Date: September 13, 2011

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

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Orton

THE WEEK OF THE QUARTERBACK

From Elias: There were five games in the NFL this week in which each team had a player throw for 300 or more yards: Packers (Aaron Rodgers) vs. Saints (Drew Brees); Bears (Jay Cutler) vs. Falcons (Matt Ryan); Cardinals (Kevin Kolb) vs. Panthers (Cam Newton); Jets (Mark Sanchez) vs. Cowboys (Tony Romo) and Patriots (Tom Brady) vs. Dolphins (Chad Henne). That's the most games with multiple 300-yard passers in one week in NFL history. There had been only two previous weeks with four such games (one in 1984, the other in 2010).

But the Patriots-Dolphins game on Monday was the first in NFL history in which one team had a player throw for 500 or more yards and the other team had a player throw for at least 400.

In Monday's late game, Kyle Orton became the 14th player to throw for 300 yards this season, the highest one-week total in NFL history.

NFL teams combined for 7842 (net) passing yards this week, the highest total in any week in NFL history.

Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

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Decker

OR WAS IT THE WEEK OF THE RETURNER?

From Elias: Eric Decker's 90-yard punt return on Monday was the eighth touchdown on either a punt or kickoff return this week. That's the highest total in any week in NFL history.

Denver Broncos

MLB

TIGERS LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN 43 YEARS

From Elias: The Tigers won their 10th consecutive game on Monday, their first winning streak of 10 or more games since they won 11 straight in September 1968, en route to winning the World Series. That had been the longest time since the last single-season 10-game winning streak by any current major-league team. That distinction now falls to the Marlins, who joined the major leagues in 1993 and who have never had a double-digit winning streak in any season.

It's the third double-digit winning streak of Jim Leyland's career. He had 11-game winning streaks with the Pirates in 1992 and 1996.

The Tigers have outscored opponents by 53 runs over their last 10 games (84 to 31). That's the best run differential over 10 games of a winning streak since the Athletics had 10-game differentials of plus-55 and plus-53 (twice) in August 2002.

Detroit Tigers

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Castro

CASTRO REACHES 50 EXTRA-BASE HITS

From Elias: Starlin Castro had three extra-base hits on Monday, two doubles and a home run, giving him 50 extra-base hits for the season. He's the third player this season to have 50 extra-base hits before turning 22 years old, along with Freddie Freeman (who turned 22 on Monday) and Mike Stanton. The last time that three players had 50 extra-base hits in a season at 21 or younger was 1929, when Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Dick Bartell all did it.

Chicago Cubs

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Teixeira

TEIXEIRA DETHRONES THE KING

From Elias: Mark Teixeira hit his fifth career home run against Felix Hernandez on Monday. That's the most home runs any player has hit against Hernandez and the only pitcher to surrender more to Teixeira is Bruce Chen, who has allowed six.

Hernandez allowed five runs in the fourth inning on Monday, tying the most he's allowed in any game at Safeco Field. The Yankees had five against him in the fourth inning on Aug. 23, 2006 and the Orioles had five on Sept. 11, 2005.

Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees

GIANTS HIT THREE HOME RUNS!

From Elias: The Giants hit three home runs at AT&T Park on Monday, their most in any home game this season. Before Monday, San Francisco had been the only major-league team that hadn't hit three homers in a home game this season.

San Francisco Giants

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Stanton

STANTON COMES THROUGH IN EXTRAS

From Elias: Mike Stanton's 12th-inning RBI single gave the Marlins a win over the Braves on Monday. It was Stanton's 6th RBI in extra innings this season, the second-highest total in the major leagues, behind Brian McCann (9).

Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins

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Gonzalez

GONZALEZ OWNS ANGELS

From Elias: Gio Gonzalez defeated the Angels on Monday, improving his career record against them to 6-2. At least the Angels got on the board against Gonzalez on Monday, scoring two runs - he had not allowed a run to the Angels in his last three home starts against them, going back to last season.

Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics

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Upton

UPTON SCORES THREE RUNS FOR 2ND STRAIGHT GAME

From Elias: B.J. Upton scored three runs in the Rays' win Monday against Baltimore after he scored three times on Sunday against Boston. Upton has scored more runs in his last two games than he did in his previous 19 games (5, from August 20 through Saturday).

Upton reached base safely in nine straight plate appearances over Sunday and Monday before being retired. That tied him for the third-longest streak in the major leagues this season, behind Jose Bautista (11 straight) and Corey Hart (10). Three others had a streak of reaching safely in nine straight plate appearances (Prince Fielder, Aramis Ramirez, Yunel Escobar).

Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles

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Oswalt

OSWALT DIDN'T HAVE MANY STARTS LIKE THIS FOR HOUSTON

From Elias: Roy Oswalt allowed five runs on 11 hits on Monday in his first start at Minute Maid Park as an opponent. Oswalt allowed at least five runs and 10 hits in only three of 149 starts at the venue for the Astros.

Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies

ANOTHER LATE HEARTBREAKER FOR CARDINALS

From Elias: The Cardinals lost to the Pirates on Monday after surrendering an eighth-inning lead. It was the Cardinals' 15th loss of the season in which they had a lead in the eighth inning or later. That's three more such losses than any other major-league team has this season and it's tied for the second-highest total in any season in Cardinals history. The 2008 team had 17 and St. Louis also had 15 in 1900 and 1998.

Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals


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