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Tuesday, 22 May 2007 21:35
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, May 23
Milwaukee at Los Angeles (10:10 p.m. EDT). Chris Capuano and Brad Penny square off.

STARS
Tuesday
-Kyle Davies, Braves, gave up one run in eight innings and hit a three-run homer in Atlanta's 8-1 rout of the Mets.
-Felipe Lopez, Nationals, hit a grand slam and had six RBIs to help Washington rally to an 8-4 victory over Cincinnati.
-Jim Thome, White Sox, hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs to lead Chicago past Oakland 10-4.
-Johan Santana, Twins, gave up one run and struck out a season-high 13 in seven innings in a 7-1 win over Texas.
-Mike Cameron, Padres, hit two homers in San Diego's 5-1 win over Chicago.

BIRTHDAY BOY
Julian Tavarez improved his record to 3-4 on his 34th birthday in Boston's 7-3 win over New York on Tuesday. Tavarez allowed two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings in winning his second straight start. The previous major league pitcher to start and win on his birthday was Derek Lowe of the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 1 last year.

NEARING MILESTONES
Sammy Sosa homered off Johan Santan in Texas' 7-1 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday to move within two of becoming the fifth player in major league history with 600 career homers. ... Ken Griffey Jr. tied Harmon Killebrew for eighth on the career home run list with his second shot in two games in Cincinnati's 8-4 loss to Washington. Griffey has 573 career homers, trailing Mark McGwire by 10.

DROUGHT
Barry Bonds has played in 12 games since his last home run - his longest homerless stretch since the first 13 games of 2006. He has gone 34 at-bats and 53 plate appearances without a homer, remaining 10 shy of tying Hank Aaron's career home run record of 755. During that stretch since the homer, Bonds has drawn 19 walks with seven intentional free passes, struck out eight times and is batting .147 (5-for-34). He went 0-for-2 with two walks in San Francisco's 4-2 win over Houston on Tuesday.

STREAKS
streaks of 10 or more games since his rookie season in 2001. ... Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games in St. Louis' 9-4 win over Pittsburgh.

SNAPPED
Randy Winn had his career-best 20-game hitting streak snapped in San Francisco's 4-2 win over Houston on Tuesday. ... Toronto's Matt Stairs went 0-for-3 in a 6-4 win over Baltimore to end his streak of consecutive games with a home run at three. ... St. Louis ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-4 victory over Pittsburgh. ... The Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee 3-2 to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.

SPEAKING
``If that's what it takes, I'll start screaming in the top of the first.'' - Marlins hurler Scott Olsen, on getting angry with Philadelphia's Chase Utley for calling timeout just as he was about to deliver a pitch in Tuesday's game. Utley walked on the next pitch and Olsen angrily shouted at him as he trotted to first base. In the bottom of the inning, the Marlins totaled four extra-base hits to rally for a 5-3 win.

SEASONS
May 23
1901 - The Cleveland Indians scored nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Washington Senators 14-13.
1924 - Washington's Walter Johnson struck out 14 in a 4-0 one-hitter over the Chicago White Sox for his 103rd shutout.
1925 - Cincinnati pitcher Pete Donohue had five hits - four singles and a homer - in beating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2.
1935 - The first major league night game, scheduled for Cincinnati, was postponed because of rain.
1962 - New York's Joe Pepitone hit two homers in the nine-run eighth inning of the Yankees' 13-7 triumph over Kansas City.
1970 - The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants battled for 15 innings, with the Padres winning 17-16. Nate Colbert led San Diego with five hits and four RBIs.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers won their 16th consecutive road game, 4-2 at California, tying an AL record.
1991 - Tommy Greene, making the 15th start of his major league career, pitched a no-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Montreal 2-0.
2002 - Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Shawn Green became the 14th man in major league history to homer four times in a game and set a big league record with 19 total bases. He went 6-for-6, scoring six times with seven RBIs in a 16-3 win at Milwaukee.
2003 - Jeremi Gonzalez earned his first major league victory in nearly five years as Tampa Bay beat Anaheim 3-1. Gonzalez won for the first time since June 28, 1998, while with the Chicago Cubs. He had elbow surgery in 1998 and '99 before the Cubs released him in 2001.
Today's birthdays: Kirk Saarloos, 28; Mike Gonzalez, 29; Chris Sampson, 29; Ramon Ortiz, 34.
 

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