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Mills scores 26 points; Spurs have won nine in a row against the Mavs
From Elias: Patty Mills led the Spurs with 26 points in their victory over cross-state rival Dallas. It was the 11th time in his Spurs career that Mills led the team in points in a game; San Antonio is 10-1 in those 11 games.
The Spurs have won nine straight games against the Mavericks. That matches the second-longest winning streak for either team in the history of this rivalry. San Antonio won 16 consecutive games against Dallas from 1991 to 1994 and they had two other nine-game streaks (1980 to 1982 and 1996 to 1999). The Mavericks won nine straight games against the Spurs from 1988 to 1989.
Abreu making his mark
From Elias: Jose Abreu hit two homers and drove in three runs in the White Sox win over the Indians. It was Abreu's second two homer game of the season and he raised his season totals to four home runs and 14 RBIs in 10 games. Here are some of some of Abreu's early accomplishments:
- He is the third player since 1900 to have two multiple home run games in his first 10 career games. The others to do it were Dino Restelli (two in first nine career games) in 1949 and Mark Quinn (seven) in 1999.
- Over the last 60 years only two other players had 14 or more RBIs in their first 10 games in the major leagues: Mitchell Page in 1977 (15) and Mark Quinn in 1999 (15).
- He's the first White Sox rookie with two multi-homer games over a three game span since Zeke Bonura did it in consecutive games in May 1934.
Salazar strikes out 10 but doesn't last long
From Elias: Danny Salazar struck out 10 batters in only 3¿ innings pitched. Salazar is the first player in baseball's modern era to strike out 10 or more batters in less than four innings pitched. Two pitchers struck out 10 batters in exactly four innings pitched: Smokey Joe Wood for the Red Sox in 1909 and Felix Hernandez for the Mariners in 2013.
Jeter passes Joe D.
From Elias: Derek Jeter had two hits in the Yankees win over the Red Sox. Jeter has 324 hits against the Red Sox passing Joe DiMaggio (323) for third-most for any Yankee. Lou Gehrig (404) and Babe Ruth (347) are the only Yankees with more career hits against the Red Sox than Jeter.
Pirates comeback at Wrigley
From Elias: The Pirates overcame a four-run deficit with a five-run seventh inning in their win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was only the second time since 1961 that the Pirates won a game at Wrigley Field after trailing by four or more runs in the seventh inning or later. The other game occurred on May 6, 2000 when the Pirates scored six runs in the top of the ninth in a 11-9 win.
Cole lighting a fire for Pirates
From Elias: Gerrit Cole is 6-0 with a 2.08 earned-run average over his last six starts dating back to last season. Only two other Pirates pitchers since 1975 went 6-0 with an ERA that low over any six-start span: Doug Drabek in 1990 (6-0, 1.52) and A.J. Burnett in 2012 (6-0, 1.52).
Slams in consecutive games for Nats
From Elias: Ian Desmond hit a grand slam for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins; one game after Jayson Werth hit a slam. It's the third time in Expos/Nationals history that they hit grand slams in consecutive games. They also did it 1996 (Darrin Fletcher and David Segui) and 2004 (Tony Batista and Termel Sledge).
A's put up another six runs against the Twins
From Elias: The A's beat the Twins, 6-1, Thursday afternoon. Oakland has scored at least six runs in each of its last nine games against the Twins. That's the longest such streak by one major league team against another since the Tigers scored at least six runs in 14 consecutive games against the Royals during the 2006 season. The last time the A's had a streak like this was in 1949 when the Philadelphia A's had an 11-game streak against the Washington Senators.
A's starters getting it done
From Elias: Dan Straily allowed one run in seven innings today and after nine games, Oakland's starting pitchers have a 1.93 ERA¿the lowest mark by Oakland's starters at this point in a season since they had a 1.40 ERA through nine games in 1981 (Mike Norris, Rick Langford, Matt Keough, Steve McCatty and Brian Kingman were the A's starters then).
EY fills the boxscore
From Elias: Eric Young Jr. had three hits, three stolen bases and scored four runs in the Mets' victory over the Braves. Only two other Mets players have had a 3-3-3 game in those categories: Mookie Wilson versus the Cubs in 1983 and Rickey Henderson versus the Devil Rays in 1999.
Avilan earns his first loss
From Elias: Luis Avilan was charged with the loss for the Braves. It was his first major-league loss in his 111th appearance. Among pitchers who debuted since 1900, only four appeared in as many major league games before their first loss: Clay Rapada, who was 8-0 in 152 career games in his major-league career, Mike Gallo (135 games before his first loss), Manny Delcarmen (115) and Josh Roenicke (111).
