Date: September 25, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Wilson

SEAHAWKS WIN ON FINAL PLAY

From Elias: Russell Wilson's 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the last play of the game gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Packers. It marked the first time in the 664-game history of the series that a Monday Night game ended with a game-winning TD with no time left in the fourth quarter.

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers

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Wilson

ROOKIE VERSUS REIGNING MVP

From Elias: Wilson opposed Aaron Rodgers in what was only the third game in Monday Night Football history matching a rookie starting quarterback and a starting quarterback who won the league's MVP award in the previous season. The others were in 1976 (the 49ers' Scott Bull versus the Vikings' Fran Tarkenton) and 1988 (the Colts' Chris Chandler against the Broncos' John Elway). In all three of those games the team with the rookie starting QB emerged with a victory.

Seattle Seahawks

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Rodgers

RODGERS WINLESS AWAY FROM HOME ON MNF

From Elias: Rodgers has won a Super Bowl, has been the league MVP and the Super Bowl MVP, owns the top single-season passer rating in NFL history and has national TV commercials. But what he now still hasn't done is win a game on Monday Night Football on the road. With the Packers' loss he is now 0-5 on the road on MNF, with two losses at Chicago and one apiece at Seattle, New Orleans and Minnesota.

Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks

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Clemons

CLEMONS: 4 SACKS IN ONE QUARTER

From Elias: Chris Clemons sacked Rodgers four times in the second quarter on Monday night. He was the first NFL player with four sacks in one quarter since 2002, when the Packers' Vonnie Holliday had four in the fourth quarter of a 10-0 win over the Bills.

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers

MLB

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Pettitte

PETTITTE AND IBANEZ: 40-40 CLUB

From Elias: Andy Pettitte threw six shutout innings and Raul Ibanez hit one of the Yankees' four home runs in Monday night's win over the Twins. It was the first time in Yankees history that they had a starting pitcher age 40 or older earn a win and a teammate past his 40th birthday hit a home run. Pettitte and Ibanez each turned 40 in June. The last two teammates to turn that 40-something trick for any team were David Wells and Luis Gonzalez for the Dodgers in September 2007.

New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins

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Dunn

DUNN CONNECTS ON 0-2 PITCH

From Elias: Adam Dunn's three-run home run in the eighth inning, on an 0-2 pitch from Vinnie Pestano, gave the White Sox a 5-3 lead and Chicago held on for a 5-4 win over the Indians. Only one of Dunn's previous 108 home runs -- dating back to June 2009 -- was hit on an 0-2 count.

Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Johnson

JOHNSON STAYS UNDEFEATED

From Elias: Orioles rookie Steve Johnson threw five shutout innings and recorded six strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon. Johnson became the fifth pitcher in modern major-league history (that's since 1900) to win each of his first three career starts and strike out at least six batters in each of them. The others were Larry Cheney (1911-1912 Cubs), Russ Ford (1910 Yankees), Juan Marichal (1960 Giants) and Randy Wolf (1999 Phillies).

Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays

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Jones

JONES JOLTS JAYS WITH SIX MORE HITS

From Elias: Adam Jones, who was 6-for-9 in the Orioles' double-header split against the Blue Jays on Monday, is now batting .450 (27-for-60) versus Toronto this season. That's the highest batting average for any player with at least 50 at-bats against one team this season.

Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays

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Beltre

TWO CLUTCH HITS FOR BELTRE

From Elias: Adrian Beltre hit a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Athletics on Monday night, after he had smacked a game-tying home run in the seventh inning. He's the first major-league player this season to produce a walk-off RBI in a nine-inning game after recording a lead-changing RBI in the seventh inning or later in that game.

Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics

ZIMMERMANN BEATS BREWERS WITH BAT AND ARM

From Elias: Jordan Zimmermann was 2-for-3 and his tie-breaking single in the fourth inning gave the Nationals a lead they never relinquished in Monday's victory against the Brewers. Zimmermann became the second Nationals/Expos pitcher in the last 20 years to record multiple hits and a game-winning RBI, while also earning a win in the same game. Livan Hernandez is the only other pitcher to do that for the franchise over the last two decades (in a 4-2 win at Philadelphia in August 2011).

Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers

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Verlander

VERLANDER OWNS THE ROYALS ...

From Elias: Justin Verlander defeated the Royals on Monday night, improving his lifetime record against Kansas City to 15-2 (.882). That's the third-highest winning percentage for any active pitcher with at least 15 decisions versus a particular team. Jon Lester is 14-1 (.933) against the Orioles and Roy Oswalt is 23-3 (.885) versus the Reds.

Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals

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Gordon

...BUT NOT GORDON

From Elias: Alex Gordon hit a home run off Verlander, giving him four extra-base hits this season (three doubles and one HR) against the reigning Cy Young award winner. That ties the most extra-base hits off Verlander by any player in the last five seasons; Jermaine Dye had four in 2008, as did Paul Konerko in 2011.

Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers

PIRATES LOSE 11th STRAIGHT SERIES OPENER

From Elias: The Pirates lost to the Mets at Citi Field on Monday night and have now lost the first game in each of their last 11 series (five home, six road). It's the longest such single-season streak in the majors since the Giants lost 12 straight series openers last year. But it's the first time that the Pirates have lost the first game in each of 11 or more consecutive series since 1954, when they dropped 12 straight series openers on the way to finishing with a 53-101 (.344) record.

Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets

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Abad

UNUSUAL PITCHING LINE

From Elias: Astros starter Fernando Abad was removed with two outs in the second inning because of an injury, having allowed one run but no hits to the Cardinals. He ended up as the losing pitcher in Houston's 6-1 defeat. The only other starting pitcher this season who was charged with a loss despite not permitting a hit was Brandon Beachy, who threw 3 2/3 hitless innings in a 5-0 loss to the Orioles.

Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals


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