SCOREBOARD
Friday, June 29
L.A. Angels at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EDT). Kelvim Escobar goes for win No. 10.

STARS
Thursday
-Carlos Lee and Craig Biggio, Astros. Lee hit a game-ending grand slam and Biggio reached 3,000 career hits in Houston's 8-5, 11-inning win over Colorado.
-Jimmy Rollins, Phillies, had four hits, including a game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning to lift Philadelphia over Cincinnati 8-7.
-Paul Konerko, White Sox, hit a pair of solo homers to lead the Chicago White Sox past Tampa Bay 5-1.
-Jason Michaels, Indians, hit a three-run homer in Cleveland's 4-3 win over Oakland.
-Gary Sheffield, Tigers, hit a two-run homer - his team-high 18th - to help Detroit beat Texas 5-2.

ELITE COMPANY
Craig Biggio became the 27th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits in Houston's 8-5 11-inning victory over Colorado on Thursday. Biggio singled to center field in the seventh inning for the milestone hit and was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double. The 41-year-old finished 5-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.

500 FOR THOMAS
Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer in the first inning of Toronto's 8-5 loss to Minnesota on Thursday to become the 21st major leaguer to reach 500 career home runs. The Big Hurt sent Carlos Silva's 1-2 pitch an estimated 396 feet into the left-field stands.

EXCLAMATION POINT
Carlos Lee's grand slam in the 11th gave the Houston Astros an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies Thursday night. Lee's shot to left field off Brian Fuentes (0-3) came on the first pitch. Craig Biggio singled in the 11th, tying a career high with his fifth hit. Hunter Pence followed with a double before Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

ECHOES OF THE PAST
f the seventh.

FRUITFUL RETURN
Kenny Rogers gave up one run and four hits over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery, leading Detroit to a 5-2 win over Texas on Thursday. Rogers (2-0) missed the first 12 weeks of the season after surgery to remove a blood clot from his throwing shoulder. It was his first start at Comerica Park since Oct. 22, when he pitched eight scoreless innings to win Game 2 of the World Series against St. Louis.

K-FISH
Scott Olsen became the first Marlins pitcher to start a game with five strikeouts, finishing with 10 in a 9-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Olsen (6-6), who was one strikeout shy of his career high, gave up five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

STREAKS
Adam Dunn hit his 23rd home run of the season in Cincinnati's 8-7 10-inning loss to Philadelphia and has now homered in three straight games for the third time this season. ... Delmon Young extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games in Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

SPEAKING
``I'm probably the first to get 500 home runs and get thrown out of the ballgame. That's something I didn't want to happen, but the moment just got the best of me.'' - Frank Thomas, who became the 21st major leaguer to reach 500 career home runs. Thomas hit a three-run shot in the first inning of Toronto's 8-5 loss to Minnesota on Thursday and was ejected in the ninth for arguing after being called out on strikes for the second time.

SEASONS
June 29
1916 - The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played a nine-inning game with just one baseball.
1923 - Brooklyn's Jacques Fournier went 6-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and three singles as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-5.
1937 - Chicago Cubs first baseman Rip Collins played an entire game without a putout or an assist.
1941 - In a doubleheader against the Washington Senators, New York's Joe DiMaggio tied and then broke the AL record of hitting safely in 41 consecutive games. DiMaggio doubled in four at-bats in the opener and singled in five at-bats in the nightcap to break the record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1922.
1968 - Detroit's Jim Northrup hit his third grand slam in a week as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.
no-hitters were pitched in both leagues on the same day.
1995 - The Dodgers' Hideo Nomo struck out 13 Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 victory, giving him 50 strikeouts in four games. That broke the Los Angeles record of 49 over four games, accomplished three times by Sandy Koufax, the last 30 years earlier.
2003 - Eric Byrnes hit for the cycle and matched a franchise record with five hits as Oakland beat San Francisco 5-2.
2004 - Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts when he struck out San Diego's Jeff Cirillo in the eighth inning of the Padres' 3-2 win.

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