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Thursday, 21 June 2007 21:48
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, June 22
N.Y. Yankees at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EDT). Kei Igawa makes his return for the Yankees, squaring off against Matt Cain.

STARS
Thursday
-Felix Hernandez, Mariners, allowed six hits in eight scoreless innings to lead Seattle to a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh.
-Russell Martin, Dodgers, hit a bases-loaded double in the eighth inning, sparking a six-run rally, in an 8-4 win over Toronto.

EKED OUT
Pinch-hitters Kenny Lofton and Frank Catalanotto singled off the gloves of diving Cubs outfielders in the bottom of the ninth inning, producing the winning run in the Texas Rangers' 6-5 victory over Chicago on Thursday. Catalanotto hit a one-out liner down the right-field line that Angel Pagan nearly caught, sending Lofton home with the winning run.

BLOWN CHANCE
Roger Clemens couldn't hold on for his 350th win and the Colorado Rockies completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees with a 4-3 victory Thursday. Matt Holliday's RBI single with one out in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie. Clemens (1-2) was trying to become the first major leaguer to win 350 games since Warren Spahn did it for Milwaukee on Sept. 29, 1963, when Yankees manager Joe Torre was the Braves' catcher and Clemens had just celebrated his first birthday.

BLANKED
The hapless Pirates were shut out for the eighth time this season, 3-0, by the Mariners on Thursday night, the most in the major leagues. They haven't scored since Jason Bay singled in a run in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 victory over Seattle, a span of 20 innings.

STREAKS
Ichiro Suzuki had two more hits for the Mariners in a 3-0 win over the Pirates Thursday night to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current one in the majors. He has at least one hit in 41 of his last 43 games.

SPEAKING
``I don't want to see them again, how's that?'' - Yankees Manager Joe Torre after the Rockies denied Roger Clemens his 350th win and completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-3 victory on Thursday.

SEASONS
June 22
1925 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting a grand slam, and Max Carey getting two hits in the first and eighth innings.
1930 - Lou Gehrig hit three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 20-13 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader. Babe Ruth, who hit three homers in the nightcap the previous day, hit two homers in the opener and one in the nightcap for the Yankees. Ruth tied major league records for five homers in two games and six homers in three games.
1944 - Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves threw a five-inning 7-0 no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1947 - Cincinnati's Ewell Blackwell almost duplicated Johnny Vander Meer's double no-hit record by following up his June 18 gem over Boston. Brooklyn's Eddie Stanky singled with one out in the ninth to end Blackwell's bid. Blackwell ended up with a 4-0 two-hitter.
1962 - Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell became the first batter to hit a home run over the center-field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The 469-foot clout came off Don Schwall of the Boston Red Sox.
1982 - Philadelphia's Pete Rose doubled off St. Louis pitcher John Stuper in the third inning to move into second place on the career hit list. Rose moved ahead of Hank Aaron with hit No. 3,772.
1993 - Carlton Fisk set the major league record for most games caught as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. Fisk, 45, passed Bob Boone with his 2,226th game.
1994 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 31st home run of the season in Seattle's 12-3 victory at California, breaking Babe Ruth's record for most homers before the end of June. Ruth needed 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930. Griffey hit his 31st in the Mariners' 70th game.
1997 - The Atlanta Braves, behind a four-homer, nine-run third, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-5. Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser homered in the inning.
2002 - The Detroit Tigers ended Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak. Castillo went 0-for-4 and was left on deck when the Florida Marlins finished off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat the Tigers 5-4.
2006 - Anthony Reyes pitched a one-hitter in just his fourth major league start, but St. Louis fell to the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Jim Thome homered in the seventh inning for Chicago's only hit.
Today's birthdays: Ian Kinsler, 25; Brad Hawpe, 28.
 

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