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Tuesday, 15 May 2007 23:57
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, May 16
Cincinnati at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy, who is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA, starts for the Padres.

STARS
Tuesday
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, hit two homers and had four RBIs to lead Florida past Pittsburgh 9-3.
-Edgar Renteria, Braves, hit two home runs in Atlanta's 6-2 win over Washington.
-Carlos Ruiz, Phillies, hit a game-winning solo homer to lift Philadelphia over Milwaukee 4-3.
-Brendan Harris, Devil Rays, had four hits, including a game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning of Tampa Bay's 4-3 win over Texas.
-Carlos Lee, Astros, hit two home runs, including a 10th inning walkoff shot, and Houston topped San Francisco 6-5.
-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, had his sixth five-hit game to lead Seattle over Los Angeles 11-3.

ONE SHY
ur, set by Brooklyn's Milt Stock in 1925.

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Five years ago, Jesse Litsch was a bat boy for Tampa Bay, fetching lumber for current Baltimore players Chris Gomez and Aubrey Huff. On Tuesday night he pitched 8 2-3 innings against the Orioles to earn the win in his major league debut. Litsch gave up a first-inning run and allowed four hits in Toronto's 2-1 win to become the first Blue Jays player to win his debut as a starter since Gustavo Chacin beat New York on September 20, 2004, at Yankee Stadium. Litsch's effort was the longest outing ever by a Toronto player in his major league debut.

STREAKS
Dan Johnson extended his AL-best hitting streak to 15 games in Oakland's 5-4 11-inning win Tuesday night over Kansas City. ... Tim Hudson has pitched at least six innings in each of his nine starts this season and has yet to allow more than three runs. He gave up one run in seven innings to earn his fifth win of the year in Atlanta's 6-2 win over Washington. ... Alfonso Soriano has reached base safely in all 31 games he's played in this season following Chicago's 10-1 triumph over New York. ... Brian Roberts extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Baltimore's 2-1 loss to Toronto. ... Hank Blalock homered for the third straight game in Texas' 4-3 10-inning loss to Tampa Bay.

SNAPPED
Texas' Mark Teixeira went 0-for-5 to snap a 12-game hitting streak in a 4-3 loss Tuesday night to Tampa Bay. ... Washington had a four-game winning streak ended in a 6-2 loss to Atlanta. ... The Braves snapped a two-game skid with the win. ... The Cubs had been 0-for-17 with the bases loaded dating to April 30 before Aramis Ramirez's sixth-inning grand slam in Chicago's 10-1 win over New York. ... Los Angeles snapped a 10-game losing streak to St. Louis with a 9-7 win.

SPEAKING
``We talked about it in the kitchen when we were eating dinner. It was, 'Man, we don't have that spark right now,' and he said, 'We're not showing up to play.' You go through spurts like that and for whatever reason we weren't scoring any runs. We tried to get out of that as soon as possible.'' - Florida 2B Dan Uggla, on star pitcher Dontrelle Willis expressing his frustration after a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh Monday night. The Marlins hit four home runs, two by Uggla, in a 9-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday night.

SEASONS
May 16
1933 - Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made his major league debut with five hits in a 12-inning, 11-10 win over the Chicago White Sox.
1939 - The Cleveland Indians beat the Philadelphia Athletics 8-3 in 10 innings in the first American League night game, held at Philadelphia's Shibe Park.
1953 - The White Sox loaded the bases against the Yankees in the ninth inning, but Vern Stephens, who had 10 grand slams in his career, was lifted for a pinch hitter. Pitcher Tommy Byrne, the substitute batter, then hit a homer off Ewell Blackwell for a 5-3 win.
1965 - Jim Palmer, 19, won his first major league game and hit his first homer, off Jim Bouton. The Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-5.
1972 - Rick Monday hit three consecutive homers to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 win at Philadelphia. Greg Luzinski's 500-foot home run hit the Liberty Bell monument at Veteran Stadium for the Phillies' only run.
1981 - Craig Reynolds of Houston hit three triples to lead the Astros to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
1997 - The Montreal Expos overcame an early nine-run deficit and rallied past the San Francisco Giants 14-13 on David Segui's RBI single in the ninth inning. The Giants took an 11-2 lead after three innings. Montreal came back with four runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and three more in the sixth for a 12-11 lead. Hill's RBI single capped a two-run seventh that put the Giants ahead 13-12.
2000 - The Los Angeles Dodgers went into the Wrigley Field crowd after a fan ran off with Chad Kreuter's cap in the ninth inning of Los Angeles' 6-5 victory. The game was delayed for nine minutes while some Dodgers and fans fought.
2006 - The New York Yankees, down 9-0 in the second inning, matched the biggest comeback in Yankees history when Jorge Posada hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for a 14-13 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Today's birthday: Doug Brocail 40.
 

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