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

Updated: May 29, 2005, 2:30 PM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

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

NBA

• The Spurs defeated the Suns 102-92 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals and became the first team to hold Phoenix below 100 points in the 2005 playoffs. The Suns' streak of 12 consecutive 100-point games to start the playoffs was the longest by any NBA team since the Celtics hit triple-figures in their first 22 games in the 1987 playoffs.

• Tim Duncan had 33 points and 15 rebounds in Game 3, but the big buzz was his 15-for-15 performance from the foul line. Duncan became only the third player in NBA playoff history to go 30-and-15 in points and rebounds, while going perfect from the line in at least 15 attempts.

Player, Team, Opponent, Year Points Rebounds FTs
Neil Johnston, Phila. vs. Syracuse, 1956 43 16 15-15
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas vs. San Antonio, 2003 38 15 17-17
Tim Duncan, San Antonio vs. Phoenix, 2005 33 15 15-15

Major League Baseball

• The Red Sox amassed 27 hits on Saturday against the Yankees -- the best single-game total by one team in any of the 6,285 regular-season games played at Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923.

Mark Bellhorn's ninth-inning single broke the previous record of 26 hits, by the Yankees against the Royals, in a 16-inning game on Aug. 27, 1972. The previous mark for a nine-inning game was 23 hits, by the White Sox, in a 15-0 victory on May 4, 1950.

• In Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium in which the Red Sox went on to score 17 runs and stroke 27 hits, maybe the most unusual moment came in the top of the first inning: After Johnny Damon doubled to open the game, Edgar Renteria sacrificed!

It marked the first time in more than three years -- since April 15, 2002, in fact -- that any Red Sox hitter was credited with a sacrifice bunt with none out in the first inning. (That one in 2002 also came in a game against the Yankees; Rickey Henderson opened with a single, and Damon moved him to second with a bunt. The Sox scored twice in the inning and won 4-3.)

• Derrek Lee hit a pair of home runs on Friday and hit two more on Saturday to become the third major leaguer this season with a multiple-homer game in each of two consecutive games played by his team. Mike Sweeney did it on May 1 and May 3; Alfonso Soriano did it on May 6-7.

• Lee has joined a select group of Cubs power hitters who have accomplished the multiple-homer thing in two consecutive Cubs games:

Player, Year Number of homers
Billy Williams 1968 2 and 3
Dave Kingman 1979 2 and 3
Andre Dawson 1987 2 and 2
Andre Dawson 1987 2 and 2
Sammy Sosa 1998 2 and 2
Sammy Sosa 1998 2 and 2
Sammy Sosa 1999 2 and 2
Sammy Sosa 2002 2 and 2
Derrek Lee 2005 2 and 2

• The Twins lifted their won-lost record to 29-19 with their 4-3 victory at Toronto, making this just the second year in the last quarter-century in which they have moved 10 games above .500 so early in a season. (In 2001, the Twins needed only 16 games to move 10 games above .500 for the first time, but this is the only other time since 1980.)

• The Tigers defeated the Orioles 5-3 in a game in which Baltimore used a 20-year-old making his major-league debut, Hayden Penn, as its starting pitcher. He was not involved in the decision.

Penn is the youngest player to have appeared in a major league game this season; he's about eight weeks younger than Rockies reliever Marcos Carvajal. In fact, it was apt that Penn made his debut against the Tigers. He was born on Oct. 13, 1984; the very next day, the Tigers won the World Series over the Padres (with Kirk Gibson's coup-de-grace homer off Goose Gossage). They haven't won a postseason series since.

• Mike Piazza had three RBI in the Mets' 6-1 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, ending a career-long drought of 15 consecutive games without driving in a run.

There is some symmetry involved: Five years ago, Piazza had the opposite kind of streak -- he had at least one RBI in each of 15 consecutive games, two games shy of the major-league record set by Ray Grimes in 1922. And that streak also ended the same place that his streak of 15 RBI-less games ended -- at Dolphins Stadium in South Florida, when the Mets were blanked 2-0 on July 3, 2000.

• Phillies relievers threw four shutout innings in support of Jon Lieber in a 12-5 win over Atlanta. It was the third consecutive game in which Phillies relievers have blanked their opponents; they had 3 2/3 scoreless innings in Florida on Wednesday and 2 1/3 shutout innings in Atlanta on Friday. Prior to Wednesday, the Phillies bullpen had allowed runs in its last nine appearances and had a 6.35 ERA, and had only one game this season in which it did not allow a run in at least four innings of work (five scoreless innings in a 4-0 loss in Atlanta on April 24).

• The Cubs acquired pitchers Jerome Williams and David Aardsma from the Giants in exchange for LaTroy Hawkins. Williams won 17 games over the past two seasons (2003-04), tying him with Brandon Webb for second-most in the National League's 2003 rookie class, behind Dontrelle Willis (24). However, Williams is 0-2 in four games (three starts) this season.

Major League Soccer

• Carlos Ruiz scored both goals for FC Dallas in its 2-0 win over D.C. United. It was the 13th multiple-goal game of Ruiz's career, tying him with Raul Diaz Arce for the second-most in MLS history, behind Ante Razov (16 multiple-goal games).