SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 1
Oakland at the Los Angeles Angels (10:05 p.m). Justin Duchscherer, 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA, leads the Athletics against Dustin Moseley, 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA, in a matchup between the top two teams in the AL West.

STARS
Wednesday
- Geovany Soto, Cubs, hit a pair of three-run homers in a 19-5 rout of the Brewers.
- Andy Sonnanstine, Rays, went eight innings and gave up just six hits and a run in an 8-1 win over the Orioles. He struck out five and walked two to improve to 4-1.
- Placido Polanco, Tigers, hit a pair of solo home runs in a 6-2 win over the Yankees.
- Chad Billingsley, Dodgers, scattered three hits and a run over seven innings in a 13-1 rout of the Marlins. He struck out eight and walked four to win for the first time this season.
- Rick Ankiel, Cardinals, went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs in a 5-2 win over the Reds.
- Nate McLouth, Pirates, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in a 13-1 rout of the Mets.

FIVE ALIVE!
Cliff Lee (5-0) won his fifth straight start, leading Cleveland over Seattle 8-3. His consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 27 on Wladimir Balentien's three-run homer in the seventh, which also raised his ERA from 0.28 to 0.96 - still lowest in the majors.

SO CLOSE
Washington beat Atlanta 3-2 in the 12th inning to send Atlanta to another one-run loss. The Braves are the first team since the 2000 Houston Astros to lose their first nine one-run games.

SO CLOSE, PART 2
Manny Ramirez slid in just ahead of the tag on Jason Varitek's single in the ninth, giving Boston its second straight win in its last at-bat against Toronto. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays Tuesday night on Kevin Youkilis' RBI single to center in the ninth.

LITTLE HELP
Aaron Harang allowed three runs in six innings - a quality start - but the Reds still lost to St. Louis 5-2. Harang (1-4) has worked at least six innings in each of his seven starts and has little to show for his 2.98 ERA because the Reds have totaled 23 runs in his outings.

AILING
in the Red Sox-Orioles game. He was taken to Children's Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

SUSPENDED
Giants minor league catcher Eliezer Alfonzo was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the first player penalized this year under Major League Baseball's drug program. Alfonzo is on San Francisco's 40-man roster so he falls under the major league program even though he has played all season at Triple-A Fresno.

SPEAKING
``He's 6-10. By the time he winds up and throws he's like, half way to the plate.'' - Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, on the difficulty in facing San Diego starter Chris Young after a 4-2 loss to the Padres.

SEASONS
May 1
1901 - Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy homered to help the Chicago White Sox rout the Detroit Tigers 19-9. The Tigers committed an AL record 12 errors, 10 by the infield.
1906 - John Lush of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter at Brooklyn, beating the Dodgers 6-0.
1912 - George Sisler, a freshman at Michigan, struck out 20 in seven innings.
1920 - Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves and Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers each pitched 26 innings in a 1-1 tie, the longest in major league history.
1920 - Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a Yankee as New York beat Boston 6-0 at the Polo Grounds.
1924 - Chicago's Bill Barrett stole home twice, in the first and ninth innings, against the Cleveland Indians.
1927 - Hod Lisenbee of Washington pitched a shutout in his first major league start, a 6-0 win over Boston.
1944 - George Myatt of Washington went 6-for-6 and the Senators beat the Boston Braves 11-4.
1959 - Early Wynn of the Chicago White Sox pitched a one-hitter, struck out 14, and hit a double and home run for a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox at the age of 39.
1969 - Houston's Don Wilson beat the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-0 no-hitter at Crosley Field, one day after the Reds' Jim Maloney no-hit the Astros and nine days after Wilson absorbed a 14-0 pounding by Cincinnati.
1973 - The San Francisco Giants scored seven runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7.
1991 - Rickey Henderson surpassed Lou Brock as baseball's career stolen base leader with his 939th as the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 7-4.
1991 - Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter, struck out 16 and shut down the best-hitting team in the majors, as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0.
1992 - The Dodgers postponed a three-game series against Montreal because of rioting in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict.
1992 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson stole his 1,000th base in the first inning at Tiger Stadium.
2002 - With a save against the Chicago Cubs, San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman set the major league record for the most saves with one team. His 321st broke Dennis Eckersley's record of 320 with Oakland.
2005 - Minnesota's Johan Santana lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Angels, ending his 17-game winning streak. Santana struck out seven over eight innings and allowed two hits, but they were solo home runs by Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina.
2006 - Tim Hudson threw the second one-hitter of his career, leading Atlanta past Colorado 2-0.
Today's birthday: Manny Acosta 27.

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