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Adrian Beltre and Players with the Most Career Cycles

PLAYER CAREER CYCLES FOR AGAINST DATE
1. John Reilly  3 Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Sep. 12, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Philadelphia Athletics Sep. 19, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Aug. 6, 1890
1. Adrián Beltré  3 Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers Sep. 1, 2008
Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins Aug. 24, 2012
Texas Rangers Houston Astros Aug. 3, 2015
1. Bob Meusel  3 New York Yankees Washington Senators May 7, 1921
New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics Jul. 3, 1922
New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Jul. 26, 1928
1. Babe Herman  3 Brooklyn Robins Cincinnati Reds May 18, 1931
Brooklyn Robins Pittsburgh Pirates Jul. 24, 1931
Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals Sep. 30, 1933
5. Aaron Hill  2 Arizona Diamondbacks Seattle Mariners Jun. 18, 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks Milwaukee Brewers Jun. 29, 2012
5. Arky Vaughan  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jun. 24, 1933
Pittsburgh Pirates New York Giants Jul. 19, 1939
5. Bob Watson  2 Houston Astros San Francisco Giants Jun. 24, 1977
Boston Red Sox Baltimore Orioles Sep. 15, 1979
5. Bobby Doerr  2 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Browns May 17, 1944
Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox May 13, 1947
5. Brad Wilkerson  2 Montreal Expos Pittsburgh Pirates Jun. 24, 2003
Washington Nationals Philadelphia Phillies Apr. 6, 2005
5. César Cedeño  2 Houston Astros Cincinnati Reds Aug. 2, 1972
Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals Aug. 9, 1976
5. Chris Speier  2 Montreal Expos Atlanta Braves Jul. 20, 1978
San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Jul. 9, 1988
5. Chuck Klein  2 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs Jul. 1, 1931
Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals May 26, 1933
5. Dave Orr  2 New York Metropolitans St. Louis Brown Stockings Jun. 12, 1885
New York Metropolitans Baltimore Orioles Aug. 10, 1887
5. Frank White  2 Kansas City Royals California Angels Sep. 26, 1979
Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers Aug. 3, 1982
5. Fred Clarke  2 Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds Jul. 23, 1901
Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds May 7, 1903
5. George Brett  2 Kansas City Royals Baltimore Orioles May 28, 1979
Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays Jul. 25, 1990
5. George Sisler  2 St. Louis Browns Washington Senators Aug. 8, 1920
St. Louis Browns Detroit Tigers Aug. 13, 1921
5. Jim Fregosi  2 Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Jul. 28, 1964
California Angels Boston Red Sox May 20, 1968
5. Jimmy Ryan  2 Chicago White Stockings Detroit Wolverines Jul. 28, 1888
Chicago Colts Cleveland Spiders Jul. 1, 1891
5. Joe Cronin  2 Washington Senators Boston Red Sox Sep. 2, 1929
Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Aug. 2, 1940
5. Joe DiMaggio 2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox May 20, 1948
New York Yankees Washington Senators Jul. 9, 1937
5. John Olerud  2 New York Mets Montreal Expos Sep. 11, 1997
Seattle Mariners San Diego Padres Jun. 16, 2001
5. Ken Boyer  2 St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Sep. 14, 1961
St. Louis Cardinals Houston Colt .45s Jun. 16, 1964
5. Lou Gehrig  2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Jun. 25, 1934
New York Yankees St. Louis Browns Aug. 1, 1937
5. Michael Cuddyer  2 Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers May 22, 2009
Colorado Rockies Cincinnati Reds Aug. 17, 2014
5. Mickey Cochrane  2 Philadelphia Athletics Washington Senators Jul. 22, 1932
Philadelphia Athletics New York Yankees Aug. 2, 1933
5. Mike Tiernan  2 New York Giants Philadelphia Quakers Aug. 25, 1888
New York Giants Cincinnati Reds Jun. 28, 1890
5. Pete Browning  2 Louisville Colonels New York Metropolitans Aug. 8, 1886
Louisville Colonels Philadelphia Athletics Jun. 7, 1889
5. Tip O’Neill  2 St. Louis Brown Stockings Cleveland Blues Apr. 30, 1887
St. Louis Brown Stockings Louisville Colonels May 7, 1887
5. Wally Westlake  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jul. 30, 1948
Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Braves Jun. 14, 1949

The 20 Biggest Blowouts in NBA Finals History

Neither Team - The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz - Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals' Biggest Blowout

Neither Team – The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz – Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals’ Biggest Blowout

Jumping the gun here but what the heck. Let’s look at the NBA Finals biggest blowouts of all time. We’ll check back in a couple of months for a video look.

Only one game in 68 years of Finals was decided by more than 40 points. On the way to their sixth title in 1998, Michael Jordan‘s Chicago Bulls whomped the Utah Jazz by 42 in a relatively low-scoring affair, 96-54, in Game 3.

All together, 21 NBA Finals games have been decided by 25 points or more, listed below. Every winner was the home team and only five of the blowouts have taken place since 2000.

What about the biggest blowouts in regular and postseason history? Right here and here.

Thanks to basketball-reference.com, where I queried this, and where you can see every Finals point differential of 15 or more.

