SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 29
Toronto at Boston (7:05 p.m.) Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay (2-3, 3.73 ERA) is looking for a little run support: He's pitched a combined 17 innings in his last two starts, a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay and a 4-1 loss to Texas.

STARS
Monday
- Dan Haren, Diamondbacks, pitched into the eighth inning and hit an RBI double to help Arizona beat Houston 5-3 and improve its major league-leading record to 19-7.
- Frank Thomas, Athletics, tripled for the first time in six years and finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a 14-2 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.
- Edwin Encarnacion, Reds, had a pair of RBI doubles and made a standout play at third base in the seventh inning to preserve a one-run lead during a 4-3 victory at St. Louis.

PICK IT UP LATER
herrill, his first blown save in 10 chances this year.

SIDELINED
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was put on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career, ending a remarkable run of durability at baseball's most physically demanding position. The 36-year-old, who has caught at least 137 games in each of the past eight seasons, finally succumbed to pain in his right shoulder that he had been feeling for most of the season's first month. Posada traveled to Alabama to have his shoulder examined by famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. When New York played Cleveland without Posada, it was the first time he wasn't part of the Yankees' active roster since Sept. 1, 1996, just before he was called up from the minors. ... After lasting only four innings Sunday against the New York Mets, Braves pitcher John Smoltz returned to Atlanta on Monday and was to have his troublesome right shoulder examined on Tuesday. ... Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore missed his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle.

RELIEF ROLE
season and has a 7.53 ERA that jumped considerably after Zito was tagged for eight earned runs Sunday in a 10-1 loss to Cincinnati.

A LONG, STRANGE TRIP
Mariano Rivera earned his eighth save as the New York Yankees beat Cleveland 5-2 to salvage a split of the four-game series after losing the first two. With the win, the Yankees concluded a stretch of playing 18 of 20 games away from home. ``I've got to find my house key,'' pitcher Mike Mussina joked. ``It's been so long since we've been home, we just assumed we're going to another hotel.''

SWINGS
Daric Barton, Jack Hannahan and Emil Brown homered for Oakland in a 14-2 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics entered with just 12 home runs through their first 26 games. ... Houston has lost three straight following a six-game winning streak.

MILESTONES
Mike Mussina earned his 253rd win, tying Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell on the career list, in the New York Yankees' 5-2 victory at Cleveland. The 39-year-old Mussina (3-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, just long enough to catch Hubbell for 41st place. ... With San Francisco's 4-0 victory over Colorado, French-born Bruce Bochy moved past former Giants skipper Felipe Alou for most victories by a foreign-born manager (1,034).

STREAKING
Albert Pujols singled twice and walked in St. Louis' 4-3 loss to Cincinnati, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He has reached base in all 27 games to start the season. ... Chad Gaudin (3-1) breezed to his third straight victory, allowing two runs - one earned - and five hits over six innings in Oakland's 14-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

STRUGGLING
The defending NL champion Colorado Rockies have lost eight of nine following a 4-0 defeat in San Francisco. ... Indians slugger Travis Hafner is batting .149 (7-for-47) with seven RBIs in his last 13 games. ... Cleveland's Ryan Garko went 0-for-4, bounced into a double play and extended his hitless streak to 23 at-bats during a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

SNAPPED
Bronson Arroyo (1-3) pitched six solid innings in Cincinnati's 4-3 victory at St. Louis to help the Reds win their first series opener after losing the first nine. Arroyo entered 0-4 in eight outings since beating the Cardinals on Sept. 12.

SPEAKING
``When I came in the whole infield was wet. There was water standing out there. The guy rolls one to short ... you're picking up a ball that just got out of a dog's mouth and trying to throw it over to first.'' - Baltimore closer George Sherrill on Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox, which was suspended because of rain after 11 innings with the score tied at 3.

SEASONS
April 29
1918 - Center fielder Tris Speaker executed the fourth unassisted double play of his career in the Cleveland Indians' 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
1922 - The New York Giants hit four inside-the-park home runs at Braves Field in Boston. George Kelly hit two and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft hit the others.
1931 - Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians pitched a 7-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns, including his brother Rick. Wes also knocked in four runs with a homer and a double.
1933 - In a strange play at home plate, catcher Luke Sewell of the Washington Senators tagged out two Yankees runners on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up, thinking a fly ball would be caught. Dixie Walker closed up on him, and both were tagged out trying to score.
1981 - Steve Carlton struck out Montreal's Tim Wallach in the first inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-2 victory over the visiting Expos to become the sixth major league pitcher - and first left-hander - to strike out 3,000 batters.
1986 - Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 batters as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-1.
1987 - Andre Dawson had five hits and hit for the cycle to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
1988 - The Baltimore Orioles ended their 21-game losing streak by winning their first game of the season, 9-0 over the Chicago White Sox on a combined four-hitter by Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt.
1994 - Kirk Rueter of Montreal became the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start his career with a 10-0 record as the Expos beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.
2001 - Geoff Jenkins homered twice, tying a major league record with five homers in two games, to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-0 win over the Montreal Expos. Jenkins was the 22nd player to hit five in two games and the first NL player to do it in 10 years.
2005 - In the first matchup between 300-game winners in almost 18 years, the Cubs' Greg Maddux outdueled the Astros' Roger Clemens in Chicago's 3-2 win over Houston. Maddux earned his first win of season and 306th of his career, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.
2006 - Albert Pujols set a major league record with his 14th homer in April, a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that sent St. Louis to a 2-1 victory over Washington. Pujols broke the mark for homers in April held by Ken Griffey Jr. (1997) and Luis Gonzalez (2001).
2007 - Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had an unassisted triple play in the seventh inning of the Rockies' 9-7 win over Atlanta. After Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria reached on singles, Tulowitzki caught Chipper Jones' line drive behind second base. Tulowitzki stepped on the bag to double up Johnson and tagged Renteria for the third out. It was the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history and the first since 2003.
Today's birthdays: Kelly Shoppach 28; Rafael Betancourt 33; Luis Aparicio 74.

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