Date: April 30, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Harden gives and takes

From Elias: James Harden committed 10 turnovers in Monday night's win against the Thunder, but he partly made up for that with five steals. The NBA began officially recording turnovers for individuals in 1977 and Harden is the only player since then to have at least 10 giveaways and five or more takeaways in a playoff game. In fact, only one player did that in a regular-season game in the past 16 seasons -- Jason Kidd, who had two such 10/5 (turnovers/steals) games in January 2003.

Houston Rockets


Lopez helps Nets extend series

From Elias: Brook Lopez, who scored a game-high 28 points in the Nets' season-saving victory over the Bulls, has now scored at least 21 points in every game of the series. Lopez is the first player to score more than 20 points in five consecutive games of one series versus Chicago since Patrick Ewing did that in the 1996 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Brooklyn Nets


Smith paces Hawks

From Elias: Josh Smith led the Hawks with 29 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in Monday night's victory over the Pacers. Smith was Atlanta's outright leader in all three of those categories in only one other game during the 2012-13 regular season or playoffs. He did so on New Year's Day, with a 23-point, 13-rebound and three-steal performance versus the Hornets.



Astros rookie evokes Bo Jackson

From Elias: Brandon Barnes was 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Astros' 9-1 romp over the Yankees. Barnes is the first rookie in 26 years with at least three hits and three or more runs batted in against the Yankees in an April game. Bo Jackson went 4-for-5 with three RBI versus New York on April 10, 1987, a game that the Royals won, 13-1. All four of Jackson's hits were singles.

Houston Astros


Brewers belt 5 homers and 3 triples

From Elias: The Brewers belted five home runs and three triples in their 10-4 victory over the Pirates. They became the first team since the 1958 Giants to hit at least five homers and three or more triples in one game. San Francisco did that in a 16-9 win against the Dodgers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Willie Mays hit two homers and two triples in that game. The only player since then to hit two homers and two triples in the same game was the Tigers' Dmitri Young in 2003.

Yovani Gallardo hit his 12th career home run on Monday night and it was his fourth against the Pirates. Over the last 25 years, only one other pitcher hit four or more homers against one team: Carlos Zambrano hit seven against the Reds and six against the Astros.

Milwaukee Brewers


No stopping Buck

From Elias: John Buck hit his ninth home run of the season on Monday night, tying the major-league record for homers by a catcher before the end of April. Johnny Bench (1971 Reds) and Charles Johnson (2001 Marlins) also clubbed nine round-trippers before May at that position.

New York Mets


Rockies' start unprecedented at Dodger Stadium

From Elias: The Rockies began Monday night's first inning against the Dodgers with a home run by Dexter Fowler, a single by Jordan Pacheco, a double by Carlos Gonzalez and a three-run homer off the bat of Wilin Rosario. It was the first time in the history of Dodger Stadium that the visiting team led 4-0, on the strength of multiple home runs, after only four batters had come to the plate.

Colorado Rockies

Braves set modern franchise record for strikeouts

From Elias: Atlanta batters have struck out at least 10 times in each of the team's last five games. That's the longest such streak for the Braves in the modern era (since 1900).

Atlanta Braves


Fielder hits game-winning home run

From Elias: Prince Fielder's three-run homer provided the game-winning run in the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Twins. It was Fielder's first hit this season on the first pitch of an at-bat. He led the major leagues with 40 first-pitch home runs over the previous five seasons, one more than Josh Hamilton hit over that span.

Detroit Tigers

Reds edge Cardinals

From Elias: The Reds edged the Cardinals, 2-1, marking only the second time in the last 24 seasons that Cincinnati won a game at St. Louis while scoring two-or-fewer runs. The other victory was a 1-0 decision in 2006, in which Aaron Harang started, earned the win and had the game-winning RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals


Hairston breaks 2-for-27 slump with home run

From Elias: Scott Hairston, who hit a home run in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Padres, entered the night 2-for-27 (.074) this season. That was the lowest batting average in the major leagues among players with at least 25 at-bats entering play on Monday.

Chicago Cubs

Royals blanked at home

From Elias: The Royals were blanked by the Indians at Kauffman Stadium, 9-0. It was Kansas City's largest shutout loss at home since August 7, 2005 when the Athletics took an 11-0 decision over the Royals.

Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians


Saunders throws complete game with only two strikeouts

From Elias: Joe Saunders threw a complete game, while striking out only two batters, in the Mariners' 6-2 win over the Orioles. The only other Seattle pitcher in the last six seasons to author a complete-game victory with two or fewer strikeouts was Cliff Lee in 2010 at Yankee Stadium.

Seattle Mariners