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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, June 11
N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EDT). Orlando Hernandez faces off against Randy Wolf.

STARS
Saturday
-Dan Haren, Athletics, pitched seven shutout innings to earn his seventh straight victory in Oakland's 6-0 win over San Francisco.
-Jon Lieber, Phillies, struck out 11 in a three-hitter, leading Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over Kansas City.
-Edgar Renteria, Braves, homered and drove in four runs to help Atlanta top the Chicago Cubs 9-5.
-Kazuo Matsui, Rockies, doubled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the 10th inning of Colorado's 3-2 win over the Orioles.
-Jason Varitek, Red Sox, homered, doubled and drove in three runs in a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Diamondbacks.

ROCKET RETURNS
Roger Clemens, pitching in pinstripes for the first time in four years, struck out seven over six solid innings in the New York Yankees' 9-3 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The 44-year-old allowed three runs, five hits and two walks to earn his 349th career victory. The Yankees have won a season-best five straight and eight of 10 overall.

WHEELS COME OFF
Michael Young singled off Francisco Cordero with two outs in the ninth to lead the Texas Rangers to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. With Texas trailing 3-0, Brad Wilkerson hit a two-out single, Ramon Vazquez walked and Gerald Laird hit an RBI single. Kenny Lofton followed with a run-scoring single and Marlon Byrd tied it with an RBI single.

STREAKS
Dan Haren won his seventh straight decision, leading the A's past the San Francisco Giants 6-0 on Saturday. ... Jeremy Bonderman won his sixth straight start following five straight no-decisions in Detroit's 8-7 win over the New York Mets. ... Casey Blake extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games in Cleveland's 8-6 win over Cincinnati.

SNAPPED
Mark Teixeira's franchise-record consecutive games streak ended at 507 when the Texas Rangers placed him on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's 4-3 win over Milwaukee.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Derek Lowe (6-6) went the distance for the Dodgers in a 1-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night, allowing one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three.

SUSPENSION
Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was suspended for one game Saturday by Major League Baseball for his conduct during a game against the New York Yankees earlier this week. Pierzynski appealed the suspension and was in the lineup in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros, but said he might sit out Sunday in the finale of the interleague series.

SPEAKING
``Whoever else is on the staff or not, Danny's been unbelievable. No doubt he's the ace of our staff right now. He certainly deserves to be in conversations with the best pitchers in the game.'' - Oakland assistant general manager David Forst on Dan Haren (7-2), who won his seventh straight decision in a 6-0 win over the Giants on Saturday.

SEASONS
June 11
1904 - Bob Wicker of the Chicago Cubs pitched 9 1-3 hitless innings before Sam Mertes of the New York Giants singled. Wicker won a 1-0, 12-inning one-hitter.
1938 - Johnny Vander Meer hurled the first of two consecutive no-hitters as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 3-0.
1967 - The Chicago Cubs hit seven homers and the New York Mets four in the second game of a doubleheader, tying the major league record set by the New York Yankees (six) and Detroit Tigers (five) in 1950. Adolfo Phillips hit four home runs in the doubleheader for Chicago.
1981 - Following Seattle's 8-2 win over Baltimore, major league players went on strike.
1985 - Von Hayes became the first player in major league history to hit two home runs in the first inning. Hayes connected twice in a nine-run first, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 26-7 victory over the New York Mets.
1990 - Nolan Ryan pitched the sixth no-hitter of his career, extending his major league record, as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0. Ryan was the first to pitch no-hitters for three teams and, at 43, the oldest to throw one.
1995 - Mark McGwire hit three home runs in consecutive at-bats and tied the major league record of five homers in consecutive games, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Boston Red Sox 8-1.
1995 - Lee Smith set a major league record with a save in his 16th consecutive appearance, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the California Angels' 5-4 victory over Baltimore. Smith broke the mark of 15 straight set by Doug Jones in 1988.
1997 - Roger Clemens lost for the first time after 11 straight wins to open the season as the Seattle Mariners topped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1.
2002 - Jared Sandberg became the 16th AL player to homer twice in an inning, and the third this season, as Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 11-2.
2003 - Houston's Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0. The sextet set a record for the highest number of pitchers to throw a no-hitter in major league history - four accomplished the feat twice.
Today's birthdays: Jose Reyes 24; Yhency Brazoban 27.
 

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