Date: April 5, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lopez scores 28 in Nets loss to Chicago

From Elias: The Bulls escaped Brooklyn with a 92-90 victory despite 30 points by Deron Williams and 28 by Brook Lopez. With Nazr Mohammed starting in place of injured Joakim Noah, Lopez recorded the highest point total of his career against Chicago. His previous high versus the Bulls was 26 points three years ago. Only one center scored 25 or more points against Chicago in the 63 games that Noah started this season: Al Jefferson, 32 points on February 8.

Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets


Iguodala sinks late game-winning bucket

From Elias: Andre Iguodala, despite making just three of 13 field-goal attempts, scored the game-winning basket with 2.8 seconds remaining in the Nuggets' 95-94 home win over the Mavericks. It was Iguodala's fourth career game-winning field goal in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. His first three were in a 76ers uniform, against the Timberwolves (January 2006), Grizzlies (December 2007), and Lakers (March 2009).

Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks



Chris Davis' first three games of 2013 are something special

From Elias: Chris Davis hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs for the Orioles as they won two out of three games in their season-opening three-game series at Tampa Bay. Since runs batted in became an official major-league statistic in 1920, the only other player with at least three home runs and 11 RBI in his team's first three games of a season was the Phillies' Dolph Camilli in 1935 (four homers, 12 RBI).

Going back to September 26 last year, Davis has hit 10 home runs in his last 10 regular-season games. He's the first player in Browns/Orioles franchise history to hit 10 or more homers over a personal ten-game span and only the second-major-league to do so since 2007. Troy Tulowitzki slammed 11 home runs over a ten-game stretch for the Rockies in September 2010.

Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays

Ice-cold bats in the Cubs-Pirates series

From Elias: The Cubs posted a 3-2 victory in the rubber match of their series at Pittsburgh, which may be remembered more for its lack of offense than anything else. The Cubs and Pirates combined for 24 hits over three games. That was the lowest hit total in a three-game series involving either of those teams in nearly 100 years--since 1915, when Chicago and Pittsburgh produced only 22 hits over three games at Forbes Field. Even the great Honus Wagner struggled in that series (1-for-9).

Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates


Padres rookie hits safely in the first three games of the season

From Elias: Infielder Jedd Gyorko, who made his major-league debut on Monday, was the only Padres player to record a hit in all three games of San Diego's season-opening series against the Mets in New York. (He was 1 for 4 in each game.) Gyorko is the third rookie in Padres history to hit safely in each of the team's first three games of a season. The other Friars freshmen to do that were Juan Bonilla (1981) and Benito Santiago (1987).

San Diego Padres, New York Mets


Pettitte and Rivera are oldies but goodies

From Elias: Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera teamed up to pitch the Yankees to their first win of the 2013 season. The 40-year-old Pettitte earned the victory as he held the Red Sox to one run in eight innings, and Rivera, who's 43 years old, notched the save despite allowing one run in the ninth inning. It was the first major-league game in which the winning and saving pitchers were both 40 years old since Aug. 9, 2008, when the Padres' Greg Maddux (age 42) won at Colorado and Trevor Hoffman (age 40) saved the victory for him.

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox

Nationals allow only one run in their first three games

From Elias: The Nationals swept their opening series against the Marlins by scores of 2-0, 3-0 and 6-1. Washington is the fourth team is major-league history to allow no more than one run over its first three games of a season. The others were the 1963 Cardinals (the only team to begin a season with three consecutive shutouts: 7-0, 4-0 and 7-0), 1969 Padres (who began the team's first season in the majors with 2-1, 2-0 and 2-0 wins) and 1979 Astros (won 2-1, 6-0 and 2-0).

Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals


Guthrie is unbeaten in his last 12 starts

From Elias: Jeremy Guthrie made his 2013 debut on Thursday and struck out nine White Sox batters in six innings while recording the Royals' first win of the season. Guthrie finished the 2012 season in excellent form, recording a 5-0 record and 2.17 ERA over his final 11 starts for Kansas City. He's now the first Royals pitcher to go undefeated over a stretch of 12 or more consecutive starts since Kevin Appier posted a streak of 13 straight starts without a loss spanning the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox


Arencibia's two-homer game

From Elias: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia hit first two home runs of the season in Toronto's 10-8 win over the Indians. It was the seventh two-homer game of his four-season major-league career and they've all come while he's been catching. The only other player with more than four multiple-homer games as a catcher since the start of the 2010 season is Russell Martin, who has five.

Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians


Choo's leadoff homers

From Elias: Shin-Soo Choo hit his first home run for the Reds in their 5-4 win over the Angels on Thursday. Choo, who was traded to Cincinnati by Cleveland during the offseason, led off the bottom of the first inning and slammed the first pitch by Joe Blanton over the fence in left-center. Choo hit 16 homers for the Indians last year and five of them were leadoff homers. That tied him with Derek Jeter and Mike Trout for fourth-most in the majors in that category last season, behind Ian Kinsler (7), Austin Jackson (6) and Jimmy Rollins (6).

Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels


Can Cliff Lee recapture his 2011 form?

From Elias: Cliff Lee's first game of the 2013 season was a win over the Braves in which he pitched eight innings, allowed two hits, no runs, no walks and struck out eight Atlanta batters. Lee made 11 starts in which he did not allow a run in 2011, the highest single-season total by a major-league pitcher since 1985 (Dwight Gooden 11, John Tudor 11), but he did that in only three of his 30 starts last season.

Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves


Pelfrey wins in his first MLB game since "Tommy John surgery"

From Elias: Mike Pelfrey held the Tigers to two runs, both unearned, in 5 1/3 innings and recorded a win in his Twins debut on Thursday. Pelfrey, who was pitching in a major-league game for the first time since he underwent "Tommy John" surgery on May 1 last year, won for only the second time in his last 16 big-league games. Pelfrey was 1-4 in his final 12 games (11 starts) with the Mets in 2011 (the win came at Philadelphia on August 24) and pitched to no decision in three April starts for the Mets in 2012 before he was diagnosed with torn ligaments in his right elbow.

Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers


Cespedes is the scourge of Seattle

From Elias: Yoenis Cespedes hit two home runs in Oakland's four-game series against Seattle, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning of the A's 8-2 win on Thursday. Cespedes, who finished second to Mike Trout in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, hit six homers (in 19 games) versus the Mariners last year, tying him with the Angels' Kendrys Morales for the major-league high.

Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners



Jagr scores the only goal in his first game with Boston

From Elias: Jaromir Jagr made his Bruins debut a memorable one as he scored the goal in Boston's 1-0 win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils. The 41-year-old Jagr is the second-oldest player in NHL history to score the goal in a 1-0 game. Gary Roberts was 42 years old when he scored the lone goal in Tampa Bay's win against the Islanders on Feb. 7, 2009.

Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils


Four-game goal-scoring streak for Mike Green

From Elias: Defenseman Mike Green extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he scored the Capitals' only goal in their game against the Islanders on Thursday, which Washington won via a shootout. It's the first time that an NHL defenseman has scored goals in each of four consecutive team games in one season since Green himself did so in four straight games for the Capitals in 2010 (Oct. 30-Nov. 7).

Washington Capitals, New York Islanders


Bishop posts a 45-save shutout in his first game for the Lightning

From Elias: Goaltender Ben Bishop made his Lightning debut barely more than 24 hours after the trade that sent him from Ottawa to Tampa Bay and made 45 saves as he led the Bolts to a 5-0 win at Carolina. Bishop tied the Lightning record for shots faced by a goaltender in a shutout, a mark set by Daren Puppa in his 2-0 win over the Kings on Nov. 27, 1995. Bishop is the second goaltender to register a shutout in his first game with the Lightning. The first was Dwayne Roloson on Jan. 4, 2011 at Washington.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes


Ryder strikes twice for the Canadiens

From Elias: Michael Ryder scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens in their 4-1 win against the Jets. It was Ryder's fourth two-goal game of the season and third since Montreal reacquired him from Dallas in a trade on February 26. He's tied for the most multi-goal games in the NHL since that date.

Montreal Canadiens


Gaborik scores game-winner in his Blue Jackets debut

From Elias: Marian Gaborik recorded only two goals in his last 22 games with the Rangers but he scored in his debut with Columbus on Thursday night and it was the game-winning goal in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 victory at Nashville. Gaborik is the second player in Columbus franchise history to score a game-winning goal in his first game with the club. The first was Craig MacDonald on Dec. 31, 2008 at Anaheim, with a goal that turned out to be the last one in his NHL career. Gaborik also scored a goal in the first game he played for his two other NHL teams, the Wild and the Rangers, though neither one of those goals was a game-winner.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators


Oh, brother!

From Elias: Brayden and Luke Schenn each scored a goal for the Flyers in their 5-3 win at Toronto. It's the first time that the Schenns have scored goals in the same NHL game, whether as teammates or opponents. They're the third pair of brothers to score goals in the same game this season; the others are Carolina's Eric and Jordan Staal (three times), and Vancouver's Daniel and Henrik Sedin (once).

Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs


Two-goal game for Cracknell

From Elias: Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season for the Blues in their shootout win over the Blackhawks at United Center. It was the first multiple-goal game by a St. Louis player in Chicago since Oct. 18, 2010, when David Perron scored both goals for the Blues in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.

St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks