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Sunday, 15 April 2007 22:01
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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.

Sunday
STARS
-Marco Scutaro, Athletics, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, sending Oakland to a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.
-Albert Pujols, Cardinals, hit two home runs and had five RBIs, helping St. Louis beat Milwaukee 10-2.
-Dioner Navarro, Devil Rays, hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 6-4.
-Kyle Lohse, Reds, struck out a career-high 12 batters in eight innings to lead Cincinnati to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
-C.C. Sabathia, Indians, struck out 10 and allowed five hits over eight innings in a 2-1 win over the White Sox.
-Jose Vidro, Mariners, homered twice and drove in four runs in a 14-6 win over the Rangers.

JACKIE'S DAY
Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the sport celebrated the 60th anniversary of his debut throughout the country Sunday, when more than 200 players, managers and coaches wore his number.

WASHED OUT
A nor'easter pounded much of the East Coast, wiping out six baseball games and postponing the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut in five cities on Sunday. It was the most postponements in one day in the Major Leagues since April 12, 1997, when eight games were postponed, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

BOOM
Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, sending the A's to a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday. Scutaro drove an 0-2 pitch from Rivera off the screen just inside the left-field foul pole for the second game-ending homer of his career.

BREAKING OUT
Albert Pujols broke out of an April drought with two home runs and five RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 on Sunday. Pujols, who hit a major league-record 14 homers last April, has three this month. He entered the game batting .158 with two RBIs and 17 career multihomer games.

STREAKS
Tampa Bay's Delmon Young extended his AL-leading hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 6-4 win over the Twins on Sunday.

SPEAKING
``It's kind of disappointing a little bit because we wanted to be on the field. This is a special day for baseball and for Jackie Robinson and Jackie Robinson's family because he did a lot for this game.'' - Mets shortstop Jose Reyes on major league baseball's celebration of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut on Sunday. Storms wiped out games in five cities, including a doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

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.
Today's birthday: Antonio Alfonseca, 35.
 

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