SCOREBOARD
Thursday, June 7
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Cole Hamels squares off against John Maine in a matchup of NL East rivals.

STARS
Wednesday
- Justin Verlander and Gary Sheffield, Tigers. Verlander threw seven shutout innings and Sheffield had a pair of homers and five RBIs in a 10-0 win at Texas.
- Carl Crawford, Devil Rays, drove in four runs and Tampa Bay won 6-2 over Toronto.
- Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees, threw a five-hitter, leading New York to a 5-1 win in Chicago.
- Jimmy Rollins, Phillies, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, rallying Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over New York.
- Brandon Webb and Chris Young, Diamondbacks. Young hit a solo homer a night after his game-ending shot in the 10th and Webb threw seven scoreless innings in Arizona's 1-0 win over San Francisco.

500
Trevor Hoffman became the first major leaguer with 500 career saves when he closed out the San Diego Padres' 5-2 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night. Hoffman set the career record with his 479th save on Sept. 28 against Pittsburgh, breaking Lee Smith's old mark of 478. Hoffman finished 2006 season with 482.

LIFTOFF
Roger Clemens appeared set to make his 2007 major league debut Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates after throwing 54 pitches during batting practice at the New York Yankees' minor league complex Wednesday. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner made 21 throws in the outfield and eight warmup tosses Wednesday before his 20-minute batting practice session against players from the Yankees' extended spring training team.

SIDELINED
The Chicago White Sox placed third baseman Joe Crede on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back inflammation on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Crede has a history of back problems, and it's been a nagging issue all season. After deciding not to have offseason surgery to repair two herniated discs, he is hitting .216 with four homers and 22 RBIs - a steep drop from last year when he batted .283 with 30 homers and 94 RBIs.

BOUNCE BACK
Carlos Zambrano threw 6 2-3 innings and struck out a season-high nine in Chicago's 6-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. The right-hander melted down in his last start, giving up a career-high 13 hits Friday against Atlanta and getting into a dugout skirmish with catcher Michael Barrett. The hostilities continued in the clubhouse, and Barrett sustained a cut lip and went to a hospital for stitches.

SLUMPING
The New York Mets lost their season-high third straight and fourth in five games, 4-2 to Philadelphia on Wednesday. ... The White Sox have lost nine of 11 after a 5-1 loss to New York. ... Texas lost 10-0 to Detroit and have lost 11 of 14, leaving them with the worst record in the major leagues at 21-38.

STREAKING
Philadelphia's Adam Eaton improved to 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his career against the Mets after a 4-2 win on Wednesday. ... St. Louis has won six of seven and pulled five games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central with a 6-4 win over Cincinnati. ... Arizona won for the 11th time in 12 games, 1-0 at home against San Francisco.

SNAPPED
Luis Castillo's major league-record errorless streak for second basemen ended at 143 games in Minnesota's 8-5 win over Los Angeles.

SPEAKING
``If this is the precedent that's going to be set - that if you do an interview and talk out against Major League Baseball and we don't like your answers, we're going to punish you even worse - I think it's a joke.'' - New York Yankees pitcher Mike Myers on commissioner Bud Selig deferring a decision on whether to discipline Jason Giambi for his remarks about steroids, saying how the slugger deals with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and his investigation into illegal enhancing drugs will be taken into account.

SEASONS
June 7
1885 - The American Association allowed pitchers to throw overhand.
1906 - The Chicago Cubs scored 11 runs in the first inning off New York Giants aces Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity and went on to a 19-0 victory.
1931 - The Philadelphia Athletics stranded 18 base runners in a 12-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1936 - The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians played 16 innings without recording a strikeout. The Yankees won 5-4.
1938 - Cleveland pitcher Johnny Allen walked off the mound in the second inning and didn't return after plate umpire Bill McGowan wanted Allen's dangling sweat shirt sleeve to be cut off because it was distracting Boston Red Sox hitters. Allen was fined $250 by manager Ossie Vitt and the shirt ended up in the Hall of Fame.
1950 - The Boston Red Sox collected 42 total bases, including six home runs and 23 hits in a 20-4 rout of the St. Louis Browns.
1970 - Vic Davalillo of the St. Louis Cardinals got a pinch hit in the seventh inning - twice - in the same game. The Cardinals beat the Padres, 10-7.
1972 - Gene Alley's bases-loaded walk gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0, 18-inning victory over the San Diego Padres.
1982 - Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the fifth major leaguer to play in 1,000 consecutive games.
1983 - Philadelphia's Steve Carlton struck out Lonnie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning for career strikeout No. 3,522, overtaking Nolan Ryan as the career strikeout king. St. Louis, however, beat the Phillies, 2-1.
1989 - Ernie Whitt had three hits and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the first game in major league history played indoors and outdoors on the same day. With the threat of rain, the SkyDome's $100 million retractable roof was closed.
2006 - Pitcher Jason Grimsley was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, a day after his home was searched by federal agents following his admission he used human growth hormone, steroids and amphetamines.
2006 - Colorado tied a major league record with five sacrifice flies in a 16-9 win over Pittsburgh. Seattle set the mark against Oakland on Aug. 7, 1988.
Today's birthdays: Mark Lowe, 24; Tyler Johnson, 26; Odalis Perez, 30.

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