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Wednesday, 30 May 2007 21:33
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 31
Chicago White Sox at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EDT). Roy Halladay returns from the DL for the Blue Jays, squaring off against Mark Buehrle.

STARS
Wednesday
-Dan Haren, Athletics, gave up four hits in eight innings to win his sixth straight decision in a 6-1 victory over Texas.
-Derek Lowe, Dodgers, pitched seven scoreless innings, reached base three times and scored once as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Washington Nationals for the second straight game, 5-0.
-Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks, homered twice to lead Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, hit two home runs, powering Florida to a 9-0 win at Chicago.
-Aaron Harang, Reds, threw a six-hitter to help Cincinnati beat Houston 4-3.
-Erik Bedard, Orioles, pitched eight sharp innings in Baltimore's 3-0 win against Kansas City.

BLANKED
Derek Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings, reached base three times and scored once as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Washington Nationals for the second straight game, 5-0 Wednesday night. Los Angeles opened the three-game series Tuesday with a 10-0 victory. Lowe combined with relievers Joe Beimel and Rudy Seanez on a four-hitter.

HOUSTON'S GOT A PROBLEM
The Astros lost their 10th straight, 4-3 to Cincinnati on Wednesday. The skid is one short of the team record set in 1995.

SLUMPING
Milwaukee lost for the seventh time in eight games, 9-3 to Atlanta on Wednesday. The Brewers have lost 14 of 19 following a 24-10 start and the NL Central leader has dropped six consecutive series.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Prince Fielder hit his league-leading 18th homer and 12th of the month to tie a club record with three others in Milwaukee's 9-3 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. ... Gil Meche threw 7 1-3 innings and gave up just one run, but Kansas City lost 3-0 to Baltimore.

STREAKING
Minnesota won for the ninth time in 12 games with a 7-6 win over Chicago on Wednesday. ... Arizona has won seven straight after a 4-3 win at Philadelphia. ... Paul Byrd ran his walkless streak to 43 innings and threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of 27 hitters as Cleveland beat Boston 8-4. Byrd also won his fifth straight decision.

OLD TIMERS DAY
43-year-old Randy Johnson and 44-year-old Jamie Moyer combined to set a record for the matchup of the oldest lefties in history during Arizona's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. At a combined 88 years, 90 days, Johnson and Moyer broke the record set the last time these two faced off in early May.

SNAPPED
San Francisco stopped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over New York on Wednesday.

LIFTOFF
New York announced Wednesday that Roger Clemens will make his first start of the season on Monday at Chicago after the Rocket threw a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium. The 44-year-old Clemens has made three minor league starts since signing a prorated $28 million contract with the Yankees this month.

SPEAKING
``I saw the ump say, 'You need to come touch first base,' and I was like, `Oh, OK.' I didn't know what to do. It was weird, man. That was something totally different. But I like it. We won.'' - Minnesota's Torii Hunter after his four-pitch, bases-loaded walk forced in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and sent the Twins past the White Sox 7-6 on Wednesday.

SEASONS
May 31
1914 - Joseph Benz of the White Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians for a 6-1 victory.
1927 - Detroit first baseman Johnny Neun made an unassisted triple play against Cleveland. He caught Homer Summa's liner, tagged Charlie Jamieson between first and second and then touched second base before Glenn Myatt could return. The Tigers beat the Indians 1-0.
1937 - Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak ended with a 10-3 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hubbell's last defeat came on July 13, 1936, 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs.
1944 - Al Unser's only home run of the year, a pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, to help the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 62.
1964 - The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants played the longest doubleheader in major league history - nine hours, 52 minutes - with the help of a 23-inning game in the nightcap that was won by the visiting Giants 8-6 on run-scoring hits by Del Crandall and Felipe Alou against Galen Cisco. The second game took 7:23 to play.
1970 - Chicago's Luis Aparicio and Walt Williams each collect five hits in a in a 22-13 rout of the Boston Red Sox. Williams also scored five times. The two teams collected 40 hits, one short of the AL record set in 1950.
1980 - Ken Landreaux went 0-for-4 in Minnesota's 111 loss to Baltimore, ending his hitting streak at 31 consecutive games. It was the longest streak in the American League since Dom DiMaggio's 34-game streak in 1949.
1997 - Ila Borders became the first woman to pitch in a regular-season professional game, in the sixth inning of the St. Paul Saints' Northern League game against Sioux Falls. She gave up three earned runs without getting an out.
1999 - Umpire Frank Pulli used TV replay to take away a home run from Florida's Cliff Floyd in the fifth inning of the Marlins' 5-2 loss to St. Louis.
Today's birthdays: Jake Peavy 26; Dave Roberts 35; Kenny Lofton 40.
 

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