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Sunday, 27 May 2007 21:32
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, May 28
Cleveland at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Cliff Lee faces off against Curt Schilling in a matchup of division leaders.

STARS
Sunday
-Jake Peavy, Padres, gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings and hit an RBI double to lead San Diego past Milwaukee 3-0.
-Ryan Howard, Phillies, hit a pair of two-run homers in Philadelphia's 13-6 win over Atlanta.
-John Lackey, Angels, gave up two runs in eight innings to earn his major league-leading eighth win of the season in Los Angeles' 4-3 victory over New York.
-Justin Morneau, Twins, homered and drove in three runs and Minnesota beat Toronto 4-2.
-Ronnie Belliard, Nationals, had four hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Washington past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.

BONDS WATCH
Barry Bonds broke out of a lengthy home run drought Sunday, hitting his 746th career homer in the sixth inning of a 6-4, 10-inning loss against Colorado to pull within nine of Hank Aaron's career record 755. It was his first homer in 15 games since a shot off the Mets' Tom Glavine on May 8.

SUNDAY SWEEPS
Philadelphia crushed Atlanta 13-6 on Sunday to complete their first sweep of the season and first in Atlanta since 1995. ... The Mets beat the Marlins 6-4 to complete a three-game sweep at Florida for the first time since October 1993. ... The Angels posted their first sweep at Yankee Stadium since 2004 with a 4-3 win over the Yankees. ... Seattle completed a sweep of Kansas City with a 7-4 win. ... San Diego topped Milwaukee 3-0 to finish off a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers. ... Arizona completed a four-game sweep of Houston with an 8-4 win. ... Colorado completed its first three-game sweep ever in San Francisco and first in the series since May 2002 with a 6-4 win over the Giants. ... The Indians beat the Tigers 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep.

GREAT AMERICAN RECORD
The 24 runs scored in Pittsburgh's 14-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday set a new Great American Ballpark record. The Pirates tied their season high with 18 hits and have scored 33 runs in the first three games of the series. Their 14 runs were the most since their 14-3 win over Milwaukee last May 29. The Reds hit a season-high five homers in the loss.

TEXAS-SIZED SLUMPS
Texas - which has the worst record in the American League - has lost five games in a row and 10 of its last 13 following a 6-5 loss to Boston on Sunday. ... Arizona topped Houston 8-4 to hand the Astros their eighth straight loss. They have been outscored 66-16 during their longest losing streak in six years.

STREAKS
Ichiro Suzuki extended his major league-best hitting streak to 20 games in Seattle's 7-4 win over Kansas City on Sunday. ... Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 11 games in St. Louis' 7-2 loss to Washington. ... Nick Swisher homered in a third consecutive game in Oakland's 8-4 loss to Baltimore.

SPEAKING
``I do love this park. I think it's a beautiful place for baseball. The fans - there doesn't ever seem to be too many of them - but the ones that are here are loud and in the game and good fans. It's always going to be a little special to me because it's where I started.'' - Seattle pitcher Jarrod Washburn, on improving to 5-1 with a 2.83 ERA at Kansas City's Kaufmann Stadium in the Mariners' 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday. Washburn also got the win in his major league debut in 1998 at the ballpark.

SEASONS
May 28
1946 - The Washington Senators beat New York 2-1 in the first night game at Yankee Stadium. The first ball was thrown out by General Electric president Charles E. Wilson.
1951 - After going 0-for-12 in his first three major league games, Willie Mays of the New York Giants hit a home run off Warren Spahn in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Braves.
1956 - Dale Long of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a home run in his eighth consecutive game, a major league record. Long connected off Brooklyn's Carl Erskine at Forbes Field.
1968 - The American League announced the league will be split into two divisions. The East division will consist of Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York and Washington. California, Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland and Seattle will make up the West.
1979 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals hit for the cycle and added another home run to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in 16 innings.
1986 - Joe Cowley of the Chicago White Sox set a major league record by striking out the first seven batters he faced. He lasted 4 2-3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
1995 - The White Sox and Tigers set a major league record with 12 homers, and combined for an American League-record 21 extra-base hits in Chicago's 14-12 victory in Detroit.
1998 - Arizona manager Buck Showalter intentionally walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Diamondbacks held on to beat San Francisco 8-7.
2003 - Atlanta became the second team in major league history to start a game with three straight homers in its 15-3 win over the Reds. Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield hit consecutive home runs off Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first. The Padres did it against the Giants on April 13, 1987.
2006 - Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run during the San Francisco Giants' 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies to slip past Babe Ruth and pull in right behind Hank Aaron's record 755 homers.
Today's birthdays: Humberto Sanchez, 24; Jhonny Peralta, 25; Daniel Cabrera, 26.
 

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