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Surprise pick, and two teammates highlight top of NBA draft
From Elias: The Cavaliers made UNLV's Anthony Bennett the surprise first pick of the 2013 draft. Cleveland, which took Kyrie Irving first overall in 2011, became the fourth team to exercise the first pick in the NBA draft two times in a span of three or fewer years. Two franchises did that in consecutive years: the Rockets in 1983 (Ralph Sampson) and 1984 (Hakeem Olajuwon), and Magic in 1992 (Shaquille O'Neal) and 1993 (Chris Webber). The Trail Blazers did it over a three-year period from 1972 (LaRue Martin) to 1974 (Bill Walton).
After Cleveland selected Anthony, college teammates Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were taken with the second and fourth choices, respectively, the former by Orlando and the latter by Charlotte. That emphatically ended Indiana's streak of four straight years (2009-2012) without a player selected in the NBA draft, which was the longest such drought for the Hoosiers.
Derek Holland blanks the Yanks
From Elias: Rangers lefthander Derek Holland recorded his first shutout of the season and the sixth shutout of his major-league career with a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium in which he held the misfiring Bombers to two hits. It was the first shutout with two or fewer hits allowed against the Yankees by a lefthanded pitcher since July 16, 2004, when Mike Maroth one-hit the New Yorkers in Detroit. Before Holland, it had been 30 years since a visiting lefty hurled a shutout at Yankee Stadium while allowing no more than two hits (Seattle's Matt Young with a two-hitter on June 3, 1983). Holland was the first Rangers pitcher, lefty or righty, to shut out the Yankees on two or fewer hits since the Washington Senators relocated to Texas in 1972.
Pujols provides that extra something
From Elias: Albert Pujols doubled home the go-ahead run for the Angels in the tenth inning of their 3-1 win at Detroit. Pujols' extra-inning game-winning RBI was the 14th of his major-league career, which ranks him second in that category among active players, behind Raul Ibanez (16). Before that double, Pujols had been hitless in seven extra-inning at-bats this year and 3 for 24 in extra innings over the last three seasons, and all three of his extra-inning hits were home runs.
Trout's eighth four-hit game
From Elias: Mike Trout had four of the Angels' 11 hits in their win at Detroit. Trout, who won't turn 22 years old until August 7, has recorded four hits in a game eight times in his brief major-league career (five times in 2012, three this year). The last major-leaguer with as many games of four or more hits before his 22nd birthday as Trout was Al Kaline, who made his big-league debut at age 18 in June 1953 and had nine such games by the time he turned 22 after the end of the 1956 season.
Iglesias notches his 50th hit
From Elias: Rookie Jose Iglesias recorded his 50th hit of the season when he singled during the Red Sox' seven-run second inning on Thursday night. Iglesias needed only 118 at-bats to reach the half-century mark in hits. Since the first rookie standards were established in 1958, the only other rookie who reached 50 hits in a season in fewer than 120 at-bats was Tony Oliva, who recorded his 50th hit in his 119th at-bat in 1964 for the Twins.
Cuddyer sets Rockies hitting-streak record
From Elias: Michael Cuddyer set a record for the longest single-season hitting streak in Rockies' history - 24 games - with his second-inning single against the Mets' Jeremy Hefner on Thursday. Before that single, Cuddyer had been tied for the Colorado franchise record with Dante Bichette, who hit safely in 23 consecutive games in 1995. For the moment, the Rockies remain one of the two current major-league teams that have never had a player register a single-season hitting streak of 26 or more games. The other team without a hitting streak of that length is Tampa Bay, whose team record is 19 games by Jason Bartlett in 2009.
Byrd's flying high in June
From Elias: Marlon Byrd's home run in the eighth inning turned a 2-1 deficit for the Mets into a 3-2 lead and eventual win by that score against the Rockies at Coors Field. It was the first time in Byrd's major-league career that he hit a behind-to-ahead home run in the sixth inning or later. Byrd leads the Mets in both home runs (six) and runs batted in (14) this month. His six homers in June are a new personal best for a calendar month; Byrd hit five homers for Texas in September 2009 and for the Mets in May this year.
Rare road win against a N.L. Central team for Garza
From Elias: The Cubs won the rubber game of their three-game series at Milwaukee, 7-2, with Matt Garza earning the victory as he struck out a season-high ten batters and allowed only one run in seven innings. It was only the second road win for Garza against one of Chicago's N.L. Central opponents in his three seasons with the Cubs. Going into Thursday's game, Garza was 1-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 road starts versus N.L. Central clubs for the Cubbies. His other road win as a Cub against a division rival was a 1-0 victory at Pittsburgh on Aug. 3, 2011.
Diamondbacks bunt their way to an extra-inning victory
From Elias: Didi Gregorius had a go-ahead bunt single in the 11th inning of the Diamondbacks' win at Washington. It was the second time this year that a player had a go-ahead RBI on a bunt in extra innings. Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner did that with a single in the 13th inning against the Giants on June 17.
Gonzalez fans nine as he beats Cleveland
From Elias: Miguel Gonzalez recorded a season high for strikeouts by an Orioles pitcher this season (9) in his win against the Indians on Thursday. The nine strikeouts also matched Gonzalez's career high for strikeouts in one game, set in his win at Yankee Stadium on August 31 last year. Gonzalez posted a 4-1 record and 2.88 earned-run average in five starts in June, after going 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA in nine starts this year through the end of May.
Deduno tops the Twins in wins since his call-up
From Elias: Samuel Deduno recorded his fourth win in seven starts for the Twins this season by holding the Royals to one run in seven innings on Thursday. Deduno has recorded twice as many wins as any other Minnesota pitcher since May 24, when he made his 2013 major-league debut after being recalled from the minors. Deduno has pitched at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of his four wins this season.