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Celtics avoid sweep with OT win
From Elias: The Celtics avoided elimination with a 97-90 overtime win over the Knicks on Sunday. Boston is only the second team in NBA history to avoid a four game sweep in a playoff series with a victory in overtime. The only other team to do that was the Magic, who beat the Celtics in overtime after losing the first three games of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.
Melo is off the mark in Boston
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony made only 10 of his 35 field-goal attempts in New York's Game 4 loss to Boston on Sunday. Over the last 46 years, only two other players have missed at least 25 shots from the field in an NBA playoff game: New Jersey's John Williamson shot 9-for-34 from the field against Philadelphia on April 13, 1979, and Chicago's Michael Jordan made only 9 of his 35 field goal attempts against Miami on May 26, 1997.
LeBron does it all in Miami's series clinching win in Milwaukee
From Elias: LeBron James registered 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Heat to a series-clinching win over the Bucks on Sunday. It is the third time that James has recorded at least 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in a series-clinching win on the road in his career, having done that twice with Cleveland in the first round in 2007 and 2009. Only one other player in NBA history has had three such games: John Havlicek (three).
Popovich's Spurs sweep Lakers in dominating fashion
From Elias: The Spurs beat the Lakers by a score of 103-82 to complete a four-game sweep of their first round series and outscored Los Angeles by 75 points in the process. That is the most points the Lakers have been outscored by in any of the 150 playoff series they have appeared in, besting the previous mark of 69 against the Bucks in the 1971 Western Conference Finals.
It is the second time that Gregg Popovich has swept the Lakers in a playoff series as a head coach, also doing that in the 1999 Conference Semifinals. No other head coach has swept the Lakers in a postseason series more than once.
Yanks get late inning magic from Overbay
From Elias: Lyle Overbay hit a two run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the Yankees' victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. It was the 136th home run of Overbay's career, but the first go-ahead homer that he has hit with his team trailing in the seventh inning or later.
Cy Young winner off to a rough start
From Elias: R.A. Dickey took the loss in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, dropping his record to 2-4 on the season. Only four other pitchers have had four losses in the month of April after winning the Cy Young Award the previous season: Randy Jones in 1977, Frank Viola in 1989, Doug Drabek in 1991 and CC Sabathia in 2008.
Russell flexes his muscle
From Elias: Russell Martin had three hits, two homers and a double, in the Pirates' 9-0 win over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Over the last 50 years, only one other Pirates' catcher has had three extra base hits with at least two home runs in a game. On June 10, 2008, Ryan Doumit smacked two doubles and two homers against the Nationals.
Catchers set mark for home runs in April
From Elias: Jose Lobaton homered in the third inning of the Rays' 8-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday. Lobaton was among five catchers who homered on Sunday, including Russell Martin of the Pirates who hit a pair. That brought to 99 the total number of home runs by catchers this month, the most in any April in MLB history, led by J.P. Arencibia and John Buck with eight each. The previous high was 96 in April 1996, when Todd Hundley (8) and Dan Wilson (7) topped the list.
Royals bash Indians again
From Elias: The Royals beat the Indians by a score of 9-0 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. It is the fifth time that Kansas City has scored at least nine runs in a shutout win over Cleveland since the start of the 2000 season, tied for the most such wins any team has over a particular opponent over that span. Four other teams have five shutout wins with at least nine runs scored against an opponent since 2000: Boston vs. Baltimore, Arizona vs. San Diego, San Francisco vs. Colorado and Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis. (The Pirates fifth such win over the Cardinals also came on Sunday.)
Howard continues to thrive as a pinch hitter
From Elias: Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double to lead the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon. Howard is now hitting .421 (16-for-38) as a pinch-hitter in his career, the highest such batting average among all active players with at least 25 pinch hit at bats.
Correia begins season with five straight solid starts
From Elias: Kevin Correia hurled eight shutout innings and earned the victory in the Twins' 5-0 win over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Correia has now pitched at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer runs in each of his five starts this season. Since the Twins moved to Minnesota in 1961, they have had only three other pitchers that have opened a season with five consecutive starts with at least seven innings pitched and three or fewer runs allowed: Jim Perry in 1965 (first five), Scott Erickson in 1991 (first seven) and Brad Radke in 2001 (first seven).
Reds rookie dominates Nats
From Elias: Tony Cingrani struck out 11 and allowed only two hits in six shutout innings in the Reds' 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Only one other Reds' rookie since 1900 has registered at least 11 strikeouts while allowing two or fewer hits in a game: Bruce Berenyi, who allowed two hits and struck out 12 Mets on August 24, 1981.
The last major league rookie pitcher with 11 or more strikeouts and two or fewer hits allowed in a start was Philadelphia's Cole Hamels on August 3, 2006 (12 strikeouts, 2 hits allowed).
Crawford tops Braves with two solo blasts
From Elias: Carl Crawford accounted for both of the Dodgers' runs with solo home runs in the team's 2-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon. It is the first time a team won a game in which all of its runs were scored on solo home runs by the leadoff batter since August 27, 2000, when the Phillies beat the Giants by a score of 2-1 with both of Philadelphia's runs scoring on home runs by Bobby Abreu, the second of which ended the game in the bottom of the tenth.
Stanton knocks in four in Marlins win
From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday. It is the 12th time that Stanton has driven in at least four runs in a game since he made his major-league debut on June 8, 2010, tied with Carlos Gonzalez for the most such games for any National League player over that span.
Astros are 0-7 at Fenway
From Elias: The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Astros with a 6-1 win on Sunday. The Astros are now 0-7 at Fenway Park in their franchise history, losing the three games they played in Boston while a member of the National League in 2003. Only two other franchises have lost each of its first seven games played at Fenway Park: the Royals (first 10) and Expos/Nationals (first 9).
Iwakuma masters the Angels again
From Elias: Hisashi Iwakuma limited the Angels to one unearned run in six innings of work in the Mariners 2-1 victory on Sunday. Iwakuma lowered his career ERA to 1.02 against the Angels, which is the lowest ERA against Los Angeles for any pitcher in major-league history that has made at least five starts against them.
Headley has a perfect night at the plate
From Elias: Chase Headley went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run in the Padres' 6-4 win over the Giants on Sunday. Only four other Padres have gone 3-for-3 or better with all of their hits going for extra bases in a game. The other Padres to do that were Sixto Lezcano on July 31, 1982 (4-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 homers), Ken Caminiti on July 4, 1998 (3-for-3, 2 doubles and a homer), Ryan Klesko on May 21, 2001 (3-for-3, 2 homers and a triple) and Brian Giles on August 18, 2004 (3-for-3, a double, a triple and a homer).
A's come back from five run deficit to beat Orioles
From Elias: The A's overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Orioles on Sunday. It marked the first time Oakland came back from a deficit of at least five runs to win a game since September 26, 2009 against the Angels (trailed by seven). The A's streak of 99 consecutive losses in games in which they trailed by at least five runs entering Sunday was the second longest current streak of its kind in the league behind Houston (210).
Pageau nets the game winner in the NHL's regular season finale
From Elias: Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the game-winning goal for the Senators in their 4-2 victory at Boston in the final game of the 2012-13 NHL season. Pageau, who made his NHL debut less than three weeks ago, has scored two goals for the Senators and they've both been game-winners. (His first goal was the decider in Ottawa's win at New Jersey on April 12.) The only other player whose first two NHL goals were both game-winning goals for the Senators is Andre Benoit, who pulled off that feat earlier this year (February 19 vs. the Islanders and March 28 vs. the Rangers).