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Major League Baseball
Why would the visiting team have such an advantage? Well, of the 1,204 pitchers with at least 100 decisions in major-league history, Washburn has the largest negative differential between his winning percentage at home and his winning percentage on the road. When he took the loss in Chicago's 4-2 win, he lengthened his lead on this odd list.
The largest negative differential in home/road winning percentage (minimum: 100 decisions):
• Jamie Moyer and Pat Borders made history just by stepping onto the field at Baltimore on Wednesday night. The Mariners' starting pitcher and catcher are each 42 years old making them the first pair of players, each 42 or older, ever to form the starting battery for a major-league team.
Moyer allowed a first-inning home run to 40-year-old Rafael Palmeiro, the second time this year that he has yielded a homer to a fellow member of the Big Four-Oh Club. The Angels' Steve Finley, 40, homered off Moyer on April 19. The last 40-and-over pitcher to allow two homers in a season to batters of a similar age was Tom Seaver back in 1986; Seaver, at 41, allowed a pair of homers to 40-year-old Reggie Jackson both in the same game!
But Moyer righted himself, and while the Orioles won 3-1, Moyer became the oldest big leaguer to pitch a complete game since 43-year-old Dennis Martinez went the route for Atlanta in a 9-0 shutout win at Milwaukee in 1998.
• The Mets lost 3-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta, a night after losing by a 4-0 score in the same place. Last year's Mets lost 91 games but they were never shut out in two consecutive games.
But if the Mets were going to be blanked two games in a row, it figures that it would happen at Turner Field. Since the park opened in 1997, the Mets have a 20-48 regular-season record there the most losses over that span by any major league team at any enemy ballpark.
• Richard Hidalgo homered for the Rangers on Wednesday night, which meant that Texas won, in this case, 7-3 over Kansas City. Among players who have homered in at least eight different games this season, only Hidalgo's team has produced a perfect record in those games. The 2005 major leagues best team W-L record in home run games:
• The Indians and the Twins played another one-run game, won by Cleveland 3-2 in 10 innings. It's the fifth time this season that they have played a game decided by the minimum margin a major-league leading total.
• Yes, David Eckstein brought a .588 career batting average against Pirates starter Mark Redman 10-for-17 with a home run into Wednesday's game, but who would have expected yet another homer by the diminutive Cardinals shortstop?
Eckstein's two-run homer in the third inning kicked off the scoring in the Cardinals' 11-5 win. The pitchers whom Eckstein most loves to face (minimum: 10 at-bats):
National Basketball Association
• Dwyane Wade scored 20 points in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 92-86 win over the Pistons in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals the second time in the 2005 playoffs that he has had a 20-point quarter. (Wade scored 22 in the third quarter in Game 4 of the Heat's second-round series against Washington.)
The last NBA player with a pair of 20-point quarters in the same playoff year was Paul Pierce, who scored 21 points in a quarter twice during the 2003 playoffs.