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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Curt Schilling allowed 10 extra-base hits to the Royals on Thursday night, the most against any major league pitcher in one game in 37 years -- since Cleveland's Luis Tiant surrendered 10 (five homers and five doubles) to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 18, 1969.
Schilling is the first American League pitcher to allow nine or more doubles in a game since July 10, 1935, when Washington's Earl Whitehill gave up 10 two-base hits to the Tigers.
• Each of Kansas City's first 10 hits went for extra bases. That's a Royals franchise record for consecutive hits at any point in a game without a single. Their previous high was six. The last major league team with 10 straight hits for extra bases was the White Sox (12 in a row) on June 8, 2004, against the Phillies.
• The Royals' Runelvys Hernandez gave up home runs to Doug Mirabelli and Wily Mo Pena. Hernandez has allowed at least one home run in all 12 of his starts this season. Only one other major league pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) allowed a home run in each of his first 12 starts of a season: Bert Blyleven of the Twins in 1987 (14 straight).
• Roger Clemens beat the Pirates, allowing one run in six innings. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his 10 starts this season, just as he did last year. The only other active pitcher to allow no more than three earned runs in each of his first 10 starts in back-to-back seasons is Pedro Martinez, who did that in three straight years, from 1999-2001.
• Anthony Reyes earned a win and Chris Duncan hit two home runs in St. Louis' triumph at Cincinnati on Thursday. It's only the second game since 1970 in which a Cardinals rookie starting pitcher recorded a victory, while one of his rookie teammates hit two or more home runs. The other instance came in 1998 (Jose Jimenez and J.D. Drew).
• Bronson Arroyo took the loss for the Reds and became the first major league pitcher since 1900 to win at least nine of his first 15 starts of a season and then fail to win any of his next 10 starts. Arroyo started this year 9-3 but has not recorded a victory in his 10 starts since then.
• The Mets beat the Padres 7-3, taking all three games in their series at Shea Stadium. Prior to Thursday's win, the Mets were the only team in the majors that had not swept a series of three or more games at home this year. (They've done so four times on the road: at Washington, Arizona, Philadelphia and Atlanta.)
The Mets won the first two games of a three-game series at Shea only to lose the finale on three previous occasions this year: May 7 vs. Braves (13-3), May 25 vs. Phillies (5-3) and July 23 vs. Astros (8-4).
• Chris Young started for the Padres but did not take the loss. Young is 8-0 with 12 no-decisions in his last 20 road starts (3-0 in his last nine road starts with Texas last season and 5-0 in 11 road starts with San Diego this season). It's only the 10th time in major league history a pitcher went undefeated in 20 consecutive road starts. The last to do it was Greg Maddux, who went 22 road starts without a loss spanning the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
• The Brewers had only six hits in their 8-6 win over the Cubs. Only one other team in the majors scored eight or more runs on six or fewer hits this season: The White Sox had eight runs on five hits at Cleveland on June 1.
• Prince Fielder drew three walks, and he came around to score after each of those bases on balls. Since 1995, the only other Milwaukee player to do that three or more times in one game was Jeromy Burnitz (four times on Sept. 23, 1999, against the Phillies).
• Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo had three hits in Cleveland's 14-2 win against the Angels. He also had three hits in Wednesday's game. The only other American League rookie with three or more hits in back-to-back games this season is Nick Markakis of the Orioles.
• Kenny Lofton's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning beat the Rockies 4-3. It was Lofton's first game-ending hit since Sept. 8, 2001, against the White Sox. Prior to tonight, all six of Lofton's career walkoff hits were for the Indians.
• Toronto beat the Twins 5-0. It was the Blue Jays' first shutout victory at the Metrodome in eleven years -- since a 7-0 win July 18, 1995, on a four-hit complete game by David Cone.