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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, July 12
Detroit at Seattle (10:05 p.m. EDT). The Tigers are averaging 8 1/2 runs when rookie Andrew Miller pitches.

STILL HOPE?
Eleven teams started the second half of the season Thursday trailing by 10 or more games in the division races, including four clubs in the AL East. Since 1900, 14 teams have overcame a double-digit deficit this late in the season to win a division or league title according to the Elias Sports Bureau, with the 1914 Boston Braves closing the largest gap - 15 games - on their way to a World Series championship. Other notable comebacks include the 1951 New York Giants, who won the National League pennant despite Brooklyn by 13 on Aug. 12 and the 1978 Yankees, who made up 14 games on Boston to win the AL East crown and eventually, the World Series.

ROSTER MOVES
vers from Arizona. To make room on the roster, the Royals designated infielder Fernando Cortez for assignment.

SAGGING
Television ratings for the All-Star game fell almost 10 percent from last year. The American League's 5-4 victory in San Francisco on Tuesday night drew an 8.4 rating and 15 share on Fox, averaging 12.5 million viewers. Last year's game received a 9.3/16 with an average of 14.4 million viewers.

SPEAKING
``I'm really not there yet. I think when you get to 54, I'll really feel it. Then it just depends how many games are left. But I'm not quitting, so I might make you wait 'til next year. You know I'm drama, so why not make it more drama?'' - Barry Bonds on his chase of Hank Aaron's career home run mark of 755. Bonds has 751 heading into a three-game home series against Los Angeles that starts Friday night.

SEASONS
July 12
1901 - Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th game with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia A's.
1945 - Tommy Holmes of the Boston Braves went hitless to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37 games, an NL record that stood until Pete Rose broke it in 1978.
1949 - Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe of the host Brooklyn Dodgers became the first black players to appear in an All-Star game as the AL took advantage of five NL errors to win 11-7 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
1951 - Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees beat Bob Feller of the Indians 1-0 with a no-hit game at Cleveland. Gene Woodling's home run was the difference.
1955 - St. Louis' Stan Musial hit Frank Sullivan's first pitch of the 12th inning for a home run to give the NL All-Star team a 6-5 victory over the AL at Milwaukee's County Stadium. The AL had led 5-0 after six innings.
1979 - In the most ill-fated promotion in baseball history, thousands of fans overran the Comiskey Park field during ``Disco Demolition Night'' and caused the Chicago White Sox to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader after losing to Detroit 4-1 in the first.
1990 - Melido Perez pitched the record-tying seventh no-hitter of the season as the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-0 in a game shortened to six innings by rain. That was one inning longer than the rain-shortened no-hitter pitched in 1988 by Melido's brother Pascual, who watched from the Yankees' bench.
1994 - Tony Gwynn barely slipped past Ivan Rodriguez on Moises Alou's double in the 10th inning to give the NL an 8-7 victory and end its record six-game losing streak in the All-Star game. Fred McGriff's two-run homer in the ninth off Lee Smith had tied it and earned him MVP honors.
1997 - Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rinco combined for a 10-inning no-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Houston Astros 3-0. Cordova pitched nine innings, walking two and striking out 10, before being removed with the score 0-0. Rincon pitched the 10th and got the win when Mark Smith hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
2001 - Mark McGwire hit his 563rd homer to tie Reggie Jackson for sixth on baseball's career list in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers. It was also McGwire's 200th homer since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline in 1997, making him the third player to hit 200 homers in both leagues.
2005 - Miguel Tejada and Mark Teixeira led the American League to a 7-5 win over the National League in Detroit for its eighth straight win. Tejada, the game's MVP, homered off John Smoltz to start the scoring and Teixeira added a two-run drive off Dontrelle Willis.
Today's birthdays: Howie Kendrick, 24; Tom Gorzelanny, 25.

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