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Friday, September 1, 2006
Elias Says ...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NFL
John Carney
Carney

• Roger Goodell took over as NFL commissioner on Friday. Two currently active NFL players were playing in the league when Paul Tagliabue succeeded Pete Rozelle in November 1989: John Carney and Jeff Feagles.

Carney and Feagles are in position to become the first individuals to play a game in the NFL during the terms of three different NFL commissioners since Ben Agajanian completed that hat trick. Agajanian, a placekicker, played during the tenures of Elmer Layden, Bert Bell and Pete Rozelle. Layden was NFL commissioner from 1941 to 1946, Bell served from 1946 to 1959 and Rozelle was at the helm from 1960 to 1989.

MLB
Ty Wigginton
Wigginton

• Ty Wigginton, who had not played since July 29 because of a broken hand, came off the bench to hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Mariners 2-1. In the last 15 seasons, only one other player had a pinch-hit game-winning hit in his first game back from the disabled list: Barry Larkin did that on May 6, 2003 against the Cardinals.

• Grady's Ladies could not have asked for much more from their hero on Friday night. Grady Sizemore had three extra-base hits, two RBI, two runs scored and he walked twice in Cleveland's 7-2 win at Texas. Only one other player in the major leagues this season had at least three extra-base hits, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks in one game: the Diamondbacks' Orlando Hudson on Aug. 25, against the Dodgers, in a 15-inning game.

Chris Carpenter
Carpenter

• Chris Carpenter threw a three-hit complete game against Pittsburgh, continuing his dominance of the Pirates. Since debuting with St. Louis in 2004, Carpenter is 9-1, with a 2.24 ERA in 11 starts against Pittsburgh. The only other pitcher with more than six wins against the Pirates over the last three seasons is Carlos Zambrano (seven).

• The Pirates' defeat was their 82nd in 2006, clinching a 14th consecutive losing season, tying the second-longest streak in National League history. Pittsburgh is handcuffed in history with Philadelphia, which had two droughts of that length. The Phillies had 16 straight losing records, from 1933 to 1948, and 14 straight losing seasons from 1918 to 1931. Philadelphia's span of futility was briefly interrupted by a 78-76 mark in 1932.

• Alex Rodriguez had two home runs and an RBI-single in the Yankees' 8-1 win against Minnesota. It was the 18th time in his major-league career that A-Rod had at least three RBI hits in one game, but it was the first time he's done that this season.

• The Tigers beat the Angels 9-0 on Friday night for Detroit's major-league leading 15th shutout of this season. That's the Tigers' highest total since 1969, when their pitching staff authored 20 shutouts as defending World Series champions.

Kenny Rogers
Rogers

• Kenny Rogers improved his record to 8-2 this season when he starts after a Tigers' loss. Only one pitcher has a higher winning percentage in at least eight such decisions this season: Carlos Zambrano (10-1 after a Cubs' loss).

• The White Sox' defense cost the team in the 7-5 loss at Kansas City. Rob Mackowiak, Alex Cintron and Joe Crede made errors in the fourth inning and Kansas City took advantage of that by scoring six runs in that frame. It's the second time this season that three different White Sox players made an error in the same inning (Chris Widger, Juan Uribe and Crede did it on July 3 at Baltimore). No other team in the majors has done that twice this season. Prior to this year, three different White Sox players had not made errors in the same inning since June 1999.

Rich Hill
Hill

• Rich Hill got the win against the Giants, pitching eight innings and allowing only one run, his second consecutive start with at least seven innings and no more than one run allowed. Earlier this year, Hill's rookie teammate Sean Marshall had back-to-back starts of that type. It's the first time in 34 years that two different Cubs rookies had consecutive starts of seven or more innings and fewer than two runs allowed in the same season: Rick Reuschel and Burt Hooton did it in 1972.

Tom Glavine
Glavine

• Tom Glavine pitched for the Mets in Houston, his first start since Aug. 16. The 15 days between that game and his start on Friday represented the longest gap between starts in one season in Glavine's major-league career.

Glavine faced the minimum nine batters through three innings but was then lit up for five runs in the fourth. It was only the second time in his Mets career that Glavine gave up as many as five runs in an inning. The other time was on June 28, 2003 vs. the Yankees at Shea Stadium (five runs in the fifth inning).

• David Wright's three-run double in the fifth inning gave the Mets a 6-5 lead in their win at Houston. Wright, who hit a grand slam on Wednesday night in Colorado, is now 14-for-30 (.467) in his major-league career with the bases loaded. Only two active players with at least 20 career at-bats with the bags full have higher averages in those situations: So Taguchi (17-for-32, .531) and Miguel Olivo (15-for-32, .469).

• Boston beat Toronto 2-1 with Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Breslow and Mike Timlin each recording an out in the ninth inning. The Red Sox won only one other game since 2000 in which three relievers entered the game in the ninth inning and recorded one out apiece to finish off the game. Boston beat Detroit under those conditions on Aug. 27, 2004, with Timlin, Alan Embree and Curtis Leskanic doing the honors.

Golf
Tiger Woods
Woods

• Tiger Woods shot a 5-under-par 66 on Friday, taking a first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. It's the third straight year that Tiger has been at least 5-under par through the first round of this tournament. He has done that in three straight years at only two other tournaments: the Byron Nelson Championship (1997-99) and the Walt Disney World Classic (1997-00).

• Defending champion Olin Browne fired a 2-under-par 69 on Friday. He has now shot under par in five straight rounds at this tournament. Since the Deutsche Bank's inception in 2003, only two golfers have shot under par in more than five straight rounds: Woods (9) and Adam Scott (8).