Date: June 5, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Mayberry Jr.

Mayberry makes history

From Elias: John Mayberry Jr. made some baseball history on Tuesday by becoming the first major-league player ever to hit two home runs in extra innings in one game, including a walkoff grand slam. Before Mayberry, the last major league to hit a game-tying and walkoff homer, both in extra frames, was Baltimore's Mike Young, who hit both homers off the Angels' DeWayne Buice on May 28, 1987.

Philadelphia Phillies


L.A. loves Puig

From Elias: Yasiel Puig hit two home runs on Tuesday in his second game in the major leagues. He's the first player in Dodgers history to have a multiple homer game in his first or second game in the big leagues.

Puig became only the second Dodgers player ever to have a game with at least two home runs and five RBIs from the leadoff spot. Tommy Brown had three homers and five RBIs for Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on Sept. 18, 1950.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Red Sox nearly score in every inning

From Elias: The Red Sox defeated the Rangers on Tuesday, 17-5, by scoring in each of the first seven innings. It was only the third time in team history that the Red Sox have scored in each of the first seven innings of a game at Fenway Park. The other instances were on May 15, 1996 against the Angels and July 3, 1998 against the White Sox.

Boston collected 13 extra-base hits on Tuesday, the highest total by any major-league team since the Indians had 13 in a 22-4 win over the Yankees on April 18, 2009, and the most for the Red Sox since they had 13 in a 13-3 win at Tiger Stadium on July 29, 1990.

Justin Grimm allowed eight runs, all earned, in 1┐ innings on Tuesday, to join the list of rookie starters shellacked by the Red Sox this season. Six rookie pitchers have started against Boston this year and they are a combined 1-5 with a 12.93 ERA and the Red Sox have 51 hits and a .429 batting average against them.

Boston Red Sox


Tigers knock Moore out quickly

From Elias: Matt Moore's 8-0 start came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as the Tigers battered him for seven hits, six walks and six runs in two innings. Over the last 10 seasons (2004 to date), the only other pitcher to allow at least 13 men to reach base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) while recording no more than six outs was the Royals' Brian Bannister at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 17, 2008. Bannister allowed 10 hits, three walks and 10 runs while getting only three outs.

Tampa Bay Rays


Betancourt completes big comeback by Brewers

From Elias: Yuniesky Betancourt's 10th-inning walkoff single ended his streak of 23 consecutive hitless at-bats in Late-Inning Pressure Situations (seventh inning or later with score tied or team at bat trailing by up to three runs; or by four runs if there are two-or-more runners on base). Entering the day, that had been the longest current drought for any major-league player.

The Brewers defeated the Athletics on Tuesday, 4-3 in 10 innings, after they were down 3-0 in the eighth inning. The Brewers have now won two games this season in which they were trailing by at least three runs in the eighth inning or later and hadn't scored to that point; they also did that on April 14 against St. Louis. The only other season in which the Brewers had two wins like that was 1974.

Milwaukee Brewers


Young starters square off in St. Louis

From Elias: In St. Louis on Tuesday, Arizona's Tyler Skaggs (born: July 13, 1991) started against the Cardinals' Michael Wacha (born: July 1, 1991). It was the first game since September 6, 1986 in which each starting pitcher was 21 or younger and the two were born within 20 days of each other. The last such instance was when the Indians' Greg Swindell defeated the Brewers' Juan Nieves in Milwaukee on Sept. 6, 1986. The two starters were born three days apart in 1965.

Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals

Good things come to those who wait...and wait...and wait...

From Elias: Steve Lombardozzi hit the ninth pitch from Bobby Parnell for a game-ending sacrifice fly on Tuesday. That was the longest plate appearance to end with a walkoff RBI this season. Nationals fans (and probably Cardinals fans too) will remember the last instance┐Jayson Werth's walkoff homer on the 13th pitch from Lance Lynn in Game 4 of the NLDS last year.

Washington Nationals


Upton doesn't often have two-strike hits...but when he does, he often hits homers

From Elias: B.J. Upton's sixth-inning, game-tying home run was only his eighth hit of the season with two strikes against him, but it was the fourth of those hits that was a home run.

Atlanta Braves

Royals slide continues

From Elias: The Twins sent the Royals to their 11th consecutive home loss on Tuesday, and during the streak Kansas City has scored only 23 runs. The Royals are the first major-league team to lose 11 straight home games and score 23 or fewer runs in the process since the 1989 White Sox (23 runs at old Comiskey Park from May 19 through June 3).

Kansas City Royals


Teixeira goes deep for second straight game

From Elias: Mark Teixeira hit a three-run home run for the Yankees on Tuesday after he hit a grand slam on Monday. The only other players who have hit homers with at least two men on base in consecutive games this season are Chris Davis (April 2-3), Nelson Cruz (April 23-24) and Jason Kipnis (May 15-17). The only other time that Teixeira has hit homers with at least two men on base in consecutive games for the Yankees was in his first two games of the 2011 season.

New York Yankees


Orioles secret weapon: DH hitting 9th

From Elias: Danny Valencia's third-inning home run for the Orioles marked the third time this season that a Baltimore designated hitter has hit a home run from the ninth spot in the batting order. Steve Pearce (May 29) and Nolan Reimold (April 13) have the others. No other major-league team has gotten a home run from a designated hitter in the last spot in the order this season.

Baltimore Orioles

Pujols's dramatic homer

From Elias: Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning on Tuesday to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Angels lead. It's the first time that Pujols has hit a trailing-to-leading homer in the eighth inning or later for the Angels; he had six such homers in his years with the Cardinals, most recently off Aroldis Chapman on July 15, 2011.

Los Angeles Angels


Tulowitzki's late-inning magic

From Elias: Troy Tulowitzki's controversial home run in Cincinnati was his fourth career trailing-to-leading homer in the eighth inning or later. The only players in Rockies history with as many behind-to-ahead homers as Tulowitzki in the eighth inning or later are Dante Bichette and Todd Helton (seven each).

Colorado Rockies


Ibanez gets best of Peavy

From Elias: Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Tuesday off Jake Peavy and then he drove Peavy from the game with a two-run double in the third inning. The only other player who has had two multiple-RBI hits within the first three innings of a game against Peavy was Andres Galarraga for the Giants on July 27, 2003.

Seattle Mariners



Voynov joins select company with fourth game-winning goal

From Elias: Defenseman Slava Voynov scored the game-winning goal in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. It was Voynov's fifth goal in the 2013 playoffs, setting a Kings record for goals by a defenseman in one playoff year, and his fourth game-winning goal. (He scored two game-winners in L.A.'s series against St. Louis and one versus San Jose.) Voynov's four game-winning goals tie the NHL record for a defenseman in one playoff year; the other D-men to do that are all in the Hockey Hall of Fame: Paul Coffey (1985 Oilers), Al MacInnis (1989 Flames) and Brian Leetch (1994 Rangers).

Los Angeles Kings