Date: July 30, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Giambi's historic blast

From Elias: Jason Giambi became the oldest player in major-league history to hit a walkoff home run in the Indians' 3-2 win over the White Sox on Monday. Giambi, 202 days past his 42nd birthday, is 45 days older than Hank Aaron was when he hit his 754th career home run, at Milwaukee County Stadium off the Rangers' Steve Foucault, which gave the Brewers a 10-inning win.

Giambi has hit a walkoff home run in each of the last four seasons, with a total of five game-enders over that time. The only other player with more than two walkoff homers after turning 39 years old is Barry Bonds, who had four.

Cleveland Indians


Price is right in Boston, Rodney works out of deep trouble for the third time in 10 days

David Price held the Red Sox to one run in 7 innings in the Rays' win in Boston on Monday, becoming only the first left-handed pitcher to allow three or fewer runs in 10 consecutive starts at Fenway Park -- for the Red Sox or any other team -- since Lefty Grove had a 15-start streak for the Athletics from 1926 through 1932, shortly before being acquired by the Red Sox. With Tampa Bay having played its last game of the season at Fenway, Price will finish the year with a 1.21 ERA in Boston, the lowest there by any left-hander in a season of 20 or more innings since 1962, when Bo Belinsky had a 0.78 ERA in three starts at Fenway. Fernando Rodney nailed down the final out for Tampa Bay in its 2-1 win with the potential winning run on second base. It was the third time in the last 10 days that Rodney recorded a save that ended with the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at second base. Rodney had saves like that on consecutive days in Toronto last weekend. Rodney is the first pitcher to record three saves in a 10-day span that ended with the potential go-ahead run on second base (since the save rule was introduced in 1969).

Tampa Bay Rays


Rangers shock Frieri

A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto hit game-tying and game-ending home runs off Ernesto Frieri in the Rangers' win over the Angels on Monday. Pierzynski's blast came on a 1-2 pitch; Soto's was on full count. Before Monday, Frieri had allowed only two home runs on a two-strike pitch in 495 at-bats in the major leagues.

It was only the second game in Rangers' history in which they hit game-tying and game-ending home runs in the same inning. The first instance was on September 20, 1985 against Seattle, when Bobby Jones (who is currently the manager of Texas's AAA team in Round Rock) hit a game-tying blast (his second homer of the game) and the next batter, Ellis Valentine, ended it. Each player would hit only one subsequent home run in the major leagues.

Of Pierzynski's 11 homers this season, 10 have either tied the score (3) or given the Rangers a lead (7).

Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels


An impressive turnaround for Liriano

From Elias: Francisco Liriano allowed one run in seven innings against the Cardinals on Monday to improve to 11-4 with a 2.16 ERA in 15 starts this season. Liriano is the first Pirates pitcher to win at least 11 of his first 15 appearances for Pittsburgh in nearly 100 years, since a left-hander named Earl Hamilton also had 11 wins through his first 15 games for the Pirates, in 1918 and 1919.

Pittsburgh Pirates


Braves come from five behind to win

The Braves defeated the Rockies on Monday on Andrelton Simmons' game-ending triple -- the first walkoff triple for the Braves since 1953 -- after overcoming an early five-run deficit. Last season, the Braves won on consecutive days in Colorado, on May 4 after trailing by five runs and on May 5 after falling behind by six runs. No other major-league team has three wins against another after trailing by five or more runs since the start of last season.

Atlanta Braves


Gomez comes through on 0-2

From Elias: Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie with a ninth-inning RBI single on an 0-2 pitch in the Brewers' win at Wrigley Field on Monday. Gomez leads the major leagues with eight RBIs, six of which have come this month, on 0-2 pitches this season. Gomez had only eight RBIs on 0-2 pitches in 676 major-league games prior to this season.

Milwaukee Brewers


Denorfia's walkoff homer off Chapman accounts for both Padres runs

From Elias: Chris Denorfia hit a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman to give the Padres a 2-1 win on Monday. It was only the second game-ending home run in Padres history with the team trailing and having been shut out to that point. The first was on September 28, 1988 -- Mark Parent ended a 16-inning game with a two-run shot off Ricky Horton to give San Diego a 2-1 win.

San Diego Padres


Davis delivers clutch hit for Mets

From Elias: Ike Davis drove in Marlon Byrd with the eventual game-winning run with a seventh-inning double in the Mets' win in Miami on Monday. Before that at-bat, Davis had been 9 for 50 (.180) with only one extra-base hit (a double against Pittsburgh on May 9) with two outs and runners on base this season.

New York Mets


Cespedes: consecutive games with at least three hits and three RBIs

From Elias: Yoenis Cespedes had three hits and three RBIs in the Athletics win over Toronto on Monday, after he had three hits and four RBIs against the Angels at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. The only other A's players with consecutive games (in which they batted) of at least three hits and three RBIs in Oakland are Angel Mangual (1971), Jason Giambi (2001) and Mark Kotsay (2004).

Oakland Athletics