SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 18
New York at Florida (7:05 p.m. EDT). Dontrelle Willis goes for his fourth win of the year for the Marlins.

STARS
Tuesday
-Tom Gorzelanny, Pirates, allowed one run on four hits over 8 1-3 innings in a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals.
-Geoff Blum, Padres, doubled in the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and San Diego defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
-Carlos Lee, Astros, hit a two-run homer and drove in two more runs to lead the Astros to a 6-1 win over Florida.
-Torii Hunter, Twins, hit a grand slam to help Minnesota to an 11-2 victory over the Mariners.
-Juan Pierre, Dodgers, doubled, tripled, and scored three runs to lead Los Angeles to a 6-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

BROKEN WINGS
After losing 6-1 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, St. Louis (6-7) is off to the worst start by a World Series winner since the 1998 Florida Marlins were 1-11. After going 49-31 last season - the NL's second-best home record - the Cardinals are 1-6 at Busch Stadium.

STREAKS
David Wright extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games in an 8-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night, tying the Mets' franchise record. Hubie Brooks in 1984 and Mike Piazza in 1999 also had 24-game hitting streaks for New York. ... Houston ace Roy Oswalt tied a career high by winning his ninth straight decision dating to August in a 6-1 win over Florida Tuesday night.

TRIBUTE
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals wore Virginia Tech baseball caps during Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves as a tribute to the victims of the shooting rampage at the school. Nationals players wore a few different versions of the hats; most were burgundy with ``VT'' in orange or white.

SLUMPING
Kansas City lost its sixth straight, 7-6 at Detroit on Tuesday. The Royals are now 1-7 on the road.

BRUISED
Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter left Tuesday's night win over the Seattle Mariners with a bruised left shoulder, and is considered day-to-day. Hunter, who earlier had hit his seventh career grand slam to highlight an 11-2 victory, charged Jose Vidro's sinking line drive with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hunter tumbled to the ground after failing to make a shoestring catch, then quickly got back to his feet and did not appear to be injured.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
David DeJesus had four hits with a homer and scored three runs for Kansas City in a 7-6 loss at Detroit.

SPEAKING
``That's a big man on a horse.'' - Houston's Roy Oswalt on teammate Carlos Lee. Lee, nicknamed ``El Caballo'' or ``The Horse,'' received a stick horse from the fans who call themselves ``Los Caballitos'' before Tuesday's game and rode it through the dugout after a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

SEASONS
April 18
1899 - John McGraw, only 26, made his managerial debut with the Orioles. He led them to a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants, a team he later managed for more than 30 years.
1916 - Philadelphia's Grover Alexander pitched his first of 16 shutouts of the season with a win over the Boston Braves.
1923 - In the first game played in Yankee Stadium, a record crowd of 72,400 watched Babe Ruth lead the Yankees to victory over the Red Sox with a home run.
1945 - In his major league debut, one-armed outfielder Pete Gray got one hit in four at-bats in the St. Louis Browns' 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1950 - The first opening night game was held in St. Louis. The Cardinals, behind a complete game by Gerry Staley and home runs from Red Schoendienst and Stan Musial, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.
1982 - The Atlanta Braves defeated the Astros 6-5 in Houston to set a National League record as they won their 11th straight game to start the season.
1987 - Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run with two outs in the ninth to rally the Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
1997 - Roger Pavlik of the Rangers became the first AL pitcher to walk the first four batters of the game in a 6-5 loss to Toronto.
2000 - Adam Kennedy tied a club record with eight RBIs and came within a double of the cycle as the Anaheim Angels defeated Toronto 16-10. A hot dog promotion at the SkyDome went awry as fans got splattered with bits of wiener when they fell apart in midair after being shot from the ``Hot Dog Blaster.'' Although the hot dogs repeatedly disintegrated, promoters continued shooting them into the stands.
2005 - The New York Yankees scored 13 runs in the second inning of a 19-8 win over Tampa Bay. The last time New York scored 13 runs in an inning was June 21, 1945, in the fifth inning of a 14-4 victory at Boston.
2005 - Tim Hudson outpitched Roger Clemens, and rookie Ryan Langerhans had a pinch-hit homer in the 12th inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
Today's birthdays: Miguel Cabrera, 24; Brady Clark, 34.
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