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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, June 2
San Francisco at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EDT). Cole Hamels struck out nine in a win against the Giants on May 6.

STARS
Friday
-Matt Morris, Giants, gave up one hit in six scoreless innings and had three hits and scored twice in San Francisco's 13-0 pounding of Philadelphia.
-Javier Vazquez, White Sox, pitched eight shutout innings in Chicago's 3-0 win over Toronto.
-Ronnie Belliard, Nationals, had a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning to push Washington past San Diego 4-3.
-Kyle Davies, Braves, gave up one run in seven innings and went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Atlanta's 8-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
-John Lackey, Angels, allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings to earn his major league-leading ninth win and the Los Angeles Angels edged Baltimore 3-2.

STINGY AT SHEA
Reigning NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb allowed four hits over eight innings in Arizona's 5-1 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. He struck out eight and walked one to improve to 5-3 on the season and lower his ERA to 0.31 in four career starts at Shea Stadium.

CONSECUTIVE FIRSTS
Juan Encarnacion and Gary Bennett hit their first homers of the season on consecutive pitches in St. Louis' seven-run ninth inning to lift the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory over Houston on Friday night.

SECOND TIME'S THE CHARM
Bobby Livingston allowed seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for his first major league win and Cincinnati beat Colorado 4-2 on Friday night. Livingston was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Monday and was making his second career start. He gave up one unearned run and a walk. He also had a two-out, RBI single in the fourth.

STREAKS
Ichiro Suzuki extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, a Seattle record, in a 9-8 loss to Texas on Friday night. ... Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 23 games in Boston's 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees. ... Arizona topped the New York Mets 5-1 to earn their eighth straight win, their longest winning streak since 2003. ... Russell Martin homered for the third straight game in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.

SNAPPED
Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night. ... The Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Toronto. ... Baltimore had a six-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

SPEAKING
``I don't think I've ever gone into any game thinking, 'Well, we're due for a clunker.' It just kind of happens that way some times.'' - Boston manager Terry Francona, on his team's 9-5 loss to the rival New York Yankees on Friday night.

SEASONS
June 2
1928 - Les Bell of the Boston Braves hit three home runs and a triple at Braves Field, but the Cincinnati Reds came away with a 20-12 triumph.
1928 - The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1. All the runs came from three pinch-hit home runs.
1941 - Lou Gehrig died in New York at age 37.
1949 - The Philadelphia Phillies hit five homers in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Andy Seminick hit two and Del Ennis, Willie Jones, and Schoolboy Rowe hit one apiece. Seminick had homered earlier in the game.
1959 - The Baltimore Orioles-Chicago White Sox game at Comiskey Park was delayed for nearly half an hour as a swarm of gnats overcame the field. Groundskeepers tried using bug sprays and torches, but the gnats wouldn't budge. A post-game fireworks display was brought in from center field and a smoke bomb was attached to the framework. The gnats left and the Orioles defeated the White Sox, 3-2.
1990 - Randy Johnson pitched the first no-hitter in the Seattle Mariners' history, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0. The 6-foot-10 left-hander, walked six and struck out eight while pitching the first no-hitter at the Kingdome, which opened for baseball in 1977.
1996 - Houston starter Darryl Kile tied the modern major league record by hitting four batters in St. Louis, becoming the first to do it in the NL since Moe Drabowsky in 1957.
2000 - Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff hit his 400th career home run, but the Devil Rays lost to the Mets 5-3.
2000 - Rick Aguilera of the Chicago Cubs became the 13th pitcher with 300 saves in a 2-0 win over Detroit. Aguilera reached the mark in 614 career appearances, third quickest.
2005 - Kansas City completed a sweep of the New York Yankees with a 5-2 victory. The Royals, who had the worst record and second-lowest payroll in the major leagues, finished their first three-game sweep of the Yankees at home in 15 years.
Today's birthdays: Chin-hui Tsao, 26; Neifi Perez, 34; Raul Ibanez, 35; Mike Stanton, 40.
 

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