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Heat even series convincingly
The Heat evened their series at one win apiece with a convincing 115-78 victory. The 37-point margin of victory was the third-largest in NBA history for a team that trailed in a playoff series. Minneapolis defeated St. Louis 133-75 in Game 2 of the 1956 Western Division Semifinals after the Hawks won Game 1. Seattle beat Phoenix 122-78 in Game 2 in the First Round of the 1997 Western Conference playoffs after the Suns won Game 1.
Klay joins Michael, Kobe and Vince
Klay Thompson scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Warriors' Game 2 win over the Spurs. Over the last 25 years only three starting guards scored that many points and hauled in that many rebounds in a playoff game. Michael Jordan did it twice, once in 1989 (40 points, 15 rebounds) and once in 1991 (38, 19), Kobe Bryant in 2001 (48, 16) and Vince Carter in 2006 (34, 15).
Karl wins NBA Coach of the Year
George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Karl, 61 years of age, is the fourth man over the age of 60 to win this award. The others were Hubie Brown with Memphis in 2003-04 (70 years old), Gregg Popovich with San Antonio in 2011-12 (63) and Larry Brown with Philadelphia in 200-01 (60).
Twins and Red Sox exchange big innings early
The Twins scored four runs in the top of the first inning, the Red Sox countered with a five-run bottom of the first only to see the Twins raise them by scoring seven runs in the top of the second. This was only the second game in major-league history in which a team scored at least four runs in the top of the first, the home team then scored more runs in the bottom of the first, which was then topped by the road team in the top of the second. The only other game with such an odd line score was played on September 9, 1894 between Brooklyn and St. Louis in the second game of a doubleheader. Brooklyn scored four runs in the top of the first, St. Louis responded with five runs in the bottom of the first and then Brooklyn came up with six runs in the top of the second inning.
Yankees pitcher bats eighth
Joe Girardi's lineup card for the Yankees game in Colorado Wednesday night had pitcher David Phelps batting eighth and catcher Austin Romine batting ninth. The last time a Yankees starting pitcher batted anywhere but ninth in the batting order was on August 28, 1957 when Casey Stengel batted Don Larsen in the eight spot in a game at Chicago. As a matter of fact, Casey batted the pitcher in the seventh or eighth spot 24 times during his tenure as manager of the Yankees manager. The position-player starter whom he most often put in the ninth spot was Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto.
Goldschmidt is hot
Paul Goldschmidt has hit four homers and driven in nine runs over his last three games. Only three other players in Diamondbacks history hit at least four homers and knocked in at least nine runs over a three-game span. The others to do it were Steve Finley in September 1999 (4 HR, 10 RBI), Reggie Sanders in April 2001 (5 HR, 9 RBI) and Luis Gonzalez in June 2001 (4 HR, 9 RBI).
Moore is a shining Ray
Matt Moore improved his record to 6-0 with a 2.16 ERA in seven starts this season. Moore is the second pitcher in Rays history to win 6 of his first 7 starts of a season. Scott Kazmir was 6-1 with a 1.40 ERA over his first seven starts in 2008.
Felix is pitching like a king
Felix Hernandez had another stellar performance in the Mariners' 2-1 win over the Pirates. Hernandez has earned a win, pitched at least six innings and did not allow more than one earned run in each of his last four starts. Only four other pitchers in Mariners history had a four-start stretch like that within one season: Mark Langston in 1988, Scott Bankhead in 1989 (5 in a row), Randy Johnson in 1997 (5) and Jarrod Washburn in 2009.
Zimmermann wins despite very little support
Jordan Zimmermann has won three consecutive starts despite the Nationals scoring three or fewer runs in each. Zimmermann is the third pitcher in Expos/Nationals history to win three consecutive starts with such little support. Steve Rogers did it in September 1973 and Floyd Youmans in July 1987, both while the franchise was in Montreal.
