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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, April 15
San Diego at L.A. Dodgers (8:15 p.m. EDT). Chris Young threw seven shutout innings in his last start for the Padres.

STARS
Friday
-Carlos Lee, Astros, hit three homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs, helping Houston to a 9-6 win at Philadelphia.
-Roy Halladay, threw a six-hitter and Toronto beat Detroit 2-1 in 10 innings.
-Barry Bonds, Giants, hit his 736th and 737th career homers and San Francisco beat Pittsburgh 8-5.
-Carl Crawford and Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays. Crawford hit an inside-the-park home run and Kazmir threw eight sharp innings, helping Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 4-2.
-Bobby Kielty, Athletics, drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded grounder in the bottom of the 11th inning as Oakland rallied for a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.

TEN SPOT
Roy Halladay threw a six-hitter in Toronto's 2-1, 10-inning win over Detroit on Friday to become the first pitcher with a 10-inning complete game in almost two years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Mark Mulder pitched St. Louis to a 1-0 victory over Houston on April 23, 2005.

STILL CHASING BABE
Barry Bonds hit his 736th and 737th career homers and San Francisco beat Pittsburgh 8-5 Friday night. It was Bonds' 70th career multihomer game, two short of Babe Ruth's record.

SNAPPED
San Francisco's Russ Ortiz ended a 12-game losing streak with a 8-5 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. Ortiz, who pitched into the ninth inning, last beat San Diego on Aug. 29, 2005, while with Arizona. His losing streak lasted over 31 games and 16 starts, a stretch in which he gave up 75 earned runs in 86 2-3 innings. ... Colorado handed Arizona ace Brandon Webb his first April loss in 15 starts dating back to April 17, 2004, in San Diego with a 6-3 win.

SPOILED
Cleveland lost 6-4 to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, spoiling the Indian's 107th home opener, which took seven days to get completed. After a four-game series against Seattle was postponed by nasty weather, the Indians were forced to move a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels to Milwaukee earlier this week.

STREAKING
Florida's Dontrelle Willis beat Atlanta 11-4 on Friday to improve to 3-0 and is now 12-1 with a .923 winning percentage in April. That's the second-best career percentage in April to the 13-1, .929 of Babe Ruth, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... David Wright extended his hitting streak to 22 games in New York's 3-2 win over Washington. ... Tampa Bay matched a team record by hitting a home run in 10 straight games - first done from Sept. 18-28, 2000 - in a 4-2 win over Minnesota.

SANTANA STUNG
Johan Santana lost at home for the first time since Aug. 1, 2005 after a 4-2 defeat to the Devil Rays on Friday. Santana was 17-0 during that stretch, and the Twins won all 24 games their two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched - one short of the major league record set in 1890-91 by Louisville with Scott Stratton, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

MILESTONE
Todd Helton knocked in his 1,000 run in Colorado's 6-3 win over Arizona on Friday.

RETURN
Eric Gagne saved his first game since last June 6 and just his second in the last 22 months in Texas' 5-2 win over Seattle on Friday.

SPEAKING
``We don't want to have one of the premier weapons not in the game when the game is in the balance.'' - Boston manager Terry Francona on his decision to bring in closer Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth inning on Friday. Papelbon struck out Vladimir Guerrero and retired Garret Anderson to preserve a 4-1 lead before Boston scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to beat Los Angeles 10-1.

SEASONS
April 15
1909 - Leon Ames of the New York Giants pitched a no-hitter for 9 1-3 innings on opening day, but lost 3-0 to Brooklyn in 13 innings.
1915 - Rube Marquard of the New York Giants no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning 2-0.
1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league game, for the Dodgers. He went 0-for-3, but scored the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. He was the first black to appear in the majors since 1884.
1957 - President Eisenhower officially opened the 1956 season by tossing out the first ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The ball was the 10 millionth Spalding baseball to be used in major league play.
1958 - Major league baseball came to California as the transplanted Giants and Dodgers played the first game on the Pacific Coast. Playing in Seals Stadium in San Francisco, Ruben Gomez blanked Los Angeles 8-0.
1968 - Houston and the New York Mets played 24 innings in a night game in the Astrodome before the Astros won 1-0. The game lasted more than six hours.
1976 - New York opened the refurbished Yankee Stadium with an 11-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins.
1987 - Juan Nieves threw the first no-hitter in Brewers history as Milwaukee beat Baltimore 7-0.
1993 - Sparky Anderson earned his 2,000th victory as a manager as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2.
1993 - Andre Dawson became the 25th player to hit 400 home runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.
1998 - The first AL-NL doubleheader is held in New York's Shea Stadium as the New York Yankees beat the Anaheim Angels 6-3 and the New York Mets edge the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The Yankees draw a crowd of 40,743, a dramatic contrast to the gathering of 16,012 who show up for the Mets game at night.
2000 - Cal Ripken became the 24th player to reach 3,000 hits when he lined a clean single to center off Twins reliever Hector Carrasco. He reached the milestone with his third hit in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins and became the seventh player in major league history with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.
2005 - Aaron Heilman pitched a one-hitter in the New York Mets' 4-0 victory over Florida.
2006 - Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley homered on consecutive pitches in Oakland's 5-4 victory over Texas.
Today's birthday: Milton Bradley 29.
 

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