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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 16
Kansas City at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Justin Verlander hasn't allowed an earned run in 13 innings for the Tigers.

Saturday
STARS
-Jason Giambi, Yankees, homered with one out in the 13th inning to give New York a 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night.
-Curt Schilling, Red Sox, allowed four hits, stuck out four and walked one over eight innings and Boston beat Los Angeles 8-0.
-Chris Gomez, Orioles, hit a grand slam in a 6-4 win over the Royals.
-Chase Utley, Phillies, homered and drove in the go-ahead run to help Philadelphia beat Houston 8-5.
-Orlando Hudson, Diamondbacks, went 3-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning in a 5-4 win over the Rockies.
-Jake Peavy, Padres, allowed a run and three hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win over the Dodgers.

FINISHING TOUCH
Jason Giambi homered with one out in the 13th inning and eight New York pitchers held Oakland scoreless for the final 12 frames of the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night. The game remained tied until Giambi's homer to right-center off Lenny DiNardo (0-1) gave the Yankees their first lead of the game and ended their five-game losing streak against the A's.

COMEBACKS
Hudson singled three times then brought home the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Saturday night. ... Chris Gomez hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to hand the Kansas City Royals their fourth straight loss, 6-4.

STREAKS
Curt Schilling pitched eight innings to extend his scoreless streak to 14 to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

BEANBALL BALLYHOO
Orlando Hernandez was ejected for hitting opposing pitcher Shawn Hill with a beanball in the Mets' 6-2 loss to Washington on Saturday. Plate umpire Mike Winters considered issuing a warning, but instead ejected an incredulous Hernandez, who argued vehemently. Once El Duque retreated to the bench, he climbed to the top step of the dugout and spoke calmly to Hill, explaining he had no intention of plunking him.

WALK THIS WAY
Baltimore pitcher Daniel Cabrera has yielded only three walks in three starts this season. He led the AL with 104 walks in 2006. Cabrera allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings of the Orioles' 6-4 win over Kansas City on Saturday.

INJURIES
Aramis Ramirez missed his second straight game with the Cubs on Saturday with tendinitis in his right wrist. Ramirez, who is batting .406, hopes to return in a couple of days. ... Jason Jennings will miss at least two starts for the Astros with tendinitis in his throwing elbow. The right-hander's MRI exam on Saturday revealed no ligament damage.

SPEAKING
``You couldn't even write a letter to God and tell him you're mad at him.'' - Seattle pitcher Miguel Batista, joking that there was no one to blame for his long layoff between starts. Thanks to Seattle's wacky string of weather-related postponements, Batista made just his second start with the Mariners on Saturday, pitching into the seventh inning of an 8-3 win over Texas.

SEASONS
April 16
1929 - Cleveland's Earl Averill became the first American League player to hit a home run in his first major league plate appearance. The Indians won the game 5-4 in 11 innings on Carl Lind's double.
1935 - Babe Ruth, 40, made a sensational National League debut in Boston. His single and homer off Carl Hubbell led the Braves over the Giants 4-2.
1940 - Bob Feller of Cleveland defeated the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in the only opening day no-hitter in major league history.
1948 - WGN-TV televised a baseball game for the first time. It was an exhibition game at Wrigley Field with Jack Brickhouse doing the play by play. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 4-1.
1972 - Burt Hooton of the Cubs no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 at Wrigley Field.
1978 - Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob's brother Ken of the Houston Astros pitched a no-hitter against Atlanta. They are the only brothers to throw no-hitters.
1984 - Dave Kingman of the Oakland A's hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in his first three at-bats. In total, he drove in eight runs in a 9-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
1997 - The Chicago Cubs set the mark for worst start in National League history, making three more errors as they extended their losing streak to 12 with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Chicago broke the modern NL record of 0-10 set by Atlanta in 1988 and the overall NL record of 0-11 by the 1884 Detroit Wolverines.
2002 - Lance Berkman homered in his first three at-bats and drove in five runs in Houston's 8-3 victory over Cincinnati.
2005 - Toronto's Reed Johnson was hit by a major league record-tying three pitches - two with the bases loaded - in the Blue Jays' 8-0 victory over Texas.
2006 - Albert Pujols hit three home runs, including a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth, to give St. Louis an 8-7 win over Cincinnati.
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