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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005 12:24 pm | Updated: 9:29 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Diamondbacks not only recorded their first ever-sweep in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, they recorded their first road sweep anywhere since June 2003, when they swept the Tigers in Detroit.

Yes, that’s the same Tigers team that lost 119 games and was even worse than the 2004 DBacks, which doesn’t seem possible but heck, the numbers don’t lie.

So if you want to find the last time Arizona swept a major league team on the road, you’d have to go back to August 2002, when the D-Backs swept the Reds. Of course, you can’t go back to the exact same place, because Cinergy Field was imploded not long after.

RUNNING OUTTA GAS-OL

After Game 1 of the Suns-Memphis playoff series, Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol said he should have taken the ball to the basket instead of shooting fallaway jumpers against Steven Hunter. After Game 2, Gasol said he should have dunked a key shot that was swatted away by Quentin Richardson.

Gasol is a very good player, Memphis’ best. But if you are a finesse guy, you fall back on finesse when it counts.

QUICK HITTERS

• Leave it to Notre Dame to figure out a way to squeeze a million bucks out of the BCS every year for doing nothing. Now, instead of going to the Insight Bowl after another 6-5 season, the Irish can just stay in South Bend and wait for the mailman to roll up.

• In what could be a bad omen for Suns considered to be favorites for postseason awards, Amaré Stoudemire didn’t finish among the top five in the voting for NBA’s Most Improved Player. Three of the five players who did played for teams that didn’t make the playoffs.

• Mark Cuban wouldn’t pay Steve Nash but he backed up a Brink’s truck for Erick Dampier. Right now, it’s too close to call on which move was worse.

• You know that Joe Torre is the biggest Bellamy Road fan in the country right now. If George Steinbrenner loses the Kentucky Derby and the Yankees are still under .500, that horse isn’t the only one headed for the glue factory.

• Has anyone seen Mike Miller? At least ex-Grizzlies-to-be Stromile Swift and Bonzi Wells had an excuse to do absolutely nothing for the Grizzlies in Game 2. They didn’t play.

• For the Diamondbacks, the pitching chant used to be "Johnson and Schilling, then pray for rain.’’ Now Arizona’s rotation includes five mailmen who, after 22 games, are producing through rain, snow, sleet and hail.

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