SCOREBOARD
Friday, April 25
Los Angeles at Detroit (7:05 p.m.) Ervin Santana has been nearly unhittable at home with a career record of 26-9. He tries once more to get it done on the road, where he hasn't had nearly the success, taking his 3-0 record and 2.67 ERA to Detroit. Nate Robertson (0-2) opposes him, looking for his first win in four starts.

STARS
Thursday
- Lance Berkman, Astros, homered and drove in three runs in a 5-3 win over Cincinnati. He's hit 18 homers at Great American Ball Park, the most by any visiting player, and raised his career batting average at the Reds' home to .360.
- Chipper Jones, Braves, celebrated his 36th birthday by going 3-for-3 with a homer in a 7-4 win over the Marlins.
- Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, homered twice and finished with three hits while driving in four runs in an 8-2 rout of the Rangers.
- Aaron Cook, Rockies, gave up four hits and a pair of runs in eight innings of a 4-2 victory over the Cubs. Cook struck out five and walked three to win his third straight start.
- Donnie Murphy, Athletics, hit solo shots in the fifth and sixth innings for his first career multihomer game, driving in four runs in an 11-2 victory over the Twins.
- Felipe Lopez, Nationals, hit a grand slam and tied a career high with six RBIs to help Washington win for just the fourth time in 20 games, 10-5 over the Mets.

AILING
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez rejoined the team but was not in the starting lineup against the White Sox. He's been out with a strained right quadriceps since Sunday, but manager Joe Girardi said he might be OK to play this weekend at Cleveland.

BACK IN OAKLAND
Frank Thomas, released by the Blue Jays on Sunday after complaining about his lack of playing time, signed with Oakland and was immediately put in the lineup against Minnesota. He'll be the team's new DH, just as he was in the A's 2006 playoff run and AL West championship that year. Thomas went 0-for-3 with two walks in Oakland's 11-2 win over the Twins.

FIRST LOSS
Yankees rising star Joba Chamberlain lost his first major league game, 7-6 to the Chicago White Sox, when he gave up a run-scoring hit to Joe Crede with one out in the ninth inning. Chamberlain had given up just three runs - two earned - in 32 innings over 26 regular-season appearances since being called up last year. He gave up one earned run in 19 outings in 2007.

LONE-LY RANGERS
The Rangers dipped deeper into the AL West cellar after an 8-2 loss to Detroit. Texas has lost seven straight and was outscored 37-10 in the three-game series with the Tigers, and the scrutiny of Rangers manager Ron Washington could increase. A night earlier, after a 19-6 loss, Washington said, ``Any time a team is in a losing streak, the manager's job is on the line.''

HELP YOURSELF!
Atlanta may have won again, this time beating the Marlins 7-4, but it was no thanks to its pitching staff. Sure, four runs isn't a dreadful outing, but consider this: Starter Chuck James and reliever Manny Acosta combined to go 0-for-3 at the plate, making Braves pitchers a combined 0-for-39 this season. Atlanta is the last team in the NL without a hit from a pitcher.

SAY HI TO MICKEY
The Rays sure seem to like playing in front of Mickey, Minnie and the gang. They swept a three-game set from Toronto in a home-away-from-home series at Disney World, Tampa Bay's first ``home'' sweep since taking three from Texas at Disney last May. The Rays are 6-0 in regular-season games played there in an ongoing effort to bolster fan support in the Orlando area, which is about 90 miles east of the team's domed stadium in St. Petersburg.

STINGY
Cleveland's Cliff Lee pitched a three-hitter to beat Kansas City 2-0 and improve to 4-0 with an almost nonexistent 0.28 ERA this season. In 31 2-3 innings over four starts, the 6-foot-3 Lee has allowed only one run. His nine strikeouts tied his career best. It was his first shutout and fourth career complete game.

CURB APPEAL
Los Angeles unveiled a four-year upgrade plan for Dodger Stadium that owner Frank McCourt said amounts to a new home for the team built around the nearly 50-year-old core of the old. It will include a tree-lined entrance to a landscaped grand plaza beyond center field that will connect to a promenade of restaurants, shops and a Dodgers museum. It's all planned to be done by opening day 2012, with a price tag of about $500 million.

ASTROS SOARING
Lance Berkman homered and drove in three runs to help the Astros beat Cincinnati for their fifth straight win, the longest winning streak since April 16-20 last season. Houston's offense has led the way, scoring 41 runs during the streak.

SPEAKING
``Somebody's got to have the most. It might as well be me.'' - Astros slugger Lance Berkman, who hit his 18th homer at Great American Ball Park - the most by any visiting player - in a 5-3 win over the Reds.

SEASONS
April 25
1901 - In the opener at Detroit's Bennett Park, the Tigers beat Milwaukee in a great comeback. Trailing 13-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers scored 10 runs for a 14-13 victory. Frank Dillon had four doubles.
1904 - New York pitcher Jack Chesbro recorded the first of his 41 victories on the season, an American League record that still stands.
1933 - Yankees pitcher Russ Van Atta made a spectacular debut by blanking Washington 16-0 and going 4-for-4.
1976 - Cubs center fielder Rick Monday rescued the American flag from two trespassers who tried to set it on fire in the outfield of Dodger Stadium. The incident happened in the fourth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Los Angeles.
1977 - The Cincinnati Reds romped to a 23-9 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. The Reds tied a National League record by scoring 12 runs in the fifth inning off three Braves pitchers. George Foster had seven RBIs, five runs scored, two home runs, a double and a single.
1995 - Major League Baseball returned after a 257-day layoff as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 8-7. Players had gone on strike the previous season.
1997 - Matt Williams hit three homers and David Justice homered twice as the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers combined to match a major league record for home runs in a nine-inning night game with 11. Cleveland hit a club-record eight in all, including three in one inning as the Indians beat the Brewers 11-4.
2001 - Rickey Henderson of the Padres set the major league walks record with his 2,063rd base on balls in San Diego's 5-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Today's birthdays: Robert Andino 24; J.P.Howell 25; Brian Barton 26; Sean White 27; Jacque Jones 33.

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