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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
Sunday
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, homered twice, had five RBIs and scored four runs in New York's 13-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
-Alex Gonzalez, Reds, hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning to give Cincinnati a 1-0 win over Cleveland.
-Ryan Spilborghs, Rockies, had two homers and a career-high six RBIs to push Colorado past Baltimore 6-1.
-Mark Grudzielanek, Royals, hit a home run and drove in five runs and Kansas City defeated Philadelphia 17-5.
-Geoff Jenkins, Brewers, hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning and Milwaukee stopped a three-game losing streak, beating Texas 9-6.
-Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks, gave up one run and struck out nine in six innings to help Arizona top Boston 5-1.

SCRAPE
Cubs starter Ted Lilly was ejected in the first inning of a 5-4 loss to the Braves on Sunday night after hitting Edgar Renteria with a pitch, causing the benches and bullpens to empty. Moments later, Renteria retaliated. He smacked Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot in the face with his right hand while stealing second. Renteria left for a pinch-hitter in the fourth because of a bruise on his left hand, the result of Lilly's fastball. The Braves said X-rays were negative.

BATTERED
Geoff Jenkins hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 9-6 Sunday night. Prince Fielder connected for his NL-leading 23rd home run as the Brewers finished with a season-high 22 hits.

SALVAGED
Randy Johnson allowed one run in six innings and three relievers did the rest as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Sunday afternoon to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Carlos Quentin doubled home the eventual winning run in the sixth inning, and Eric Byrnes had three hits as the Diamondbacks moved within percentage points of first-place San Diego in the NL West.

FIRSTS
Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine struck out 10, including seven straight at one point, and got his first career victory in Tampa Bay's 9-4 win over Florida on Sunday. ... Jason Hirsh limited Baltimore to one run on five hits in his first career complete game and earned his first win since April 22 in Colorado's 6-1 win over Baltimore.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
C.C Sabathia stifled Cincinnati through nine scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and one walk. He struck out six and didn't allow a runner past second base but Cleveland fell to the Reds 1-0 in 12 innings. Sabathia also went 2-for-3 at the plate.

STREAKS
Casey Blake extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games in Cleveland's 1-0 12-innings loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. ... Willy Taveras extended his hitting streak to an NL-best 15 games in Colorado's 6-1 win over Baltimore.

SNAPPED
Yuniesky Betancourt had his 20-game hitting streak snapped in Seattle's 4-3 win over San Diego on Sunday. ... The Chicago White Sox beat Houston 6-3 to snap a five-game losing streak.

SPEAKING
``It hit me in the hand and the chin also. But I have a big chin. Strong. I understand the game. If he hit me on my buttocks, I understand, but to hit me in the head, I don't understand that.'' - Edgar Renteria, on being hit by Ted Lilly in the first inning of the Braves' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday. Lilly was ejected and the benches and bullpens emptied as a result of the incident.

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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