Date: April 16, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Rivers delivers in his first season with Clippers

From Elias: Doc Rivers inherited a Clippers team that was 56-26 (.683) last season. Tuesday night's triumph over the Nuggets improved his club's record to 57-24 (.704) in 2013-14. Only one other head coach in NBA history took over a franchise that had won at least 56 games the previous season and increased its victory total in his first season. K.C. Jones did that with the 1983-84 Celtics, leading them to a 62-20 (.756) regular-season record and the NBA title, after Boston was 56-26 (.683) in the previous campaign.

Los Angeles Clippers

No close games between Knicks and Nets

From Elias: The Knicks defeated the Nets, 109-98, taking their season series three games to one; but none of those four contests was close. The Nets entered the NBA in 1976 and this was the first season in which they and the Knicks did not play a game against each other that was decided by fewer than 10 points.

Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks



Stanton: 21 RBIs in 15 games

From Elias: Giancarlo Stanton drove in five runs and the Marlins snapped their eight-game losing streak in an 11-2 rout of the Nationals. Stanton now has 21 RBIs this year, which are the most by a player under age 25 through his team's first 15 games since Vada Pinson knocked in 22 runs by that point in the season for the 1962 Reds.

Miami Marlins


Leake multi-tasks his way to a win

From Elias: Mike Leake had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in his victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night. It's the sixth time over the last three seasons that Leake earned a win and registered multiple hits at the plate in the same game, the highest such total for anybody in the majors in that span.

Cincinnati Reds


Peralta homers on consecutive nights

From Elias: Jhonny Peralta homered in both of the Cardinals' victories over the Brewers over the last two nights and his four home runs this season already match St. Louis's total from its shortstops over the entire 2013 season.

St. Louis Cardinals


Fielder finally connects

From Elias: Prince Fielder entered Tuesday night as one of six players who hit at least 25 home runs last season and had not gone deep in 2014. Fielder got off the schneid in the second inning with a solo shot that opened the scoring in the Rangers' 5-0 win over the Mariners. That was also Fielder's first RBI in eight home games this season. He's one of only four players who had at least 50 RBIs in home games in each of the previous three seasons.

Texas Rangers

Blue Jays win back-to-back road routs

From Elias: The Blue Jays encored Sunday's 11-3 win in Baltimore with a 9-3 decision over the Twins at Target Field. They became the first team in this young season to win back-to-back road games, each by more than five runs, something Toronto had not done since June 2012. In fact, the Jays before Sunday had not even scored more than five runs in any of their previous 14 games away from home (dating back to last year), which was their longest drought of that kind since 2008.

Toronto Blue Jays

White Sox edge Red Sox

From Elias: The White Sox' 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champions on Tuesday night marked only the second time in the last 22 seasons that they scored two or fewer runs in a win against the Red Sox. Chicago defeated Boston, 2-0, at Fenway Park in 2002, with Jon Garland and Keith Foulke combining for the shutout.

Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox

Rockies play another close one

From Elias: The Rockies' 3-2 win over the Padres was Colorado's fifth straight game decided by one run, tying a franchise record set 20 years ago this month. The Rockies also played five consecutive games with a one-run margin in April 1994.

Colorado Rockies