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Wednesday, 04 July 2007 21:32
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, July 5
Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EDT). Tim Hudson faces off against Brad Penny.

STARS
Wednesday
-Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins, Rockies. Both drove in a season-high five runs and Colorado routed the Mets 17-7.
-Matt Chico, Nationals, pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to lead Washington past the Chicago Cubs 6-0.
-Dustin McGowan, Blue Jays, allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and Toronto beat Oakland 10-3.
-Jarrod Washburn, Mariners, threw eight innings in Seattle's 4-0 win at Kansas City.
-Cole Hamels, Phillies, struck out eight in seven innings and Philadelphia beat Houston 8-3.

ROOKIE RECORD
Giants' rookie Fred Lewis hit his second grand slam of the season in San Francisco's 9-5 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday to become the first rookie in San Francisco history to hit two in a season. Lewis was in the lineup so Barry Bonds could rest following a night game.

ROCKED
Colorado pounded out 20 in a 17-7 victory over the Mets on Wednesday, becoming the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same year. The Rockies' three-game sweeps of the Yankees and Mets at Coors Field were oddly sandwiched around a 1-9 trip, the worst three-city swing in franchise history. The last team to sweep series from two New York clubs during the regular season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the Milwaukee Braves, who whitewashed the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in 1956. After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series after sweeping the Mets four times during the season.

SLUMPING
The White Sox have lost 14 of their last 19 home games after a 9-6 defeat to Baltimore on Wednesday. ... The Los Angeles Angels have lost six of eight overall following a 4-2 loss at Texas.

STREAKS
Boston beat Tampa Bay 7-5 on Wednesday, handing the Devil Rays their 10th straight loss. Tim Wakefield got the win for the Red Sox to improve to 9-8 and has a decision in all 17 of his starts this season. ... Johan Santana pitched seven strong innings to get the win in Minnesota's 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees and has now pitched at least five innings in 109 consecutive starts dating to May 2004. ... Texas has won 10 of its last 14 after a 4-2 win at home against the Angels.

SIDELINED
Florida starter Josh Johnson left Wednesday's 1-0 loss to San Diego after five innings due to a stiff forearm, then was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Johnson was making just his fourth start this season after missing the first 2 1/2 months while recovering from an irritated ulnar nerve in his right elbow. ... Mike Sweeney, who had hoped to get back in the Kansas City Royals' lineup this week, will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Thursday. Sweeney, hitting .245 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs, has been dogged by injury since signing a $55 million contract five years ago. He went on the disabled list June 19 with right knee inflammation.

SNAPPED
Detroit ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak with a 6-4 win Wednesday.

SPEAKING
``We tried to get the two guys up, and no phone. With all the good things the Red Sox do, they failed to pay their phone bill, I guess. I hated to stop the game there, but I had to.'' - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, on the bullpen phone going out and having to send a Red Sox bat boy out to relay a message. Boston beat Tampa Bay 7-5 on Wednesday to win their third straight game.

July 5
1904 - The Philadelphia Phillies snapped the New York Giants' 18-game winning streak with a 6-5 10-inning victory.
1935 - Tony Cuccinello of the Dodgers and his brother Al - for the Giants - each hit home runs in the same game to mark the first time in major league history that brothers on opposing teams homered. Brooklyn beat New York 14-4.
1937 - Hal Trosky hit three home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 14-4 victory over the St. Louis Browns in the opener of a doubleheader.
1937 - Frank DeMaree of Chicago went 6-for-7 in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 13-12 in 14 innings. DeMaree had three doubles and three singles. The Cubs won the second game 9-7 and DeMaree had two more singles.
1947 - Larry Doby became the first black to play in the American League. He struck out as a pinch-hitter as Cleveland lost 6-5 to the White Sox.
1961 - Bill White hit three home runs and a double to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1987 - Mark McGwire became the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star break and Jose Canseco homered twice, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
1991 - The Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins were given final approval to join the NL in 1993 by baseball owners with a unanimous vote.
1993 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics opened both games of a doubleheader with a homer to become the second player to accomplish the feat. Harry Hooper of the Boston Red Sox homered to start both games against Washington on May 30, 1913.
1998 - Roger Clemens became the 11th pitcher in baseball history to reach 3,000 strikeouts. Clemens needed five to reach the mark before Toronto's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He struck out Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs in the first inning and then got Mike DiFelice, Miguel Cairo and Randy Winn in the third to reach the milestone.
1998 - Juan Gonzalez became the second player to top 100 RBIs before the All-Star break, homering in the first and seventh innings off Seattle's Randy Johnson to improve his major league-leading total to 101. Gonzalez ended with the second-most RBIs before the All-Star break in major league history. Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers had 103 in 1935 en route to 170.
2000 - Luis Gonzalez became the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle as Arizona beat Houston 12-9.
2004 - Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended when he blew a two-run lead for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in 10 innings. Gagne relieved with a 5-3 lead at the start of the ninth but allowed pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez's RBI double and Chad Tracy's run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch. Gagne had not blown a save chance since Aug. 26, 2002.
2005 - Boston's Manny Ramirez hit his 20th grand slam in a 7-4 win over Texas, passing Eddie Murray for sole possession of second place on the career list. Lou Gehrig hit 23.
Today's birthday: Jesse Crain, 26.
 

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