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Tuesday, 03 July 2007 02:42
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, July 4
Cleveland at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jake Westbrook and Kenny Rogers square off in a matchup of the top two teams in the AL Central.

STARS
Monday
-Damian Miller, Brewers, homered twice and matched a club record with seven RBIs in Milwaukee's 10-3 rout of Pittsburgh.
-Roger Clemens, Yankees, allowed one run on two hits in eight innings in the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over Minnesota.
-David Wells, Padres, pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings and struck out a season-high six in San Diego's 3-1 win against Florida.
-Kevin Millar, Orioles, singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to help Baltimore edge the Chicago White Sox 7-6.
-David DeJesus, Royals, homered, doubled twice and scored the winning run in the 11th inning to lift Kansas City over Seattle 3-2.
-Vernon Wells, Blue Jays, hit a pair of homers in Toronto's 11-7 victory over Oakland.

ROCKET WINS 350TH
Roger Clemens reached a rare milestone, pitching eight innings of two-hit ball to earn his 350th career win and lead the New York Yankees past Minnesota 5-1 on Monday. Clemens became the first major leaguer to win 350 games since Hall of Famer Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves accomplished the feat in 1963. Yankees manager Joe Torre was Spahn's catcher in that game.

MILLER TIME
Milwaukee's backup catcher Damian Miller homered twice, including a grand slam, and matched a club record with seven RBIs in a 10-3 rout of Pittsburgh on Monday. Miller went 4-for-5 while playing for the first time since his three-run, game-ending homer in the 11th inning beat Houston on Wednesday. Miller has three homers and 11 RBIs in two games after previously having no homers and six RBIs all season.

INJURED A-ROD
Alex Rodriguez strained his left hamstring beating out a potential double play in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees' 5-1 win over Minnesota on Monday. He tripped over Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau's ankle and left the game after advancing to second base. Rodriguez, who drove in his 80th run of the season in the first, is scheduled for tests Tuesday.

STREAKS
Cleveland defeated Tampa Bay 10-2 on Monday to win their fifth straight game and hand the Devil Rays their eighth straight loss. ... Russel Martin extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-2 win over Atlanta.

SNAPPED
Kansas City beat Seattle 3-2 in 11 innings on Monday to stop the Mariners' eight-game winning streak and make John McLaren a loser in his first game as manager. ... Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-7 victory over Oakland.

SPEAKING
``I'm not as old as I thought I was.'' - New York Yankees southpaw Roger Clemens, on giving up one run on two hits to earn his 350th career win in the Yankees' 5-1 win over Minnesota. Clemens retired the final 15 batters he faced in helping the Yankees win for only the third time in 12 games.

July 4
1905 - The Philadelphia Athletics scored two runs in the 20th inning, giving Rube Waddell a 4-2 victory over Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers went the distance. Young did not allow a walk.
1908 - George Wiltse of the New York Giants pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1912 - George Mullin of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching a no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns.
1925 - Two of the great left-handers of their time - Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the Athletics - hooked up in a duel that New York won 1-0 in 15 innings. Pennock gave up four hits and walked none.
1939 - Jim Tabor of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 18-12 win over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader.
1976 - The Phillies' Tim McCarver lost a grand slam when he passed Garry Maddox on the basepaths. The Phillies still won 10-5 at Pittsburgh. 1983 - Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
1984 - Phil Niekro of the New York Yankees struck out five Texas Rangers to become the ninth player to pass 3,000 strikeouts. No. 3,000 was Larry Parrish.
1984 - The New York Mets beat the Braves 16-13 in 19 innings at Atlanta. The game went until just before 4 a.m. on July 5, and was followed by a fireworks display for the 10,000 still left in the stands. The Braves tied the score 13-13 on a homer by pitcher Rick Camp in the 18th inning.
2000 - St. Louis' Keith McDonald homered in his first major league at-bat as the Cardinals defeated Cincinnati 14-3.
2006 - Victor Martinez went 5-for-6 and Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each hit two of Cleveland's six home runs, powering the Indians to a 19-1 rout of New York. The win was Cleveland's largest at home in more than 56 years, since a 21-2 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on June 18, 1950.
2006 - Jose Contreras tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings to win his 17th straight decision and lead the White Sox to a 13-0 victory over Baltimore.
Today's birthday: Brendan Donnelly, 36.
 

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