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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, June 16
Detroit at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EDT). Rookie Andrew Miller looks to remain unbeaten for the Tigers.

STARS
Friday
-Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, had five hits and five RBIs to lead Boston to a 10-2 win over San Francisco.
-Sammy Sosa, Rangers, hit a grand slam for his 599th career homer in a 7-6 victory at Cincinnati.
-Ted Lilly, Cubs, pitched eight innings, giving up six hits and one run in a 4-1 victory over San Diego.
-Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers, went 3-for-5 with five RBIs to help Detroit beat Philadelphia 12-8.
-Oliver Perez, Mets, allowed five hits over 7 1-3 scoreless innings to help the Mets beat the Yankees 2-0.
-Derek Lowe, Dodgers, allowed one run over seven innings and had a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over the Angels.
-Geoff Jenkins, Brewers, hit a grand slam in an 11-3 at Minnesota.

600 IN SIGHT
Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam for his 599th career homer Friday night, taking another little hop toward history while leading Texas to a 7-6 victory over Cincinnati. The 38-year-old slugger is one homer away from a mark that only four others have reached - Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. He ended an 18-game homer drought with his first grand slam since Sept. 15, 2004.

CROSSTOWN CLASHES
Derek Lowe allowed one run over seven innings and had a career-high 11 strikeouts, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Angels Friday night in the opener of Freeway Series II. ... Oliver Perez limited the Yankees to five hits in 7 1-3 innings, Jose Reyes homered and Carlos Gomez leapt to prevent a three-run homer, leading the Mets a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium in the opener of the season's second Subway Series.

REDEMPTION
Ted Lilly, ejected after two-thirds of an inning in his previous start against Atlanta for hitting Edgar Renteria with a pitch, allowed six hits over eight innings in the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 win over San Diego on Friday.

STREAKS
Oakland's Dan Haren won his eighth straight decision in a 14-3 win over St. Louis on Friday night. ... David Wright extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Yankees. ... Chone Figgins singled in the sixth inning in the Angels' 2-1 loss to the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games.

OLD TIMERS
Julio Franco's matchup with Roger Clemens in the Mets' 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday night became the oldest batter-pitcher matchup in the major leagues since Nick Altrock (57) of the Washington Senators hit a comebacker off the Philadelphia Athletics' Rube Walberg (37) in the 11th inning on Oct. 1, 1933, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Clemens and Franco (48) totaled 93 years, 246 days, while Altrock and Walberg added to 94 years, 80 days.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Jimmy Rollins hit a pair of solo homers and Ryan Howard, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino also connected for Philadelphia in a 12-8 loss to Detroit on Friday night.

SPEAKING
``Everybody's thinking about 600. I didn't come here to hit 600. Believe me, I want to get it done. I want to get it over with. But I'm not going to stop at 600. Definitely everybody's waiting for that; it's a big number. But my intention is not stopping there. I'm not going to be like I was in Chicago, but little by little, I'll be happy.'' - Sammy Sosa, who hit a grand slam for his 599th career homer in Texas' 7-6 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night. The 38-year-old slugger is one homer away from a mark that only four others have reached - Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

SEASONS
June 16
1916 - Tom Hughes of the Boston Braves pitched a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh Pirates.
1938 - Jimmie Foxx didn't get a chance to hit as the St. Louis Browns walked him six straight times. The Boston Red Sox won anyway, 12-8.
1953 - The St. Louis Browns beat New York 3-1 to break the Yankees' 18-game winning streak and end their 14-game losing streak.
1957 - Relief pitcher Dixie Howell hit two home runs in the 3 2-3 innings he pitched to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-6 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators.
1978 - After three ninth-inning misses, Tom Seaver threw the first no-hitter of his 12-year career as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.
1991 - Philadelphia rookie Andy Ashby struck out the side in the fourth inning against Cincinnati on nine pitches. It was the 12th time in National League history that it had been accomplished and the first time by a Phillies pitcher.
1991 - Otis Nixon of Atlanta stole six bases against Montreal to set a modern National League record and tie the major league record set by Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia A's in 1912.
2001 - John Olerud went 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle as Seattle beat the San Diego Padres 9-2. He hit a homer in the ninth to complete the cycle.
Today's birthdays: Jonathan Broxton, 23; Kerry Wood, 30; Chris Gomez, 36.
 

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