SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, May 22
Houston at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EDT). Astros ace Roy Oswalt faces off against Giants rookie Tim Lincecum in a rematch of last Thursday's duel.

STARS
Monday
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, hit his major league-leading 18th homer in New York's 6-2 victory over Boston.
-Javier Valentin, Reds, hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in an 8-7 comeback win over Washington.
-Darin Erstad, White Sox, had three RBIs in Chicago's 8-5 defeat of Oakland.
-Gerald Laird, Rangers, hit a grand slam and had five RBIs in a 14-4 rout of Minnesota.
-Carlos Quentin, Diamondbacks, homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs as Arizona rallied to beat Colorado 6-5.

FINALLY
at dumped more than 2 feet on the ballpark and caused the entire four-game series to be postponed.

STREAKS
Randy Winn extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games in San Francisco's 4-0 win over Houston on Monday night. ... Alex Rodriguez homered for the third straight game in the Yankees' 6-2 win over Boston. Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the win. ... Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games for Boston in the loss. ... Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Seattle's 5-2 loss to Cleveland.

SNAPPED
Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4 in Cincinnati's 8-7 win over Washington on Monday night, ending his hitting streak at 22 games. ... Jorge Posada went 0-for-3 in the Yankees' 6-2 victory over Boston, ending his career-high hitting streak at 15 games.

SLUMPING
Seattle began a 6,273-mile, four-city trip with its fifth loss in six games, 5-2 to Cleveland on Monday night.

SPEAKING
``We're working our way out of this hole. I hope that as this weather warms up, so does the offense.'' - Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, on his team's back-to-back wins over the Mets and Red Sox. Giambi homered in a 6-2 win over Boston in the first game of a three-game set Monday night. The Yankees are trying to climb out of a 9 1/2 game hole in the AL East as a result of a 20-23 start.

SEASONS
May 22
1933 - Joe Sewell of the New York Yankees struck out for the first time this season, during a 3-0 win over Cleveland. Sewell would strike out only three more times in 524 at-bats.
1947 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Braves, 4-3, as both teams combined for 22 hits - all singles. The Pirates had 12 singles.
1957 - The Boston Red Sox hit four home runs in the sixth inning of an 11-0 win over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert and Frank Malzone connected. All of the homers came on the first 16 pitches from Cal McLish.
1959 - Baltimore's Hoyt Wilhelm pitched a one-hitter against the New York Yankees for a 5-0 win. Jerry Lumpe's single in the eighth spoiled the no-hit bid.
1963 - Mickey Mantle hit a pitch from Kansas City's Bill Fischer off the right-field facade at Yankee Stadium in an 8-7 victory over the A's.
1968 - Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three home runs, a double and a single in a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Stargell's double just missed going out, as it bounced off the railing of the left-field bleachers.
1976 - St. Louis' Reggie Smith hit three home runs - two right-handed and one left-handed - and drove in five runs in a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Smith's third homer came with two outs in the ninth and broke a 6-6 tie.
1977 - Boston and Milwaukee hit a combined 11 home runs in a 14-10 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park, tying a major league record. The Red Sox connected for six and the Brewers hit five in the first game of a doubleheader.
1983 - Cliff Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays hit his 18th career pinch homer. The homer, off Baltimore's Tippy Martinez, tied Johnson with Jerry Lynch on the career pinch home run list.
1998 - Brian Cox went 6-for-6, including a grand slam in a 10-run third inning, as Florida State rolled past Delaware 27-6 in the NCAA Atlantic II Regional. Freshman Matt Diaz hit three home runs for the Seminoles.
Today's birthdays: Chad Tracy, 27; Ruddy Lugo, 27; John Bale, 33; Julian Tavarez, 34; Jose Mesa, 41.

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