Date: October 3, 2012

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Davis

DAVIS HITS THE LONG BALL AGAIN

From Elias: Chris Davis has hit a home run in six straight games, matching the longest such streak in Orioles franchise history. Ken Williams had a six-game streak in 1922 when the franchise was in St. Louis and known as the Browns, and Reggie Jackson did it 1976, his only season in Baltimore.

Davis is only the fourth player since 1900 to have such a streak starting September 1 or later. Willie Mays had a six-game streak in September 1955, as did Jose Cruz Jr. in 2001, Travis Hafner in 2005 and Frank Thomas in 2006.

Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

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Shields

BEST GAME EVER PITCHED BY A LOSING PITCHER?

From Elias: James Shields was the losing pitcher despite striking out 15 batters without allowing a walk in a complete game two-hitter. Shields is only the sixth pitcher since 1900 to have a pitching line with at least 15 strikeouts, no walks in a complete game in which he allowed no more than two hits. The other five pitchers won their game: Van Lingle Mungo (1935), Kerry Wood (1998), Pedro Martinez had two such games (1999 and 2000) and Erik Bedard (2007).

Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles

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Ibanez

RAUL DOES SOMETHING COOL

From Elias: Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game and then a game-winning single in the bottom of the twelfth. The Yankees had lost their previous 90 regular-season games in which they trailed at the end of the eighth inning, the longest current streak of its kind in the major leagues and the longest by the Yankees since a 92-game streak spanning the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

Ibanez is the first player in Yankees history to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and then get a walk-off RBI later in the same game.

The last player over the age of 40 to get a walk-off RBI for the Yankees was Enos Slaughter on August 4, 1957 against Cleveland. Slaughter hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Don Mossi to give the Yankees a 6-5 win in game two of a doubleheader.

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox

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Blackley

A'S SET MAJOR-LEAGUE RECORD

From Elias: Travis Blackley earned the win for the Athletics in their win over the Rangers. It was Oakland's 53rd win by a rookie pitcher, the most in a season for any team in major-league history.

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers

LOTS OF LOSSES IN THIS GAME

From Elias: The 106-loss Astros played the 100-loss Cubs Tuesday night. It was only the fourth time in major-league history in which two teams met with each having at least 100 losses entering the game. In 1962, the Cubs (102 losses) and Mets (118) met in the final series of the season. In 1923, the Braves (100) and Phillies (102) played a doubleheader on the last day of the season and in 1905, the Dodgers and Beaneaters played their last four games of the season, each with 100 losses.

Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros

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Greenberg

GREENBERG GETS ANOTHER CHANCE

From Elias: Adam Greenberg played in the second major-league game of his career, seven years and 85 days after his first game which occurred on July 9, 2005, when, pinch-hitting for the Cubs in the top of the ninth inning, he was beaned by the first pitch he faced from Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos.

Among players who debuted in the last 75 years, only two had as much time elapse between their first and second major-league games as Greenberg did: infielder Aaron Holbert (9 years, 124 days; Cardinals 1996/Reds 2005), and left-handed pitcher Joe Nuxhall (7 years, 345 days; Reds 1944/1952). Holbert, the Cardinals' first pick in the 1990 draft, played 17 seasons in the minor leagues (1990-2006). Nuxhall debuted at age 15 years, 316 days (N.L. record). He played 15 more seasons in the majors (1952-1966), all but one with Cincinnati, and won 135 games.

Miami Marlins, New York Mets

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Aoki

AOKI AND TROUT WITH 30 STEALS

From Elias: Norichika Aoki stole his 30th base of the season in the Brewers' victory over the Padres. Aoki is the second rookie this season to steal 30 bases, joining Mike Trout who has 49. This is only the second season over the last 20 years that two rookies stole at least 30 bases in the same season. Four rookies reached 30 steals in 2001: Ichiro Suzuki (56), Jimmy Rollins (46), Alfonso Soriano (43) and Luis Rivas (31).

Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres

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Cabrera

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR CABRERA

From Elias: Miguel Cabrera had two hits and two runs batted in as he drives towards the Triple Crown. It was the 30th time this season that Cabrera has at least two hits and two RBI in a game. That's the most such games in a season for a player since 2007 when both Alex Rodriguez (33) and Magglio Ordonez (30) had that many.

Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals

THE ASTROS WANT TO START THE SEASON OVER

From Elias: The Astros have not allowed a run and no more than four hits in any of their last three games. Houston is only the second major-league team to have a three-game streak like that since 1991. The Rangers, the other Texas team, did it in May 2008. It's only the second time in Astros history that they had a streak like that. They also did it in September 1986 with the following starting pitchers: Jim Deshaies, Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott.

Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs

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Iwakuma

ROOKIE RULES ANGELS

From Elias: Hisashi Iwakuma improved his record to 4-0 against the Angels this season. Iwakuma is third rookie to win four games in a season against the Angels. The Yankees' Stan Bahnsen did it in 1968 (4-0) and the Indians' Rich Hand in 1970 (4-0).

Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels


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