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Sunday, 24 June 2007 21:48
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, June 25
Oakland at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Chad Gaudin squares off against C.C. Sabathia.

STARS
Sunday
-Dustin McGowan, Blue Jays, pitched a one-hitter to lead Toronto to a 5-0 victory over Colorado.
-Joe Mauer, Twins, hit two homers to help Minnesota beat Florida 7-4.
-Erick Aybar, Angels, singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels over Pittsburgh 4-3.
-Shane Victorino, Phillies, hit a pinch-hit, three-run double to break a tie in the eighth inning and help Philadelphia defeat St. Louis 5-1.
-Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, homered for the third straight day to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Chicago White Sox 3-0.
-Hunter Pence, Astros, went 4-for-6 with a homer and four runs scored in a 12-9, 10-inning victory over Texas.

GOOD COMPANY
Ken Griffey Jr. capped his Seattle homecoming with two home runs, passing Mark McGwire for seventh place on the career list in Cincinnati's 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Sunday. Griffey hit solo drives off Miguel Batista for his 583rd and 584th home runs, tying and then passing McGwire. The homers were Griffey's first against the Mariners in six career games, and left him two behind Frank Robinson for sixth place all time.

ALMOST A NO-NO
Dustin McGowan's bid for the second no-hitter in Blue Jays' history ended when Jeff Baker singled leading off the ninth inning and Toronto beat Colorado 5-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. The Rogers Centre crowd saluted McGowan with a standing ovation following the hit and he retired the next three batters to finish off his first career shutout. He struck out seven and walked one over 109 pitches.

ROCKET IN RELIEF
Roger Clemens made his first regular season relief appearance since July 18, 1984 - his 13th career game - in the New York Yankees' 7-2 loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Clemens walked Barry Bonds on five pitches and allowed Nate Schierholtz's sacrifice fly while pitching the seventh inning. Clemens also came out of the bullpen to earn the win for Houston in an 18-inning playoff game against Atlanta in 2005, the longest postseason game in major league history.

STREAKS
The Los Angeles Angels topped Pittsburgh 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday for their fourth straight win. ... The Pirates have now lost five in a row, matching their longest skid this season. ... Lance Berkman extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his homer in Houston's 12-9, 10-inning victory over the Rangers.

SNAPPED
Edwin Jackson beat his old team for his first win since Sept. 26, 2005, leading Tampa Bay over the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Sunday. Jackson (1-8) stopped a franchise record-tying eight-decision losing streak to begin a season. ... Derek Jeter had his 17-game hitting streak snapped in the New York Yankees' 7-2 loss to San Francisco. ... Kansas City snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3, 11-inning win over Milwaukee.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Brian Roberts homered and had four hits for the Orioles in an 8-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

SPEAKING
``At least I didn't kill a ray out there. I won't have any activists after me. Somebody was yelling that out in the stands, and I was a little worried out there.'' - Los Angeles Dodgers' left fielder Luis Gonzalez, on his first inning home run at Tampa Bay into a fish tank in center field that is home to about 30 cownose rays. The Devil Rays beat the Dodgers 9-4 on Sunday.

SEASONS
June 25
1934 - Pitcher John Broaca tied a major league record by striking out five consecutive times, but pitched the Yankees to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig had better luck at the plate, hitting for the cycle.
1937 - Augie Galan of Chicago became the first National League switch-hitter to hit home runs from both sides of the plate as the Cubs beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 11-2.
1950 - Chicago's Hank Sauer hit two home runs and two doubles to pace the Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1961 - Baltimore and California used a major league record 16 pitchers, eight by each side, as the Orioles edged the Angels 9-8 on Ron Hansen's 14th-inning homer.
1968 - Bobby Bonds, in his first major league game, hit a grand slam off John Purdin to help San Francisco to a 9-0 win over Los Angeles.
1998 - Sammy Sosa broke the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th in June leading off the seventh inning of the Cubs' 6-4 loss to Detroit. Sosa passed the mark set by Detroit's Rudy York in August 1937.
1999 - Jose Jimenez, a rookie right-hander having one of the worst seasons of any NL pitcher, threw St. Louis' first no-hitter in 16 seasons, outdueling Randy Johnson in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.
2002 - History was made when Luis Pujols' Detroit Tigers took the field against Tony Pena's Kansas City Royals. Pujols and Pena became the first Dominican-born managers to oppose each other in a major league game.
2004 - Larry Walker hit three home runs - the third in the 10th inning - in Colorado's 10-8 victory over Cleveland.
Today's birthdays: Paul Maholm, 25; Aramis Ramirez, 29; Luke Scott, 29; Carlos Delgado, 35; Aaron Sele, 37.
 

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