SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 23
Los Angeles at Boston (7:05 p.m.) Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches against the Angels for the first time since getting a no-decision in Game 2 of the AL Divisional Series on Oct. 5. The Red Sox swept the Angels in three games and went on to win the World Series.

STARS
Tuesday
- Casey Blake, Indians, had a grand slam and six RBIs in Cleveland's 15-1 rout of Kansas City. Blake, the No. 9 hitter, was 4-for-4 with a single and a grand slam and two RBI doubles in the Indians' 17-hit attack.
- Miguel Tejada, Astros, was 4-for-5 for the second straight night in Houston's 11-7 win over San Diego. Before Monday, he hadn't had a four-hit game since Aug. 30, 2006.
- John Lannan, Nationals, allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings and the Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over John Smoltz and the Braves.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored and Boston held off the Angels 7-6.
- Jerry Hairston, Jr., Reds, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in his debut as the leadoff hitter for Cincinnati. The Reds beat the Dodgers 8-1.

AILING
Injured Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sat out the Yankees' 9-5 win over White Sox, the first game he's missed this season. Rodriguez has a strained right quadriceps, and was in Miami, where his wife gave birth to their second daughter Monday night. Rodriguez will rejoin the team Thursday. Manager Joe Girardi said the team would evaluate A-Rod then.

MILESTONE
John Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau in the Braves' 6-0 loss to John Lannan and the Washington Nationals. Smoltz fanned Felipe Lopez in the third inning, the veteran hurler's fourth of the game, to reach the mark. Among the 15 pitchers ahead of him on the 3,000 strikeout list, Smoltz reached the mark faster than all but Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Nolan Ryan, Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens. Maddux is the only other active pitcher with more strikeouts (3,287).

THE BAT IS BACK
Pat Burrell of the Phillies hit a three-run double in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 8-6 win over Colorado. He has 22 RBIs in 21 games, and went 4-for-8 with five RBIs in the Phillies' two-game series at Coors Field.

LEAKY PEN
Colorado's Manny Corpas gave up a three-run double in the ninth inning and Philadelphia rallied to beat the Rockies 8-6. It was the third straight game the Rockies lost when leading after seven innings.

TAKE 5
Brandon Webb became the first five-game winner in the majors with Arizona's 5-4 win over San Francisco. Webb had his worst game of the season, giving up three runs and nine hits in six innings, raising his ERA from 1.86 to 2.31. Last season, Webb won 19 games and posted his fifth win on June 1.

FLIP-FLOP
Miguel Cabrera has been moved from third base to first for the Tigers, and Carlos Guillen will switch from first to third. Cabrera had a .900 fielding percentage in 15 games at third. Guillen, who moved from shortstop to first when the team signed Edgar Renteria in the offseason, said he was fine with playing third. Cabrera, who signed a $152.3 million, eight-year contract this winter, also said he had no problems with the move.

SNAPPED
Nate McLouth's 19-game hitting streak was stopped when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Florida. It was the first time this season McLouth hasn't gotten a hit in a game. The streak was the longest in the majors.

SPEAKING
``I already got a text (message) from Maddux. He said I've lost one hair for every strikeout I've made.'' - John Smoltz, after becoming the 16th major leaguer to reach 3,000 strikeouts.

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 by 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 lifetime 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.
2007 - Alex Rodriguez became the first player in major league history to hit 14 homers in the first 18 games of a season and tied the record for April homers, connecting in the second and ninth innings of the New York Yankees' 10-8 loss to Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Today's birthdays: Sean Henn 27; Henry Owens 29; Carlos Silva 29; Andruw Jones 31.

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