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Sunday, 17 June 2007 22:18
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, June 18
Houston at L.A. Angels (10:05 p.m. EDT). John Lackey goes for his major league-leading 11th win of the season for the Angels.

STARS
Sunday
-Justin Morneau, Twins, hit a game-ending home run to lift Minnesota over Milwaukee 10-9.
-Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees, came within one out of a complete game and struck out a career-high 10 in an 8-2 win over the Mets.
-Mike Cameron, Padres, hit two homers and San Diego routed the Chicago Cubs 11-3.
-Nate McLouth, Pirates, had a career-high four RBIs to help Pittsburgh edge the Chicago White Sox 8-7.
-Jonny Gomes, Devil Rays, hit a pair of two-run homers to lead Tampa Bay past Colorado 7-4.
-Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs and St. Louis beat Oakland 10-6.

CHASING AARON
Barry Bonds added baseball's oldest ballpark to his long-ball list in his quest for the sport's most hallowed record. The San Francisco slugger hit his 748th career homer off former teammate Tim Wakefield and moved within seven of tying Hank Aaron's record in the Giants' 9-5 loss to Boston on Sunday. Wakefield became the 441st pitcher to surrender a homer to Bonds and Fenway Park became the 36th ballpark Bonds has homered in.

RAZOR SHARP
Chien-Ming Wang came within one out of a complete game and the New York Yankees won the second Subway Series of the season Sunday night with an 8-2 victory over the stumbling Mets. Wang (7-4) struck out a career-high 10 and walked one.

DH RECORD
Frank Thomas hit his record-breaking 244th homer as a designated hitter in Toronto's 4-2 loss to Washington on Sunday. The solo shot in the third inning moved Thomas past Edgar Martinez for the most homers by a DH in major league history. It was his ninth of the season and 496th of his career.

VERLANDER'S ENCORE
Justin Verlander didn't quite match his no-hit performance from Tuesday night, but he pitched well enough to earn his eighth victory of the season in Detroit's 7-4 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. Verlander gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six to improve to 8-2 on the season.

INSIDE-THE-PARK
ey attempted to backhand Matthews' drive to the wall and crashed into an auxiliary scoreboard with an audible thud. He was taken off the field in a cart with a bruised right knee.

STREAKS
Casey Blake extended the longest hitting streak in the majors this season to 26 games in Cleveland's 5-2 win over Atlanta on Sunday. ... Arizona defeated Baltimore 6-4 to extend the Orioles' losing streak to eight. ... Houston downed Seattle 10-3 to hand the Mariners their fifth straight loss following a season-high five game winning streak.

SPEAKING
``I saw that kid, and I was like don't do it, don't do it. And luckily he stayed away and Bay made the catch.'' - Pittsburgh center fielder Nate McLouth, on left fielder Jason Bay's game-saving catch in the ninth inning of the Pirates' 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Jim Thome hit a long fly-ball that Bay caught leaning against the outfield wall. A young fan in the front row backed off his pursuit of the ball moments before it landed in Bay's glove.

SEASONS
June 18
1947 - Cincinnati's Ewell Blackwell tossed a 6-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves.
1950 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the first inning for an American League record as they trounced the Philadelphia A's 21-2.
1953 - At Fenway Park, Dick Gernert's home run highlighted the 17-run, 14-hit seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 23-3. Gene Stephens collected three hits and Sammy White scored three runs in the big inning. Tom Umphlett also reached base three times in the inning.
1960 - The San Francisco Giants fired Bill Rigney and selected Tom Sheehan as manager. At 66 years, two months and 18 days, Sheehan was the oldest man to debut as a manager of a major league team.
1967 - The Houston Astros' Don Wilson tossed the first of his two career no-hitters by blanking the Atlanta Braves 2-0, facing 30 batters and striking out 15.
1975 - Fred Lynn batted in 10 runs with three homers, a triple and a single in a 15-1 Boston Red Sox victory over the Detroit Tigers. Lynn's 16 total bases tied an AL record.
1986 - California's Don Sutton pitched a three-hitter for his 300th career victory as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-1. The 41-year-old right-hander became the 19th pitcher in baseball history to win 300 games.
2002 - Luis Castillo tied Rogers Hornsby's 80-year-old record for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman, beating out a dribbler to the pitcher in the sixth inning to make it 33 games in a row, in a 2-1 Florida win over Cleveland.
2005 - Atlanta's Julio Franco, 46, hit two homers in a game for the first time since Sept. 12, 1996, becoming the second-oldest player to homer in major league history. Jack Quinn was a week shy of his 47th birthday when he homered in 1930.
 

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