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Friday, September 29, 2006
Elias Says ...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider

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

MLB
• The Dodgers trailed the Giants 3-0 on Friday night in San Francisco but scored two runs in the seventh inning and two more in the ninth to win 4-3. It was the third straight game in which the Dodgers overcame a deficit of at least three runs to win. They won the last two games of their series in Denver despite trailing by three runs in each game. It's the first time in 81 years that the Dodgers have won three consecutive games in such fashion. The franchise, then representing Brooklyn, last strung together three straight wins in that manner in June 1925, all against the Cubs in Chicago.

 Aaron Harang
Harang

• Cincinnati's Aaron Harang had a complete-game win with no walks and nine strikeouts against the Cubs last Sunday and repeated that feat Friday night in Pittsburgh, going the distance for the win without walking a batter while striking out nine.

Harang was the first major league pitcher to post consecutive complete-game victories with no walks and at least nine strikeouts in each game since Randy Johnson turned the trick for Arizona in 2000 and just the fifth to do so over the last 20 years. The others were David Wells (1998 Yankees), Curt Schilling (1996 Phillies) and Terry Mulholland (1993 Phillies).

• Willie Randolph made his debut as a major league manager in 2005, taking over a Mets team that was 71-91 under Art Howe in 2004 and leading it to an 83-79 record, a 12-win increase. The Mets' win in Washington on Friday night improved their record to 95-65 in their second season under Randolph, another 12-win increase.

Randolph is the first manager in major league history to improve his team's win total by at least 12 games in each of his first two seasons as a big league skipper (excluding seasons following strike-shortened years). The last veteran manager to do that in his first two seasons with a team was Gil Hodges, also for the Mets. The Mets, who were 61-101 in 1967, won 73 games in 1968, Hodges' first year with the club, then won 100 games (and the World Series) in Gil's second season in New York. (Hodges managed the Washington Senators from 1963-67.)

 Paul Lo Duca
Lo Duca

Paul Lo Duca was 2-for-5 in the Mets' win in Washington on Friday. It was Lo Duca's 48th multiple-hit game as a catcher this year -- he has one more as a designated hitter -- the most in the majors this season. Oakland's Jason Kendall leads the AL with 47 multiple-hit games as a catcher.

Mike Mussina was the winning pitcher in the Yankees' victory over the Blue Jays in New York on Friday. Mussina is 52-26 at Yankee Stadium in his six seasons with the Bombers (2001-06). The only pitchers with more wins in home games over the past six years than Mussina are Randy Johnson (56 for the Diamondbacks and Yankees), Mark Buehrle (53 for the White Sox) and Roy Oswalt (53 for the Astros).

• Philadelphia had six doubles, two triples and two home runs in its 14-2 win over the Marlins in Florida on Friday. The Phillies' 10 extra-base hits were their most in one game since they had 10 in a 15-7 win over the Orioles at Veterans Stadium on June 15, 2001, and it was their highest total in a road game since 1993 (10 extra-base hits in an 11-inning win at Wrigley Field on April 18).

• The Royals overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Tigers 9-7 in 11 innings. It was the ninth time that the Royals won a game in which they trailed by four or more runs this season, the most such wins for any team in the majors. Of course, Kansas City has had more chances to do that this year than any other team. The Royals have trailed by at least four runs in 68 games this season, six more than the runner-up Devil Rays (62 times).

C.C. Sabathia, who was 12-11 this year for the Indians, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee Friday. Sabathia has won at least 11 games and posted a winning record in each of his six seasons in the majors (2001-06). The only other major league pitchers to do likewise over the past six years are Tim Hudson, Mike Mussina and Jason Schmidt.

• The Rockies beat the Cubs 5-2 on Friday afternoon, with Colorado breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the sixth inning despite not recording a hit. The Rockies scored three runs in the decisive sixth on three walks (one intentional), an error, a batter hit by a pitch and an RBI groundout. It was the first time that a major league team scored as many as three runs in an inning in which it did not have a hit since June 27, 2003, when the Royals scored three times in the seventh inning of a 5-2 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

 Juan Pierre
Pierre

Juan Pierre reached the 200-hit plateau in a season for the fourth time in his major league career in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies on Friday. Pierre also had 200-plus hits for the Rockies in 2001 and for the Marlins in 2003 and 2004. The only other active players with at least four 200-hit seasons are Ichiro Suzuki (6), Derek Jeter (5), Vladimir Guerrero (4) and Michael Young (4).

Miguel Tejada's second-inning single Friday night was his 212th hit of the year, setting an Orioles single-season record. Tejada, who notched his 213th hit later on, entered the game tied for the mark with Cal Ripken, who had 211 hits for Baltimore in 1983. The last player with a higher hit total in one season for the franchise was outfielder Beau Bell in 1937, who led the American League with 218 hits for the St. Louis Browns. (The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954.)

• Seattle's Raul Ibanez has scored a run in 12 consecutive games, matching the second-longest streak in the majors this season. Jim Thome had a 17-game streak for the White Sox in April, and Carlos Beltran scored runs in 12 straight games for the Mets in August.