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Noah stars in Bulls' Game 7 win
From Elias: Joakim Noah scored 24 points on 12-for-17 shooting and blocked six shots in the Bulls' 99-93 victory at Brooklyn. Noah was the first center to hit a dozen or more field goals in a Game 7 since Tim Duncan did it in overtime against the Mavericks in the 2006 Western Conference semifinals. Noah's six blocks were one short of the NBA record for a Game 7, shared by Caldwell Jones, Elvin Hayes, and Dikembe Mutombo.
Butler goes all the way in back-to-back games
From Elias: Jimmy Butler played the entire 48 minutes in each of the last two games of the Bulls-Nets series. Butler was the first player in 40 years to record complete games in game 6 and Game 7 of the same playoff series. The last player to do so was Dave Cowens of the Celtics in the 1973 Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks.
Giants blow lead but come back to win
From Elias: The Giants blew an early 5-0 lead but held on to defeat the Dodgers, 10-9, at AT&T Park. That kept the following record intact: The Dodgers have never won a game at San Francisco after trailing by more than three runs, covering the entire span of 56 seasons since both teams moved to California. The Brooklyn Dodgers won 11 such games against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, where the Giants played from 1911 to 1957.
20-year-old stymies Phillies
From Elias: Jose Fernandez allowed one hit over seven innings to earn the victory in the Marlins' 2-0 win at Philadelphia. At age 20, Fernandez became the youngest starting pitcher in more than a quarter-century to win a game while allowing fewer than two hits. The last starter as young as Fernandez to do so was Edwin Correa of the Rangers in 1984; the last in the NL was Dwight Gooden in 1984.
Garcia bids for a no-hitter in his Orioles debut
From Elias: During the Orioles' first 58 seasons in Baltimore, no starting pitcher ever took a no-hitter to the seventh inning in his team debut. But last season, Jason Hammel didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning in his first appearance for the O's. And on Saturday at Minnesota, Freddy Garcia's no-hit bid was spoiled by Erick Aybar leading off the seventh inning.
Guthrie post his first shutout
From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter to earn the first shutout of his career in the Royals' 2-0 victory over the White Sox. Prior to Saturday's win, Guthrie had made 188 starts, which was the third-highest total among pitchers who never threw a shutout. The record of 203 career starts without a shutout is held by Jason Bere, and the most among active major leaguers is now 154 by Mike Pelfrey.
Hughes misses lots of bats while shutting down the A's
From Elias: The resurgence of Phil Hughes continued at Yankee Stadium on Saturday when he held the A's to four hits without allowing a run over eight innings to earn his first victory of the season. But no single statistic illustrates Hughes's progress better than the game-by-game totals of swinging strikes he has induced: 1 in his second start of the season, then 8, 11, 15, and 19 on Saturday, when he matched the second-highest such total of his MLB career. Hughes has a 25-11 record when recording at least 10 swings-and-misses.
Cabrera in the company of Hall of Famers
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs in the Tigers' 17-2 win at Houston. Cabrera now has 46 hits and 36 RBIs in 29 games this season. Since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920, the only Tigers players to reach 45 hits and 35 RBIs by their 30th game were Hall of Famers Harry Heilmann in 1921 and Ty Cobb in 1925.
Kazmir turns back the clock
From Elias: In a performance reminiscent of his days with the Rays, Scott Kazmir struck out seven batters over six innings to earn the victory in the Indians' 7-3 win over the Twins. Not that long ago, Kazmir was one of the stars of the rookie class of 2005. In fact, he led all pitchers from that class in strikeouts until late in the 2010 season when he was passed by none other than Felix Hernandez. In fact, even though Saturday's win was Kazmir's first since September 2010, he still ranks fourth in strikeouts among the Class of 2005 (1008).
Dickey routed again in loss to Seattle
From Elias: R.A. Dickey allowed seven runs in the Blue Jays' 8-1 loss to the Mariners. It was the second game this season in which Dickey was tagged for seven or more runs. He did that only twice in three seasons with the Mets.
Wainwright is first Cardinals starter to allow 5 earned runs this season
From Elias: The Cardinals overcame a poor performance by Adam Wainwright to post a 7-6 victory at Milwaukee. Wainwright allowed five runs over 5.1 innings, marking the first time in 30 games this season that a St. Louis starter was touched for five or more earned runs. Since 1900, that's the furthest into a season that the Cardinals ever advanced before one of its starting pitchers yielded five earned runs in a game. The previous high was 26 games before allowing five or more ERs in 1982.
Reds rally on Marmol's wild streak
From Elias: Carlos Marmol faced three batters on Saturday¿walking two and hitting another with a pitch¿to fuel the Reds' four-run game-winning rally at Wrigley Field. It was the first time Cincinnati scored four or more runs in an inning on fewer than two hits since 2009, when they rallied for five runs on one hit in the ninth inning to defeat the Giants.
Lackey taken deep on 1st pitch
From Elias: For the first time in 297 career starts, John Lackey allowed on a home run on the first pitch he threw. Ian Kinsler, who hit a first-inning leadoff homer against Lackey in April 2011, gave the Rangers the early lead and they defeated the Red Sox, 5-1.
Rockies rookie slams Price
From Elias: Nolan Arenado hit a seventh-inning grand slam off David Price in the Rockies' 9-3 win over the Rays. It was only the fifth home run, and the first grand slam, that Price has allowed to a rookie.
Early exit for Richard
From Elias: Clayton Richard failed to survive the fourth inning, allowing seven hits and seven runs in the Padres' 8-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. The good news is that Richard's turnaround time could be just around the corner. He has a 3-15 career record through May 11, but a 41-31 mark from May 12 to the end of the season.
Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a pair of sac flies in Arizona's win, came into the game with only a 49 percent career rate of driving in runners from third base with less than two outs.
Green represents the backliners with OT goal in 1-0 win
From Elias: Mike Green's power play goal at 8:00 of the first overtime period gave the Capitals a 1-0 win over the Rangers and a two-games-to-none lead in their series. It was the sixth time in NHL playoff history that a defenseman scored the goal in a 1-0 overtime victory. The most recent of those goals was scored by Andrei Zyuzin of San Jose in 1998. But special mention goes to Uwe Krupp, who scored in triple-overtime to complete the Avalanche's four-game sweep in the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
Lupul scores in bunches in the playoffs
From Elias: Joffrey Lupul has scored 16 goals in 41 playoff games in his NHL career but 10 of those goals have come in only four games: a four-goal and a two-goal game for the Ducks in 2006, a two-goal game for the Flyers in 2008, and two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 4-2 win at Boston on Saturday night.
Hiller minds the net as Ducks rout Wings
From Elias: Jonas Hiller recorded the third shutout of his NHL playoff career in the Ducks' 4-0 win at Detroit. It's only the third time in Red Wings playoff history that they suffered a home shutout loss by a margin of four goals or more. The other visiting goaltenders with shutouts by that large a margin at Detroit are a pair of Hall of Famers: Turk Broda of the Maple Leafs in 1950 (5-0) and Ken Dryden of the Canadiens in 1978 (8-0).