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Alex Rodriguez Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the Yankees win against Minnesota, giving A-Rod five home runs and 13 RBIs in New York's six games this season. In the last 50 years only two other major-league players had at least five home runs and 13 RBIs in their team's first six games of the season: Willie Mays for the 1964 Giants (6 HR and 13 RBIs) and Nate Colbert for the 1971 Padres (5 HR and 14 RBIs).

A-Rod's five home runs are the most for any player in Yankees history in the team's first six games of a season.

• Pittsburgh was shut out by St. Louis 3-0 on Monday afternoon, continuing the Pirates' unprecedented streak of offensive futility in home openers. Pittsburgh has scored three-or-fewer runs in each of its last 14 home openers (1994-2007), the longest streak of that type for any team in major league history. No other team has ever failed to score more than three runs in even 10 consecutive home openers.

Jason Schmidt Schmidt

Jason Schmidt hit a home run in the third inning against Colorado, before leaving the game with a cramp in his leg. He's only the second Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to hit a home run in the team's home opener. Curt Davis did that in 1945, coupling his round-tripper with a complete-game victory over the Phillies.

• The Padres managed only two hits, but they beat the Giants on Monday night in the first 1-0 game in the majors this season. This is the Giants' 50th season in San Francisco and during that period they have lost only one other game in which they allowed only one run and two-or-fewer hits. On September 20, 1998, the Dodgers had only two hits against the Giants, but one of them was a solo home run by Trenidad Hubbard off Shawn Estes in the first inning, in a 1-0 victory.

Brandon Inge Inge

Brandon Inge was hitless in three at-bats on Monday at Baltimore and is now 0-for-20 in six games this season. Since 1970, only three other major league players were 0-for-20 or worse in their team's first six games of the season: Willie Stargell was 0-for-21 for the 1970 Pirates, Ozzie Smith was 0-for-26 for the 1979 Padres and Torey Lovullo was 0-for-20 for the 1989 Tigers.

Daniel Cabrera, who led the American League in walks last season, pitched 7 2/3 innings and did not issue a walk in Baltimore's win against Detroit. In the last 40 seasons, only two other pitchers who led their league in walks, threw seven-or-more innings, with no walks, in one of their first two starts in the next season: David Cone in 1993 and Ken Hill in 1998.

Cole Hamels struck out seven Mets batters on Monday afternoon, giving him 160 in his first 25 career starts. That's the most strikeouts by any left-hander over his first 25 major-league starts since Fernando Valenzuela had 180.

Ryan Howard Howard

Ryan Howard's three-run homer gave the Phillies a 5-3 lead, before the Mets rallied to win. Howard has hit a home run in each of his last five games against the Mets; the only other player to do that is Hank Aaron, who had a five-game streak against New York, spanning 1962 to 1963.

Jimmy Rollins, fresh off an offseason comment that the Phillies, not the Mets, were the team to beat in the N.L. East, had a rough day at Shea. For only the fifth time in his 959-game major-league career, he made an error and grounded into a double play in the same game.

• The Astros played their first road game of the season and beat the Cubs 5-3. Craig Biggio had two hits (both doubles) and scored two runs for Houston. Last year Biggio had only one multiple-hit game on the road after the All-Star break (August 2 in San Diego); he hit .122 on the road after the break (14-for-115).

• The White Sox beat Oakland 4-1 on Monday night, giving them their 1,000th victory over the Athletics in a rivalry that dates back to 1901, the American League's first year as a major league. Chicago leads the series 1,000-941, with five ties.


Kobe Bryant was only 9-for-30 from the field, scoring 23 points, in the Lakers' loss at Denver. It was the 48th time this season that an NBA player attempted at least 30 field goals in a game and the first of those in which the player converted fewer than 10 of those shots.

Marcus Camby Camby

Marcus Camby had 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Denver's victory over the Lakers. He's the first NBA player with 20-or-more rebounds and at least seven blocked shots in one game since Camby himself did it on Nov. 13, 2005 (22 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Minnesota).

Yao Ming scored a game-high 31 points in Houston's win at Seattle. He was 11-for-11 from the foul line, the second time this season that he was perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts (he was 12-for-12 on November 4). In only one other NBA game this season did a starting center take at least 10 foul shots and make all of them: Mehmet Okur was 10-for-10 on January 3.

• The Knicks continued their season-ending slump, scoring only 15 points in both the second and fourth quarters, and losing to Detroit, 91-83. It's the first time this season they failed to score more than 15 points in two different quarters. That happened to New York once last season, in a 100-72 loss at Dallas.