Date: May 17, 2013

Elias Says...

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

NBA

Pacers' mistakes cost them in Game 5 loss to the Knicks

From Elias: The Pacers consistently shot themselves in the foot in their 85-75 loss in Game 5 of their series against the Knicks, committing 19 turnovers and making only 19 of 33 free-throw attempts. In the last 15 years of NBA playoffs, only one other team lost a regulation-length game in which it committed that many turnovers and missed at least 14 foul shots. On April 21, 2007, Orlando dropped a 100-92 decision to the Pistons in which the Magic finished with 21 turnovers while shooting 18-of-36 from the line.

Indiana Pacers

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Felton

Hustle plays by Felton

From Elias: Raymond Felton helped the Knicks stay alive with four offensive rebounds and three steals. Felton is the first Knicks starting guard to reach both of those statistical minimums in a playoff game since Micheal Ray Richardson had four rebounds off the offensive glass and six thefts in an overtime elimination loss at Chicago in the first round of the 1981 playoffs.

New York Knicks

MLB

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Middlebrooks

An unlikely clutch hit by Will Middlebrooks

From Elias: The Red Sox trailed the Rays, 3-1, when Will Middlebrooks came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning. Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney got ahead in the count with two quick strikes, but after taking the third pitch for a ball, Middlebrooks lined a bases-clearing double that put Boston on top, 4-3, which turned out to be the final score. The odds were certainly against Middlebrooks coming through with a key hit in that crucial situation. Before that plate appearance, Middlebrooks had one hit in 15 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position this season and he was 2 for 42 with 24 strikeouts in at-bats in which he fell behind in the count 0-2.

Boston Red Sox

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Murphy

One hit may have turned Daniel Murphy's fortunes around

From Elias: Daniel Murphy went 4 for 4 with two doubles and a walk as the Mets posted a 5-2 win over the Cardinals and avoided being swept in their four-game series in St. Louis. It was only the second four-hit game by a Mets player this season, and the other one was also by Murphy, in New York's 16-5 win at Minnesota on April 12.

Not very many days ago Murphy was in throes of a 17-at-bat hitless streak, but he ended that drought on Sunday with a double in his last at-bat as the Mets closed out a homestand. That one hit seems to have done wonders for Murphy's confidence as evidenced by the 10 hits in 16 at-bats (a .625 batting average), along with four doubles, that he registered in the Mets' four-game series against the Cardinals. But whatever magic formula Murphy discovered appears to be unknown to his teammates, who were a collective 18 for 116 (.155) with four doubles over the past four days.

New York Mets

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Verlander

Verlander suffers the worst inning of his MLB career

From Elias: The Rangers beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers, 10-4, on Thursday night, scoring seven runs against Verlander in the third inning. It was the first time that Verlander allowed more than six runs in one inning in his major-league career, but it was only the second-worst inning by a Tigers pitcher this season. Rick Porcello gave up nine runs and recorded only two outs in the first inning of his start at Anaheim on April 20.

Detroit Tigers

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Liriano

Liriano: two games and two wins for the Bucs

From Elias: Francisco Liriano, who beat the Mets in New York in his Pirates debut on Saturday, made it two wins in two games for Pittsburgh with a victory over the Brewers on Thursday night. Liriano is only the third pitcher in the last ten seasons to win the first two games of his Pirates career. The others were Jeff Karstens (2008) and Kevin Correia (2011).

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Ryan

Ryan shows the Yankees he isn't an automatic out

From Elias: Brendan Ryan notched two hits in a game for only the second time this season to help the Mariners post a 3-2 win in the rubber game of their three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Ryan, whose fourth-inning infield single drove in the run that put Seattle ahead to stay on Thursday, recorded four hits in 12 at-bats over the three games in the Bronx, after entering the series with a .122 batting average this season and only three hits in 51 at-bats over the previous 30 days (April 13 through May 12).

Seattle Mariners

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Bruce

Jay Bruce's three-RBI game

From Elias: Jay Bruce drove in three of the Reds' five runs in their ten-inning victory at Miami. Bruce, who's started in the fifth slot in the batting order in all but one of the 40 games he's played this year, recorded RBIs in only six of his first 29 games this season (11 total RBIs) but he's done so in nine of 11 games since then (with a total of 13 runs batted in).

Cincinnati Reds

Giants' six-run comeback win at Colorado

From Elias: The Giants trailed, 6-0, at the end of the third inning in their game in Denver, but they scored five runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth to beat the Rockies, 8-6. It was the first time that the Giants won a game in which they trailed by six or more runs since Sept. 23, 2005, when they overcame an identical deficit (6-0) at the same venue (Coors Field) and won 7-6.

San Francisco Giants

NHL

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Chara

Chara does it all in Boston's overtime win

From Elias: Zdeno Chara was on ice for more than half of the playing time in the Bruins' overtime win in Game 1 of their series against the Rangers, and he made his near-constant presence felt by scoring one goal, assisting on Brad Marchand's game-winning goal, and recording nine shots on goal and six hits. Since 1999, the only other NHL defensemen to score a goal and register nine or more shots on goal in one playoff game are Ray Bourque (one goal, 10 shots in in a double-overtime game at Carolina in 1999) and Erik Karlsson (one goal, 10 shots in an OT win against the Rangers in New York last year).

Boston Bruins

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Krug

Rookie D-man scores in his playoff debut

From Elias: Rookie defenseman Torey Krug, making his playoff debut, scored the first goal of his NHL career (regular season or postseason) to get the Bruins level with the Rangers at 2-2 in the third period of their second-round series opener. Krug is the only the second Bruins player in the last eight playoff years to score a goal in his first Stanley Cup game; Tyler Seguin did so in Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay. Krug was the first Boston defenseman to score a goal in his first playoff game since Glen Wesley in 1988 versus Buffalo.

Boston Bruins


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