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Monday, 18 June 2007 22:25
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, June 19
Minnesota at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Johan Santana and Jorge Sosa are each looking for win No. 7.

STARS
Monday
-Chone Figgins, Angels, went 6-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the ninth inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels over Houston 10-9.
-Joe Blanton, Athletics, gave up one run in eight innings to help Oakland defeat Cincinnati 6-1.
-Cliff Lee, Indians, allowed one run and five hits in seven innings and Cleveland routed Philadelphia 10-1.
-Brian McCann, Braves, homered and drove in four runs to lead Atlanta past Boston 9-4.
-John Maine, Mets, pitched 7 1-3 innings, giving up one run on four hits to help the New York Mets top Minnesota 8-1.

NO K'S FOR CURT
Curt Schilling failed to strike out anyone in Boston's 9-4 loss to Atlanta on Monday. It was the first time that's happened in one of his starts since July 1, 1993, a span of 348 starts. Schilling has endured a lingering hangover from his near no-hitter at Oakland on June 7, which was broken up with two outs in the ninth. In his last two starts, he's given up 19 hits and 11 earned runs in 9 1-3 innings. It was just the third time in his career Schilling did not record a strikeout in a game he started.

FIRED
Sam Perlozzo was fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, the result of his inability to bring last-place Baltimore out of a lengthy funk culminated by an eight-game losing streak. The Orioles were 27-27 and second in the AL East on May 31 before losing 13 of 15 in June. Their 29-40 record is the fifth-worst in the major leagues. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley will be the interim manager when the Orioles begin a six-game trip in San Diego on Tuesday.

JUST SHORT
Detroit had to withstand a three-run ninth-inning rally against closer Todd Jones to defeat Washington 9-8 on Monday. Trailing 9-5, Cristian Guzman hit a two-run triple and Felipe Lopez followed with an RBI single but Jones got Ronnie Belliard to ground out with runners on the corners for the final out to preserve the win.

0-FOR-TAMPA BAY
Tampa Bay defeated Arizona 10-2 on Monday, giving the Devil Rays a 7-0 all-time record against their 1998 expansion partners.

STREAKS
So Taguchi extended his hitting streak to 11 games in St. Louis' 5-3 loss to Kansas City on Monday. ... San Francisco lost their fifth straight game, falling to Milwaukee 5-4.

SNAPPED
Casey Blake had his 26 game hitting streak snapped in Cleveland's 10-1 win over Philadelphia on Monday. The streak had been the longest in the major leagues this season.

SPEAKING
``It's embarrassing. I never gave us a chance. You want to walk around the room and apologize to everybody. Your manager, your teammates, fans. There's no excuse for a game like that.'' - Boston hurler Curt Schilling, on his second-shortest outing of the season in the Red Sox's 9-4 loss to Atlanta on Monday. Schilling was rocked for 10 hits and six runs in 4 1-3 innings.

SEASONS
June 19
1941 - En route to 56, Joe DiMaggio hit in his 32nd consecutive game, going 3-for-3, including a home run, against the Chicago White Sox.
1942 - Paul Waner got hit number 3,000 - a single off Rip Sewell - but the Boston Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6.
1952 - Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.
1961 - Roger Maris' ninth-inning homer off Kansas City's Jim Archer was his 25th of the year, putting him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth's pace in 1927.
1973 - Cincinnati's Pete Rose and Willie Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers both collected their 2,000th hits. It was a single for Rose against the San Francisco Giants and a home run for Davis against the Atlanta Braves.
1974 - Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals hurled his second no-hitter in 14 months and gave up just one walk in beating the Brewers 2-0 at Milwaukee.
1977 - The Boston Red Sox hit five home runs in an 11-1 triumph over the New York Yankees on June 19. The five homers gave the Red Sox a major league record 16 in three games. Boston hit six homers on June 17 and five on June 18, also against the Yankees. In the series the Yankees had no homers.
2001 - Ellis Burks hit three homers in a 10-9 Cleveland loss to the Twins.
2006 - San Francisco rookie Matt Cain carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in the Giants' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Chone Figgins lined a single to center with two outs in the eighth to end Cain's no-hit bid. The 21-year-old Cain allowed the one hit and an unearned run while walking four and striking out 10.
Today's birthdays: Claudio Vargas, 29; Bruce Chen, 30; Doug Mientkwiewicz, 33.
 

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