consecutive one-point wins.
Both of Philadelphia's wins came on touchdowns inside the 2-minute warning. The last team to start a season 2-0 with a pair of game-winning TDs in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter was Tampa Bay in 1980.
LYNCH AGAIN HITS THE CENTURY MARK AT THE LINK
From Elias: Marshawn Lynch gained 122 yards in the Seahawks' 27-7 win over the Cowboys. It was Lynch's sixth consecutive 100-yard game at CenturyLink Field, dating back to last November and extending the team record he set in Seattle's final home game of the 2011 season. Lynch leads the NFL in rushing since November 1, 2011 (1148 yards in 11 games).
JOHNSON CAN'T GET STARTED IN 2012
From Elias: Chris Johnson gained 17 yards on eight carries in the Titans' 38-10 loss at San Diego. Johnson's rushing average (1.1 yards per carry) is the lowest in any player's first two games following a 1000-yard season since Earnest Jackson gained 11 yards on 12 carries in his first two games in 1985. Jackson had joined the Eagles after a 1179-yard season with the Chargers, and despite his slow start finished the 1985 season with 1028 yards.
VINATIERI CAPS RARE GW DRIVE BY ROOKIE LUCK
From Elias: Adam Vinatieri kicked a 52-yard field goal with 8 seconds to play to give the Colts a 23-20 victory over the Vikings. That matched the longest game-winner of Vinatieri's career. He previously kicked a 52-yard GW-FG against the Patriots in 2008.
Andrew Luck engineered the drive that resulted in a game-winning score in the final minute of the fourth quarter. He was the first rookie QB to do so during the month of September since Archie Manning of the Saints in 1971.
TANNEHILL IS 1ST ROOKIE QB SINCE MARINO TO WIN FOR MIAMI
From Elias: Ryan Tannehill passed for 200 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins 35-13 win over the Raiders. Tannehill was the first Dolphins' rookie quarterback to post a victory since Dan Marino in 1983. Every other current NFL team won at least one game with a rookie QB since then except for the Raiders and Chiefs.
ROOKIE RICHARDSON POSTS 100-YARD GAME FOR BROWNS
From Elias: On a similar note, Trent Richardson gained 109 yards on 19 carries in the Browns' 34-27 loss at Cincinnati. Richardson became the first Browns rookie to gain at least 100 yards rushing in one game since Lee Suggs ran for 186 yards in 2003, also at Cincinnati. Every other NFL team except the Seahawks had a 100-yard rushing game by a rookie since then.
CARDINALS' WIN AT THE RAZOR IS A SHOCKER
From Elias: Prior to Sunday's 20-18 victory at New England, the Cardinals had lost their last 19 road games against teams that had played in the previous season's Super Bowl. Their only such victory prior to Sunday came at Metropolitan Stadium against the Vikings in 1977.
AMENDOLA STARS IN RAMS' WIN
From Elias: Danny Amendola caught 15 passes in the Rams' 31-28 win over the Redskins, including 12 in the first half. Amendola was the first player with 12 or more pass receptions in one half of an NFL game since Reggie Wayne of the Colts caught 12 passes in the first half against the Titans in 2007.
PANTHERS' RUNNING GAME ARRIVES FOR WEEK 2 WIN
From Elias: The Panthers ran for 219 yards in a 35-27 win over the Saints, one week after gaining 10 yards rushing at Tampa. The last team to post a 200-yard game after a rushing performance as poor as Carolina's last week was San Francisco in December 1975. The 49ers were held to 5 rushing yards by the Houston Oilers, but broke out a week later with 212 yards against the Falcons.
SAINTS' DEFENSE OFF TO POOR START
From Elias: The Saints have allowed a total of 75 points in their first two games of the season. That's the highest total through two games by a team that won a postseason game in the previous season since the Raiders started the 1994 season with blowout losses to the 49ers (44-14) and Seahawks (38-9).
STEELERS RUN THE TABLE TO DEFEAT THE JETS
From Elias: The Steelers used a 21-0 run to overcome a first-half deficit and post a 27-10 victory over the Jets. It was Pittsburgh's longest run of unanswered points in any game against the Jets since 1990. In fact, the Steelers didn't score a total of 21 points in any of their last six regular-season games against the Jets, dating back to 1992.