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Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:58
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, July 19
Philadelphia at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.83 ERA) squares off against Chris Young (8-3, 1.97 ERA) in a matchup of All-Stars.

Friday, July 20
Chicago White Sox at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Josh Beckett goes for his 13th win for the Red Sox.

STARS
Wednesday
-Koyie Hill, Cubs, drove in a career-high five runs on a pair of doubles in a 12-1 rout of San Francisco.
-Ryan Langerhans, Nationals, hit a three-run homer to edge Houston 7-6.
-Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays, allowed three hits and one run in seven innings in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox.
-Andre Ethier, Dodgers, hit a three-run homer to help Los Angeles beat Philadelphia 5-4.
-Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, drove in all three runs, helping Detroit beat Johan Santana and the Twins 3-2.
-Geoff Blum, Padres, singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth to lead San Diego to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets.

TURNER FIELD TRIUMPH
Brandon Phillips' two-run single off rookie Jose Ascanio in the 15th inning gave Cincinnati a 5-4 victory over the Braves on Wednesday and its first three-game sweep in Atlanta since April 1990. Phillips drove in Norris Hopper and Ken Griffey Jr. and helped the Reds improve to 8-3 in their last 11 games.

BUEHRLE BOUNCES BACK
Mark Buehrle, winless in his previous eight starts against the Indians, beat Cleveland for the first time in more than two years Wednesday. Buehrle (7-5) allowed one run and 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-1 victory, his first win over the Indians since July 16, 2005.

STRONG STARTS
Carlos Zambrano became the National League's first 12-game winner Wednesday with the Chicago Cubs' 12-1 victory over San Francisco. Zambrano (12-7) allowed two hits over five shutout innings. ... Lenny DiNardo pitched seven shutout innings in Oakland's 6-0 win over Texas. DiNardo (4-6), making his second start since taking Rich Harden's spot in the rotation, allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none.

SNAPPED
Oakland ended its longest losing streak in nine years with a 6-0 win over Texas on Wednesday. The nine-game streak was the A's longest since 1998 and had dropped them 12 games out of first place in the AL West. ... Milwaukee's four-game winning streak ended with a 5-2 loss to Arizona.

HOME SWEET HOME
Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir allowed three hits and one run in seven innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Wednesday night for his second straight win at home after going more than a year without a victory at Tropicana Field.

SLUMPING
Pittsburgh dropped its sixth straight game and fell a season-low 14 games under .500 with a 5-3 loss to Colorao on Wednesday. ... In his last five starts, Boston's Julian Tavarez is 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA and has allowed 42 hits in 23 1-3 innings.

STREAKING
The Yankees won their fifth straight and for the 11th time in 14 games with a 6-1 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

SPEAKING
``It's a big stew here and we're trying to get the best recipe we can. Hopefully, I stay a piece of it and make this the best-tasting stew we can get.'' - Andre Ethier, after hitting a three-run homer in the Dodgers' 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. NL West-leading Los Angeles has won five of six since the All-Star break.

SEASONS
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.
July 20
1906 - Malcolm Eason of Brooklyn pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
1925 - Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance struck out 17 batters as the Dodgers tripped the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings.
1933 - Babe Herman hit three home runs, including a grand slam, to pace the Chicago Cubs in a 10-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.
1941 - New York's Joe DiMaggio had three doubles and a homer in a 12-6, 17-inning Yankee victory over the Tigers in Detroit.
1958 - Jim Bunning of the Detroit Tigers threw a no-hitter, beating the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.
1970 - Bill Singer of the Dodgers pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-0 victory in front of 12,454 at Los Angeles.
1973 - Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox lost both ends of a doubleheader to the New York Yankees, 12-2 and 7-0.
1976 - Hank Aaron hit the 755th and final home run of his career to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 win over California.
2003 - Albert Pujols became the fourth player to hit 100 home runs in his first three major league seasons with a two-run shot in St. Louis' 10-7 win over Los Angeles.
Today's birthday: Ben Molina 33.
 

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