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NFL - Siemian making Elway look good
It's been a good few days for John Elway, who saw the quarterback he let leave, Brock Osweiler, struggle in a shutout loss to the undermanned Patriots, and then watched Trevor Siemian throw for four TDs, 312 yards and no interceptions in Denver's win at Cincinnati.
Siemian, in his first career road start, accomplished what Elway did only once in any game--home or road--in his Hall-of-Fame career. That is, throw for at least four TDs and 300 or more yards without an interception. And Elway did not do that until the final regular-season game of his career, when he threw for 338 yards and four TDs, with no INTs, against the Seahawks in Week 17 of the 1998 season in Denver.
NFL - Wentz's start is unprecedented as is his win against Big Ben
Carson Wentz is the first rookie in NFL history to throw for at least one TD, while not being intercepted, in each of his first three games of a season.
Wentz led the Eagles to a 34-3 rout of the Steelers and became the first rookie quarterback to win a head-to-head start against Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben had been 18-0 against rookies. Since 1970, no other quarterback had won even half as many consecutive starts vs. rookies--to begin his career or not--as had Roethlisberger.
NFL - Fitzpatrick throws six INTs
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the first NFL player to throw six interceptions in a game since Peyton Manning did that in November 2007 at San Diego. That is the longest stretch since World War II between individual six-INT games in the NFL. (There was far less passing in the NFL in the 1920s and 1930s.)
Fitzpatrick is also the first NFL player since the 1980s to throw six interceptions--while not passing for a touchdown--in one game. Four players did so in that decade: Steve Grogan, Brian Sipe, Todd Blackledge, and Tom Tupa.
NFL - Good omen for Raiders
The Raiders defeated the Titans in Nashville and are now 2-0 on the road this season. It's the first time since 2002, when they went on to play in the Super Bowl--and the tenth time in franchise history--that Oakland won each of its first two road games of a season. The Raiders advanced to the playoffs in each of the previous nine such seasons.
NFL - Cousins rallies Redskins with two TD passes
Kirk Cousins ignited the Redskins' come-from-behind win over the Giants with touchdown passes of 44 yards to DeSean Jackson and then 55 yards to Jamison Crowder. Cousins is the first player in Redskins history to complete TD passes of at least 40 yards to two different teammates in a game against the Giants.
Three other Redskins QBs connected for multiple TD throws of 40 or more yards in game against the Giants, but in each case they did so to the same player: Eddie LeBaron to Hugh Taylor (1952), Norm Snead to Bobby Mitchell (1962), and Mark Rypien to Gary Clark (1991).
NFL - Vikings snap Panthers' home winning streak
The Panthers had won 11 consecutive regular-season games on their home field before they lost to the Vikings on Sunday. That is the longest home winning streak snapped by the Vikings since October 2006, when they defeated the Seahawks to end Seattle's run of 12 straight home wins.
The only other times in franchise history that Minnesota stopped an opponent's home winning streak of at least 11 games came in two victories against Brett Favre at Lambeau Field--one in 1998 (the Packers had won their previous 25 games in Green Bay) and one in 2003 (snapping the Packers' 11-game winning streak on their own turf).
NFL - Luck throws late game-winning TD pass
Andrew Luck hit T.Y. Hilton with a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Colts a 26-22 victory over the Chargers. It was the longest game-winning TD pass that late in the fourth quarter since October 2012, when Eli Manning threw a 77-yarder to Victor Cruz with 1:13 remaining on the fourth-quarter clock to beat the Redskins.
NFL - Pryor evokes memories of Gifford
Terrelle Pryor had 144 yards on receptions, passed for 35 yards, and ran for 21 yards against the Dolphins on Sunday. Pryor is the first player in NFL history to produce 140 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in one game. Before Pryor, the last NFL player to combine at least 120 receiving yards, with 30 pass yards and 20 rushing yards was Frank Gifford, in a 129/38/46 performance for the Giants against the Browns in 1959.
NFL - Ravens win another close one
The Ravens are the first NFL team since the 2005 Redskins to begin a season with three consecutive wins, each by six or fewer points. Baltimore has done that with victories over the Bills (13-7), Browns (25-20) and Jaguars (19-17).
NFL - McCoy and Taylor score on long runs
LeSean McCoy scored on a 24-yard touchdown run and Tyrod Taylor had a 20-yard rushing TD in the Bills' win over the Cardinals. McCoy and Taylor are the fourth pair of teammates in Bills history to each run for TDs of at least 20 yards in the same game. The previous tandems to do that for Buffalo were Cookie Gilchrist and Bobby Smith (1964), Terry Miller and Roland Hooks (1978), and McCoy and Karlos Williams (2015).
NFL - Three quick TD strikes from Rodgers
Rodgers joined Jimmy Garoppolo (Week Two against the Dolphins) as the only quarterbacks to throw TD passes on each of their teams' first three drives of a game this season. Rodgers had done that two previous times, in 2011 against the Saints and 2014 versus the Bears. Brett Favre had only such game in his pro career, against the Bears in 1995.
NFL - Seahawks hold 49ers below 20 points again
The Seahawks' 37-18 win over the 49ers marked the 10th straight regular-season game between those teams in which Seattle allowed fewer than 20 points to San Francisco. (During that span, the Seahawks also defeated the 49ers in a playoff game, 23-17). That 10-game streak of holding an opponent below 20 points is currently the longest for any NFL team against another.
MLB - Seager keeps Dodgers alive in division clincher
Corey Seager hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Charlie Culberson hit a walkoff shot in the tenth that gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win over Colorado and clinched their fourth consecutive N.L. West title. Seager was the first Dodgers player to hit a score-tying or game-winning home run at home with the team trailing and down to its final out since Carl Crawford hit a game-tying two-run homer off the Nationals' Tyler Clippard in the 12th inning on September 3, 2014. The Dodgers lost that game in 14 innings, 8-5.
