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Thursday, April 24
New York at Chicago (8:11 p.m.) Heralded prospect Phil Hughes is coming off his third straight rough start and is 0-3 with an 8.82 ERA. Meanwhile, Chicago starter Gavin Floyd has been nearly perfect. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Detroit on April 12, and didn't allow an earned run in his previous start at Baltimore last Thursday.

STARS
Wednesday
- Prince Fielder, Brewers, homered twice and drove in four runs in a 5-4 victory over the Phillies. The homers were the first for Fielder in 14 games.
- Jorge Posada, Yankees, had three doubles as part of his four-hit night, driving in a pair of runs in a 6-4 victory over the White Sox.
- Geovany Soto, Cubs, went 4-for-5 with a homer in a 7-6 victory over the Rockies.
- Carlos Guillen, Tigers, went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs, three of them coming in an 11-run sixth inning that helped Detroit to a 19-6 rout of the Rangers.
- Chad Gaudin, Athletics, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four in a 3-0 win over the Twins.
- Jason Bay, Pirates, homered and drove in two runs to help Pittsburgh beat St. Louis, 7-4.
- Gary Matthews Jr., Angels, hit a pair of solo homers in a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.
- Matt Stairs, Blue Jays, homered twice and drove in three runs in a 5-3 loss to the Rays.
- Daniel Cabrera, Orioles, went eight innings allowing five hits and two runs in a 3-2 victory over Seattle. He struck out five and improved to 2-0 on the season.

AILING
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez sat out the Yankees' game at Chicago with a strained right quadriceps. He hopes to rejoin the team Thursday and could play Friday. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka was scratched from his start for the Boston Red Sox because of flu-like symptoms. Jon Lester took his place against the Angels. ... Mariners starter Carlos Silva left in the seventh inning with tightness in the back of his right thigh. He doesn't expect to miss a start.

10 GRAND
The Cubs won their 10,000th game, joining the Giants as the only franchises to reach that mark with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings at Colorado. Ryan Theriot's run-scoring single off Kip Wells provided the winning run for Chicago after both teams blew ninth-inning leads.

ANOTHER W
The Yankees' Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings and moved ahead of Bob Gibson on the career wins list in a 6-4 win over the White Sox. Mussina earned his 252nd victory on his third try, giving him sole possession of 42nd place on the major league wins list.

FIRST LOSS
Arizona's Dan Haren was charged with six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings for his first loss of the season, 8-3 to the Dodgers. It was the most runs the right-hander allowed in 42 regular-season starts since Sept. 18, 2006, when as a member of the Athletics, he gave up seven over 4 2-3 innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians.

PRINCELY POWER
Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers, including the go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, to help Milwaukee beat Philadelphia 5-4. The homers were the first in 14 games for Fielder, who led the NL with 50 a year ago. Both came off Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels.

GETTING OFFENSIVE
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Carlos Guillen had three of his five RBIs in an 11-run sixth inning that propelled Detroit past Texas 19-6. Jacque Jones also homered as Detroit scored its most runs this season. The Tigers led 7-6 entering the sixth, when they had their biggest inning since scoring 11 in the sixth inning on April 23, 2004, against Cleveland.

FIRED AND HIRED
The Reds fired general manager Wayne Krivsky and replaced him with Walt Jocketty, who built consistent winners during 10 seasons in Oakland and 13 in St. Louis. Jocketty is the fourth GM in six years for a team that has gone through seven straight losing seasons. The Reds have been through four managers (plus an interim manager) and two owners since 2003.

GRIFFEY GOES DEEP
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 597th career homer in the first inning off Houston's Chris Sampson, his fourth of the season. Griffey needs three more to become only the sixth player in major league history to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa. His 199th homer with the Reds moved him into eighth on the franchise list.

CLAIMING SPEED
The A's added speedy outfielder Rajai Davis off waivers from San Francisco, giving them more versatility and a replacement if Travis Buck's shin splints cause a stint on the disabled list. Davis hit .056 in 12 games before being designated for assignment on April 20.

SPEAKING
``I don't try to hit for power. I just try to hit the ball hard. I am just trying to win the competition. He's a good pitcher. It wasn't about feeling good or feeling locked in.'' - Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, after hitting two homers off Cole Hamels in a 5-4 win over the Phillies.

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 when 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.
2007 - Oakland set a major league record in a 4-2 win over Baltimore, keeping the Orioles off the scoreboard in the first inning. It was the 20th straight game in which the A's did not allow a first-inning run, a record for the start of the season.
Today's birthdays: Carlos Beltran 31; Chipper Jones 36; Todd Jones 40; Omar Vizquel 41.
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