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Monday, 23 April 2007 22:13
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 24
San Diego at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EDT). Randy Johnson makes his first start for the Diamondbacks since 2004.

STARS
Monday
-Prince Fielder, Brewers, hit two home runs, including one in the 12th inning, and Milwaukee beat the Cubs 5-4.
-Paul Konerko, White Sox, hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five runs in a 7-4 win over Kansas City.
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, homered and drove in three runs and Florida beat Atlanta 8-7.
-Nick Swisher, Athletics, hit home runs from both sides of the plate and Oakland beat Baltimore 6-5.
-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, went 3-for-5 with a three-run triple in a 5-4 victory over Texas.

LONGBALL STANDARD
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 on Monday night.

EXTRAS
Prince Fielder homered twice, including a 12th-inning drive that capped a comeback from a four-run deficit and led the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Monday night. ... Ryan Garko drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight game, blooping a soft single in the 12th inning that sent the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Awaiting the imminent birth of his first child, Dontrelle Willis went about his business Monday, pitching 6 2-3 innings and hitting a standup triple to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7. Willis (4-1) became the NL's first four-game winner.

TWICE IS NICE
Jimmy Rollins and Craig Biggio each hit a lead off home run in Philadelphia's 11-4 win over Houston. It marked the first time this season leadoff batters went deep in the same game.

SNAPPED
7-3 loss to the Blue Jays. ... Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks hadn't made an error in his last 27 games, going back to last season, before booting a Jacque Jones grounder in the third inning of a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

HIT PARADE
Philadelphia had a season-high 20 hits in an 11-4 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

SPEAKING
``Even in the heat of battle, they understand the situation. They were like, `Man, you're a tough guy to be out here tonight.' I was like, `Nah, just stupid.'''- Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis, on Atlanta's Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur congratulating him on the impending birth of his daughter during Monday night's game.

SEASONS
April 24
1901 - Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-2 in the first American League game. Three other scheduled games were rained out. The game lasted 1 hour, 30 minutes in front of a reported crowd of 14,000 at the Chicago Cricket Club.
1911 - Battle Creek of the South Michigan League turned two triple plays in the first two innings against Grand Rapids.
1917 - George Mogridge of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox in Boston, winning 2-1.
1931 - Chicago's Rogers Hornsby hit three consecutive homers to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-6 at Forbes Field.
1958 - Lee Walls hit three homers and drove in eight runs as the Chicago Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at the Coliseum.
1962 - Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Chicago Cubs and pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field.
1965 - Casey Stengel recorded his 3,000th victory as a manager as the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6.
1996 - Greg Myers and Paul Molitor each had five RBIs as the Minnesota Twins set a team record for runs and routed the Detroit Tigers 24-11. It was the highest run total against the Tigers in 84 years, matching the mark set in a 24-2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics on May 18, 1912.
Today's birthdays: Carlos Beltran, 30; Chipper Jones, 35; Todd Jones, 39; Omar Vizquel, 40.
 

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