Grossman ends drought with a bang
From Elias: Robbie Grossman snapped an 0-for-25 drought with a two-run homer in the Astros' win over the Blue Jays. Grossman is the third player in Astros history to end a single-season hitless streak of 25 or more at bats with a home run. Craig Biggio ended an 0-for-30 slump with a home run on September 17, 2006 and Brett Wallace ended an 0-for-28 drought with a homer on September 24, 2011.
Braun sticks it to Phillies
From Elias: With a 2-for-3 performance Thursday night Ryan Braun raised his career batting average against the Phillies to .393. That's the highest career batting average against the Phillies among players who debuted since 1900 and have at least 150 plate appearances against them.
Chimera, Fehr and Ward record three points each
From Elias: The Hurricanes held Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin without a point but Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward each recorded one goal and two assists for the Capitals in their 5-2 win at Carolina. It was the first Washington game in which at least three Capitals players scored three points or more but neither Backstrom nor Ovechkin was among them since Oct. 7, 2006, when Chris Clark, Brian Pothier and Alexander Semin were the three-point trio in another 5-2 Caps win against the Hurricanes. That was the second game of Ovechkin's second season in the NHL and a year before Backstrom made his NHL debut. Between that game and the one on Thursday, the Capitals had a total of 13 games in which at least three of their players registered three points or more. Backstrom was one of those players 12 times and Ovechkin 11 times.
Nash late heroics for the Rangers
From Elias: Rick Nash's goal with 1:42 remaining to play in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and provided the margin of victory in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Sabres. It was the second time this season that Nash scored a tiebreaking goal in the final two minutes of regulation time. (He also did that in the Rangers' 3-2 win against the Stars on January 10.) The only other NHL player with two such goals this season is the Blues' Alexander Steen (Oct. 9 vs. Chicago and Oct. 29. vs. Winnipeg).
Rookies carry Islanders
From Elias: Rookies Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored the goals for the Islanders in their 2-0 win at Montreal. It was only the second shutout victory in Islanders history in which all of the goals were scored by rookies. The first such Islanders game was a 1-0 win at San Jose on Dec. 15, 1998 with Mike Watt scoring the lone goal.
Rookie leads Panthers
From Elias: Rookie Nick Bjugstad scored three points in one game for the first time in his NHL career when he tallied two goals and one assist in the Panthers' 4-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Bjugstad is the second Florida rookie to record three points in one game this season, joining Aleksander Barkov, who posted one goal and two assists versus Pittsburgh on October 11. The only other seasons in which more than one Panthers rookie registered a three-point game were 1998-99 (one each by Mark Parrish and Dan Boyle) and 2001-02 (three by Niklas Hagman and one by Kristian Huselius).
Lehner seeing lots of rubber
From Elias: Robin Lehner stopped 38 of the Devils' 39 shots on goal in regulation time and overtime and was unscored upon in the shootout that gave him and the Senators a 2-1 win over New Jersey. Lehner has faced at least 38 shots on goal in each of his last six games, and he's posted a 4-1-1 record over that stretch while allowing no more than three goals in any of those games. He's the first NHL goaltender to face 38 or more shots on goal in each of six consecutive games in one season since Martin Biron had a six-game streak with the Flyers in October/November 2007.
Rinne howls at the Coyotes
From Elias: Pekka Rinne recorded his second shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Coyotes on Thursday. Rinne has shut out Phoenix six times in NHL career (twice as many shutouts as he's posted versus any other team), with one shutout against the Coyotes in each of the last six seasons. In the NHL's expansion era (i.e., 1967-68 to date), the only other goaltenders to notch at least one shutout against a particular team in each of six or more consecutive seasons are Martin Brodeur (seven straight season vs. Philadelphia, 2001-02 through 2008-09) and Henrik Lundqvist (a current seven-season streak vs. New Jersey, 2007-08 through 2013-14).
Hutch is clutch
From Elias: Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Monday in his NHL debut, posted a win in his second game with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Bruins on Thursday. The only other active goaltender to start and allow no more than one goal in each of his first two NHL games is Al Montoya who did that with Phoenix in April 2009 (a 3-0 shutout in his debut and a 2-1 win in his second game). The last goaltender to do that before Hutchinson was Cedric Desjardins for Tampa Bay in the 2010-11 season. Desjardins is currently playing for the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.