Date: September 27, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Profar gets into Beast mode

From Elias: Jurickson Profar's walkoff home run on Thursday kept the Rangers one-game behind the Indians in the race for a postseason spot. Profar, who is the youngest player in the major leagues (born on February 20, 1993), was hitting for Adam Rosales. The only other player in major-league history to hit a pinch-hit, walkoff home run before turning 21 years old is Jimmie Foxx, who did it in 1928 when pinch hitting for another future Hall of Famer¿Mickey Cochrane.

The Rangers have hit walkoff home runs in each of their last four home games against the Angels, the longest streak of walkoff homers by one team against another in major-league history.

Texas Rangers

9 innings not enough for Arizona

From Elias: The Diamondbacks played their 25th extra-inning game of the season on Thursday, losing in San Diego on Alexi Amarista's walkoff single. Arizona's total of 80 extra innings this season is two shy of the major-league record, set by the Washington Senators in a 130-game season.

If the Diamondbacks play nine full innings in each of their final three games¿and why wouldn't they, Arizona will be home at Chase Field, with its retractable roof this weekend¿they will break the major league record for innings played in one season (1537), set by the Yankees in 1964.

With a loss on Thursday, Arizona will finish the season 11-4 in extra-inning road games, tying a major-league record for road extra-inning wins, set by the Braves in 1999 (11-1) and matched by the Orioles last season (11-0).

Arizona Diamondbacks


Hey Ya!

From Elias: Jason Heyward hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning for Atlanta on Thursday, and then hit doubles in his next three at-bats, in the second, third and fifth innings, and then had an infield single in the seventh. He's the first Braves player to have a game of at least five hits and 11 total bases from the leadoff spot since Felipe Alou (5 hits, 13 tb) in 1966.

Heyward is the first player to collect four extra-base hits in the first five innings of a game since Marcus Giles hit four doubles in the first five innings for Atlanta in 2003.

Atlanta Braves

Rays club Yankees

From Elias: The Rays and Yankees wrapped up their season series on Thursday with the Rays winning, 4-0, for their 12th win against New York this season. Tampa joined Boston as teams to defeat the Yankees at least a dozen times this season; the Red Sox went 13-6 against New York. It's the first time the Yankees have lost 12 games to two different teams since 1968, the last year before divisional play began and the major leagues expanded from 20 to 24 teams, when they lost 13 games to Baltimore and 12 to Minnesota.

The Rays out-homered the Yankees this season, 26-9, the largest margin for any team ever against the Bronx Bombers. The previous high had been +16 by the 1985 Tigers (27-11).

Tampa Bay Rays


One Mo' Time

From Elias: Mariano Rivera pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, entering in the eighth inning with the Rays holding a 4-0 lead. Rivera has entered a home game with the Yankees trailing by four or more runs only twice in the last 15 years, against Tampa Bay in 2005 and Baltimore in 2008.

New York Yankees

Orioles luck has changed

From Elias: The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, 3-2, to improve to 18-31 (.367) in one-run games this season¿and that's after finishing the 2012 season 29-9 (.763) in games decided by the smallest of margins. Only two teams in major-league history have had a larger drop in winning percentage in one-run games from the previous season: Cleveland (NL) in 1884 (6-11, after going 16-3 in 1883) and Boston (NL) in 1935 (7-31, after going 23-16 in 1934).

Baltimore Orioles


Holland sets Royals save record

From Elias: Greg Holland recorded his 46th save of the season on Thursday, setting a Royals single-season record and wiping Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993) from the top spot. The Quiz's mark had been the only team's current single-season saves record set before the 1990s; the longest-standing mark for any team now belongs to Bobby Thigpen, who had 57 saves, then a major-league record, for the White Sox in 1990.

Kansas City Royals

Indians hang on in Minnesota

From Elias: Zach McAllister didn't complete five innings for Cleveland on Thursday night but the bullpen picked him up and the Indians escaped a ninth-inning jam with a 6-5 win in Minnesota. Bryan Shaw got five outs in relief to record his fifth win of September, the second-highest total by an Indians reliever in any month in team history. Frank Funk had six wins out of the pen in May 1961.

Cleveland Indians


Wild as Hellweg

From Elias: Johnny Hellweg had a wild night at Citi Field on Thursday, walking four batters and hitting two with pitches, while allowing two hits in four innings¿and that actually lowered his on-base percentage allowed to .465, from .471. Over the last 15 years the only pitcher to finish a season with at least 30 innings pitched and such a high opponents OBP was Andrew Miller for the Marlins in 2010 (.470 opponents OBP).

Milwaukee Brewers



Gore runs all over Rams

From Elias: Frank Gore ran for 153 yards in the 49ers' win in St. Louis on Thursday. That was the second-highest total in team history by a player age 30 or older; Joe "the Jet" Perry ran for 174 yards against the Lions in 1958, when he was 31 years old.

San Francisco 49ers