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Phil Hughes Hughes

• Phil Hughes, making his second major league start, pitched 6 1/3 innings without allowing a hit before he was removed with a hamstring injury in the Yankees' 10-1 win at Arlington. Hughes was the first pitcher to take a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in his first or second career start since another Yankees pitcher did so in 2003. Anyone remember Jorge De Paula, who didn't allow a hit to the Orioles in his first MLB start until Larry Bigbie singled with one out in the seventh?

De Paula had made three previous relief appearances. The last pitcher to do so in his first or second appearance was Roy Halladay, who lost a no-hit bid on a home run by Bobby Higginson with two outs in the ninth in the second game of Halladay's MLB career.

• Rookie pitchers have earned the victory in each of the Yankees last five wins, equaling the team's longest such streak in the last 60 years. Chase Wright, Kei Igawa (2), Sean Henn, and Hughes were the pitchers, matching Jeff Johnson (3), Scott Kamieniecki and Wade Taylor in 1991.

C.C. Sabathia Sabathia

C.C. Sabathia allowed three home runs in the first inning but only one hit over his remaining five innings in the Indians' 12-4 win over the Blue Jays. Sabathia was the first pitcher to earn a victory after allowing three first-inning homers since 1969, when Steve Blass was tagged by Pete Rose, Bobby Tolan and Johnny Bench in an 8-5 Pirates victory over the Reds at Crosley Field.

Josh Willingham hit a bases-loaded triple and a two-run home run in the Marlins' 5-2 victory at Shea Stadium. Only one other player has ever driven in at least five runs, accounting for all of his team's scoring at Shea Stadium: Albert Pujols in an 8-7 Cardinals loss last August.

Sidney Ponson allowed five hits over seven innings in the Twins' 9-1 win over the Devil Rays. It was the first time since June 2005 that Ponson pitched at least seven innings to earn a victory. He had made 29 starts in the interim. The only pitcher who has started a game this season and who has a longer streak without a seven-inning victory than Ponson's is Jaret Wright (33).

Coco Crisp is no Big Papi. Crisp grounded out to end the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third. He is 4-for-34 when batting in potential walk-off situations, having delivered the winning run only once.

Craig Biggio Biggio

Craig Biggio's triple in the Astros' 11-2 loss to the Reds was his third in his last five games. That equals the number of triples by Biggio is his previous 672 games dating back to August 2002.


• Form held as the Raptors avoided elimination by defeating the Nets 98-96 after losing the two previous games by double-digit margins. Teams facing elimination after consecutive losses by 10 or more points have a record of 44-40 in NBA postseason play.

Jose Calderon Calderon

Jose Calderon came off the bench to score 25 points with eight assists in the Raptors' win. It's not unusual for a sub to score 25 points, but Calderon was the first to do so while recording as many as eight assists in a postseason game since 1995, when Sam Cassell scored 30 points with 12 assists in a Rockets victory over the Spurs.

• The Mavericks scored the final 15 points, overcoming a nine-point deficit to defeat the Warriors 118-112 and stave off elimination. No team with as many regular-season wins as the Mavs (67-15) has ever lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Teams that won at least 60 games during the regular-season are now 14-3 when facing first-round elimination.

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points during the Mavs' 15-0 run to end the game, but it was Devin Harris who kept Dallas in the game a few minutes earlier. Harris scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. It was only the second time in 37 postseason games that Harris reached double-figures in one period. (He scored 13 points in the third quarter of a loss to the Suns in last year's Western Conference Finals).


• The Rangers posted their second consecutive 2-1 victory over the Sabres to even their series at two games apiece. During the 2006-07 regular season, the Sabres were never held to fewer than two goals in consecutive games.

• The Rangers won their last five home games during the regular season and they are 4-0 at Madison Square Garden during the 2007 playoffs. The Rangers outscored their opponents 39-8 in those nine games.

• The Canucks blew a 2-0 lead after two periods in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks. Over the last five regular seasons, Vancouver has a record of 77-1-1 when leading by two or more goals at home during the third period.