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Monday, 04 June 2007 21:40
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, June 5
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Jason Schmidt returns from the DL for the Dodgers.

STARS
Monday
-Barry Zito, Giants, gave up one unearned run in six innings to win his third straight start in San Francisco's 8-1 victory over Philadelphia.
-Jon Garland, White Sox, gave up two runs - one earned - in 8 1-3 innings to help the Chicago White Sox top the New York Yankees 6-4.
-Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, had five hits, including a three-run homer, to help the Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee 7-2.
-Gary Matthews Jr., Angels, had four hits, including his third career grand slam, and five RBIs in the Los Angels Angels' 16-3 drubbing of Minnesota.
-Eric Chavez, Athletics, hit a two-out homer in the 11th inning to lift Oakland to a 5-4 win over Boston.

GOOD AND BAD NEWS FOR YANKS
The New York Yankees were defeated 6-4 by the Chicago White Sox on Monday but got some good news on the medical front. Roger Clemens' MRI exam in Tampa, Fla., revealed some disrupted scar tissue - nothing that should prevent him from starting Saturday against Pittsburgh. Andy Pettitte felt better after leaving Sunday's start against the Red Sox with a stiff lower back. He expects to pitch Friday against the Pirates.

CYCLE
Oakland's Mark Ellis became the first player to hit for the cycle against the Boston Red Sox since 1978 in the Athletics' 5-4, 11-inning victory on Monday. It was the 17th cycle in A's history dating back to 1901 and first since Eric Byrnes did it on June 29, 2003, against San Francisco.

SORIANO HEATING UP
Alfonso Soriano had his first five-hit game since Sept. 17, 2002, as a member of the New York Yankees, in the Chicago Cubs' 7-2 win over Milwaukee on Monday. Soriano has homered in each of his last three games and the win was the second in a row for the Cubs since manager Lou Piniella was ejected on Saturday and subsequently suspended four games for a tirade following a close call at third base.

ANGELS BEDEVILING OPPONENTS
The Los Angeles Angels pounded Minnesota 16-3 on Monday. Every starter in the Angels lineup had at least one hit and a run scored in the triumph. The Angels' 23 hits were the most the team has had since May 10, 2002, when they had 24 against the Chicago White Sox. The Angels are off to the best start in franchise history at 37-22 and are a major league-best 23-8 at home. They've won 15 of their last 19 overall.

SPEAKING
``My wife was very nervous. At the hotel, she was shaking.'' - Atlanta rookie Yunel Escobar, on the excitement of being called up to the major leagues last week. Escobar went 4-for-4 and hit his first career homer in the Braves' 6-4 loss to Florida on Monday.

SEASONS
June 5
1911 - Boston's Smoky Joe Wood struck out three Chicago White Sox pinch hitters in the ninth to preserve a 5-4 win.
1915 - Philadelphia's Grover Cleveland Alexander lost his no-hitter when Artie Butler punched a single with two outs in the ninth. Alexander struck out Bob Bescher for the final out to beat St. Louis 3-0. Alexander went on to pitch three more one-hitters that season.
1949 - Commissioner Happy Chandler lifted the ban on all players who jumped to Mexico, starting in 1946.
1955 - New York's Mickey Mantle hit a home run off Chicago's Billy Pierce that traveled an estimated 550 feet. The ball cleared the left-field upper deck at Comiskey Park.
1959 - Pittsburgh's Dick Stuart hit the longest home run at Forbes Field. His shot off Chicago pitcher Glenn Hobbie cleared the center field wall.
1966 - Leo Cardenas of the Reds hit four home runs in a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Cardenas hit two home runs in each game as Cincinnati won the opener 8-3, but dropped the second game 9-5.
1986 - San Diego's Steve Garvey was ejected for the first time in his career when he argued a play at home plate. Garvey, the on-deck hitter, protested the last out of a triple play by the Atlanta Braves. Television replays showed that Bip Roberts was safe. The Padres lost 4-2.
1989 - The Blue Jays lost their debut in the SkyDome as Glenn Braggs hit a two-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past Toronto 5-3. The $375 million complex featured a $100 million, four-section, retractable roof.
1997 - Alex Rodriguez of the Mariners became the first Seattle player to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game. He completed the cycle with a double in the ninth of a 14-6 win at Detroit.
2001 - Colorado pitcher Mike Hampton had two homers, three RBIs and recorded his eighth win as Colorado defeated Houston 9-4.
Today's birthdays: Bill Bray, 24; Russ Ortiz, 33.
 

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