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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:
• The Yankees swept two games against the Red Sox, by scores of 12-4 and 14-11. It was the first time in more than 56 years that the Yankees had put at least a dozen runs on the board twice in one day; they last did it in a 14-5 and 12-4 sweep at Cleveland on May 21, 1950. Joe DiMaggio had two homers and drove in eight runs in that doubleheader.
• Boston scored in each of the first five innings of Friday night's game, but lost, 14-11. In only one other game in Red Sox history did they lose after scoring in each of their first five turns at bat; that happened in a 10-8 loss to Cleveland on Aug. 16, 1928.
• Johnny Damon homered in both games of the Yankees' long day's journey into night at Fenway Park. Only two other players homered in two games in one day against the Red Sox after having played for them in the previous season: Babe Ruth in 1920 and Willie Tasby in 1961.
Damon's two home runs on Friday gave him 20 in 2006, making him the fifth player to hit 20 or more home runs in a season for both the Yankees and Red Sox. The others: Babe Ruth, Don Baylor, Jack Clark and Mike Stanley.
In Friday afternoon's game, Damon became the first player in 23 years to lead off the top of the first inning of a Red Sox-Yankees game with a triple. Boston's Jerry Remy did that two different times at Yankee Stadium during the 1983 season. The last Yankees player to do it against the Red Sox was Willie Randolph in June 1980.
• The Red Sox were 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the first game on Friday. Over the last 25 seasons, only one other major-league team was hitless in at least 16 at-bats with men in scoring position in a nine-inning game: Houston was 0-for-16 against St. Louis on April 16, 1999.
• Eric Hinske, making his Red Sox debut, doubled three times in the afternoon game. Only two other active major-league players had three extra-base hits in their first game played for a franchise: Hinske's new teammate Gabe Kapler (2003 Red Sox) and Aaron Miles (2006 Cardinals).
• Tampa Bay scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Cleveland, 6-5. It's the seventh time this season that the Indians lost a game in which they held a lead entering the ninth inning, the most such losses for any team in the major leagues.
• The Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir struck out 10 batters in five innings on Thursday night and Casey Fossum whiffed 10 in 6 1/3 innings on Friday night. It's the first time in 10 years that a team had a pitcher strike out 10 or more batters in fewer than seven innings in consecutive games: Joey Hamilton and Scott Sanders of the Padres did that in July 1996.
• St. Louis hit six home runs -- each by a different player -- in an 11-3 win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon. It's only the second time in the history of the Cardinals that six or more players homered in one game. They did that on April 9, 2000 against the Brewers at Busch Stadium, with four-baggers from Edgar Renteria, Shawon Dunston, Mark McGwire, Craig Paquette, Jim Edmonds and J.D. Drew.
• Chris Duncan went 2-for-4 and now has 20 hits in his last 38 at-bats. The last Cardinals rookie with 20 hits in such a short span of at-bats was Terry Pendleton in 1984.
• Prince Fielder's RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth inning beat the Astros 3-2 and gave the Brewers their 10th walkoff victory in 2006, tying the Mets for the most in the major leagues.
• Alfonso Soriano stole his 30th base of the season and hit his 39th home run in the Nationals' victory at Philadelphia. Soriano is now the first player in major-league history with four 30-30 (HR-SB) seasons in a five-year span. (Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds each did it three times in four years.)
• Steve Trachsel, who pitched seven innings and got the win in the Mets' 6-3 triumph over Colorado, now has 10 wins since June 9, the highest total for any pitcher in the major leagues over that period. Trachsel's seven-inning performance was his longest in any of his 12 victories this season.
• The Mets have won six consecutive home games, their longest streak in exactly three years, since they were victorious seven straight times at Shea Stadium in August 2003.
• Baltimore batters produced five consecutive singles in a three-run second inning in their 7-2 win over Toronto. That tied the longest streak of singles for any team in the major leagues this season.
• Kansas City beat Oakland 7-1 as Luke Hudson, who was plastered for 11 runs in the first inning of his last start, rebounded by throwing seven innings and yielding only one run to the A's. It's the second time this year that a pitcher coming off an outing in which he allowed at least 11 runs rallied to toss seven or more innings, while allowing no more than one run, in his next appearance: Jason Marquis did that last month. No other pitcher has had back-to-back games of that type in the last five years.
• The cut line at the 2006 PGA Championship stands at even-par, tying the lowest ever recorded at the PGA Championship. In 1995 at Riviera, it was also even-par.
• Through the first two rounds at Medinah, Phil Mickelson is playing the par-3 holes to a cumulative score of four over par. In only one other major -- at the 1993 Masters -- did Mickelson play the par-3 holes to a higher cumulative score through the first 36 holes. That year, Lefty played the par-3's to a score of 5-over par after two days of action
• For the third consecutive major, Olin Browne got off to a slow start in the first round and rallied in the second round. Browne opened the 2006 PGA Championship with a 75 but shot a 66 on Friday. That nine-stroke improvement from the first to second round is a career high for Browne in major play. His previous best was eight strokes at this year's U.S. Open (80-72). Prior to the U.S. Open, his previous best at a major was a five-stroke improvement at this year's Masters (74-69).
• Browne stood in 116th place after the opening round, but after firing a second-round 66, he now stands in 25th place. That 91-spot jump is the fourth highest ever recorded at the PGA Championship. Only Miguel Angel Jimenez in 1991 (114), Bill Ezinicki in 1959 (96) and Brian Henninger in 1994 (92) had greater improvements.
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