Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
• The eight games in the National League on Thursday produced a combined total of 40 runs, an average of five per game. That's the lowest average in the National League on any day with at least eight games since Aug. 6, 1978, when there were 39 runs in eight NL games.
• Tony Clark, you have our vote for Comeback Player of the Year. Clark hit his 30th home run of the season, the first time he has reached the 30-homer plateau since he got there in three consecutive seasons for the Tigers from 1997 to 1999. Only two other players in major-league history have had at least three straight 30-homer seasons and then gone at least six seasons before their next 30-homer year.
Orlando Cepeda hit at least 30 homers for the Giants each season from 1961 to 1964 and then did not hit 30 again until he banged out 34 for the 1970 Braves. Willie Stargell had four consecutive 30-homer seasons from 1970 to 1973 and did not get to that level again until 1979 when he hit 32 for the Pirates' last World Series champion.