Green Bay at Home Against Detroit

The Packers have won their last 20 regular-season home games against the Lions; it’s the longest team vs. team winning streak in home games in NFL history. The first three games during the streak were played at Milwaukee County Stadium; the last 17 have been at Lambeau Field.

  • The next-longest streaks: Redskins vs. Lions (all 18 times the Redskins have hosted Detroit since moving to Washington in 1937; Detroit did win road games against the Redskins when they were based in Boston, last in 1935); Steelers against Browns (16 games, 1970–85).
  • Detroit’s last road win against Green Bay was at Lambeau on Dec. 15, 1991: Erik Kramer threw two touchdown passes to Robert Clark and Mel Gray returned a punt 78 yards for a score as Wayne Fontes’ team prevailed, 21–17.

Lincecum Unhittable out of Bullpen

Tim Lincecum tossed 2⅓ hitless innings in both Games 1 and 3 of this series.  The only other pitcher to have two hitless outings of more than two innings in World Series games during his career was Pittsburgh’s Roy Face, who did it on consecutive days (2⅔ hitless innings in Pirates victories at Yankee Stadium in both Games 4 and 5 of the 1960 World Series).

Florida State Unbeaten Versus Duke

Duke visits #12 Florida State Saturday.  The Blue Devils (6–2) are trying to go five games over .500 for the first time at any point of a season since 1994.  FSU is 17–0 all-time against Duke, with the closest win coming in 2007 (by 19 points, 25– 6).  That’s the longest streak of consecutive wins by margins of 17 or more points for any major school over another since the NCAA began classification in 1937.  The next-longest streak of that kind was 14 games, by Nebraska over Iowa State from 1978 to 1991.

 

Yankees Lineup Boasts 17,155 Career Hits With Addition of Ichiro

  • The players in the Yankees’ starting lineup last night began the game with a total of 17,155 career hits.  It was the highest total of hits for a starting lineup in any game in major-league history.

 

It was only the fourth time in major-league history that a trio of teammates (Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro), each with at least 2500 career hits, started a game.  The three previous instances were all by the 1927 Philadelphia A’s (Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Zack Wheat).

 

  • Ichiro played 1844 major-league games, all for the Mariners, before playing against Seattle last night.  He was the first major-leaguer to play that many games with his original team before playing against them in his debut for his second team since Willie Mays made his Mets debut versus the Giants on May 14, 1972 at Shea Stadium.  Mays hit a game-winning homer against San Francisco that day after playing more than 2800 games for the Giants.

MVP against Scoring Champion

  • Kevin Durant, the NBA scoring champ during the regular season, will be squaring off against league MVP LeBron James in the 2012 Finals.  This is only the fifth time in NBA history that the regular-season scoring champ opposed the MVP in the Finals.  That also happened in 1967 (Rick Barry vs. Wilt Chamberlain), 1970 (Jerry West vs. Willis Reed), 1993 (Michael Jordan vs. Charles Barkley) and 1997 (Jordan vs. Karl Malone).