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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, June 9
Seattle at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Mariners starter Jeff Weaver is 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA this season.

STARS
Friday
-Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, hit three home runs to help the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta 9-1.
-J.D. Drew, Red Sox, hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs in Boston's 10-3 win over Arizona.
-Olmedo Saenz, Dodgers, hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to push the Los Angeles Dodgers past Toronto 4-3.
-Raul Ibanez, Mariners, homered in the 11th inning to lift Seattle over San Diego 6-5.
-Jorge Sosa, Mets, pitched eight scoreless innings to help the New York Mets defeat Detroit 3-0.
-Shannon Stewart, Athletics, hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th, lifting the Athletics past the Giants 5-3.

TRIO OF LONGBALLS
Alfonso Soriano hit three home runs in the first four innings of the Chicago Cubs' 9-1 win over Atlanta on Friday. Soriano's only other three-homer game also came against the Braves on April 21, 2006, while playing for the Nationals in Washington. The three homers gave Soriano 10 for the season.

OUT OF POSITION
Noah Lowry was forced to play right field for the San Francisco Giants in a 5-3 loss to the Athletics on Friday night when a 10th-inning collision at the plate forced backup catcher Eliezer Alfonzo out of the game. Pedro Feliz, the Giants' starting third baseman, made his major league debut behind the plate.

UP-AND-COMER
Cincinnati's Homer Bailey won in his major league debut on Friday, helping the Reds beat intra-state rival Cleveland 4-3. Bailey gave up two runs in five innings in a 114-pitch effort that came exactly three years and one day after he was taken No. 7 overall in the 2004 draft.

LONG TIME COMING
Kansas City beat Philadelphia 8-4 on Friday in the Phillies' first visit to Kauffman Stadium since the 1980 World Series. The Phillies won that series in six games to secure their only championship.

STREAKS
The New York Yankees beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in 10 innings on Friday to for their first four-game winning streak of the season. ... Yuniesky Betancourt extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games in Seattle's 6-5 11 inning win. ... Casey Blake extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games in Cleveland's 4-3 loss to Cincinnati. ... Eric Byrnes extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Arizona's 10-3 loss to Boston.

FAMILY MATTERS
Detroit selected Tigers legend Al Kaline's grandson in the 25th round, third base coach Gene Lamont's son in the 29th round and the younger brothers of current Tigers pitchers Joel Zumaya and Nate Robertson in the 42nd and 43rd rounds, respectively, on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft on Friday. ... Baltimore took the son of manager Sam Perlozzo in the 35th round. ... The Chicago White Sox took manager Ozzie Guillen's son in the 36th round. ... The Los Angeles Angels took manager Mike Scioscia's son in the 41st round.

SPEAKING
``We are 2-0 when I get ejected.'' - Houston slugger Lance Berkman, on getting ejected for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook in the Astros' 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Berkman was also tossed Tuesday night in a win over Colorado for arguing a third strike.

SEASONS
June 9
1901 - The New York Giants set a major league record with 31 hits in beating Cincinnati 25-13. Al Selbach of the Giants went 6-for-7 with two doubles and four singles and scored four runs.
1906 - Boston snapped a 19-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3.
1914 - Honus Wagner became the first player in modern baseball to get 3,000 hits.
1935 - The St. Louis Cardinals became the 10th team in major league history to score a run in every inning in a 13-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
1946 - Commissioner Happy Chandler imposed five-year suspensions on players who jumped to the Mexican League and three-year suspensions for those who broke the reserve clause.
1946 - The New York Giants' Mel Ott became the first manager to be ejected in both ends of a doubleheader. The Pittsburgh Pirates won both games, 2-1 and 5-1.
1963 - Playing the first Sunday night game in major league history because of excessive heat during the day, the Houston Colt .45s handed the San Francisco Giants their seventh straight loss in Houston, 3-0. Turk Farrell and Skinny Brown pitched the shutout.
1966 - Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher and Harmon Killebrew homered in the seventh inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Athletics.
1979 - California's Nolan Ryan struck out 16 batters as the Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 9-1. It was the 21st time in his career he struck out 15 or more batters in one game.
1986 - Chicago pitcher Tom Seaver (306) and California Angels hurler Don Sutton (298) had the highest combined win total of opponents since 1926, when Walter Johnson (406) faced Red Faber (197). Sutton beat the White Sox 3-0.
1990 - Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers tied Mickey Mantle's record by homering from each side of the plate in the same game for the 10th time in his career. The Dodgers beat the Padres 5-4 in 11 innings.
1998 - Cecil Fielder of the Angels and Yamil Benitez of the Diamondbacks each hit grand slams in the same inning in Anaheim's 10-8 win over Arizona. It was the first time both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 1992.
Today's birthday: Randy Winn 33.
 

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