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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, July 9
No games scheduled. The All-Star game is Tuesday at San Francisco.

STARS
Saturday
-Erik Bedard, Orioles, struck out 15 in a two-hit shutout to lead Baltimore to a 3-0 victory over Texas.
-Mark Grudzielanek, Royals, hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Kansas City over Tampa Bay 8-7.
-Felix Hernandez, Mariners, allowed only two hits in eight innings to lead Seattle past Oakland 4-0.
-Carlos Beltran, Mets, hit a go-ahead single in the 17th inning of the New York Mets' 5-3 win over Houston.
-Mark Buehrle, White Sox, allowed six hits over eight scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox defeated Minnesota 3-1.

MARATHON
Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead single in the 17th inning after making a tremendous catch as the New York Mets won their longest game since 1993, beating the Houston Astros 5-3 Saturday night. The 17 innings matched the amount the Dodgers and Padres played in April.

SWEET 15
Erik Bedard struck out 15 to tie a franchise record and allowed two hits and no walks in his first career shutout, leading Baltimore over Texas 3-0 on Saturday. Bedard, who faced the minimum 27 hitters and, leads the big leagues with 149 strikeouts.

DUEL
Roger Clemens gave up one run in eight innings for the second time in five days but the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 in 13 innings on Saturday. Not to be outdone, All-Star John Lackey matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts for the Angels.

POTENT PAIR
Fausto Carmona improved to 10-4 in Cleveland's 9-4 victory over Toronto on Saturday. Along with left-hander C.C. Sabathia (12-3), Carmona gives the Indians two 10-win starters before the All-Star break for the first time since 1956, when Bob Lemon and Early Wynn both had 10 wins.

STRAIGHT A'S
Felix Hernandez held Oakland scoreless for a second straight start in Seattle's 4-0 victory Saturday. Hernandez (5-4) allowed two hits, two walks and struck out two over eight innings, extending his scoreless streak to 16 against the A's.

SPEAKING
``That's as good as I've ever seen a pitcher throw. I've never seen so many bad swings in my life. These guys didn't have a chance.'' - Orioles designated hitter Jay Gibbons on teammate Erik Bedard's pitching performance in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night. Bedard struck out 15 to tie a franchise record and allowed two hits in his first career complete game.

July 9
1902 - Rube Waddell beat Bill Dinneen 4-2 in 17 innings when light-hitting Monte Cross hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia.
1932 - Ben Chapman of the Yankees hit three homers, including two inside the park, as New York beat the Detroit Tigers 14-9 at Yankee Stadium.
1940 - The NL recorded the first All-Star game shutout with a 4-0 win at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Five pitchers - Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell - held the AL to three hits. Max West hit a three-run homer.
1946 - After a one-year break due to war-travel restrictions, the Americans trounced the Nationals 12-0 at Fenway Park, the most one-sided of the All-Star games. Ted Williams of the Red Sox didn't disappoint the hometown fans. He hit two homers and two singles for five RBIs.
1968 - Willie McCovey hit into a double play, scoring Willie Mays with the only run of the 39th All-Star game, played at the Houston Astrodome. It was the first game of this series played indoors and the first 1-0 contest in All-Star history.
1976 - Houston's Larry Dierker pitched a no-hitter and the Astros beat Montreal 6-0. Dierker struck out eight and walked four.
1991 - Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer to lead the AL over the NL 4-2 in the All-Star game for the AL's fourth straight victory in the contest.
1996 - Mike Piazza launched an upper-deck home run in his first at-bat and lined an RBI double next time up, leading the NL to a 6-0 victory in the All-Star game in Philadelphia.
2000 - Tyler Houston hit three home runs, tying his career-high with six RBIs, in Milwaukee's 10-2 rout of Detroit.
2002 - Despite Barry Bonds hitting a home run and Torii Hunter making a spectacular catch, the All-Star game finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.
2005 - It took 847 regular-season games at Coors Field, the most any stadium needed, before a 1-0 game. The lowest score at Coors Field before Colorado's 1-0 win over San Diego was 2-0. There had been three 2-0 games at the 11-year-old stadium.
Today's birthday: Miguel Montero 24.

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