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Tuesday, 19 June 2007 21:48
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, June 20
Detroit at Washington (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jeremy Bonderman looks to improve to 8-0 for the Tigers.

STARS
Tuesday
-Johan Santana, Twins, pitched a complete-game, four-hitter and Minnesota routed the New York Mets 9-0.
-Chris Young, Diamondbacks, hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to help Arizona rally past Tampa Bay 10-8.
-Josh Beckett, Red Sox, threw six scoreless innings and hit an RBI double in Boston's 4-0 win over Atlanta.
-Dan Uggla, Marlins, hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning to lift Florida over the Chicago White Sox 7-5.
-Ryan Howard, Phillies, drove in four runs to help Philadelphia defeat Cleveland 9-6.

CAPITOL PUNISHMENT
Detroit pounded out 17 hits in a 15-1 rout of Washington on Tuesday. Sean Casey continued his dominance of the Washington/Montreal franchise, going 2-for-5 with a walk, driving in a season-high four runs and hitting his first home run of the season. The 15 runs and 17 hits were the most allowed by the Nationals this season. The Tigers have scored at least 10 runs six times in 17 June games.

SWEET HOMECOMING
Russell Martin homered in his first major league game in his native Canada to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Toronto 10-1 on Tuesday. Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season, to left in the sixth inning off reliever Lee Gronkiewicz.

SPARKLING SHEETS
Ben Sheets pitched his 13th career complete game in Milwaukee's 6-2 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday. Sheets (8-3), who walked one and gave up six hits, has allowed three runs or less in 12 straight starts. The right-hander struck out four and threw 81 of his 118 pitches for strikes

SHORT NOTICE
First-year starter Brad Thompson worked seven strong innings a day ahead of schedule and three days after a two-inning relief stint, leading the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Thompson started in place of Kip Wells, who was told three hours before the game that he was being sent to the bullpen.

SNAPPED
Juan Encarnacion had his 18-game hitting streak snapped in St. Louis' 5-1 win over Kansas City on Tuesday. ... Arizona topped Tampa Bay 10-8 in 10 innings to earn their first win in eight tries against their 1998 expansion partners. ... Ty Wigginton extended his career-best hit streak to 13 games for Tampa Bay in the loss.

SPEAKING
``I think he's trying to hide right now. Believe me, tomorrow it's going to happen. ... Hopefully by game time he'll be bald.'' - Minnesota ace Johan Santana, on Twins broadcaster and former big league pitcher Bert Blyleven declaring before the game that he'd shave his own head if Santana threw a shutout on Tuesday. Santana pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Twins past the New York Mets 9-0.

SEASONS
June 20
1912 - The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 runs.
1951 - Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hit three home runs, a double and single in a 14-8 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1980 - Freddie Patek, one of baseball's smallest players at 5-foot-5, hit three home runs and a double to lead the California Angels in a 20-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.
1982 - Pete Rose became the fifth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games and extended a personal consecutive-game streak to 523 in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
1992 - Kelly Saunders became the second woman to serve as a public address announcer at a major league game when she filled in for Rex Barney in Baltimore.
1994 - The Detroit Tigers' string of 25 straight games hitting a home run ended in a 7-1 loss to Cleveland. The streak matched the major league mark set by the 1941 New York Yankees.
1998 - Sammy Sosa hit two home runs for the second straight day to set a major league record with 16 homers in June as the Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia 9-4.
2001 - Barry Bonds broke two major league records with his 38th homer, including one set by Babe Ruth in 1928, as the Giants beat San Diego 8-3. Bonds hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning to break out of a tie with Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1998) for the most homers before the All-Star break. And he became the quickest to 38, doing it in his team's 71st game. Ruth hit 38 in 88 games in 1928.
2004 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit the 500th home run of his career, off Matt Morris, to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0.
2006 - Jason Jennings and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as Colorado beat Oakland 6-0. It was the first one-hitter in team history and the third time there has been one hit or less at Coors Field.
Today's birthday's: Kevin Gregg 29; Bobby Seay 29; Rob Mackowiak 31; Paul Bako 35; Juan Castro 35.
 

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