Date: September 29, 2013

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Pettitte

Pettitte goes out in style

From Elias: Andy Pettitte concluded his major-league career in style, throwing a complete game against the Astros for his 256th victory. Pettitte became the first pitcher in 80 years -- and only the fourth in major-league history -- to win at least 250 games and record a complete-game win in his final appearance in the majors. The others included two of Hall of Famers, Eppa Rixey (266 wins, final season was 1933) and Christy Mathewson (373 wins, final season was 1916), along with Jim McCormick, who won 264 games from 1878 to 1887.

Only two other pitchers in the last 25 years concluded their big-league careers with a complete game. Javier Vazquez did that for the 2011 Marlins and Jose Cano (Robinson Cano's father) did so with the 1989 Astros.

The win improved Pettitte's record in his 18th and final season to 11-11. He retires as the pitcher in major-league history who pitched in the most seasons without ever having a losing record in any season.

Houston Astros, New York Yankees

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Miller

Mariners rookie slams the A's

From Elias: Brad Miller hit a grand slam and a solo homer in the Mariners' win over the Athletics on Saturday. Miller became only the third rookie in the past 65 years to connect for two home runs -- including a grand slam -- from the leadoff position in the batting order. The other rookies to do that over the past six-and-a-half decades were Jermaine Allensworth (1996 Pirates) and Ellis Burks (1987 Red Sox).

Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners

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Molina

Molina batting .460 vs. Cubs

From Elias: Yadier Molina was 2-for-2 with a two-run double in the Cardinals' win over the Cubs, increasing his batting average to .460 (23 for 50) this season against St. Louis's long-time rival. The last player to finish a season with a .450 or higher batting average versus the Cubs (minimum: 40 plate appearances) was the Pirates' Brian Giles, who hit .509 against them in 2002.

Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

Giants will finish at least 10 games below .500

From Elias: The Giants' loss to the Padres on Saturday dropped their record to 75-86 and assured them of joining only five other defending World Series champions that finished the next season at least 10 games below .500. The other teams to do that were the 1998 Marlins, 1991 Reds, 1986 Royals, 1932 Cardinals and 1918 White Sox.

San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

Reds ambushed by long ball

From Elias: The Reds allowed six home runs, all from the third through sixth innings, in their 8-3 loss to the Pirates. It was the first time since June 6, 1939 against the Giants that Cincinnati gave up at least six homers in a span of four-or-fewer innings. One of those homers at the Polo Grounds that day came off the bat of Mel Ott, in a game that New York won, 17-3.

Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates

Brewers beat Mets by the same score in three straight games

From Elias: The Brewers defeated the Mets by the same score, 4-2, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It's the fourth time in the past 20 years that one team won three consecutive games in a series by the same score and either the Mets or Brewers have been involved in all four cases. The Brewers lost three straight games, each to the Phillies by the same score, in July 2012, the Mets dropped three straight 2-1 games to the Padres in a June 2008 series, and the Brewers were 6-5 losers to the Cardinals in back-to-back-to-back games in April 2002.

Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets

Kendrick goes down swinging to end game

From Elias: Howie Kendrick struck out in the top of the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second base, to end the Angels' 7-4 loss to the Rangers. Kendrick is now 0-for-11 this season in late-inning pressure situations with two outs and a teammate in scoring position. (LIPS definition: 7th inning or later, score tied or team at bat trailing by up to 3 runs or by 4 runs if there are 2 or more men on base.)

Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers

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Kazmir

K as in Kazmir

From Elias: Scott Kazmir struck out 11 Twins batters in Saturday's victory after he whiffed 10 Astros hitters in last Saturday night's triumph. Kazmir is the first Indians pitcher since Chuck Finley in April 2000 to win back-to-back starts and record at least 10 strikeouts in each of them.

Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins

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Pillar

Pillar powers Jays from bottom of order

From Elias: Kevin Pillar's two-run homer from the bottom of the Blue Jays' lineup climaxed the team's scoring in its win over the Rays. That hit gave Toronto 93 runs batted in from the ninth position in the batting order this season, the most for any club since the 2003 Red Sox had 93 runs driven home from that slot.

Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

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Hernandez

Hernandez is 4th Phillies rookie with 4-hit game at Atlanta

From Elias: Cesar Hernandez was 4-for-5 in the Phillies' 5-4 win over the Braves at Turner Field. He's the fourth Phillies rookie with a four-hit game in Atlanta, joining Marlon Byrd (2003), Juan Samuel (1984) and Tommy Hutton (1972); Samuel and Hutton's four-hit performances were at Fulton County Stadium.

Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

All 11 runs scored on homers

From Elias: The White Sox edged the Royals, 6-5, with all 11 runs scoring on homers. It was the most total runs scored in any major-league game in the last two seasons in which every run was driven in on a homer. There were three games of that kind in 2011, and none between 2007 and 2010.

Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals

Tigers squander late lead

From Elias: The Tigers held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth inning at Marlins Park, but Miami scored in that inning and the next one to win, 2-1. Detroit has now lost five road games this season in which it led heading into the ninth inning, tying Baltimore for the most such defeats among American League teams.

Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins


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