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Wednesday, 16 April 2008 00:01
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 16
Detroit at Cleveland (7:05 p.m.) The Tigers and Indians were expected to be the top teams in the AL Central this season, but both are off to disappointing starts. C.C. Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, takes the mound for Cleveland with an 0-2 record and 11.57 ERA in his first three outings.

STARS
Tuesday
- John Danks, White Sox, took a shutout into the eighth inning to lead Chicago past Oakland 4-1. He allowed five singles while striking out four and walking two.
- Jason Varitek, Red Sox, came through with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning off Jensen Lewis to lead Boston to a 5-3 win over Cleveland.
- Randy Wolf, Padres, held the Colorado Rockies hitless for 6 2-3 innings and struck out nine in San Diego's 6-0 victory.
- David Wright and Jose Reyes, Mets. Wright homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs during a 6-0 victory over Washington. Reyes tripled, doubled and finished with four hits after missing the previous two games with a strained left hamstring.
- Scott Olsen, Marlins, pitched seven innings of five-hit ball in a 4-0 win over Atlanta, Florida's first shutout since July 17 against St. Louis.

STREAKING
James Loney of the Dodgers and Pittsburgh's Nate McLouth extended their season-opening hitting streaks during Los Angeles' 11-2 victory. They are the only major league players to hit safely in each of their team's first 14 games this year. Kansas City's Billy Butler had his 13-game streak snapped by Seattle on Tuesday. McLouth is the first Pirates player to open a season with a 14-game hitting streak since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1976.

FALSE STEP
The Chicago Cubs lost left fielder and leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano before he even came to the plate in a 9-5 victory over Cincinnati. Soriano injured his right calf while doing his familiar hop as he caught Ken Griffey Jr.'s inning-ending fly ball in the top of the first. It was initially called a strain, but Soriano was slated to have an MRI on Tuesday night and manager Lou Piniella said he didn't know how long his star will be out. ``It'll probably be a while,'' Piniella said.

COMEBACKS
ied Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory over Houston. Pat Burrell tied the score at 3 with a two-run homer.

WELCOME HOME
Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and started a pivotal double play to help the Chicago Cubs beat former manager Dusty Baker and his Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on a blustery night at Wrigley Field. Baker managed the Cubs for four seasons and got them within five outs of the World Series five years ago, but after a last-place finish in 2006, his contract was not renewed.

MILESTONES
Alex Rodriguez got his 400th career double in the Yankees' 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. ... Brian Giles collected his 1,000th RBI in San Diego's 6-0 victory over Colorado. ... Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 595th home run in Cincinnati's 9-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

BACK IN THE BULLPEN
Mariners lefty Arthur Rhodes, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery last May, got one out and allowed two singles in the ninth inning of Seattle's 11-6 win over the Royals. It was his first game since Sept. 9, 2006, with Philadelphia. ... Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez, who hadn't pitched in the majors since injuring his shoulder in a July 2006 taxi accident, was activated from the disabled list and worked a one-hit ninth inning to close out New York's 6-0 win over Washington.

SNAPPED
Gary Matthews Jr. broke out of a 3-for-27 slide, hitting a tiebreaking, three-run double to help the Los Angeles Angels rally past Texas 7-4. ... Aaron Harang took his first loss at Wrigley Field, where he was 4-0 in eight previous appearances, when the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati 9-5.

STRONG STARTS
Micah Owings (3-0) tossed three-hit ball for six innings and struck out six in Arizona's 8-2 victory at San Francisco. The right-hander won his fifth straight start dating to last September. ... Mike Pelfrey (2-0) pitched a career-high seven innings in his 19th major league start, leading the Mets to a 6-0 victory over Washington. He allowed five hits in his first scoreless outing in the majors, sending the Nationals to their 10th loss in 11 games. ... Houston's Shawn Chacon allowed only four singles in eight shutout innings before the Phillies rallied against closer Jose Valverde for a 4-3 win over the Astros.

SAC FLY RECORD
Jose Lopez became the 12th player in major league history to hit three sacrifice flies in a game, and the Seattle Mariners tied the team record for five sac flies in an 11-6 victory over the Royals. Seattle also had five on Aug. 7, 1988, at Oakland. Colorado had five against Pittsburgh on June 7, 2006.

FAVORITE FOE
Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte gave up nine hits - seven in the first three innings - and three runs in seven innings to beat the Rays 5-3. The left-hander is 14-3 against Tampa Bay overall, including 8-1 at Tropicana Field.

SPEAKING
``Sooner or later you're going to get booed. So, what the heck?'' - former Cubs manager Dusty Baker on his return to Wrigley Field, where Chicago beat his Cincinnati Reds 9-5.

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.
2007 - The Cleveland Indians became the first team in nearly 55 years to win a game with their only hit coming in their first at-bat. Grady Sizemore led off Cleveland's 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox with a double.

 

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