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Tuesday, 05 June 2007 22:44
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, June 6
Detroit at Texas (8:35 p.m. EDT). In search of his sixth win of the season, Justin Verlander faces off against Kevin Millwood.

STARS
Tuesday
-C.C. Sabathia, Indians, threw a complete-game shutout, giving up five hits and striking out eight in Cleveland's 1-0 victory over Kansas City.
-Chase Utley, Phillies, homered in the 11th inning and drove in three runs to lift Philadelphia over the New York Mets 4-2.
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, hit his major league-best 21st home run and had three RBIs to help the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3.
-Kelvim Escobar, Angels, pitched a three-hitter for his second complete game of the season to help the Los Angeles Angels defeat Minnesota 5-1.
-Chris Young, Diamondbacks, hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to lift Arizona over San Francisco 4-3.

PITCHING DUELS
Jorge De La Rosa was the hard-luck loser in Kansas City's 1-0 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. De La Rosa struck out a career-high seven and gave up one run in 7 1-3 innings, but was outdueled by C.C. Sabathia, who pitched a complete game to improve to 9-1 on the season. ... Jason Schmidt returned from the DL for Los Angeles and tossed six shutout innings, retiring 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, but the Dodgers lost 1-0 to San Diego. Padres starter Chris Young gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings. Neither starter figured in the decision.

HIT THE SHOWERS
Detroit starter Nate Robertson did not record an out in the Tigers' 6-4 loss to Texas on Tuesday. He threw 30 pitches and gave up six runs on four hits and two walks. The big blow was a Victor Diaz grand slam, which Marlon Byrd followed with a triple. Byrd scored on a sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler. Sammy Sosa drove in the other run with a single. Robertson dropped to 4-6 on the season with the loss.

STUNG
Matt Stairs scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk and the Toronto Blue Jays put up six runs in the ninth to beat Tampa Bay 12-11 on Tuesday night. The Devil Rays lost despite collecting a season-high 17 hits.

STREAKS
The Los Angeles Angels defeated Minnesota 5-1 on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory. ... Casey Blake extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Cleveland's 1-0 win over Kansas City. ... Matt Holliday and Willie Taveras extended their hitting streaks to 13 and 10 games, respectively, in Colorado's 4-1 victory over Houston.

SPEAKING
``I just bought a bottle of champagne two months ago for him. Now it's frozen. I'm going to drink it tonight.'' - Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on starter Mark Buehrle failing in his seventh attempt for his 100th career victory. Buehrle gave up five runs in a 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

SEASONS
June 6
1918 - Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the offseason, made his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter's box and doffed his cap. A bird flew out and the fans broke into laughter.
1934 - Myril Hoag hit a major league record six singles in the New York Yankees' 15-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox.
1939 - The New York Giants hit five home runs in the fourth inning of a 17-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at the Polo Grounds. With two out, Harry Danning, Al Demaree, Burgess Whitehead, Manny Salvo and Joe Moore connected as the Giants scored eight runs in the inning.
1965 - Tom Tresh of the New York Yankees connected for three consecutive home runs in a 12-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox. Tresh hit his first homer right-handed off Juan Pizzaro in the first inning, then went to the other side of the plate and hit two against Bruce Howard in the third and fifth innings.
1986 - San Diego Padres manager Steve Boros was ejected before the first pitch of the game with the Atlanta Braves when he tried to give umpire Charlie Williams a videotape of a disputed play in the previous night's 4-2 loss to Atlanta.
1992 - Eddie Murray drove in two runs at Pittsburgh to pass Mickey Mantle (1,509) as the career RBI leader among switch-hitters.
1995 - J.D. Drew of Florida State hit a record-setting three homers in his final three at-bats in a 16-11 loss to Southern California in the College World Series. Drew finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs and 12 total bases, also a series record.
1996 - For the second time in major league history and first in the AL, a cycle and a triple play took place in the same game. Boston's John Valentin hit for the cycle, while Chicago turned a triple play in the Red Sox's 7-4 victory. In 1931, Philadelphia's Chuck Klein hit for the cycle in the same game that the Phillies turned a triple play against the Chicago Cubs.
1998 - Jason Lane's grand slam capped a five-run ninth inning as Southern California won its first NCAA title in 20 years, beating Pac-10 rival Arizona State 21-14 in the College World Series.
2003 - The New York Mets ended Seattle's 13-game road winning streak with a 3-2 win in the first meeting between the teams. It was the longest streak in the majors since Detroit's 17 straight road wins in 1984.
2006 - Baltimore's Corey Patterson had his run of successive games with a stolen base stopped at nine in a 6-4 loss to Toronto. It was the longest run in the majors since Rickey Henderson had an identical stretch in 1986.
Today's birthdays: Matt Belisle, 27; Jeremy Affeldt, 28; Mark Ellis, 30; Tony Graffanino, 35.
 

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