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Monday, 23 July 2007 21:49
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, July 24
Boston at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Daisuke Matsuzka (11-7, 3.99 ERA) faces C.C. Sabathia (13-4, 3.81 ERA).

Wednesday, July 25
L.A. Dodgers at Houston (8:05 p.m. EDT). Roy Oswalt tries for his 10th win of the season for the Astros, squaring off against Derek Lowe.

STARS
Monday
-Frank Thomas, Blue Jays, homered twice to lead Toronto past Minnesota 6-4.
-Javier Valentin, Reds, hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning to lift Cincinnati over Milwaukee 2-1.
-Chad Billingsley, Dodgers, threw a five-hitter for his first complete game and Los Angeles beat Houston 10-2.
-Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe, Rockies, hit eighth-inning homers to help Colorado rally past San Diego 7-5.
-Sammy Sosa, Rangers, hit career homer No. 603 and drove in five runs during Texas' 8-7 win at home against Seattle.

COMEBACK
Jon Lester, whose rookie season ended suddenly when he was diagnosed with cancer, pitched six innings to win his first game in 11 months and lead Boston over Cleveland 6-2 on Monday. Lester allowed two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six.

CENTURY MARK
Alex Rodriguez singled home Johnny Damon in the ninth inning of the New York Yankees' 9-2 win over Kansas City on Monday to become the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season and the first player to reach the milestone in fewer than 100 team games since Manny Ramirez in 1999. The last time anyone in a Yankees uniform did it? That would be 1937. Couple of guys named Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

ROCKED
Johan Santana allowed four home runs in a game for the first time in 163 major league starts in Minnesota's 6-4 loss to Toronto on Monday. He gave up three homers five times previously but not since May 7, 2004, against Oakland. He allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings, matching his shortest start this season.

TEN SPOT
Aaron Harang allowed one run on seven hits in and struck out 10 in 10 innings but received a no-decision in Cincinnati's 2-1 12-inning win over Milwaukee on Monday. Harang, who hasn't lost since May 20, became the second pitcher in the majors to go 10 innings this season, joining Toronto's Roy Halladay. He is the first Reds pitcher to go 10 innings since 1989 and the first NL pitcher to do so since 2005.

SLUMPING
San Diego lost its fourth straight, 7-5 to Colorado on Monday. ... Dontrelle Willis allowed four runs and lost his career-high seventh straight decision in Florida's 4-3 loss at Arizona.

SNAPPED
Garrett Atkins' run-scoring single in the second inning of Colorado's 7-5 win against San Diego on Monday ended a 21-inning scoreless streak and an 0-for-28 with runners in scoring position slump.

SPEAKING
``He's the Big Hurt. If you make a mistake, you're going to pay for it.'' - Minnesota's Johan Santana on Frank Thomas, who hit two homers off the Twins' ace in the Blue Jays' 6-4 win on Monday.

SEASONS
July 24
1909 - Nap Rucker of the Brooklyn Dodgers struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1931 - In an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh, Babe Herman of Brooklyn hit for the cycle for the second time in the season.
1947 - Jackie Robinson stole home for the first time in his major league career in the Brooklyn Dodgers' 4-2 win over Pittsburgh.
1949 - Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hit two home runs to lead the Indians to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Senators in the opener of a doubleheader.
1968 - Hoyt Wilhelm of the Chicago White Sox passed Cy Young's major league record when he made his 907th appearance. He retired with 1,070 appearances.
1973 - Bobby Bonds homered and doubled to lead the NL to a 7-1 rout of the AL in the All-Star game at Kansas City.
1983 - The ``Pine Tar'' home run was hit by the Kansas City Royals' George Brett off New York pitcher Rich Gossage at Yankee Stadium. Brett's shot came with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. Brett's homer was ruled an out because the amount of pine tar exceeded what was allowed. After a protest by the Royals, the final out and the Yankees' half of the ninth was completed on Aug. 18.
1993 - Anthony Young of the New York Mets extended his record losing streak to 27 games when he walked in the winning run in the 10th inning for a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1999 - In their biggest victory in 46 years, the New York Yankees routed the Cleveland Indians 21-1 as Chili Davis went 5-for-6 with six RBIs.
Today's birthdays: Dallas McPherson, 27; Jose Valverde, 28; Jason Smith, 30; Barry Bonds, 43.
July 25
1918 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0. The only hit off him in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler.
1930 - The Philadelphia Athletics came up with a triple steal in the first inning and again in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians.
1939 - Atley Donald of the New York Yankees set a rookie pitching record in the AL when he registered his 12th consecutive victory since May 9, with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns.
1941 - Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th and last game, beating the Cleveland Indians 10-6.
1961 - En route to his 61-homer season, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit four homers against the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader to give him 40 for the year. The Yankees took both games, 5-1 and 12-0, and Maris moved 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth's 1927 pace.
1962 - Stan Musial of St. Louis became the career RBI leader in the NL. His two-run home run, in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles, gave him 1,862 RBIs, passing Mel Ott.
1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds singled to left off New York's Craig Swan in the third inning to set a NL record of hitting safely in 38 consecutive games. The Mets won 9-2.
1991 - Seattle's Jay Buhner hit a 479-foot homer over the left-field bullpen at Yankee Stadium.
1996 - Bruce Ruffin of the Colorado Rockies struck out four batters in one inning. It was only the 25th time in major league history four batters struck out in one inning.
1998 - Neifi Perez of the Colorado Rockies hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals.
2000 - Mike Lansing of Colorado hit for the cycle. The Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 19-2.
Today's birthdays: Kevin Kouzmanoff, 26; Javier Vazquez, 31; Guillermo Mota, 34; Billy Wagner, 36.
 

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