Elias Says ...
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• Zach Duke pitched a five-hitter in the Pirates' 8-0 win at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. That raised Duke's record to 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs. He is the first pitcher in the live-ball era to win each of his first four starts against the Cubs while compiling an ERA that low. The last pitcher to win each of his first four starts against any opponent and compile an ERA that low was Pedro Martinez against the Mariners (1998-2000).
• It all came together for the middle of the batting order in the A's 10-3 win over the Angels, in a way that it hadn't since the days of Jason Giambi. For the first time since 2001, the 3-4-5 hitters in Oakland's starting lineup all drove in multiple runs: Eric Chavez (3), Frank Thomas (2), and Bobby Crosby (3). The last trio to do so was Giambi, Jermaine Dye and Terrence Long.