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HORNETS DRAFT DAVIS
From Elias: Anthony Davis is the fifth player to be selected first overall in the modern (since 1966) NBA Draft after winning the NCAA championship in that same year: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1969 (UCLA), Magic Johnson in 1979 (Michigan State), James Worthy in 1982 (North Carolina) and Danny Manning in 1988 (Kansas) were the others.
KENTUCKY HAS FOUR DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND
From Elias: Four Kentucky Wildcats were selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. Only one school had four (or more) first-round picks in the modern (since 1966) NBA draft the same year that it won the NCAA Championship. North Carolina did that in 2005. The Tar Heels defeated Illinois for the national title in April of that year and then two months later Marvin Williams (2nd overall), Raymond Felton (5th), Sean May (13th) and Rashad McCants (14th) all came off the board in round one.
TAR HEEL QUARTET DRAFTED EARLY
From Elias: Four players from North Carolina were selected in the first 17 picks of the 2012 NBA Draft. That's the third-fastest into any modern (since 1966) NBA draft that a school had four players selected. Two colleges had four players taken in the first 14 selections: Duke in 1999 (Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon, Corey Maggette and Will Avery, with Avery going 14th) and North Carolina in 2005 (Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants, with McCants taken 14th).
TROUT, ICHIRO AND SHOELESS JOE
From Elias: Mike Trout had two hits, including a home run, in the Angels' 9-7 win at Toronto. Trout has 41 hits in June, including 11 for extra bases, to go with 13 stolen bases. Only two other rookies in American League history have had 40+ hits, 10+ extra-base hits and 10+ steals in a month. "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (41 H, 15 XBH, 11 SB) did that for Cleveland in May 1911, and Ichiro Suzuki (47, 15, 12) did it for Seattle in May 2001.
AMARISTA'S MEMORABLE FIRST HOME RUN
From Elias: Alexi Amarista hit his first major-league home run with the bases loaded and the score tied at three in the top of the ninth inning of the Padres' 7-3 win at Houston. The last player whose first MLB homer was a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning or later was the Pirates' Jose Martinez at Montreal on September 8, 1969. That was Martinez's only big-league home run.
A MEMORABLE MONTH FOR GIANTS PITCHERS
From Elias: Madison Bumgarner's one-hitter Thursday night made the Giants the first National League team since the 1985 Expos to post four consecutive shutouts. Fifteen days earlier, Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros. The Mets also had a no-hitter (Johan Santana), plus two one-hitters (both R.A. Dickey) in June 2012. In the past 40 years, only two other teams have had a complete-game no-hitter and a one-hitter in any calendar month: the Angels in September 1974 (Nolan Ryan no-hitter, Andy Hassler 1-hitter) and the Astros in September 1993 (Darryl Kile no-hitter, Pete Harnisch 1-hitter).
BURNETT WINS 8 STRAIGHT DESPITE AVERAGING FEWER THAN 7
From Elias: A.J. Burnett allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings in the Pirates' 5-4 win at Philadelphia. In his last eight starts, Burnett has gone 8-0, allowing 13 runs in 50 innings. Only two other pitchers in major-league history have won eight consecutive starts while throwing 50 or fewer innings. Jeremy Bonderman threw 49 innings in eight straight wins for the 2007 Tigers, and Barry Zito tossed 50 frames while winning eight in a row for the 2001 A's.
YOUNG HITS LATE GAME-WINNING HOMER
From Elias: Chris Young's tiebreaking, ninth-inning home run off Craig Kimbrel gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win at Atlanta. It was the fifth time since 2010 that Young hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning or later. That ties Nelson Cruz, Matt Kemp and Giancarlo Stanton for the most in the majors over the last three seasons.
SCUTARO'S WALK-OFF HIT WINS IT FOR ROCKIES
From Elias: Marco Scutaro's 11th-inning single drove home Jonathan Herrera with the winning run as the Rockies recovered from blowing a 7-run lead to beat the Nationals, 11-10. It was the ninth time in his 11-year major-league career that Scutaro ended a game with an RBI. Of the 29 active players with at least nine walk-off-RBI events, the only one with as few total RBIs as Scutaro (427) is Melky Cabrera (395).
CABRERA: 4 HITS, 2 EXTRA-BASE HITS
From Elias: Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run in the Tigers' 5-2 road win over the Rays. It was Cabrera's 15th career game with at least four hits and two extra-base hits. Since his major-league debut nine years ago, only two major leaguers have more such games: Albert Pujols (18) and Mark Teixeira (16).
SHIELDS GETS HIT HARD
From Elias: James Shields allowed 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched in the Rays' 5-2 home loss to the Tigers. Only one other pitcher in the last 10 seasons has surrendered 14+ hits while recording at least 23 outs. Cleveland's Jake Westbrook gave up 15 hits in eight innings at Fenway Park on August 3, 2006.
WRIGHT PASSES STRAW FOR ALL-TIME METS WALK RECORD
From Elias: David Wright homered and hit an RBI double in the Mets' 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium. But his eighth-inning walk broke a tie with Darryl Strawberry and put the third baseman at the top of the team's all-time bases-on-balls list with 581. Three other active players hold the walks record for their current team: Chipper Jones for the Braves (1,475), Todd Helton for the Rockies (1,287) and Carlos Pena for the Rays (425).
VICIEDO'S THREE-RUN BLAST BEATS BOMBERS
From Elias: Dayan Viciedo's three-run ninth-inning home run off David Robertson turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 White Sox win at Yankee Stadium. The last Chicago player to hit a game-winning home run in the ninth inning or later against the Yankees when his team was trailing by at least two runs was Dick Allen, a three-run walk-off shot off Sparky Lyle at Comiskey Park on June 4, 1972.
INDIANS DO ALL THEIR SCORING ON HOMERS
From Elias: The Indians beat the Orioles, 7-2, behind three-run home runs by Johnny Damon and Asdrubal Cabrera and a solo shot by Shin-Soo Choo. The last time Cleveland scored as many as seven runs, with all scoring on home runs, was on September 18, 2007, when Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko and Franklin Gutierrez each went deep once in a 7-4 win over Detroit.
RANGERS WIN DESPITE HOMER DEFICIT
From Elias: The Rangers did not hit a home run and allowed three, but were still able to pull out a 7-6 home win over the Athletics. Texas had lost its previous 23 games in which it was out-homered by at least three, dating back to May 2009. That was the Rangers' longest streak since they lost 34 straight from 1985 to 1991.
JASO COMES THROUGH IN THE PINCH
From Elias: John Jaso's pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mariners a 1-0 win over the Red Sox. The last pinch-hitter to break up a scoreless tie with a walk-off RBI against the Red Sox was the Indians' Tommy Smith, with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly on August 3, 1976.