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Updated: August 1, 2005, 2:02 PM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

Major League Baseball

• Remarkably, for the second day in a row, the Yankees overcame a four-run, eighth-inning deficit to defeat the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

It had been more than 30 years since a major-league team won two consecutive games by overcoming a deficit of at least four runs in the eighth inning or later in each game. The last team to do it was one of the few teams that could claim to match the firepower of the current Yankees: The Big Red Machine won consecutive games over the Astros in that manner in 1975.

On June 30, Houston led 6-2 in the eighth inning but the Reds won 9-6 on Johnny Bench's three-run homer in the 12th. A day later, the Astros owned a 7-3 lead in the eighth, but Cincinnati rebounded to win 8-7 on Joe Morgan's 15th-inning single (both game-winning hits came off Houston reliever Joe Niekro). The Reds went on to win the World Series for the first time in 35 years.

The last American League team to win two straight games in that manner: the woeful Kansas City Athletics, who recorded consecutive wins of that type over the Washington Senators on July 6-7, 1962.

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