The last game in which the Dodgers hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and a walkoff homer in extra innings was their season opener in 1999, when Raul Mondesi was the hero in both the bottom of the ninth and 11th innings, homering off the Diamondbacks' Gregg Olson and John Frascatore.
The Dodgers are the first team to produce four consecutive first-place finishes since the Tigers from 2011 through 2014, and the first National League team to do so since the Phillies from 2007 to 2011. Los Angeles is the first team to win the N.L. West title in four straight seasons.
MLB - White Sox win like Wynn
Carlos Rodon and David Robertson combined to strike out 14 batters while allowing only two hits in the White Sox' 3-0 win at Cleveland. It was the second shutout victory in White Sox history in which they limited their opponent to two or fewer hits and struck out 14 or more batters. Their first such win was on May 1, 1959, when Early Wynn tossed a one-hit shutout and beat the Red Sox, 1-0, at Comiskey Park. Wynn walked seven batters and struck out 14 in that game, and he accounted for the only run with an eighth-inning homer off Tom Brewer.
MLB - Britton saves another game with no margin for error
Zach Britton notched his 46th save in as many opportunities this season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks. It was the 14th save for Britton this season in games that he entered with a one-run lead. No other pitcher in the majors has saved more than three games which they entered in that situation without blowing a lead at least once under those circumstances.
MLB - Dozier's 42 homers for a 100-loss team
Nelson Cruz hit a pair of home runs in the Mariners' 4-3 win as they handed the Twins their 100th loss of the season. Brian Dozier's 42 home runs are the most in one season by any player in major-league history for a team that lost at least 100 games. The only other 100-loss teams that boasted a player with at least 40 home runs were the 1923 Phillies (50-104, Cy Williams, 41 HR), 1930 Phillies (52-102, Chuck Klein, 40) and 1977 Braves (61-101, Jeff Burroughs, 41).
MLB - Granderson sings New York, New York as Mets romp
Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the season in the Mets' 17-0 victory over the Phillies. Granderson, who had a pair of 40-homer seasons for the Yankees (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012), is the first player ever with seasons of 30 or more home runs for two New York teams (including the Mets, Yankees, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers).
The Mets, who scored the final eight runs in Saturday's 10-8 loss, have equaled their franchise record by scoring 25 unanswered runs. They did that only one other time in their history, scoring the last eight runs of a 14-1 win and the first 17 runs of an 18-4 win, both at Arizona, on August 23-24, 2005.
MLB - No one can stop the Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia scampered home with what proved to be the winning run on an error by Luke Maile that gave the Red Sox a 3-2 victory in ten innings at Tropicana Field. It was Boston's 11th consecutive triumph, which is the longest winning streak for any major-league team in September or later since the first-place Tigers ran away from A.L. Central contenders with 12 straight wins in September 2011.
MLB - Cotton looks like a keeper
Jharel Cotton allowed one run on three hits in seven innings in the Athletics' 7-1 victory over the Rangers, while improving his record to 2-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.44 in his four major-league starts. The only other active pitchers who broke into the majors by going 2-0 or better with an ERA as low as Cotton's through their first four games, all starts, were Zach Duke for the 2005 Pirates (3-0, 0.93 ERA), Jered Weaver for the 2006 Angels (4-0, 1.37) and Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers in April of this season (3-0, 0.36).
MLB - Royals force Boyd to an early exit
All five Royals batters who faced Matt Boyd in the top of the first inning produced hits, including a home run by Salvador Perez that gave Kansas City a 4-0 lead in their 12-9 win at Detroit. It was the fourth game in franchise history in which the Royals sent the opposing starting pitcher to an early shower without recording an out after allowing five or more hits. Kansas City defeated the Angels' Frank Tanana under those circumstances in 1980, the Athletics' Bill Krueger in 1984 and the Orioles' Mike Morgan in 1988, all at Kansas City.
Victor Martinez hit a grand slam and Justin Upton added a solo shot for the Tigers in their loss on Sunday. The Royals have allowed 201 home runs this season, the most ever by a team that won the World Series the previous year, breaking the mark of 200 by the 2006 White Sox.
MLB - Another pinch-hit homer for Werth
Jayson Werth hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to plate the first two of five runs for the Nationals during that frame in their 10-7 win at Pittsburgh. Werth has produced hits in each of his last three pinch-hit appearances, including two home runs, one of which was a grand slam (May 29 vs. the Cardinals).
MLB - Duvall joins the Reds' 30-30 club
Adam Duvall has a .237 batting average this year, but he hit his 30th double of the season in Cincinnati's victory at Milwaukee to go along with his 31 home runs. There have been 25 other instances of players with at least 30 doubles and 30 homers in one season for the Reds, but none of the other players to do so finished such a season with a lower batting average than Adam Dunn in 2005 (.247, 35 doubles, 40 home runs).
MLB - Blue Jays win after blowing a ninth-inning lead
Jose Bautista's eighth-inning single off Dellin Betances plated Josh Donaldson from third base to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, but after the Yankees rallied for two runs off Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth, Toronto countered with two runs in the bottom of that frame, capped by Edwin Encarnacion's game-ending RBI single. The only other game that the Blue Jays ever won in which they led through eight innings and then came from behind to win in the ninth was against the Rockies on June 9, 2002, when Benny Agbayani's two-run single gave Colorado a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning before the Jays won it in the bottom of the ninth with Tom Wilson producing a game-tying RBI double before Joe Lawrence lifted a game-ending sacrifice fly.