POINT DIFF. WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME
1. 42 Chicago Bulls* 96 Utah Jazz 54 1997-98 3
2. 39 Boston Celtics* 131 Los Angeles Lakers 92 2007-08 6**
3. 36 San Antonio Spurs 113 Miami Heat* 77 2012-13 3
4. 35 Washington Bullets* 117 Seattle SuperSonics 82 1977-78 6
5. 34 Boston Celtics* 129 St. Louis Hawks 95 1960-61 1
5. 34 Boston Celtics 148 Los Angeles Lakers* 114 1984-85 1
7. 33 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 96 1964-65 5**
7. 33 Philadelphia 76ers 135 Los Angeles Lakers* 102 1981-82 5
7. 33 Los Angeles Lakers 137 Boston Celtics* 104 1983-84 3
7. 33 Chicago Bulls* 122 Portland Trail Blazers 89 1991-92 1
7. 33 Indiana Pacers 120 Los Angeles Lakers* 87 1999-00 5
12. 32 Boston Celtics* 142 Los Angeles Lakers 110 1964-65 1
12. 32 Portland Trail Blazers* 130 Philadelphia 76ers 98 1976-77 4
14. 31 Philadelphia 76ers* 126 San Francisco Warriors 95 1966-67 2
14. 31 Detroit Pistons 102 San Antonio Spurs* 71 2004-05 4
16. 29 Boston Celtics* 109 Houston Rockets 80 1980-81 5
17. 27 Rochester Royals* 92 New York Knicks 65 1950-51 1
18. 25 Boston Celtics* 127 St. Louis Hawks 102 1959-60 5
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 136 Boston Celtics 111 1984-85 3
18. 25 Detroit Pistons 111 Los Angeles Lakers* 86 1987-88 4
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 100 Orlando Magic 75 2008-09 1

* Won NBA Finals

** Final game of series

Photo: mymj.nl

Major League Baseball Spring Training Leagues, Schedules and Stadiums

Avast Winter Of 2015! Baseball Is On The Way.

Avast Winter Of 2015! Baseball Is On The Way.

Brrr. Cold out there? It sure is here. We’re going down to three degrees in NYC tonight, but it’s a lot colder elsewhere in the East and other places up in the Northern Hemisphere all around the globe.

Let’s warm up with thoughts (and links) of baseball.

Pitchers and Catchers has arrived at last! Yesterday, the first five teams reported: the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds to Arizona’s Cactus League and the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates to Florida’s Grapefruit League.

All 30 MLB teams will report over the next few days to either of the two spring training Leagues – 15 teams apiece, divided (mostly) by East-West. See when it’s your team’s turn here.

There are a couple exceptions. The St. Louis Cardinals, over by the Gateway to the West, still play in the Grapefruit League, as do the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. No Eastern teams play in the Cactus League.

A handful of teams share a stadium, so you have a shot at doubling your fun if you plan on catching some preseason baseball. I’ve color-coded those below.

Check out every team’s spring training league, city, stadium and 2015 schedule in today’s list, with links to all the stadiums and schedules.

P&C lasts through the first couple of days in March, and then we go into a month of exhibition baseball.

In a return to some kind of tradition, the first regular season game of 2015 is April 5th with the Cardinals facing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field at 8:05PM EST. Every other team plays on April 6th. There is no stuttered start to the season and, in fact, not one overseas game this time around (for the whole year).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SPRING TRAINING LEAGUE

CITY

STADIUM

EAST
Atlanta Braves Grapefruit Lake Buena Vista Champion Stadium (ESPN WWOSC) Schedule
Miami Marlins Grapefruit Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium Schedule
New York Mets Grapefruit Port St. Lucie Tradition Field Schedule
Philadelphia Phillies Grapefruit Clearwater Bright House Field Schedule
Washington Nationals Grapefruit Viera Space Coast Stadium Schedule
CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs Cactus Mesa Sloan Park Schedule
Cincinnati Reds Cactus Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark Schedule
Milwaukee Brewers Cactus Phoenix Maryvale Baseball Park Schedule
Pittsburgh Pirates Grapefruit Bradenton McKechnie Field Schedule
St. Louis Cardinals Grapefruit Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium Schedule
WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks Cactus Scottsdale Salt River Fields Schedule
Colorado Rockies Cactus Scottsdale Salt River Fields Schedule
Los Angeles Dodgers Cactus Glendale Camelback Ranch Schedule
San Diego Padres Cactus Peoria Peoria Sports Complex Schedule
San Francisco Giants Cactus Scottsdale Scottsdale Stadium Schedule

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SPRING TRAINING LEAGUE

CITY

STADIUM

EAST
Baltimore Orioles Grapefruit Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium Schedule
Boston Red Sox Grapefruit Fort Myers JetBlue Park Schedule
New York Yankees Grapefruit Tampa George M. Steinbrenner Field Schedule
Tampa Bay Rays Grapefruit Port Charlotte Charlotte Sports Park Schedule
Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit Dunedin Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Schedule
CENTRAL
Detroit Tigers Grapefruit Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium Schedule
Chicago White Sox Cactus Glendale Camelback Ranch Schedule
Cleveland Indians Cactus Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark Schedule
Kansas City Royals Cactus Surprise Surprise Stadium Schedule
Minnesota Twins Grapefruit Fort Myers Hammond Stadium Schedule
WEST
Houston Astros Grapefruit Kissimmee Osceola County Stadium Schedule
Los Angeles Angels Cactus Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium Schedule
Oakland Athletics Cactus Phoenix Hohokam Stadium Schedule
Seattle Mariners Cactus Peoria Peoria Sports Complex Schedule
Texas Rangers Cactus Surprise Surprise Stadium Schedule

Photo: sportstalkflorida.com

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