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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:


Alex Rodriguez Rodriguez

• A-Rod is at it again. He hit home runs Nos. 13 and 14 Monday night at Tampa Bay in the Yankees' 18th game of the season. It is, by far, the fewest team games to 14 home runs for any player in major league history. The previous record was 24 games by Albert Pujols in 2006.

Rodriguez now has at least one hit in every game in 2007. He's only the third major league player since 1980 to begin a season with a hitting streak of at least 18 games. The others were Edgar Renteria (23 games in 2006) and George Brett (19 in 1983).

Good news for Yankee fans: Rodriguez is on pace for 126 home runs and 306 runs batted in. Now the bad news: The Yankees are on pace for 90 losses.

• The Yankees have lost four straight games despite scoring at least five runs in each. Only once before in team history did the Yankees score five or more runs in four straight games and lose them all: June 11-15, 1933.

Dan Haren Haren

Dan Haren held the Orioles scoreless in the first inning Monday night. What's so significant about that you ask? The A's have not allowed a first-inning run in any of their 19 games this season, tying a major league record. Only two other teams went their first 19 games of a season without allowing a run in the opening frame: the 1990 Brewers and 2005 Red Sox.

• Oakland starting pitchers have now gone 17 straight games without allowing more than three runs. The last major league team to have a streak like that was Cleveland in 1998 (18 straight).

Frank Thomas hit a home run for the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. It was Thomas' 17th career home run at Fenway, third-most among active visiting players behind Jim Thome (19) and Alex Rodriguez (18). While Thomas might catch Thome, he has no chance of reaching the all-time record for home runs by a visiting player at Fenway Park, which is shared by Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. The "Babe" and the "Mick" hit 38 homers at the old ballpark.

Royce Clayton played his 2,000th career game at shortstop Monday night. He's the 16th player in major league history to reach that plateau with Omar Vizquel being the only other active player among that group. Clayton reached that level despite not playing as many as 500 games at shortstop for any one team! His top total is 499 for the Giants.

Matt Holliday had three hits in the Rockies loss at Shea Stadium Monday night, his third straight three-hit game. Travis Hafner had three straight games of three or more hits earlier this season. Chase Utley was the last National League player to do it. Utley did it late last season.

Carlos Delgado Delgado

Carlos Delgado's seventh-inning home run was not very important in the Mets win Monday night, but it did snap two significant droughts. Delgado did not hit a home run in his previous 118 regular-season at-bats, the longest drought of his career. The last major leaguer with at least 400 career home runs under his belt to go as many at-bats without a homer as Delgado was Eddie Murray, who went 139 at-bats without one after hitting his 419th for the 1993 Mets.

Delgado's dinger was also the first this season by any Mets player batting in the fourth or fifth spot in the batting order. The last major league team to go 17 games into the season without a home run from its 4-5 hitters was the 2003 Tigers, who also went 17 games. The Tigers finished that season with a 43-119 record.

Andruw Jones turned 30 years old on Monday. Jones' 1,625 games was the third-highest total in major league history by a player prior to his 30th birthday, behind Mel Ott (1739) and Robin Yount (1671).

Chris Sampson allowed 14 hits in four innings for the Astros Monday night. Only one other pitcher over the last 65 years allowed that many hits in so few innings: Scott Sanders for Detroit at Texas on April 14, 1998 (16 hits allowed in four innings pitched).

Ryan Garko hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning Sunday at Tampa Bay to give the Indians a lead they never relinquished and he had the game-winning single in the 12th inning Monday night at Minnesota. The last American League player to have a game-winning RBI in the ninth inning or later on consecutive days was Minnesota's
Jacque Jones in July 2005.

Mark Buehrle Buehrle

Mark Buehrle started for the White Sox at Kansas City Monday night, his first appearance since throwing a no-hitter against the Rangers. Esteban German ended Buehrle's no-hit bid with a two-out double in the second inning. None of the last 37 pitchers to throw a no-hitter got through the first three innings of their next outing without allowing a hit.

The last pitcher to do so was Mike Scott, who threw a no-hitter against the Giants on Sept. 25, 1986 and took another no-hit bid vs. San Francisco to the seventh inning seven days later. Will Clark got the hit that spoiled Scott's shot at history.


Trevor Linden Linden

Trevor Linden had a goal and an assist in Vancouver's Game 7 win over Dallas. Linden now has six goals and 12 points in nine career Game 7s. Both figures are the most among active players. Linden is now one point shy of Doug Gilmour's record of 13 career Game 7 points.

• Vancouver beat Dallas despite the Stars scoring the first goal of the game and leading 1-0 at the end of the first period. The team that scored first had won each of the previous nine Game 7s in the NHL playoffs. And, prior to Monday night, teams leading at the end of the first period were 25-1 in the 2007 playoffs.


• The Rockets won Game 2 of their series against the Jazz despite shooting 4-for-24 from 3-point range. Golden State beat Dallas in Game 1 Sunday despite shooting 10-for-30 from beyond the arc. Prior to the 2007 playoffs, NBA teams were a combined 8-31 in playoff games in which they missed 20 or more treys.

• Utah lost the first two games of its series against Houston. The Jazz has lost all eight of its previous best-of-seven series in which it lost the first two games, five of them in five games, two in six games and one in seven games.