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Thursday, 19 July 2007 19:03
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 SCOREBOARD
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
Thursday
-D'Angelo Jimenez, Nationals, hit a game-ending RBI single with one out in the 10th inning in a 5-4 comeback victory over the Colorado Rockies.
-Tony Graffanino, Brewers, homered and had a two-run double in Milwaukee's 10-1 rout of Arizona.

ON HANK'S HEELS
Barry Bonds moved within two home runs of Hank Aaron's mark Thursday, hitting Nos. 752 and 753 in San Francisco's 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. It was his 71st multihomer game, second all-time behind Babe Ruth's 72, and second this season. Bonds, who snapped an 0-for-21 slump, hadn't homered since July 3 at Cincinnati.

BREAKING THROUGH
perfect 10th.

LUCKY 13TH
C.C. Sabathia became the first 13-game winner in the major leagues despite another shaky start, getting help from Grady Sizemore's long tiebreaking home run in Cleveland's 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. Sabathia (13-4), who allowed 13 runs in 11 innings while losing his two previous July starts, squandered a 4-0 lead against the Rangers before Sizemore led off the fifth with a 419-foot homer to right-center field that put Cleveland ahead 5-4.

STREAKING
Kelvim Escobar won his career-best fifth consecutive decision to help the AL West Division-leading Angels avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Escobar (11-3), who hasn't lost in eight starts since May 31, gave up nine hits and struck out five over 7 2-3 innings.

STOPPED SHORT
The Yankees had a five-game winning streak snapped and were denied their first four-game sweep of Toronto since 1995 with a 3-2 loss Thursday.

HOT CUBS
With a 9-8 win over the Giants on Thursday the Cubs moved to six games over .500 (50-44) for the first time since June 11, 2005, when Chicago was 33-27. The surging Cubs earned their 18th victory in the last 23 games, sixth in seven since the All-Star break and are now the hottest teams in baseball.

ROAD WARRIORS
Detroit edged division rival Cleveland on Thursday 4-3 in 10 innings. The Tigers now own baseball's best record and are the Majors best team on the road with 32 wins away from Comerica Park.

SPEAKING
``It's real now. I had to get over them switching those baseballs. Any time that happens, I kind of go into a slide. It's tough because you actually really realize something's going on and you don't really want to think about it. ... But when they stop it for a second and switch baseballs, it's very hard to not know something's happening right in front of you.'' - Barry Bonds, alluding to the the commemorative balls being used when he bats. Bonds moved within two home runs of Hank Aaron's mark Thursday, hitting Nos. 752 and 753 in San Francisco's 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

SEASONS
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 and 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 win for the Yankees 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 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.
July 21
1921 - The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees combined for an AL record 16 doubles as the Indians won 17-8. Cleveland had nine doubles and New York seven.
1945 - The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics battled 24 innings and ended in a 1-1 tie. Les Mueller pitched 19 2-3 innings for the Tigers.
1956 - Brooks Lawrence of the Cincinnati Reds had his 13-game winning streak broken as Roberto Clemente's three-run homer led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory.
1970 - San Diego's Clay Kirby held the New York Mets hitless for eight innings but was lifted for a pinch hitter by manager Preston Gomez. With the Padres trailing 1-0 with two out in the eighth, Gomez elected to go for the win instead of letting Kirby finish the game. The Padres lost the no-hitter and the game, 3-0.
1973 - Hank Aaron of Atlanta hit his 700th home run in the third inning of an 8-4 Braves loss to Philadelphia. Aaron connected on a 1-1 fastball off Phillies pitcher Ken Brett.
1975 - Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
2001 - In their highest-scoring game in 58 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers routed Colorado 22-7. The 22 runs were the most scored by the Dodgers since Brooklyn beat Pittsburgh 23-6 on July 10, 1943, at Ebbets Field.
2006 - Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 450 home runs when he homered in the New York Yankees' 7-3 loss to Toronto. Rodriguez also recorded his 2000th career hit.
Today's birthdays: C.C. Sabathia 27; Willie Eyre 29; Geoff Jenkins 33.
 

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