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Tuesday, 12 June 2007 21:43
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, June 13
San Diego at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy, who has 95 strikeouts in 87 innings this season, looks to lower his 1.97 ERA for the Padres.

STARS
Tuesday
-Justin Verlander, Tigers, pitched a no-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 to lead Detroit over Milwaukee 4-0.
-Brad Ausmus, Astros, drove in four runs, including the game-winner in the 11th inning, to lift Houston over Oakland 5-4.
-Scott Olsen, Marlins, allowed three hits in seven innings and Florida beat Cleveland 3-0.
-Chase Utley, Phillies, homered and had four RBIs in Philadelphia's 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
-Brian Bannister, Royals, threw seven scoreless innings in Kansas City's 8-1 win over St. Louis.

NO-NO
Justin Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, mixing 100 mph heat with crazy curveballs to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Tuesday. Verlander struck out a career-high 12, walked four and benefited from several stellar defensive plays in the Tigers' first no-hitter since Jack Morris' gem in 1984. It was the second no-hitter of the season in the majors, with Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox doing it against the Texas Rangers on April 18.

YANKS HEATING UP
The New York Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Tuesday for their seventh consecutive victory. The Yankees (31-31) won for the 10th time in 12 tries following a five-game skid, reaching .500 for the first time since they were 16-16 after beating Texas on May 9. It's their first seven-game winning streak since a 10-game run in May 2005.

TRIPLE THREAT
Wilson Betemit, Matt Kemp, and winning pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo homered off John Maine on three consecutive pitches, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-1 on Tuesday. The Mets hadn't allowed three straight homers since April 1, 1997. Kuo became the first player born in Taiwan to hit a home run in a big-league game.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kelvim Escobar struck out a career-high 14 in six innings, but the Los Angeles Angels lost 5-3 to Cincinnati on Tuesday. Escobar gave up three runs on five hits and walked one. His 14 strikeouts were the most by an Angels pitcher since Chuck Finley fanned 15 Yankees on May 23, 1995.

STREAKS
Casey Blake extended his hitting streak to a career-best 21 games in Cleveland's 3-0 loss to Florida on Tuesday. ... David Wright extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Dodgers. ... Seattle topped the Chicago Cubs 5-3 in 13 innings for their season-high fifth straight win.

SNAPPED
Tadahito Iguchi had his 13-game hitting streak snapped in the Chicago White Sox's 7-3 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

SPEAKING
``I wanted to watch the catch, but Pudge was yelling in my ear.'' - Tigers hurler Justin Verlander, on the last out of his no-hitter against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Verlander got the Brewers' J.J. Hardy to fly out to right field and catcher Ivan Rodriguez stormed the mound to hug him as Magglio Ordonez caught the ball to preserve the no-hitter and the 4-0 win.

SEASONS
June 13
1905 - Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants pitched his second no-hit game, beating the Chicago Cubs and Mordecai Brown 1-0. Mathewson and Brown matched no-hitters for eight innings. The Giants got two hits in the ninth for the win.
1912 - Christy Mathewson recorded his 300th career victory with a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago Cubs.
1921 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees pitched the first five innings and hit two home runs in an 11-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1948 - Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium drew 49,641 fans who saw Ruth's No. 3 retired and the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3.
1957 - Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs and drove in five runs in a 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians, making Williams the first AL player to have two three-homer games in a season.
1973 - The Los Angeles Dodgers' infield of Steve Garvey (first base), Davey Lopes (second base), Ron Cey (third base) and Bill Russell (shortstop) played together for the first time in a 16-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The quartet would set a major league record for longevity by playing 8 1/2 years in the same infield.
2001 - Texas' Ruben Sierra homered from both sides of the plate for the sixth time in his career, but the Rangers lost 5-3 to the Dodgers.
2003 - Roger Clemens reached 300 wins and became the third pitcher with 4,000 strikeouts, leading the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2. Clemens, the 21st pitcher to make it to 300, allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings and struck out 10, raising his total to 4,006. Clemens joined Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) in the 4,000-strikeout club.
 

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