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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, April 23
Chicago at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EDT). Mark Buehrle makes his first start since tossing a no-hitter against Texas Wednesday night.

STARS
Sunday
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, homered twice and drove in six runs, and Florida beat Washington 12-6.
-Kelly Johnson, Braves, hit two home runs in Atlanta's 9-6 win over the Mets.
-Jason Hirsch, Rockies, struck out seven over seven innings, helping Colorado beat San Diego 4-2.
-Jorge De La Rosa, Royals, pitched a career-high eight innings and retired 16 in a row during one stretch to lead Kansas City to a 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

SOX SOCKING
The Red Sox hit four straight home runs Sunday night 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.

740 AND COUNTING
Barry Bonds hit his 740th home run Sunday, connecting for the second consecutive game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and moving within 15 of Hank Aaron's career record. With two outs in the fourth inning, the San Francisco Giants slugger sent the first pitch from Yusmeiro Petit into the seats in the right-field arcade for his sixth homer of the season. Petit, called up from Triple-A Tucson before the game to make his second major league start, became the 438th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds. San Francisco beat Arizona 2-1 on Sunday.

MAKING MOVES
The Cincinnati Reds recalled infielder Jeff Keppinger from his rehabilitation assignment, reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

EXTRA, EXTRA
Detroit beat Chicago 6-5 in 12 innings on Sunday, after losing their previous three extra-inning games at home this year. The Tigers hadn't won one in Detroit since June 24 against St. Louis.

SLUMPING
Seattle lost its sixth straight, 6-1 at Los Angeles. Jeff Weaver took the loss, his third of the season, after giving up three runs and seven hits in three innings. Weaver, who actually lowered his ERA from 15.75 to 13.91, allowed seven runs in each of his first two starts with the Mariners.

SNAPPED
Roy Oswalt failed in his bid to win his 10th straight decision, a streak that dated to Aug. 23, 2006 after taking the loss in a 4-3 defeat to Milwaukee. ... NL West-leading Los Angeles lost a series finale for the first time this season and had its three-game winning streak end after a 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh.

STREAKING
Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 in Atlanta's 9-6 win over New York on Sunday, making him 13-for-25 (.520) for the week.

RETURN
Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs in Philadelphia's 9-3 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. It was the NL MVP's first game back after missing three with a sprained ligament just below his left knee. ... Wes Obermueller earned his first major league win in nearly two years in Florida's 12-6 win over Washington. Obermueller had not pitched in the majors since Sept. 17, 2005, with Milwaukee and his previous win came on May 17, 2005, at Washington. The right-hander spent 2006 with Triple-A Richmond in Atlanta's farm system and Orix of the Japanese League.

SPEAKING
``That's what power can do for you. Nobody can catch those.'' - Detroit manager Jim Leyland after Marcus Thames hit a two out, two-run, game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Tigers went on to win 6-5 in 12 innings over Chicago on Sunday.

SEASONS
April 23
1903 - The New York Highlanders won their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators.
1913 - New York Giants ace Christy Mathewson beat the Phillies 3-1, throwing just 67 pitches.
1939 - Rookie Ted Williams went 4-for-5, including his first major league home run, but the Red Sox lost to Philadelphia 12-8 at Fenway Park.
1946 - Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hit the Boston Braves 5-0 at Ebbets Field.
1952 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Cain of the St. Louis Browns matched one-hitters. Cain wound up as the winner, 1-0.
1952 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Giants hit a home run at the Polo Grounds in his first major league at-bat. He was the winner, too, and pitched 1,070 games in the majors - but never hit another homer.
1954 - Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his major league career. The drive came against Vic Raschi in the Milwaukee Braves' 7-5 victory over St. Louis. 1962 - After an 0-9 start, the expansion New York Mets won their first game, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 behind Jay Hook.
1964 - Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45s became the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter when Pete Rose scored an unearned run to give the Cincinnati Reds a 1-0 victory.
1989 - Nolan Ryan came within two outs of his sixth career no-hitter, losing it when Nelson Liriano tripled in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Ryan finished with his 10th one-hitter.
1999 - Fernando Tatis hit two grand slams in one inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis became the first in major league history to hit two grand slams in one inning and set a record with eight RBIs in one inning.
2000 - Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada each homered from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat Toronto 10-7. It is the first time that feat has been accomplished by two players on the same team in the same game.
Today's birthdays: Sean Henn, 26; Henry Owens, 28; Carlos Silva, 28; Andruw Jones, 30; Rheal Cormier, 40.
 

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