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Friday, 06 July 2007 23:22
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, July 7
Boston at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman looks for his 10th win.

STARS
Friday
-Justin Morneau, Twins, homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader to help Minnesota sweep Chicago 20-14 and 12-0.
-Adrian Beltre, Mariners, finished 5-for-5 with two homers in Seattle's 7-1 win at Oakland.
-Kyle Lohse and Ken Griffey Jr., Reds. Lohse took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Griffey Jr. tied Frank Robinson for sixth place on the career home run list in a 8-1 win over Arizona.
-Wandy Rodriguez, Astros, threw a four-hitter and Houston beat the Mets 4-0.
-Marcus Thames, Tigers, hit a grand slam to help Detroit beat Boston 9-2.
-Ryan Braun, Brewers, homered twice to lead Milwaukee to a 6-2 win over Washington.
-Buddy Carlyle, Braves, pitched a career-best eight innings, leading Atlanta past San Diego 7-4.

SOXED
Justin Morneau became the fourth Twins player to hit three home runs in a game, and Minnesota hit six in all in the nightcap to complete the sweep of a day-night doubleheader at Chicago on Friday. He became the first Twins player to hit three in a game since Tony Oliva against Kansas City on July 3, 1973, and he joined a group that also includes Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew. The Twins won 20-14 in the opener behind Jason Kubel's seven RBIs. The 34 runs were the most since May 19, 1999, when Cincinnati beat Colorado 24-12, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

SIDELINED
Atlanta placed pitcher John Smoltz on the 15-day disabled list on Friday after an MRI found inflammation - but apparently no structural damage - in his right shoulder. Smoltz, 40, was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 3. He will be eligible to come off the DL on July 18. He will miss Tuesday's All-Star game in San Francisco as well as Saturday's scheduled start at San Diego. ... Minnesota catcher Mike Redmond suffered a large gash on his head and left the second game of Friday's day-night doubleheader after the Chicago White Sox's Jim Thome accidentally hit him with his bat.

SUSPENDED
Tigers infielder Neifi Perez became the first player penalized for testing positive for a stimulant under Major League Baseball's drug program Friday. Perez' 25-game suspension will cost him about $400,000 of his $2.5 million salary.

STREAKING
Paul Maholm improved to 4-0 in his career- 2-0 this season- against the Cubs after an 8-4 win on Friday. ... Vernon Wells homered and drove in three runs from the leadoff spot in Toronto's 8-6 win over Cleveland. He's batting .354 (17-for-48) with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 11 games at the top of the order. ... Milwaukee has homered in 15 consecutive games after going deep three times in a 6-2 win over Washington. It's the Brewers longest streak since a 19-game run in 1996. ... Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the win in Seattle's 7-1 win at Oakland, setting a Mariners record with six consecutive victories to start his career.

SLUMPING
The Angels have lost seven of 10 after a 14-9 setback to the New York Yankees on Friday.

SNAPPED
Texas' Eric Gagne blew his first save of the season in a 4-3, 10 inning win over Baltimore on Friday, snapping his overall streak at 30 in a row. His last blown save was on Aug. 18, 2004, against Florida as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Andruw Jones homered in Atlanta's 7-4 win at San Diego on Friday. It was Jones' ninth at Petco Park, the most by any visiting hitter at the downtown ballpark, which opened in 2004.

BOOTED
Oakland third baseman Marco Scutaro tied an AL record with four errors in a 7-1 loss at Seattle on Friday.

SPEAKING
``I think he needs a couple of days off. He didn't look like he was moving too good and I definitely think he needs tomorrow and Sunday off to get ready for the All-Star game.'' - Angels manager Mike Scioscia joking about Alex Rodriguez on Friday night. A-Rod rejoined the Yankees' lineup a day after a strained left hamstring forced him to miss his only game this year, hit career homer No. 493 that tied him with Lou Gehrig on the all-time list and helped New York to a wild 14-9 win over Los Angeles.

July 7
1923 - Lefty O'Doul, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, allowed 13 runs in the sixth inning to the Cleveland Indians, who won 27-3. In 1928, he was to return to the majors as a great hitting outfielder.
1936 - The NL won its first All-Star game 4-3 at Braves Field in Boston.
1937 - Lou Gehrig drove in four runs with a home run and a double to pace the AL to an 8-3 victory over the NL in the All-Star game at Washington's Griffith Stadium. In attendance was President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1959 - At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, the first of two All-Star games played that season went to the NL, 5-4. The NL scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth when Hank Aaron singled in a run and scored on a triple by Willie Mays.
1964 - The NL beat the AL 7-4 in the All-Star game on Johnny Callison's two-out, three-run homer off Dick Radatz in the bottom of the ninth inning at New York's Shea Stadium. The win pulled the NL even with its rivals (17-17-1) for the first time since the series began.
1982 - Harold Baines of Chicago hit three successive home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the White Sox to a 7-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1998 - Coors Field lived up to its billing as a hitter's haven as the American League beat the Nationals 13-8 at Coors Field in the highest-scoring All-Star game in major league history. The 21 runs broke the record set in the AL's 11-9 win in 1954.
2003 - Shea Hillenbrand had his first three-homer game - tying a major league record by homering in three consecutive innings - and drove in seven runs as Arizona beat Colorado 14-6.
2004 - Kazuhisa Ishii pitched a one-hitter in Los Angeles' 11-0 victory over Arizona. Ishii retired his first 12 batters before giving up a leadoff walk in the fourth to Luis Gonzalez and a line single by Shea Hillenbrand. No one else reached base against Ishii, who went the distance for the second time in 72 starts.
2006 - Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner became the first player in major league history to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break when he connected in the second inning of a 9-0 win over Baltimore.
Today's birthdays: Brandon McCarthy, 24; Jon Huber, 26; John Buck, 27.
 

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