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Tuesday, 22 April 2008 00:20
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 22
Cleveland at Kansas City (8:10 p.m.) C.C. Sabathia, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, tries to get on track against the Royals and their woeful offense. Sabathia (0-3, 13.50 ERA) hasn't made it through the sixth inning in four starts this season.

STARS
Monday
- Chase Utley, Phillies, homered for the fifth straight game and Philadelphia beat Colorado 9-5 in the first meeting between the teams since the Rockies' first-round sweep last October.
- Julio Lugo, Red Sox, went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs in Boston's 8-3 win over Texas. It was Lugo's first four-hit game since May 12 against Baltimore.
- Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers, had four hits, a double and an RBI and Detroit beat Toronto 5-1. Rodriguez raised his average from .189 to .271 by going 9-for-17 in the series.
- Miguel Tejada, Astros, went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in Houston's 10-3 rout of San Diego.
- Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, hit a two-run homer during a four-run second inning and Florida routed Pittsburgh 10-4. Ramirez has three homers in two games.

AILING
Alex Rodriguez has a mild strain of his right quadriceps and returned to New York to be examined rather than accompany the team to Chicago, where the Yankees start a series against the White Sox on Tuesday night. A-Rod was injured Sunday in New York's 7-1 win at Baltimore. The Yankees were unsure whether A-Rod would be available to play in the series opener. ... Brewers ace Ben Sheets will skip his start on Wednesday because of soreness in his right triceps that caused him to leave his start Friday night. Sheets will be replaced in the rotation by Dave Bush, who got passed over Sunday when Yovani Gallardo returned from the 15-day disabled list.

PROUD PAPI
David Ortiz had two doubles and three RBIs in Boston's 8-3 win over Texas. Ortiz raised his average to .177 after a horrible early season slump. Prior to a four-game sweep of Texas that began Friday night, Ortiz was hitting .111 with four RBIs. He went 7-for-16 in the series with 11 RBIs.

RARE COMPANY
Arizona's Micah Owings allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 win over San Francisco. Owings got the win, joining teammate Brandon Webb and Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka as the season's first pitchers with four wins. One of the game's best hitting pitchers, Owings was 1-for-2 and scored a run.

PIT-IFUL
The Pirates, coming off a miserable road trip in which they were outscored 52-18 while losing five of six to the Dodgers and Cubs, lost their sixth in a row, 10-4 to the Marlins. They gave up double-digit runs for the third consecutive game. They hadn't done that since Montreal scored a combined 35 runs against them during three games in June 1994. Pittsburgh has given up 10 or more runs four times during its six-game losing streak, including 36 runs the past three games.

CRAZY EIGHT
Dodgers outfielder Andruw Jones was dropped to eighth in the batting order for the first time since Aug. 22, 1998. He went 0-for-4, lowering the five-time All-Star's average to .159.

WELCOME MATT
Pittsburgh's Matt Morris had yet another bad start, yielding eight runs and nine hits in four innings in a 10-4 loss to Florida. Morris, whose $10 million-plus salary represents about one-fifth of the Pirates' payroll, has allowed 25 runs, 21 earned, in 20 2-3 innings and has a 9.15 ERA.

BEST REVENGE
With the score tied at 2 in the top of the eighth, St. Louis' Ryan Ludwick led off by hitting a fly ball down the right-field line. Brewers right fielder Corey Hart got to it on time, but missed it. The ball hit off the webbing off his glove, Ludwick wound up at third and later scored. The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning, when Hart hit a shot to right and Ludwick slipped and lost the ball in the lights. It nearly hit him in the head, but instead bounced harmlessly behind him for a triple that left Hart shaking his head in disbelief at his RBI that tied it at 3.

INSIDE JOB
Philadelphia's Jayson Werth hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning in the Phillies' 9-5 win at Colorado. He hit a drive to deep center that hit off the wall just above Willy Taveras' glove. The ball caromed at an odd angle and Werth beat the relay throw to home. It was Werth's second homer of the year.

SPEAKING
``He came up and told me a few days ago, Your ace is back. That was great to know. I'm going to ride that as long as I can.'' - Astros manager Cecil Cooper on Roy Oswalt, who won consecutive starts for the first time since August. Houston beat San Diego.

SEASONS
April 22
1876 - In the first National League game, Joseph Borden of Boston beat the hometown Philadelphia team 6-5.
1898 - Theodore Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and James Hughes of Baltimore each pitched no-hit ball games. Breitenstein no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 and Hughes no-hit the Boston Braves 8-0.
1903 - The New York Highlanders lost their first game at Washington 3-1 before 11,950 fans.
1915 - Pinstripes first appeared on Yankees uniforms.
1922 - Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns hit three home runs against Chicago.
1934 - Chicago's Lon Warneke pitched his second consecutive one-hitter, beating St. Louis and Dizzy Dean 15-2.
1959 - The Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs with only one hit in the seventh inning of a 20-6 rout of the Kansas City A's. Johnny Callison had the hit - a single. In the inning, Chicago was the recipient of 10 walks - five with the bases loaded - three Kansas City errors and one hit batsman.
1966 - The Braves won their first game in Atlanta by beating the New York Mets 8-4.
1970 - Tom Seaver of the Mets struck out the last 10 Padres he faced for a 2-1 victory over San Diego. He gave up two hits and finished with a total of 19 strikeouts, tying Steve Carlton's major league record.
1982 - The Atlanta Braves' major league record for the best start was stopped at 13 straight victories when they lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.
1993 - Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
2006 - The Milwaukee Brewers became the first major league team in 40 years to hit five home runs in one inning, beating the Reds 11-0. Three other teams have accomplished the feat: the 1939 New York Giants, 1949 Philadelphia Phillies and 1961 San Francisco Giants - all against Cincinnati as well.
2007 - The Boston Red Sox hit four straight home runs against the New York Yankees, tying a major league record. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek connected in a span of 10 pitches during the third inning against Chase Wright, who was making his second major league start for New York. Boston won 7-6.
 

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