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Wednesday, 18 July 2007 00:05
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, July 18
Detroit at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EDT). Rookie Andrew Miller faces off against two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.

STARS
Tuesday
-Ryan Garko, Indians, hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and singled home the winning run in the 11th to give Cleveland a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
-Bronson Arroyo, Reds, gave up three hits and struck out nine over seven scoreless innings and Cincinnati edged Atlanta 6-5.
-Nate Robertson, Tigers, allowed three hits in seven innings to lead Detroit to a 1-0 win over Minnesota.
-Robinson Cano, Yankees, drove in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the New York Yankees over Toronto 3-2.
-Jay Gibbons, Orioles, drove in five runs to push Baltimore past Seattle 8-3.

DUELS
no-decision in Toronto's 3-2 10-inning loss to the New York Yankees. Andy Pettitte fanned a season-high seven over seven innings and also got a no-decision, his sixth of the season when allowing no more than two earned runs.

PHILS EXPLOSION
J.D. Durbin breezed to his first major league victory and had three of Philadelphia's 26 hits, Ryan Howard hit a pair of two-run homers and the Phillies routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-3 on Tuesday. Shane Victorino and Aaron Rowand had five hits each for the Phillies, who fell one shy of their franchise record and snapped the Dodgers' season-high five-game winning streak.

GROUP EFFORT
Rick Vanden Hurk struck out six in five innings to pick up the win in Florida's 4-0 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. Five Marlins relievers scattered two hits over the final four innings to preserve the shutout.

D-RAYS RECORD
Ty Wigginton went 4-for-4 for the second straight game to tie a Tampa Bay record with eight consecutive hits and help the Devil Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Tuesday. Aubrey Huff had eight straight hits for the Devil Rays from Sept. 22-24, 2004. Wigginton also had four hits in a loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

STYMIED STAR
Barry Bonds extended his hitless slump to 0-for-21 while pinch-hitting in San Francisco's 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, lining out to left in the eighth inning. Bonds' stretch without a hit is his longest since 21 at-bats from April 5-12, 2001. He is two away from matching a career-worst 0-for-23 drought from July 6-20, 1986, his rookie year.

ARROYO STUMPS ATLANTA
Bronson Arroyo, finding his 2006 All-Star form in his 20th start of the season, allowed three hits and struck out nine over seven shutout innings in Cincinnati's 6-5 win over Atlanta. Arroyo (4-10) began Tuesday night's game ranking among the NL leaders in losses, hits and runs allowed. It was the first time he did not allow a run in a start since last Sept. 25.

SPEAKING
``I was on a team like this in college. We always feel like we've got a chance to win.'' - Cleveland's Ryan Garko, comparing his current Indians teammates to his days at Stanford. Garko hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and singled home the winning run in the 11th to give Cleveland a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

SEASONS
July 18
1882 - Ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane of Louisville pitched with both hands in a major league game at Baltimore. Normally a right-hander, Mullane switched to the left hand in the fourth inning. He eventually lost 9-8.
1912 - The Chicago Cubs had 21 hits in 11 innings but still lost to the Philadelphia Phillies when Gavvy Cravath stole home.
1927 - Ty Cobb of the Philadelphia Athletics doubled off the glove of Harry Heilmann for his 4,000th hit.
1948 - Pat Seerey of the Chicago White Sox hit four home runs in a 12-11, 11-inning victory over the Philadelphia A's in the opener of a doubleheader.
1962 - Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins each hit grand slams in the first inning of a 14-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians.
1970 - Willie Mays bounced career hit number 3,000 through the left side of the infield off Mike Wegener in the second inning of the San Francisco Giants' 10-1 romp over the Montreal Expos.
1987 - New York's Don Mattingly tied Dale Long's 31-year-old major league record when he hit a home run for the eighth consecutive game in the Yankees' 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.
1998 - Donnie Sadler's first major league home run was the first of Boston's record four two-out homers in a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. In the seven-run fourth inning, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn followed to break the AL record of three held by six teams.
1999 - With Don Larsen on hand to help celebrate Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, David Cone pitched a perfect game. Cone dazzled the Montreal Expos, throwing the 14th perfect game in modern history to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-0 victory.
2001 - Roger Cedeno was 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two homers and six RBIs in Detroit's 12-4 win over the New York Yankees in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
2006 - Atlanta became the first team since the 1930 New York Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games following a 14-5 victory over St. Louis. The Braves have scored 65 runs during their offensive explosion that included two 15-run games.
Today's birthdays: Ben Sheets 28; Torii Hunter 32.
July 19
1909 - Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball pulled off the first unassisted triple play in modern major league history.
1910 - Cy Young registered his 500th career victory as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators 5-4 in 11 innings.
1933 - Rick Ferrell of the Boston Red Sox hit a home run off brother Wes, pitching for the Cleveland Indians. Wes also homered in that game, marking the only time the two connected in the same contest.
1960 - Juan Marichal broke in with the San Francisco Giants by pitching a one-hit, 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1974 - Dick Bosman of the Cleveland Indians pitched a no-hit, 4-0 victory over the world champion Oakland A's.
1982 - In the first Old-timer's All-Star Classic, played at Washington's RFK Stadium before 29,000 fans, the AL won 7-2. Luke Appling, 75, led off for the AL and hit a home run over the shortened left-field fence off Warren Spahn.
1989 - Cleveland's Joe Carter had the fourth three-home run game of his career, tying Lou Gehrig's AL record, and drove in six runs, powering the Indians past the Minnesota Twins 10-1.
1994 - The Kingdome, home of the Seattle Mariners, was closed after four ceiling tiles fell nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate. The Mariners were forced into a 22-day road trip before the season was cut short by the players' strike.
2001 - Randy Johnson struck out 16, a major league record for a reliever, and came within four outs of combining with Curt Schilling on a no-hitter as Arizona beat San Diego 3-0 in the completion of their suspended game. Wiki Gonzalez hit an opposite-field single to right with two outs in the eighth for the Padres.
2005 - Boston won its second straight 1-0 game, holding Kansas City to four hits. The last time the Red Sox won two straight 1-0 games at Fenway was 1916, when the ballpark was only 4 years old. Babe Ruth beat the New York Yankees on June 22 and Ernie Shore edged the Philadelphia Athletics the next day.
Today's birthdays: Jimmy Gobble 26; Yorvit Torrealba 29; Preston Wilson 33.
 

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