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Sunday, 06 April 2008 04:48
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 7
Cleveland at L.A. Angels (10:05 p.m. EDT). Fausto Carmona, a 19-game winner last season, matches up with Joe Saunders in a game between two of the AL's playoff teams from last year.

STARS
Saturday
- Jake Peavy, Padres, gave up two hits in his first complete game since Sept. 2006, in a 4-1 victory over Brad Penny and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peavy is 2-0 in two starts this season.
- Justin Morneau, Twins, broke out of a 1-for-17 funk with a homer and four RBIs in a 6-4 victory over Kansas City. Morneau also scored twice.
- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, allowed two runs in eight hits in a 5-4 victory over the Nationals. He struck out four and walked one in another strong outing by St. Louis starters.
- Chase Utley, Phillies, kept up his suddenly torrid pace. After hitting two homers on Friday night, Utley went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Cincinnati.
- Derrek Lee, Cubs, went 4-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs as Chicago outscored the Astros 9-7.
- Jonny Gomes, Rays, went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs in a 6-3 victory over the Yankees.
- Luke Scott, Orioles, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to help the Orioles beat Seattle 6-4.

OUCH!
Seattle starter Erik Bedard will miss his schedule start against his former teammates on Sunday. The Mariners ace won't pitch against the Baltimore Orioles because of a hip injury he sustained throwing in the outfield before Saturday night's game. The team said Bedard should be ready to pitch Tuesday. Felix Hernandez will replace Bedard on Sunday and Carlos Silva will pitch Monday against Baltimore.

Third baseman Donnie Murphy left the Athletics' 6-1 win over the Indians with a sprained middle right finger after colliding with Jack Cust on Travis Hafner's flyout to shallow left field to end the third inning.
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AILING
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Russ Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of nerve irritation in his elbow, a night after he allowed hits by all three batters he faced. The 39-year-old reliever said he didn't believe it was a serious injury, that the elbow would calm down and he'd return to full duty. Team medical personnel ordered about a week of rest.
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The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Luis Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder strain after their 7-2 loss to Arizona. The team called up righty Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Vizacaino's place. The move is retroactive to April 4.

ACQUIRED
The Florida Marlins acquired third baseman Wes Helms and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later. The Phillies had designated Helms for assignment on Wednesday, and had 10 days to either trade him or put him on waivers. The 31-year-old Helms, who opened last season as the starting third baseman for Philadelphia, is due $2.9 million this season.

REHABBING
Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan threw one inning in a rehab appearance for Class A Dunedin, allowing one hit against Ft. Myers. Ryan said he expected to throw again Monday. Following Ryan to the mound was Armando Benitez, who signed a minor league contract with Toronto in March. Benitez struck out the side during his one inning.

RETURNING
Center fielder Jim Edmonds was activated from the 15-day disabled list and made his first start for the San Diego Padres. Edmonds singled in his first at-bat and scored during the Padres' four-run first inning against Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brad Penny. The 37-year-old Edmonds, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason, strained his right calf on March 6 in a spring training game.

O-FOR-EVERYTHING
The Detroit Tigers dropped to 0-5 with a 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers are the only winless team in the major leagues, and are off to their worst start since 2003, when they wound up losing 119 games.

SLAM
Mike Jacobs hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning of the Marlins' 7-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday night. Jacobs hit a 417-foot drive to right-center off Paul Maholm. ... Atlanta's Kelly Johnson hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Jorge Sosa into the right-field seats in the seventh inning, and the Braves beat the Mets 11-5.

DODGERS PEAVED
Jake Peavy keeps making the Los Angeles Dodgers look awful, this time giving up two hits and a run in a complete-game, 4-1 victory. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner improved to 10-1 in 19 career starts against the Padres' biggest rival. It was Peavy's sixth career complete game and first since Sept. 2, 2006, against Cincinnati.

BUCKLED BY THE JAYS
Boston's Clay Buchholz is finding things a lot more difficult when there are high expectations. He gave up four runs - three earned - and six hits over five innings, walking two and striking out seven in a 10-2 loss to Toronto. Buccholz threw a no-hitter last fall, then was sent back to the minors. He was 1-3 with a 10.03 ERA in four spring training starts.

LEE'D THE WAY
The Astros' Carlos Lee figured a 3-for-4 afternoon, with a double, a homer and two RBIs would be enough to help Houston beat the Cubs. Not so fast. Derrek Lee had four hits in four trips to the plate, with a double and a homer of his own. He also drove in two RBIs, helping Chicago to a 9-7 victory.

WILD DEBUT
Dontrelle Willis gave up only one hit, but walked seven in five-plus innings in his debut with the Tigers. Willis, obtained from Florida along with Miguel Cabrera in a six-player deal, took a no-hitter into the sixth. He walked the first two batters and then was removed after Jim Thome's RBI double.

SLUMPING
C.C. Sabathia gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings in a 6-1 loss to Oakland. Cleveland's ace has a 7.59 ERA after two starts. He fell to 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in eight career starts in Oakland. Sabathia's lone win at the Coliseum came in July 2003, one of the few places he hasn't had success in his eight seasons in the majors.

SNAPPED
Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks failed to score a run, breaking a 17-game streak with at least one run scored dating back to last season. Weeks would have tied a major league record by scoring.

SPEAKING
``I'd be lying if I didn't say that it was great and (I'm) much appreciative. I wish I could've given them a better performance than that,'' Andy Pettitte said of the welcome he got from the crowd of 52,247 in his season debut at Yankee Stadium. The Rays beat the Yankees 6-3.
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SEASONS
April 7
1969 - The Yankees spoiled the managerial debut of Ted Williams by defeating the Senators 8-4 in the opener at Washington's RFK Stadium. President Nixon and a crowd of 45,000 attended.
1970 - Three weeks after moving from Seattle to Milwaukee, the former Pilots played their first game as the Brewers and lost 12-0 to the visiting California Angels.
1977 - The expansion Toronto Blue Jays began their major league odyssey with a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Al Woods, pinch hitting for Steve Bowling in the fifth inning, became the 11th pinch hitter with a home run in his first at-bat.
1979 - Ken Forsch of the Houston Astros pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta to duplicate the no-hitter tossed by his brother Bob of the Cardinals against the Phillies on April 16, 1978. They are the first brothers to pitch no-hitters.
1984 - Detroit's Jack Morris pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox despite giving up six walks. It was the first Tigers no-hitter since Jim Bunning's in 1958.
2000 - Fifty-seven home runs were hit in the 15 games played, setting a major league record. The previous mark of 55 was set in 17 games last Aug. 13. Thirty-six homers in the American League set a record for a league in one day, topping the previous mark of 30.
2007 - Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam off Chris Ray with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the New York Yankees a 10-7 victory over Baltimore. Rodriguez ended a game with a grand slam for the third time in his career, tying the major league mark shared by Vern Stephens (1946, 1949, 1950) and Cy Williams (1924 and twice in 1926).
Today's birthdays: Adrian Beltre 29; Ronnie Belliard 33; Brett Tomko 35.
 

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