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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, May 5
Philadelphia at Arizona (9:40 p.m.) Rookie Max Scherzer makes his first major league start for the Diamondbacks. In his first appearance Tuesday night, he struck out seven in 4 1-3 perfect innings against Houston. He'll face the Phillies' 45-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer.

STARS
Sunday
-Derek Jeter, Yankees, went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in New York's 8-2 victory over Seattle. It was Jeter's first four-hit game since Aug. 30, against Boston.
-Gil Meche, Royals, allowed four hits in seven innings to help Kansas City beat Cleveland 2-0.
-Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in Boston's 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.
-Chipper Jones, Braves, went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs in Atlanta's 14-7 rout of Cincinnati. The NL's leading hitter increased his average to .425.
-Lance Berkman, Astros, hit a homer and two doubles and drove in four runs in Houston's 8-6, 12-inning win over Milwaukee. Berkman had four hits in the game.

INCOMPLETE
Toronto's Roy Halladay failed to pitch a complete game for the first time in five starts, and somehow that was good news for the Blue Jays. Halladay got the win in a 4-3 victory over Chicago, allowing three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. He had lost three straight games despite going the distance. Oddly, Jose Contreras took the loss for the White Sox on Sunday, despite pitching a complete game.

STOPPER
Aaron Cook went to the mound with the Rockies on a four-game losing streak, and for the third straight start, he ended it. Cook pitched 7 2-3 solid innings in Colorado's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. It was the fifth time Cook stopped a Rockies' losing streak. The Rockies are 6-1 when Cook starts and 6-18 in other games. He's given up 13 earned runs and averaged seven innings in his last six starts - all of them Colorado victories. He hasn't walked a batter in his last two starts.

STALLED
The Indians offense struggled again, managing just four singles in a 2-0 loss to Gil Meche and the Kansas City Royals. They managed two runs and eight hits in losing two games to the Royals over the weekend, and have scored more than three runs in a game just once in seven games, dating to April 27. The team's .242 average is 13th out of 14 American League teams.

WELCOME BACK
Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir was chased after allowing four runs in four innings in his season debut, a 7-3 loss at Boston. He had been out since straining his elbow in February. ``My arm felt great, but I was doing a little too much,'' Kazmir said. ``I felt like I was battling myself the whole time, but I'll be fine.''

WHAT A RELIEF
Athletics reliever Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect inning in Oakland's 3-1 win over Texas. Casilla has yet to allow a run in 17 appearances, spanning 16 1-3 innings. He has 20 strikeouts and only two walks, and has allowed nine hits. No pitcher in baseball has pitched more innings without allowing a run this season than Casilla. Jim Johnson of Florida has 15 1-3 scoreless innings and Phillies closer Brad Lidge has 15. Chad Qualls of Arizona had his streak of 16 2-3 scoreless innings snapped in Arizona's 5-2 loss to New York.

NO RELIEF
Brewers closer Eric Gagne gave up two runs in the ninth inning to Houston, and Milwaukee went on to lose 8-6 in 12 innings to the Astros. Gagne has blown five of his 14 save chances and has a 6.14 ERA.

DEMOTED
Struggling pitcher Ian Kennedy was sent to the minor leagues by the New York Yankees. The Yankees promised patience with their young pitchers this season, but Kennedy was optioned to Triple-A after going 0-2 with an 8.37 ERA in six games, including five starts. ... Anthony Reyes was demoted to the minor leagues by the Cardinals after sputtering in a relief role with a 5.27 ERA.

AILING
Twins right-hander Scott Baker was set to have an MRI exam on his strained right groin muscle. Baker left the mound on Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers after only 43 pitches and three innings when he felt an aggravation of the injury that also forced him out early from his previous start. ... Cubs cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez missed his second straight start with a sore left wrist from getting hit by a pitch.

SNAPPED
Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs and Colorado beat Los Angeles to snap the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak. The win also ended the Rockies' four-game skid.

SPEAKING
``When I got to third, Maddux said, 'You're supposed to pull the ball.''' - Marlins OF Luis Gonzalez, a good friend of Maddux's, after ripping a line drive that the pitcher had to duck to avoid in a 10-3 Florida win over San Diego. Gonzalez has 10 homers off Maddux, the most of any player, and a .321 average with 36 hits against the right-hander.

SEASONS
May 5
1904 - Cy Young of the Red Sox pitched a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics, beating Rube Waddell 3-0. Having pitched nine hitless innings in two previous efforts, he ran his string of hitless innings to 18.
1917 - Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 1-0 win in St. Louis.
1925 - Manager Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers hit three homers, a double and two singles against the St. Louis Browns.
1925 - Shortstop Everett Scott of the New York Yankees was benched, ending his streak of 1,307 consecutive games played that started while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Scott, who gave way to Pee Wee Wanninger, had the longest playing streak before Lou Gehrig.
1962 - Bo Belinsky of the California Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 with a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. Belinsky struck out nine and walked four.
1978 - Pete Rose became the 14th player with 3,000 hits when he singled against Montreal's Steve Rogers at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.
1980 - National League president Chub Feeney suspended Pittsburgh's Bill Madlock for 15 days and fined him $5,000 for shoving his glove in the face of home plate umpire Gerry Crawford.
1999 - Colorado became the first team in 35 years and the third this century to score in every inning in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. The last time a team scored in all nine innings was also at Wrigley Field, when St. Louis beat the Cubs on Sept. 13, 1964.
2001 - Sammy Sosa homered and had four RBIs, and Julian Tavarez pitched seven solid innings as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 20-1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs scored eight runs in each of the last two innings.
2004 - Mike Piazza set a major league mark for homers as a catcher, hitting No. 352, in the New York Mets' 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
2004 - Roger Clemens moved past Steve Carlton for second place on the career strikeout list with his 4,137th in Houston's 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Today's birthdays: Chris Duncan 27; Mike Redmond 37.
 

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