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Monday, 02 July 2007 03:15
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, July 3
Cleveland at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). The AL Central-leading Indians have won six of their last seven games.

STARS
Sunday
-Josh Willingham, Marlins, had a career-best five hits, including a game-ending single in the 10th inning that gave Florida a 6-5 victory over Atlanta.
-Cliff Lee, Indians, worked eight innings and struck out nine to help Cleveland to 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay.
-Tim Lincecum, Giants, struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
-Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers, pitched eight shutout innings to lead Detroit to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota.
-Lance Berkman, Astros, went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Houston's 12-0 victory over Colorado.
-Chad Billingsley, Dodgers, pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated San Diego 5-0.

ALL-STARS
Not only is Barry Bonds going to the All-Star game in his home ballpark, he'll be in the starting lineup. The San Francisco Giants star overcame a 119,000-vote deficit in the final days of balloting and finished 123,000 ahead of the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano on Sunday to claim the third and final starting outfield spot for the National League. The Boston Red Sox and AL champion Detroit Tigers led all teams with five players selected, while the Mets will send three starters (Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright). Alex Rodriguez, with 3.89 million votes, led fan voting for the first time.

HARGROVE RESIGNS
Mike Hargrove resigned as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, saying his ``passion has begun to fade'' for baseball even though his team is the hottest club in the majors, having won their last seven games. Hargrove, who managed Sunday's 2-1 win over Toronto, will be succeeded by John McLaren, his bench coach. McLaren's first game will be Monday against Kansas City.

FIRED
Manager Jerry Narron was fired Sunday night by the Cincinnati Reds, who raised their payroll and their expectations in the offseason only to find themselves with the worst record in the major leagues. The move came a few hours after an 11-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that left the Reds at 31-51, the worst record in the majors. Advance scout Pete Mackanin was chosen interim manager.

BANNER DAY
Josh Willingham had a career-best five hits, including a game-ending single in the 10th inning that gave the Florida Marlins a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Miguel Cabrera singled to start the 10th and advanced when Rafael Soriano (2-1) threw wildly to second for an error after fielding Jason Wood's bunt. Brett Carroll then ran for Cabrera. Willingham lined Soriano's 1-0 pitch down the left-field line to score Carroll from second.

SNAPPED
The Mets four-game winning streak came to an end after New York fell to Philadelphia 5-3 on Sunday. ... Atlanta's five-game winning streak stopped with a 6-5 loss to Florida. ... Mike Bacisk won for the first time since May 24 in Washington's 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Bacsik had lost five in a row.

STREAKS
Joe Borowski worked a perfect ninth to earn his 12th straight save and send the Devil Rays to their seventh straight loss in Cleveland's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay Sunday. ... Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 17 games in Milwaukee's 5-1 loss to Chicago. ... Dan Haren (10-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings to win his career-best 10th straight decision in Oakland's 11-5 win over the New York Yankees. ... Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the Angels 4-3 win against Baltimore.

SPEAKING
``I've daily challenged my players to give me the best that they've got, 100 percent of what they've got that day - physically and mentally. And they've done that. Without fail, they've done that. ... I have never had to work at getting that level myself - ever - until recently. I've found that I've had to work harder in making that same commitment to my bosses, to my players and to my coaches. And that's not right.'' - Mike Hargrove, who resigned as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, saying his ``passion has begun to fade'' for baseball even though his team is the hottest club in the majors, having won their last seven games.

July 3
1912 - Rube Marquard of the New York Giants raised his season record to 19-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. His winning streak ended five days later against the Chicago Cubs.
1939 - Johnny Mize of St. Louis hit two home runs, a triple and a double, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
1947 - The Cleveland Indians purchased Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, making him the first black player in the American League.
1966 - Atlanta pitcher Tony Cloninger became the first National League player to hit two grand slams in one game. He added a single for nine RBIs in a 17-3 triumph over San Francisco.
1968 - Cleveland's Luis Tiant struck out 19 and walked none in a six-hit 1-0, 10-inning triumph over Minnesota.
1970 - California's Clyde Wright used only 98 pitches to no-hit the Oakland A's 4-0 at Anaheim Stadium.
1973 - Jim Perry of the Detroit Tigers and brother Gaylord of the Cleveland Indians faced each other for the only time as opposing pitchers. Neither finished the game. Gaylord took the loss, 5-4.
2001 - D'Angelo Jimenez hit San Diego's fourth sacrifice fly of the game - tying the NL record - to lift the Padres over Colorado 6-5. Ryan Klesko, Wiki Gonzalez and Woody Williams also had sacrifice flies.
2002 - Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome homered in his seventh straight game, leaving him one shy of the major league record. Thome hit a solo shot off David Wells of the New York Yankees.
2006 - Manager Felipe Alou picked up his 1,000th career victory in San Francisco's 9-6 win over Colorado.
Today's birthdays: Logan Kensing, 25; John Koronka, 27; Juan Rivera, 29; Moises Alou, 41.
 

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