Date: September 14, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

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Halladay

MLB - 20th Career Shutout in Phillies Uniform

From Elias: Roy Halladay recorded his 20th career shutout today in the Phillies' 1-0 win against the Astros. The last time a pitcher reached that milestone in Phillie uniform was Steve Carlton on July 23, 1972... a span of 14,297 days!

Philadelphia Phillies

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Rivera

RIVERA'S 600TH SAVE

From Elias: Mariano Rivera earned his 600th career save when Ichiro Suzuki was caught stealing to end the Yankees' 3-2 win at Seattle. It was the fourth game-ending caught stealing in a Rivera save. The other victims were Denny Hocking of the Rockies (6/8/04), Julio Lugo of the Devil Rays (9/14/05) and Rajai Davis of the A's (7/20/08).

Rivera needs one more save to tie Trevor Hoffman for the all-time record. In case you were wondering, only one of Hoffman's 601 saves ended with a caught stealing. That was against the Giants on June 26, 2007. The would-be stealer was Dave Roberts, who had victimized Rivera for what was probably the most famous stolen base in postseason history in the 2004 ALCS.

New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

KENDRICK SHOWS POWER AT TWO POSITIONS

From Elias: Howard Kendrick, making his 10th start of the year at first base, hit two home runs as the Angels won 6-3 at Oakland. It was Kendrick's second multi-homer game of the season. He went deep twice at Kansas City on April 3 while playing second base, his usual position. Since Major League Baseball split its leagues into divisions in 1969, only one other player has hit two home runs in a game as a first baseman and a second baseman in the same season. That was Jose Lopez of the Mariners in 2008.

Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics

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Young

SNAKES WIN ON BASES-LOADED WALK

From Elias: Chris Young's 10th-inning bases-loaded walk off Javy Guerra forced in the winning run in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win at Los Angeles. It was the second time in four days that Arizona scored the winning run on an extra-inning, bases-loaded walk. Lyle Overbay drew a 10th-inning walk with the bases full from San Diego's Joe Thatcher on Saturday. Before that, the D-Backs franchise had won only one game in this manner in 14 seasons. That was on May 8, 2001, when Matt Williams drew four 11th-inning balls with the bags full from the Reds' Danny Graves.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Wakefield

WAKE FINALLY GETS #200

From Elias: After eight straight winless starts, 45-year-old Tim Wakefield finally won his 200th major-league game, 18-6 over Toronto. Wakefield is the second-oldest pitcher ever to reach that milestone. Jack Quinn won #200 less than a month before his 47th birthday for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays

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Pedroia

PEDROIA BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF FONZIE

From Elias: Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two home runs, while scoring four runs and driving in five in the Red Sox' 18-6 rout of the Blue Jays. Pedroia is the first second baseman with four extra-base hits, four runs, and five RBIs in a nine-inning game since Edgardo Alfonzo of the Mets at Houston on August 30, 1999 (1 double, 3 HR, 6 R, 5 RBI in an 18-1 win).

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays

DAVEY'S GAMBLE PAYS OFF

From Elias: Nationals' manager Davey Johnson let reliever Craig Stammen bat in the top of the seventh inning with one out, the bases empty and the scored tied 2-2. Stammen singled and eventually scored what proved to be the game-winning run in Washington's 3-2 victory over the Mets, which was also Stammen's first major-league win in 2011. It was the third time in franchise history that a relief pitcher earned a win and scored the go-ahead run in a nine-inning game. Don Shaw did it in the Expos' first ever game, an 11-10 win over the Mets at Shea Stadium on April 8, 1969. And Bryn Smith did it at St. Louis on September 7, 1982. In an odd coincidence, both of the Expos' opponents went on to win the World Series. That won't happen to the 2011 Mets.

Washington Nationals, New York Mets

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Pujols

CARDS BAIL OUT PUJOLS

From Elias: Albert Pujols committed three errors for the first time in his career, but the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth to win 6-4 in Pittsburgh. It's the first time a first baseman has made three errors in a win since September 10, 2003, when the Yankees' Nick Johnson made three miscues in a 15-5 victory over the Tigers. In that game, Detroit first baseman Carlos Pena also committed three errors.

St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Happ

HAPP GAINS REVENGE ON PHILS

From Elias: J.A. Happ allowed one run in six innings against his former team as the Astros beat the Phillies 5-2. It was Happ's second career start against Philadelphia. On August 25, 2010, Happ allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings in a 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. Happ is the first ex-Phillie to win his first two starts against the team while allowing two runs or fewer in each since Curt Simmons won his first three starts against Philadelphia in that manner, all for the Cardinals in 1960.

Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies

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McCann

BRAVES HIT THREE-RUN HOMERS IN CONSECUTIVE INNINGS

From Elias: The Braves trailed the Marlins 1-0 after five innings, but three-run home runs by Brian McCann in the sixth and Dan Uggla in the seventh sent Atlanta on its way to an easy 7-1 win. It was the first time the Braves hit homers with at least two men on base in consecutive innings of a game since August 20, 2007, when McCann hit a grand slam in the first inning and Mark Teixeira hit a three-run shot in the second of a 14-4 win at Cincinnati.

Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins

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Leake

LEAKE'S STREAKS

From Elias: Mike Leake allowed one run in eight innings as the Reds beat the Cubs 2-1 in Cincinnati. In his last start, Leake allowed two runs in nine innings in a no-decision at Wrigley Field. It's the second time this season that Leake has pitched at least eight innings and allowed two-or-fewer runs in consecutive outings. He also did it against the Cubs and Giants in June. No other Reds pitcher has even one such two-game streak in the last two years.

Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds

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Verlander

VERLANDER ROLLS ON

From Elias: Justin Verlander threw seven scoreless innings in the Tigers' 5-0 win at Chicago. It was the 15th time this season that Verlander had a start of at least seven innings in which he allowed one run or fewer. Verlander is the third pitcher with at least 15 such starts this season. James Shields of the Rays and Jered Weaver of the Angels are tied for the MLB lead with 16 such games. The last season in which at least three pitchers had 15 or more starts of at least seven innings with one run allowed or fewer was in 1975, when four pitchers did it (Randy Jones, Andy Messersmith, Jim Palmer and John Montefusco).

Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox

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Chen

CHEN'S DOMINANT START

From Elias: Bruce Chen allowed no runs on two hits and one walk in eight innings as the Royals beat the Twins, 4-0. The last Kansas City left-handed pitcher to throw 8+ scoreless innings while allowing no runs and three-or-fewer base runners (hits + walks + hit batsmen) was Brian Anderson, who tossed a two-hit, one-walk 11-0 shutout of the White Sox on August 4, 2004.

Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

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Murphy

RED-HOT DAVID MURPHY

From Elias: David Murphy went 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs in the Rangers' 10-4 home win over the Indians. Murphy has been one of the hottest hitters in the majors lately. Since August 26, he has the highest batting average (.424) and slugging percentage (.803) of any player with at least 40 at-bats. His six homers over that span are tied for third most behind Ryan Howard and Ian Kinsler, who have seven each. And his 20 RBIs since August 26 are second in the majors to Victor Martinez (24).

Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians

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Wieters

WIETERS POWERS O'S TO VICTORY

From Elias: Matt Wieters' two-run home run in the eighth inning provided the winning margin for the Orioles in their 4-2 home victory over the Rays. It was Wieters' ninth home run, and eighth as a catcher, since the start of August. Alex Avila is the only other major leaguer with eight homers as a catcher since August 1.

Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays


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