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Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan set an NBA playoff record with his 28 free-throw attempts in the first half of Sunday's 128-95 Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets, according to Sportsnet Stats.

Houston started intentionally fouling the 26-year-old center with eight minutes and 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter and continued using the strategy throughout much of the first half.

While Jordan made just 10 of his 28 free-throw attempts before the break, the Clippers still managed to carry a 60-54 lead into the half, thanks to solid work on defense and an otherwise efficient offense. Los Angeles then broke the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring the Rockets 43-25 to take a commanding 103-79 lead into the final frame.

Jordan didn't even play during the fourth quarter, and he finished the game with 14 successful free throws on 34 attempts, contributing to a stat line of 26 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over 30 minutes.

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest pitcher in major league history to record 2,000 career strikeouts when he hit the mark during the fifth inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

At 29 years and 32 days, Hernandez entered Sunday's start with 1,995 career strikeouts, needing just five more to become the 73rd player in MLB history to reach 2,000.

After striking out four batters through the game's first four innings, King Felix caught Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld looking to start the top of the fifth.

Hernandez would later notch another strikeout on his final pitch of the game, ultimately finishing with six strikeouts over seven innings, having allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk to improve to 6-0 on the season.

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda struck out 16 batters in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, setting a franchise record for the most strikeouts without any walks in a single game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 26-year-old improved to 5-0 on the season, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings, with a second-inning home run off the bat of Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy responsible for that lone run.

Pineda threw 81 of his 111 pitches for strikes, getting 21 called strikes, 22 swinging strikes, 27 foul balls and 11 balls in play.

He struck out every member of Baltimore's starting lineup besides Hardy, notching either two or three punchouts in each inning he pitched.

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Texas Rangers pitcher Wandy Rodriguez set a franchise record in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, extending his streak of retired batters to a remarkable 34, per MLB Stat of the Day.

The streak started in Tuesday's 7-1 road win over the Astros, with the 36-year-old Rodriguez sitting down the final 19 batters he faced against his former team.

He allowed one run on three hits and a walk over the first two innings of that outing, but starting with the final out of the second inning, he was perfect for the rest of the day.

Rodriguez then came back strong Sunday afternoon, carrying a perfect game through five innings against Tampa Bay.

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Alex Rodriguez stands alone in fourth place on the all-time home run list after hitting his 661st bomb against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium on Thursday, passing Willie Mays.

The majority of the focus, and controversy, surrounding A-Rod has been about the long ball and performance-enhancing drug use. Lost in the shuffle is the fact that the Yankees slugger can surpass a handful of other lofty milestones this season as well.

Stephen Nelson and Scott Miller break down A-Rod's assault on the record books in this video, presented by Jim Beam.

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Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario became the 29th player in MLB history and the first player in Twins history to hit a home run on the first pitch of his major league career when he took Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir deep in the third inning of Wednesday's game, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Rosario also became the first player to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte in 2012, per ESPN Stats & Info. Unfortunately, it was the only hit of the day for the youngster, who went on to finish with one hit in four at-bats.

He then added a single and two RBI in three at-bats during Thursday's game, which the Twins won 6-5 over the A's.

The 23-year-old took five seasons to progress from rookie ball into the majors, beginning his 2015 campaign at Triple-A Rochester before an injury to Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia opened up a spot on the roster.

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New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon earned the win in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, making him the first player in MLB history to beat the same team as a member of seven different teams, per MLB Stat of the Day.

The 41-year-old was dominant in the 442nd start of his 18-year career, striking out nine batters over 7.2 innings, with just one run allowed on six hits.

The lone run came in the eighth inning on a solo homer off the bat of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball over the past two or three weeks.

Colon is having a fantastic season of his own, with a 5-1 record, 2.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 34-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio through six outings.

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Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Perez started his career in the best way imaginable Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners, becoming the first player since Miguel Cabrera in 2003 to hit a walk-off home run in his MLB debut, per the Angels' official Twitter account.

Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, the 24-year-old Venezuelan backstop singled during the second inning in the first at-bat of his career, before grounding out and lining out in his next two trips to the plate.

Then, with the game tied at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Perez led off for the Angels against Mariners pitcher Danny Farquhar.

Halos manager Mike Scioscia was rewarded for his decision not to use a pinch hitter, as Perez blasted the second pitch he saw over the left-field fence and into the Mariners bullpen.

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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit a ground-ball single up the middle to lead off the fourth inning of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox, recording the 1,000th hit of his career in the process, per MLB Milestones.

While Longoria's hit was followed by another single from outfielder David DeJesus, the rally was killed when Longoria got doubled off second base on a lineout to Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts.

The Rays managed eight hits to the Red Sox's five, but each of Tampa Bay's hits was just a single, while the 22-year-old Betts provided a pair of solo home runs for Boston.

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello struck out six batters over seven scoreless innings, improving his record to 3-2 after Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made the 100th start of his playoff career in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, becoming the eighth goalie in NHL history to log 100 playoff appearances for one team, per Elias Sports Bureau.

The 33-year-old Swede has started all but one of the Rangers' 101 playoff games since he made his NHL debut in 2005-06, including each of the last 99 contests.

The previous goalie to start a playoff game for the Rangers was Kevin Weekes, who got the nod in Game 2 of a 2005-06 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the New Jersey Devils, after Lundqvist allowed six goals while making his playoff debut in Game 1.

The Rangers went back to the then-rookie Lundqvist for Games 3 and 4 of that series, but they were ultimately unable to avoid a sweep at the hands of their local rivals.