Date: May 2, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Celtics perfect from line

From Elias: The Celtics were 17-for-17 from the foul line in Wednesday night's season-saving victory over the Knicks, after they converted all 19 of their free-throw attempts in the first game of the series. Boston is the first team in NBA history to have two perfect games from the foul line in one postseason.

Boston Celtics, New York Knicks


George paces Indiana

From Elias: Paul George scored 21 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the field, while adding 10 rebounds and five assists in the Pacers' win over the Hawks. Only two other NBA players had a 20/10/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game with no more than one missed field goal in a playoff win: Bill Russell in Game 2 of the 1965 NBA Finals against the Lakers and Mitch Richmond versus the Jazz in the first round in 1989. Russell, by the way, had 23 points, 25 rebounds and 10 assists in that game. No other player has ever matched all three of those statistical levels in an NBA Finals game.

Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks


Durant converts from field and stripe

From Elias: Kevin Durant has made at least 11 field goals and 11 free throws in each of his last three games. The only other NBA player in the past decade to do that in three consecutive games of one postseason was LeBron James in 2009.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets



Raburn's 3-game output matched by only three others in last 75 years

From Elias: Ryan Raburn, who was 4-for-5 on Wednesday night, is the fourth major-league player in the last 75 years to have at least 11 hits and four home runs in a three-game span. The others were Duke Snider (1955 Dodgers), Kirby Puckett (1987 Twins) and Shawn Green (2002 Dodgers).

Raburn is also the first major-league player since Kevin Kouzmanoff in August 2009 to collect 11 hits in a span of 12 at-bats.

Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies

Indians dominate four games

From Elias: The Indians have won their last four games, outscoring opponents by 34 runs over that stretch (39-5). Cleveland last won four straight games by such a large combined margin in August 1948 (41-7, including a 26-3 win over the St. Louis Browns) on their way to winning the World Series.

Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies


Buchholz wins first six starts

From Elias: Clay Buchholz, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, is now 6-0 with 47 strikeouts and five runs allowed this season. Only three other pitchers since 1900 won each of their first six starts of a season while striking out at least that many batters and permitting so few runs: Zack Greinke (2009 Royals), Roger Clemens (1991 Red Sox) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981 Dodgers).

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays


Ortiz ties extra-base hits record

From Elias: David Ortiz's double on Wednesday night extended his streak of games with an extra-base hit to nine straight, tying a franchise record. Ortiz himself (in 2004), Bill Mueller (2003), Butch Hobson (1977) and Ted Williams (1939) also stroked a double, triple or home run in nine consecutive games for the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays


Feldman whiffs 12 in complete-game win

From Elias: Scott Feldman struck out 12 batters in a complete-game win against the Padres on Wednesday night. He was the first pitcher to throw a complete game with at least a dozen strikeouts at Wrigley Field since 2004, when the Giants' Jason Schmidt whiffed 13 in a 1-0 decision over the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres


Another pinch-hit home run for Valdespin

From Elias: Jordany Valdespin's three-run pinch-hit homer highlighted the Mets' 7-6 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Valdespin has hit 10 home runs in the major leagues, six of which have come as a pinch hitter. Only two other players in major-league history had at least six pinch-hit homers among their first 10 homers: Bill Taylor's first six home runs were as a pinch hitter for the Giants in 1954 and 1955; and six of Craig Wilson's first 10 were off the bench, for the Pirates in 2001.

New York Mets, Miami Marlins

Pirates win with late rally

From Elias: The Pirates overcame a 4-2 deficit by scoring four runs in the eighth inning and they defeated the Brewers in Milwaukee, 6-4. It was the fifth time this season that Pittsburgh won a game after trailing at any point in the seventh inning or later, the most such wins in the major leagues.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers


Lynn extends one streak on mound, ends another at plate

From Elias: Lance Lynn defeated the Reds on Wednesday for his 10th straight regular-season win, but his fifth-inning single stopped a more dubious streak. That hit ended Lynn's 0-for-52 slump dating back to April 2012, which was the longest current hitless streak for any active player. That distinction now belongs to Tommy Hanson, who is hitless in his last 46 at-bats.

St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds


Morneau comes through with full count

From Elias: Justin Morneau's RBI-double on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning gave the Twins a 1-0 lead, and Minnesota never lost that advantage in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Morneau is 4 for 5 with five walks this season in plate appearances in which he's had a full count.

Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers

Pitching duel in Atlanta

From Elias: Ian Desmond's two-run homer accounted for all the scoring in the Nationals' 2-0 win over the Braves in Atlanta. It was the first nine-inning game in nearly 16 years in which neither team had a batter reach base -- by hit, walk, HBP or error -- from the fifth inning to the end of the game. That had last happened on July 28, 1997 in a matchup between the Blue Jays and Brewers.

Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

Rays squander big lead

From Elias: The Rays were ahead 5-0 in the third inning, but the Royals overcame that deficit and defeated Tampa Bay, 9-8. Tampa Bay had won the last 70 games in which it held a lead of five or more runs, which was the longest current streak of that kind in the major leagues.

Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals


Milone undone by 3 home runs

From Elias: Tommy Milone struck out 10 Angels batters and did not issue a walk, but he allowed three home runs in seven innings and was charged with the loss in the team's 5-4 defeat. Milone was the 10th major-league pitcher this season to record 10 or more strikeouts and no walks in a game, but the first to do so while taking a loss.

Milone was the first pitcher in the Athletics' 113-year history to register at least 10 strikeouts in one game, with no walks but three or more homers allowed.

Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels



Krejci's three-point game leads Bruins over Maple Leafs

From Elias: David Krejci, who recorded only one goal and two assists over his final 13 games during the regular season, matched those totals with one goal and two assists in the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 1 of their series against the Maple Leafs. It was the fifth career postseason game of three or more points for Krejci, who registered only one goal and two assists for Boston in its seven-game first-round series loss to the Capitals in last year's playoffs. Krejci's five postseason games of at least three points have all come in the last four years; no other NHL player has more than four such games over that span.

Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs


Making a Mark

From Elias: Marc-Andre Fleury recorded the sixth shutout of his NHL postseason career as the Penguins opened the 2013 playoffs with a 5-0 win against the Islanders. Fleury, whose six postseason shutouts tie him with Tom Barrasso for the Penguins team record, has notched three of those shutouts in Pittsburgh's first game of a playoff year. (He blanked Ottawa in the Penguins' first game in the 2008 playoffs and Tampa Bay in Pittsburgh's 2011 opener.) No other active NHL goaltender has more than one shutout in a team's first game of a playoff year.

Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders