Date: October 1, 2011

Elias Says...

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

MLB

8 + 8 = 2 (WINS)

From Elias: The Rays scored the last eight runs in their amazing comeback from a 7-0 deficit in the final game of the regular season against the Yankees, and then blitzed the Rangers for a 9-0 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Tampa Bay is the first team in major-league history to score eight or more unanswered runs to end the regular season and then score eight or more unanswered runs to start the postseason.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Moore

YOUNGSTER OPENS SERIES FOR RAYS

From Elias: Matt Moore, at age 22 years, 104 days, was the Rays' starting pitcher in Game 1 against the Rangers. Moore is the youngest pitcher in American League history to start his team's first game of the postseason. Before Moore, the youngest American League starting pitcher in a team's first game of a postseason was Oakland's Vida Blue in the 1971 ALCS against Baltimore. Blue was 22 years, 67 days old at the time.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Moore

MOORE IMPRESSES

From Elias: Matt Moore, who kept the Rangers off the scoreboard and held them to two hits in the seven innings pitched on Friday, is the first rookie in major-league history to pitch at least seven innings and allow no runs and two or fewer hits in a postseason game.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Moore

MOORE IS NOT THE ONLY YOUNG GUN ON THE RAYS

From Elias: Matt Moore (age 22), Brandon Gomes (27) and Wade Davis (26) combined on a shutout in Game 1 for the Rays. It's the first time in major-league history that three or more pitchers, all under the age of 28, combined on a postseason shutout.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Shoppach

KELLY SHOPPACH AND JOHNNY BENCH HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON

From Elias: Kelly Shoppach belted two home runs and knocked in five runs in the Rays' thumping of the Rangers. Shoppach is only the second catcher in major-league history to hit two homers and knock in five runs in a postseason game. Johnny Bench did that in the fourth and final game of the 1976 World Series against the Yankees.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Damon

DAMON DOES IT IN ANY UNIFORM

From Elias: Johnny Damon started the Rays' barrage with a two-run homer in the second inning. Damon, who hit postseason home runs for the Red Sox and Yankees, is the only active player to hit postseason homers for three different teams.

Tampa Bay Rays

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY - TIGERS-YANKS WILL PLAY ANOTHER DAY

From Elias: Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees series was suspended due to rain. Even though this is not considered a rain out, it is interesting to note that the Yankees were postponed nine times in 2011, the most in the major leagues. Five of those rain outs were in the Bronx, tying them with the Phillies for the second-most home postponements in the major leagues, behind the other New York team, the Mets, who had six.

Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees

THE FRANCONA ERA IS OVER

From Elias: The Terry Francona era in Boston is over. Francona had been the Red Sox' manager since 2004, an eight-season span in which Boston was 10 or more games over .500 every year. Only two other individuals in major-league history managed a team for at least eight seasons and led it to a record at least 10 games over .500 in every one of those years. The first was Frank Chance, the Cubs' manager from 1905 to 1912. The second was Joe Torre, who piloted the Yankees from 1996 through 2007.

Boston Red Sox


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