Uggla and Francisco lead the Braves
Dan Uggla hit two homers and Juan Francisco hit a grand slam in the Braves' win over the Reds in Cincinnati. This was the third time since 2005 that the Braves had a game in which one player hit two homers while another hit a grand slam and all three were played in "The Queen City". Kelly Johnson (2 HR, 1 grand slam) and Andruw Jones (2 HR) did it on June 17, 2005; and Mark Teixeira (2 HR) and Brian McCann (slam) did it on August 20, 2007.
Bullpen lets Villanueva down again
Carlos Villanueva left Wednesday's game with a 4-3 lead and two outs and nobody on base in the top of the seventh inning only to watch the Cubs bullpen blow the lead and a win for him. It was the fourth time this season that Villanueva did not earn a win despite leaving the game as the pitcher of decision on the positive side, the most in the majors. The Cubs bullpen has allowed 14 runs in 14¿ innings pitched this season in games started by Villanueva.
Holland bends but doesn't break
Derek Holland earned a win and allowed only one run on 10 hits for the Rangers Wednesday night. Holland is the first Rangers pitcher since 2006 to win a game in which he allowed as many as 10 hits but no more than one run. Robinson Tejeda did it twice in September 2006.
PETCO is not run friendly
The Padres beat the Marlins, 1-0, at PETCO Park on Wednesday afternoon. It was the 25th 1-0 game in the history of PETCO Park, the most for any venue over that span. Safeco Field is second on the list with 22 such games since 2004.
Johnson is a savior for the Orioles
Jim Johnson converted his 34th consecutive save opportunity in the Orioles' victory over the Royals. Johnson's streak is 11 longer than any other current streak. Grant Balfour has converted his last 23 saves chances.
Torres sends Giants walking
Andres Torres knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning in the Giants' victory over the Phillies Wednesday afternoon. It was the fourth walkoff RBI for Torres in his major-league career. All four of his walkoff hits were singles.
The Angels are losing their wings
The Angels loss in Houston lowered their record to 11-22. That matches the franchise's worst record through its first 33 games of a season. The Angels were also 11-22 in 1969 and 1976.
Back-to-back game-winning goals for Stepan
Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal in the Rangers' 4-3 win in Game 3 of their series against the Capitals and he did the same in New York's 4-3 victory in Game 4. Stepan is the first Rangers player to be credited with the winning goal in each of two consecutive team games in one playoff year since 1997, when Adam Graves did that in Games 4 and 5 of the Blueshirts' second-round series against the Devils. The second of Graves' back-to-back game-winning goals came in overtime and wrapped up a five-game series victory for the Rangers.
Krejci completes trick with an overtime goal
David Krejci completed the second playoff hat trick of his NHL career with a goal 13:06 into overtime that made the Bruins 4-3 winners in Game 4 of their series against the Maple Leafs. Krejci, whose other playoff hat trick was in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, is the second player in Bruins history to score three or more goals in a playoff game, including an overtime goal. The other Boston player with a playoff hat trick that included an OT goal was Jean Ratelle in Game 4 of the Bruins' Semi-Final series against the Canadiens in 1979.
Chara does something Orr didn't
Zdeno Chara assisted on all four of the Bruins' goals in their overtime victory at Toronto. Chara is the first defenseman in Bruins history to record as many as four assists in a playoff game and he's the first Boston player at any position to do that since 1991, when Vladimir Ruzicka registered one goal and four assists in a 5-4 Bruins overtime win in Game 2 of the Wales Conference Final against the Penguins.
Another GWG for Voynov
Defenseman Slava Voynov scored eight minutes into overtime to earn the Kings a 3-2 win in Game 5 of their series against the Blues. Voynov, who scored the goal in L.A.'s 1-0 victory in Game 3, is the first defenseman in Kings history to record two game-winning goals in one playoff series. The last defenseman on another NHL team with two game-winners in one series was the Rangers' Dan Girardi in last year's Eastern Conference Final against the Devils.