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Sunday, 13 April 2008 05:37
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 14
Arizona at San Francisco (10:15 p.m.) Strikeout king Randy Johnson makes his season debut for Arizona against Jonathan Sanchez, who struck out a career-high 10 batters in his last start, Wedesday at home against San Diego. Sanchez has 18 strikeouts in 10 innings over two starts this season.

STARS
Saturday
- Gavin Floyd, White Sox, held Detroit hitless until Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning in Chicago's 7-0 win.
- Nate McLouth, Pirates, singled in the go-ahead run and had two more hits in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati. McLouth leads the major leagues in hits.
- Jeff Francoeur, Braves, hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs as Atlanta won 10-2 to hand Washington its ninth straight loss.
- Ben Sheets, Brewers, allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks in a 5-3 victory over New York. After struggling through two innings, he was untouchable, retiring 18 consecutive batters into the eighth inning.
- Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run, to power Arizona to its eighth consecutive victory, a 10-3 romp over Colorado.
- Chris Duncan, Cardinals, went 3-for-5 with a homer, double and two RBIs in an 8-7 win over San Francisco. His single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning was the difference.
- Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, homered and added a two-run double in Boston's 4-3 win over New York.
- Jason Kubel, Twins, homered and scored the only two runs in a shutout of Kansas City.
- Cole Hamels, Phillies, allowed one hit over seven innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cubs. Derrek Lee's double with one out in the fourth was the only hit.
- Richie Sexson, Mariners, hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in an 8-3 win over Los Angeles.
- Derek Lowe, Dodgers, gave up four hits and a run over eight innings in an 11-1 rout of San Diego. Lowe struck out six to win his first game of the season.
- Andre Ethier, Dodgers, went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIS in an 11-1 win over San Diego. Ethier also scored three times.

AILING
Detroit lefty Dontrelle Willis was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI confirmed that he has a hyperextended right knee. Willis injured the knee while delivering a pitch in the first inning Friday night against the Chicago White Sox and minutes later was taken out of the game. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he he hoped Willis would be ready after the 15 days.

TIGER TAMER
White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd held the Tigers hitless until Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth inning in a 7-0 win over Detroit. Floyd, who pitched six solid innings to win at Detroit in his first outing of the season, is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts against Detroit since last September. He is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against other teams.

STELLAR DEBUT
John Bowker of the Giants singled in his first career at-bat, and then hit a three-run homer in San Francisco's 8-7, 10-inning loss to St. Louis. Bowker, called up earlier in the day to start in right field, received a curtain call and came back out of the dugout and tipped his cap to a standing ovation.

SHUT OUT
Kansas City was shut out for the second straight game, this time a 2-0 loss to the Twins. The Royals lost to Minnesota 5-0 on Friday, and since scoring a run Thursday night in a 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees, Kansas City has gone 26 innings without scoring.

STREAKING
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has reached base in 10 straight games, and is hitting .459 (17-for-37) with five homers and 11 RBIs during that stretch. ... The Rays' Carlos Pena homered for the second straight day, this time off Orioles reliever Jamie Walker, in a 3-2 loss. Pena has three homers and seven RBIs in the first two games of the three-game series.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN TRAVESTY
Last fall, the Rockies swept the Diamondbacks in the NLCS. This spring, it's been all Arizona; the Diamondbacks improved to 5-0 against the Rockies with a 10-3 rout, and have outscored Colorado 38-10 in those games.

TRIBAL TROUBLE
The Indians might want to ask for some of their money back. Two days after signing Fausto Carmona to a four-year, $15 million contract, the right-hander issued a career-high eight walks in 3 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Oakland. That came one night after felllow starter C.C. Sabathia was pounded for nine runs and 12 hits in only 3 1-3 innings.

SPEAKING
``It's going to have to change - or we'll make more changes.'' - Nationals GM Jim Bowden, not known for his patience, after the team lost its ninth straight game, 10-2 to Atlanta.

SEASONS
April 13
1914 - The first Federal League game was played in Baltimore and the Terrapins defeated Buffalo, 3-2, behind Jack Quinn. A crowd estimated at 27,000 stood 15 rows deep in the outfield to witness the return of big league baseball to Baltimore.
1933 - Sammy West of St. Louis went 6-for-6 in an 11-inning win over the Chicago White Sox. He had five singles and a double off Ted Lyons.
1953 - For the first time in half a century, a new city was represented in the American or National leagues. The Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee and opened in Cincinnati, where Max Surkont set down the Reds, 2-0.
1954 - Henry Aaron made his major league debut in left field for the Milwaukee Braves and went 0-for-5 in a 9-8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati's Jim Greengrass hit four doubles in his first major league game.
1963 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tripled off Pittsburgh's Bob Friend for his first major league hit.
1972 - The first player strike in baseball history ended.
1984 - Pete Rose got his 4,000th hit, a double off Philadelphia pitcher Jerry Koosman. The hit came exactly 21 years after his first hit.
1987 - The San Diego Padres set a major league record when the first three batters in the bottom of the first inning hit homers off San Francisco starter Roger Mason in their home opener. The Padres, trailing 2-0, got homers from Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk.
1993 - Lee Smith became the career saves leader as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7. Smith got his 358th save, surpassing Jeff Reardon of the Cincinnati Reds.
1999 - Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez drove in nine runs in the Rangers' 15-6 victory at Seattle. Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first, a two-run single in the second and his first career grand slam in the third as Texas took a 13-0 lead.
2004 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit his 661st homer, passing Willie Mays to take sole possession of third place on baseball's career list.
2006 - Cody Ross hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to help Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh 13-5.
2007 - Carlos Lee hit three homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs, helping Houston to a 9-6 win at Philadelphia.
Today's birthday: Hunter Pence 25.
 

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