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Thursday, 05 July 2007 21:32
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, July 6
L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees (7:05 p.m. EDT). Bartolo Colon and Andy Pettitte square off.

STARS
Thursday
-Mike Lowell and Coco Crisp, Red Sox. Lowell and Crisp each drove in five runs in Boston's 15-4 win over Tampa Bay.
-Bronson Arroyo, Reds, won his first game in 10 starts and homered in Cincinnati's 6-3 win against San Francisco.
-Kelvim Escobar, Angels, allowed one run and three hits over seven innings in a 5-2 victory over Texas.
-Hideki Matsui, Yankees, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift New York to a 7-6 victory over Minnesota.
-John Maine, Mets, struck out nine in 7 2-3 innings in a 6-2 win over Houston.

TEEING OFF
guchi fell a single shy of the cycle, and Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Baltimore Orioles 11-6. The 11 runs were a season high for the White Sox (36-45).

NEW STANDARD
Chipper Jones broke open a tie game with a pair of solo homers that tied and broke Dale Murphy's Atlanta Braves record in an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Jones reached 372 homers in 6,622 at-bats. Murphy had 7,098 at-bats with the Braves.

FILL-IN
Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima was added to the American League All-Star roster Thursday night as the winner of the 32nd man Internet vote, giving Boston a leading six players in the game. Okajima received 4.3 million votes in four days to beat Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman, Minnesota reliever Pat Neshek, Los Angeles Angels starter Kelvim Escobar and Toronto starter Roy Halladay.

SNAPPED
Mike Fontenot broke out of an 0-for-16 skid with three hits, including the tie-breaking single in the seventh inning, to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over Washington on Thursday night.

TIME SERVED
Padres right-hander Chris Young dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl at Chicago on June 16, and began serving the penalty on Thursday. ... New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca began serving his two-game suspension for an outburst in a game last month, dropping his appeal after meeting with manager Willie Randolph.

SPEAKING
``I'll be surprised with every home run I hit, if I hit anymore.'' - Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who hit his third career home run and won his first game since May 6 in a 6-3 victory over the Giants on Thursday night.

July 6
1929 - The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs.
1933 - The first major league All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The AL, managed by Connie Mack, defeated the NL, managed by John McGraw, 4-2 on Babe Ruth's two-run homer.
1938 - Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee and Mace Brown combined to limit the AL to one run and seven hits as the NL won the All-Star game 4-1 at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees suffered his first defeat in four All-Star starts.
1942 - The AL beat the NL 3-1 in the All-Star game at the Polo Grounds on first-inning home runs by Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians and Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. York's shot came with a man on base.
1949 - Walker Cooper of Cincinnati went 6-for-7, including three home runs, and drove in 10 runs against Chicago at Crosley Field. Cooper also had three singles and scored five times to lead the Reds to a 23-4 rout of the Cubs.
1966 - Boog Powell of the Baltimore Orioles knocked in 11 runs in a doubleheader against the Kansas City A's to tie an AL record. In the first game, Powell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs as the Orioles won 11-0. Powell had four RBIs in the nightcap.
1983 - On the 50th anniversary of the All-Star game, Fred Lynn's grand slam off Atlee Hammaker, the first in All-Star competition, capped a record seven-run third inning. The AL also set a one-game record for runs scored in a 13-3 victory that ended an 11-game NL winning streak. Chicago's Comiskey Park was the site, as it was for the first All-Star game in 1933.
2000 - Keith McDonald of the St. Louis Cardinals became the second player in major league history to homer in his first two at-bats, connecting in the second inning of a 12-6 loss to Cincinnati.
2005 - Florida pitchers retired 28 consecutive batters from the third inning on and set a team record with 22 strikeouts in a 12-inning, 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. A.J. Burnett matched his career high and the individual club record with 14 strikeouts in six innings.
Today's birthday: Greg Norton, 35.
 

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