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Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:40
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 24
New York at Atlanta (7:35 p.m. EDT). Longtime teammates Tom Glavine and John Smoltz square off in a battle for first place in the NL East.

STARS
Wednesday
- Jose Guillen, Mariners, had four hits and two RBIs in Seattle's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.
- Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, homered twice and Detroit beat Los Angeles 8-7.
- Oliver Perez, Mets, threw seven dominant innings, helping New York beat Atlanta 3-0.
- Ryan Church, Nationals, hit two homers and drove in a career-high six runs, powering Washington past Cincinnati 12-7.
- Russell Martin, Dodgers, had four RBIs and Los Angeles beat Milwaukee 5-1.
- Bengie Molina, Giants, drove in four runs to lead San Francisco to a 9-1 win over Houston.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Justin Morneau homered in Minnesota's 5-3 win at Texas on Wednesday and improved to 14-for-36 (.389) with six homers and 15 RBIs in his last two seasons at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

SIDELINED
Carl Pavano is headed for reconstructive elbow surgery, probably ending his unproductive stint with the New York Yankees and making his contract a $40 million bust. Pavano's agent, Gregg Clifton, said on Wednesday the pitcher will have the operation. The right-hander will be sidelined for most if not all of what remains on his $39.95 million, four-year deal, which runs through 2008.

ROCKET NEARING LIFTOFF
Roger Clemens allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings on Wednesday while pitching for the New York Yankees' Double-A Trenton farm team against Boston's Portland, Maine, affiliate. In his second minor league start since signing with the Yankees, he threw 64 of 102 pitches for strikes, struggling at times with his control and what appeared to be heavy legs. The 44-year-old may make his next start for the Yankees next week at Toronto.

STREAKING
Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 16-games in Seattle's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday. ... New York's Oliver Perez improved to 3-0 against Atlanta this season with a 3-0 win. ... Kansas City won for the eighth time in 10 games with a 11-7 win over Cleveland. ... San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff homered for the second straight game in a 2-1 win over Chicago and now has 10 hits in his last 19 at-bats.

SNAPPED
Kip Wells ended a seven-game losing streak with seven strong innings and was backed by three home runs, a rare power display that helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Wednesday night.

SWIPED
Corey Patterson stole home in Baltimore's 5-2 win over Toronto on Wednesday - the first Oriole to do so since Chris Richard in 2001.

MILESTONE
Derek Jeter passed Joe DiMaggio for fifth place on the franchise hits list with his 2,215th hit in New York's 8-3 win over Boston on Wednesday. ... Cleveland opened a game with back-to-back home runs for only the third time in franchise history during a 11-7 loss at Kansas City. Grady Sizemore's leadoff shot was Cleveland's 11,000th home run, and the count reached 11,002 by night's end.

DOMINATING
Colorado's Jeff Francis improved to 7-1 lifetime against the Diamondbacks, and 4-0 at Chase Field with a 2-0 win over Arizona on Wednesday.

SPEAKING
``The weirdest inning of all time.'' Philadelphia's Aaron Rowand on the ninth inning of the Phillies' 8-7, 10 inning win over Florida on Wednesday. Trailing 7-3 heading to the bottom ninth, Florida tied the game with a bizarre rally that included two ejections, two defensive gaffes by the Phillies and an injury to their closer, Brett Myers, who left with a strained right shoulder.

SEASONS
May 24
1918 - Cleveland's Stan Coveleski pitched 19 innings in the Indians' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Former pitcher Joe Wood hit a home run for the win.
1935 - In the first major league night game in Cincinnati, the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 before 25,000 fans.
1936 - Tony Lazzeri, batting eighth for the New York Yankees, drove in 11 runs with a triple and three home runs - two of them grand slams - in a 25-2 rout of the Philadelphia A's.
1964 - Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit the longest home run in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, a 471-foot shot to left-center off right-hander Milt Pappas.
1984 - Jack Morris led the Tigers to their 17th straight road win, setting an AL record. Morris allowed four hits and Detroit beat the California Angels 5-1.
1990 - Chicago's Andre Dawson was walked intentionally five times by the Cincinnati Reds to break the record shared by Roger Maris and Garry Templeton.
1994 - The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by stranding 16 runners without scoring, losing to David West and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers 4-0.
1995 - Oakland's Dennis Eckersley became the sixth pitcher with 300 saves in a 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
1998 - Freshman Matt Diaz hit four homers, tying a school and regional record, and drove in seven runs as Florida State routed Oklahoma 23-2 to advance to the NCAA Atlantic II Regional final.
2000 - For the third time in major league history a team blew a seven-run lead twice in a week. The Houston Astros lost a 7-0 lead at home against Philadelphia after blowing a 9-2 lead in the ninth inning at Milwaukee two days earlier.
2001 - Jon Lieber of the Chicago Cubs threw a 79-pitch, one-hit shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Reds. It was the first shutout of the Reds in an NL-record 208 games.
2006 - Adam Wainwright homered in his first major league at-bat and pitched three innings of relief to earn the win in St. Louis' 10-4 victory over San Francisco. Wainwright, who had no batting practice since spring training, hit the first pitch he saw out to left in the fifth for a solo homer.
Today's birthdays: Kevin Frandsen, 25; Justin Hampson, 27; Joe Kennedy, 28; Brad Penny, 29; Jae Seo, 30; Bartolo Colon, 34.
 

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