Date: September 18, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Manning

BRONCOS REPEATEDLY SHOOT SELVES IN HOOF

From Elias: The Broncos had four turnovers in the first quarter on Monday - three on interceptions thrown by Peyton Manning and one on a fumble. Over the last 20 years, only one other team has had four turnovers in the first quarter of an NFL game: the Redskins did it in a loss to the Saints on Oct. 13, 2002.

Manning has had three interceptions in one period only two other times in his NFL career, regular season or postseason, against the Patriots in 2000 (4th quarter) and Chargers in 2007 (1st).

Denver Broncos

MOST NFL TEAMS IN SPLITSVILLE

From Elias: Through two weeks, 20 NFL teams have a 1-1 record - the highest total at this juncture in league history. The old record of 18 teams starting a season 1-1 happened six different times: in 1983 and 1987 (when there were only 28 teams in the league), again in 1997 (when there were 30 teams), and then in 2004, 2005 and 2011 (when there were 32 teams, as is currently the case).

A GOOD WEEK TO BE HOME

From Elias: Home teams dominated NFL action this week, winning 14 of the 16 games on the schedule, with only Arizona and Houston winning on the road. Fourteen wins by home teams tied the NFL record for one week, set in Week 13 of 1983 when home teams went 14-0.

MLB

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Lee

LEE IN CONTROL

From Elias: Cliff Lee has pitched at least six innings and not issued more than one walk in each of his last 14 starts, including Monday, when he walked one batter in eight innings against the Mets. That ties Lee for the longest single-season streak of that kind in modern (since 1900) major-league history. Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997) also made 14 straight starts in which they went six or more innings and didn't walk more than one batter.

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Dickey

DICKEY REACHES 200 STRIKEOUTS

From Elias: R.A. Dickey, age 37 years, 324 days, struck out eight Phillies batters on Monday, giving him 205 Ks this season. He became the fourth pitcher in modern (since 1900) major-league history to record his first 200-strikeout season after his 37th birthday. The only other pitchers to do that are Charlie Hough in 1987 (age 39 years, 254 days when he registered his 200th strikeout), Phil Niekro in 1977 (38 years, 144 days) and Cy Young in 1904 (37 years, 193 days).

New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

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Hudson

HUDSON REACHES 15 WINS FOR EIGHTH TIME

From Elias: Tim Hudson won his 15th game of the season on Monday, giving him four seasons of 15-plus wins for both Atlanta (also 2007, 2010-11) and Oakland (2000-03). Six other pitchers have had four seasons of 15 or more wins in both the American and National Leagues: Cy Young, Jack Powell, Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Randy Johnson.

Atlanta Braves

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Uggla

UGGLA GETS BRAVES OFF TO RIGHT START

From Elias: Dan Uggla's first-inning home run on Monday gave the Braves a 4-0 lead in a game they would go on to win, 7-5. Coming into that at-bat, Uggla was 3 for 38 with 21 strikeouts in first-inning at-bats this season; his .079 batting average was the lowest among major-league players who have come to the plate in the first inning at least 25 times this season.

Atlanta Braves

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Bumgarner

BUMGARNER WINS 15TH

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner won his 15th game of the season on Monday, making him only the first Giants pitcher to have a 15-win season at age 23 or younger since Mike McCormick was 15-12 in 1960. Besides Bumgarner and McCormick, the only other Giants left-hander to win 15 or more games in a season at 23 or younger is Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, who did it three years in a row: 24-7 in 1911, 26-11 in 1912 and 23-10 in 1913.

San Francisco Giants

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Tillman

TILLMAN LEADS ORIOLES TO WIN

From Elias: Chris Tillman improved to 8-2 in Baltimore's blowout win in Seattle on Monday. He's the first Orioles starting pitcher younger than 25 to win at least eight of his first 10 decisions in one season since Mike Mussina did it at age 23 and 24 in 1992 and 1993.

Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners

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Jones

JONES EXTENDS WINNING STREAK

From Elias: Nate Jones held the Tigers at bay for 2 2/3 innings on Monday to improve to 8-0 on the season. Jones is the first White Sox rookie to win eight straight relief decisions; he had been tied with Goose Gossage, who won seven straight relief decisions in 1972.

Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers

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Marte

MARTE TRIPLES AGAIN

From Elias: Starling Marte legged out a triple for the Pirates for the third straight game at Wrigley Field on Monday. Marte is the first rookie to have a triple in three consecutive games since his teammate Andrew McCutchen did it in 2009. No player had tripled in three straight games at Wrigley Field since Sammy Sosa did it in four straight games in May 1994.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Cook

STANDARD FARE FOR AARON COOK

From Elias: Aaron Cook had a typical Aaron Cook start on Monday, going six innings, walking one batter and striking out one batter. It was the 10th time (in 16 starts) this season that Cook has had no more than one strikeout or walk, the highest total by any pitcher in one season since 1992, when Bill Gullickson had 11 such starts for Detroit. Cook could become the first pitcher to make 15 starts in a season and have no more than one strikeout or walk in at least 60 percent of them since Brooklyn's Watty Clark did that in 10 of 16 starts in 1936.

Boston Red Sox


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