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Alex Rodriguez Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hit his sixth home run of the season in the Yankees seventh game on Tuesday. He's the ninth player in major league history, and only the second in American League history with six home runs in the first seven games of a season. Ken Griffey Jr. was the other junior circuit player to do it, with six homers in the first seven games for the 1997 Mariners.

Of the nine players with at least six home runs in the first games of the season, only Rodriguez had as many as 15 RBIs.

Orlando Hudson has scored a run in all nine games the Diamondbacks have played this season. He's the first National League player to score a run in the first nine games of a season since Billy Hatcher had a nine-game streak for the 1988 Astros.

Lance Berkman Berkman

Lance Berkman had a hit and two walks in three times up against Jason Marquis on Tuesday. Berkman is now hitting .586 (17-for-29) against Marquis with a .692 on-base percentage (10 walks). That's the fourth-highest batting average and the second-highest on-base percentage by an active player against an active pitcher (minimum: 30 plate appearances).

The higher batting averages: Jason Giambi vs. Darren Oliver (.629); Shawn Green vs. Mike Hampton, who barely fits the definition of active (.621); Carlos Beltran vs. Kyle Lohse (.591). The only higher OBP is Giambi vs. Oliver (.698).

• The Angels have lost three games this season. In two of them, on Tuesday and on April 5, the final out came when Erick Aybar, representing the tying run, was caught stealing. Only two players were caught stealing to end a game in which they represented the tying run in the entire 2006 season! (Bill Hall and Willie Harris were the baserunners.)

• The Red Sox scored 14 runs, including at least one in each of the first five innings, in their home opener Tuesday against the Mariners. It's the third time in team history that the Red Sox scored in each of the first five innings in their first game of the season in front of the hometown fans. They also did it in their first-ever game in 1901 and also in 1969.

• The Nationals have been outscored by 35 runs over their first eight games this season. Over the last 10 years, only two other teams were outscored by that many runs in their first eight games: The Tigers had a minus-35 run differential in their first eight games in 2002 and 2003.

• The Athletics have scored two or fewer runs in each of their last five games, but they are only 2-3 over that time. Before this stretch, Oakland hadn't scored two or fewer runs in five straight games since Billy Martin's club did it in August 1980.

• Since the start of last season, the Dodgers are 5-0 in one-run games against the Rockies, including a 2-1 on Tuesday. The only other team that's 5-0 or better against one opponent in games decided by the minimum margin over that time is the Tigers, who are 6-0 vs. the Indians.

Kenny Lofton Lofton

Kenny Lofton hit his first home run for the Rangers on Tuesday, making it 10 teams for which Lofton has gone yard. Three other players have hit home runs for 10 different teams: Todd Zeile, who did it for 11 teams, and two players from the 1800s who each did it for 10 teams, Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers and Tom Brown.


• The Hornets defeated the Clippers in overtime on Tuesday, and they have now won their last nine overtime games, including all seven this season.

That ties the fourth-longest overtime winning streak in NBA history.

The last team to win at least nine in a row was the Hawks, who won an NBA record 11 straight overtime games from 1995 to 1997. The Hawks share the record with the Spurs, who won 11 in a row in OT from 1979 to 1983.

Only two other teams have gone 7-0 or better in overtime in one season: the 2002-03 Pistons (8-0) and the 1961-62 Lakers (7-0).

Elton Brand Brand

Elton Brand scored 37 points on Tuesday, giving him over 1,500 for the third straight season. Since the team moved to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season, no other Clippers players has scored 1,500 points in three consecutive seasons.

• The 76ers were 0-for-2 on 3-pointers in their win over the Pacers on Tuesday. It's the second time that the 76ers have won a game without making a 3-pointer this season; they beat the Jazz on March 16 without a 3. The only other NBA team that has won more than one game this season without hitting a 3-pointer is the Magic, who have three such wins.

• The Kings scored 25 unanswered points against the Grizzlies on Tuesday to turn a 14-13 lead into a 39-13 lead. That's the second-most unanswered points in an NBA game this season; the Heat scored 27 straight against the Knicks on Jan. 22.

• The Hawks made 41 of 68 shots against the Celtics on Tuesday, 60.3 percent. The Hawks have shot 60 percent or better from the floor in only one other game over the last nine seasons; they were 43 of 68, 63.2 percent, against the Knicks on Dec. 16, 2005.