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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, April 3
Pittsburgh at Atlanta (7:10 p.m. EDT). Mike Hampton, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2005 because of injuries, is slated to start for Atlanta against Zach Duke (3-8 last year).

STARS
Tuesday
- David Ortiz, Red Sox, broke open a scoreless game with a two-run homer and Boston beat Oakland 5-0.
- Brian Bannister, Royals, allowed two singles in seven innings to help Kansas City beat Detroit 4-0.
- Ryan Church, Mets, had three hits, including his first homer with his new team, and drove in three runs to help New York beat Florida 13-0.
- Fausto Carmona, Indians, allowed one run and four singles in Cleveland's 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
- Edwin Encarnacion, Reds, hit a game-winning, three-run home run to give Cincinnati a 6-5 victory.
- Rick Ankiel, Cardinals, had three hits, including his first home run, and a diving catch in center field, helping St. Louis beat Colorado 8-3.
- Lance Berkman, Astros, hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth off Trevor Hoffman and Houston beat San Diego 9-6.

OUCH!
New York Mets starter Pedro Martinez will be sidelined four to six weeks with a mild strain of his left hamstring. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Mets beat the Florida Marlins 13-0. Martinez was injured Tuesday night, returned to New York on Wednesday for tests.

SWING AWAY
Edwin Encarnacion failed to get down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the ninth, freezing while strike two sailed past him, then connected on the next pitch, hitting a three-run homer that gave the Cincinnati Reds their first win under manager Dusty Baker, 6-5 over the Diamondbacks.

SURPRISING SAVE
Seattle's No. 5 starter Miguel Batista got the save in the Mariners' 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Batista, who saved 31 games for Toronto in 2005, was needed because closer J.J. Putz went on the disabled list earlier in the day because of a ribcage injury. The next option to close, hard-throwing right-hander Mark Lowe, had pitched in consecutive games.

SWITCHEROO
one-third of an inning and was charged with a run, yielding to Esteban Loaiza after a rain delay. Lincecum continued pitching.

ON THE DL
Seattle All-Star closer J.J. Putz went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a ribcage injury, leaving Seattle with a closer-by-committee indefinitely. He converted 40 of 42 opportunities last season, though he blew one Tuesday night by allowing a go-ahead home run to Texas' Josh Hamilton in the top of the ninth inning.

E-FREE
Kevin Youkilis set the major league record for consecutive errorless games by a first baseman, playing his 194th consecutive mistake-free game at first to break Steve Garvey's record. The A's gave first base to Youkilis in appreciation, and the ball used on his final putout was sent to the Hall of Fame.

THAT SINKING FEELING
The Los Angeles Angels' Joe Saunders got 14 groundball outs, including three double plays, in his eight shutout innings during a 1-0 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night. ... Fausto Carmona got 16 of his 21 outs on grounders in Cleveland's 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Jim Thome, who homered twice off C.C. Sabathia on Monday, grounded into two of Chicago's three double plays and flied to right - the only fair ball hit into the air against Carmona.

A.J. IS OK
A.J. Burnett overpowered the New York Yankees, allowing only Alex Rodriguez's first home run of the season, a two-run shot that chased Burnett with none out in the seventh inning of Toronto Blue Jays' 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

HELLO, OLD FRIEND
Aubrey Huff drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth to help Baltimore beat his former team, Tampa Bay, 9-6. Last year, Huff batted .365 with seven homers and 14 RBIs against the Rays.

SNAPPED
The St. Louis Cardinals' regular-season sellout streak ended at 165 games Wednesday night with an announced attendance of 39,915 in 51-degree weather for their 8-3 victory against the Colorado Rockies. It was also the first non-sellout at 3-year-old Busch Stadium and the first for the franchise since Sept. 28, 2005, at the old Busch Stadium.

SPEAKING
``It's more beautiful when you win and you get the first hit, too.'' - Rico Washington of the St. Louis Cardinals, who drove in an insurance run with his first career hit after nearly 4,000 minor league at-bats.

SEASONS
April 3
1923 - Expelled ``Black Sox'' players Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg sued their former club for back salary and $400,000 in damages. They were among eight members of the Chicago White Sox team charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.
1966 - The New York Mets won the right to sign Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver when commissioner William Eckert pulled their name out of a hat. Eckert had voided Seaver's contract with Atlanta, when the Braves signed him during his college season. Cleveland and Philadelphia were the other two teams that had a chance, matching the Braves' original $40,000 offer.
1985 - The Players' Association agreed with the owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from best-of-5 to best-of-7.
1994 - The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in Major League Baseball's first Sunday night opener, which sent baseball into a new era with three divisions and a new playoff format.
2000 - Andres Galarraga made a triumphant return to Turner Field. Out all of last season because of a cancerous tumor in his back, Galarraga celebrated his comeback by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Colorado 2-0.
2000 - Savannah State's baseball team set an NCAA record for consecutive victories. The Tigers beat Claflin 8-0 and 21-1, extending their streak to 42 and eclipsing the record of 40 claimed by Marietta College of Ohio, a Division II school, last year.
2006 - Seattle's Kenji Johjima became the first Japanese catcher to start a major league game and homered for his first hit in the Mariners' 5-3 loss to Los Angeles.
 

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