Date: May 10, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Cano reaches milestone

From Elias: Robinson Cano reached 1500 hits eight years and six days after his major-league debut on May 3, 2005. That is the shortest span from a player's first big-league game to 1500 hits for the Yankees. Derek Jeter had the previous record, doing so in eight years and 79 days. The only active players who made it to that milestone more quickly than Cano -- in terms of days after their first career game -- are Ichiro, Albert Pujols and Juan Pierre.

Cano's third-inning infield single on Thursday night was his 1500th hit and his fifth-inning solo home run provided the insurance in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Rockies. It's the second time this season that Cano produced both a home run and an infield hit in the same game; he also did so last month against the Rays. That already ties his most homer-and-an-infield hit games in one season with the Yankees (he had two in 2009 and in 2012).

New York Yankees


Birthday home run at Fenway

From Elias: Oswaldo Arcia celebrated his 22nd birthday with a home run and a triple, helping the Twins defeat the Red Sox in Boston, 5-3. Arcia joined Yogi Berra as the youngest players to homer at Fenway Park on their birthdays. Berra did so at age 22 in 1947, in a game the Yankees lost, 4-3, when Boston scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Ted Williams is next on that list; he marked his 23rd birthday with a home run at Fenway against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941.

Minnesota Twins


Another game-ending hit for Baxter

From Elias: Mike Baxter, for the second time in three days, hit a game-ending pinch-hit single to give the Mets a win. His 10th-inning hit defeated the White Sox on Tuesday night and his bottom-of-the-ninth single bested the Pirates on Thursday night. Baxter is the first player since Jacoby Ellsbury in August 2011 to produce a walkoff RBI twice in a three-game span. (Ellsbury did so in consecutive games.) But nobody had done that as a pinch-hitter since 1991, when Rafael Ramirez came off the bench to deliver game-ending hits in back-to-back Astros victories.

New York Mets

Familiar script for Phillies

From Elias: The Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night was their major league-high fifth loss this season in which they allowed two or fewer runs.

Philadelphia Phillies


Indians win with pitching and power

From Elias: Scott Kazmir struck out 10 batters and did not issue a walk, while Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs in the Indians' 9-2 win over the Athletics. It was the first time in Indians history that a pitcher recorded at least 10 strikeouts, with no walks, and three different Cleveland players hit home runs.

Cleveland Indians

Nationals break first-inning slump

From Elias: The Nationals scored three runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Tigers, 5-4. Washington entered play having scored only one run in the first inning over its previous 20 games. And the Nationals' 11 first-inning runs this season before Thursday were the fewest in the National League.

Washington Nationals


Guthrie picks up where he left off

From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie improved to 5-0 this season with a victory over the Orioles after he ended 2012 with five consecutive wins. He's the third pitcher in the last 10 seasons to win his first five decisions after ending the previous campaign with a winning streak of five or more games. The others were Jose Contreras (2005-06 White Sox) and Lance Lynn (2012-13 Cardinals).

Kansas City Royals


Longoria jabs the Jays

From Elias: Evan Longoria was 3-for-5 in the Rays' win over the Blue Jays, increasing his batting average against Toronto over the last two seasons to .403 (27 for 67). That's the highest such average for any player with at least 50 plate appearances versus the Blue Jays over that span.

Tampa Bay Rays

Iannetta draws four walks

From Elias: Chris Iannetta, batting eighth in the Angels' order, walked four times in Thursday night's game against the Astros. He's only the second player in Angels history to draw at least four walks in a game from the bottom third of the lineup. The first was Reggie Willits, who was walked four times while batting ninth in a game at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

Los Angeles Angels


Senators trounce Canadiens

From Elias: The Senators won their first-round series against the Canadiens in five games, wrapping it up with a 6-1 victory in Montreal on Thursday, which matched the scoreline of the Senators' win in Game 3 of the series in Ottawa.

The pair of 6-1 wins by the Senators made this only the second playoff series in the Canadiens' 95-year history in the NHL in which they lost two games by margins of five goals or more. The only other time it happened was in the 1919 Stanley Cup Final against the PCHA champion, the Seattle Metropolitans. With all the games being played in Seattle, Montreal lost 7-0 in the series opener and 7-2 in the third game. The series was tied through five games at two wins each and one tie when it was cancelled due to the Spanish influenza epidemic which resulted in the illness of several players and the death of Canadiens star Joe Hall.

Ottawa Senators


Vokoun replaces Fleury and blanks Islanders

From Elias: Marc-Andre Fleury posted a 5-0 shutout in the first game of the Penguins' series against the Islanders but played poorly over the next three games, allowing a total of 14 goals, so Pittsburgh coach Dan Byslma made a goaltending switch and started Tomas Vokoun in Game 5.

Vokoun did not disappoint his coach or the home fans on Thursday night as he made 31 saves in leading the Penguins to a 4-0 win. It was the second playoff shutout of Vokoun's NHL career and first in nine years and 26 days, since a 41-save 3-0 victory for the Predators over the Red Wings in Nashville on April 13, 2004. That's the third-longest gap between playoff shutouts by a goaltender in NHL history. The two longer gaps were by "Sugar Jim" Henry, who recorded shutouts 10 years and 10 days apart (1942-1952), and Brian Boucher, at 10 years and 6 days (2000-2010).

The Penguins are the first NHL team to have two different goaltenders register shutouts in one playoff series since 1979, when Billy Smith and Chico Resch did that in Games 2 and 3 of the Islanders' series against Chicago.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Hossa's the hero in series-clinching win

From Elias: Marian Hossa scored two goals and assisted on another as the Blackhawks won their first-round series against Minnesota with a 5-1 victory in Game 5. It was the sixth time in Hossa's NHL career that he recorded three or more points in one playoff game and the third time he did so in a series-clinching win by his team. Hossa scored four points (one goal, three assists) for the Penguins in their clinching Game 5 victory against the Flyers in 2008 and three points (all assists) for Chicago in its decisive Game 6 win at Nashville in 2010.

Chicago Blackhawks