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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:
A-Rod's five home runs are the most for any player in Yankees history in the team's first six games of a season.
• Pittsburgh was shut out by St. Louis 3-0 on Monday afternoon, continuing the Pirates' unprecedented streak of offensive futility in home openers. Pittsburgh has scored three-or-fewer runs in each of its last 14 home openers (1994-2007), the longest streak of that type for any team in major league history. No other team has ever failed to score more than three runs in even 10 consecutive home openers.
• The Padres managed only two hits, but they beat the Giants on Monday night in the first 1-0 game in the majors this season. This is the Giants' 50th season in San Francisco and during that period they have lost only one other game in which they allowed only one run and two-or-fewer hits. On September 20, 1998, the Dodgers had only two hits against the Giants, but one of them was a solo home run by Trenidad Hubbard off Shawn Estes in the first inning, in a 1-0 victory.
• Daniel Cabrera, who led the American League in walks last season, pitched 7 2/3 innings and did not issue a walk in Baltimore's win against Detroit. In the last 40 seasons, only two other pitchers who led their league in walks, threw seven-or-more innings, with no walks, in one of their first two starts in the next season: David Cone in 1993 and Ken Hill in 1998.
• Cole Hamels struck out seven Mets batters on Monday afternoon, giving him 160 in his first 25 career starts. That's the most strikeouts by any left-hander over his first 25 major-league starts since Fernando Valenzuela had 180.
• Jimmy Rollins, fresh off an offseason comment that the Phillies, not the Mets, were the team to beat in the N.L. East, had a rough day at Shea. For only the fifth time in his 959-game major-league career, he made an error and grounded into a double play in the same game.
• The Astros played their first road game of the season and beat the Cubs 5-3. Craig Biggio had two hits (both doubles) and scored two runs for Houston. Last year Biggio had only one multiple-hit game on the road after the All-Star break (August 2 in San Diego); he hit .122 on the road after the break (14-for-115).
• The White Sox beat Oakland 4-1 on Monday night, giving them their 1,000th victory over the Athletics in a rivalry that dates back to 1901, the American League's first year as a major league. Chicago leads the series 1,000-941, with five ties.
• Kobe Bryant was only 9-for-30 from the field, scoring 23 points, in the Lakers' loss at Denver. It was the 48th time this season that an NBA player attempted at least 30 field goals in a game and the first of those in which the player converted fewer than 10 of those shots.
• Yao Ming scored a game-high 31 points in Houston's win at Seattle. He was 11-for-11 from the foul line, the second time this season that he was perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts (he was 12-for-12 on November 4). In only one other NBA game this season did a starting center take at least 10 foul shots and make all of them: Mehmet Okur was 10-for-10 on January 3.
• The Knicks continued their season-ending slump, scoring only 15 points in both the second and fourth quarters, and losing to Detroit, 91-83. It's the first time this season they failed to score more than 15 points in two different quarters. That happened to New York once last season, in a 100-72 loss at Dallas.