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Tuesday, 24 July 2007 21:44
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 SCOREBOARD
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.

Thursday, July 26
Boston at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Kason Gabbard (4-0, 2.97 ERA) starts for the Red Sox in a possible playoff preview.

STARS
Tuesday
-Aaron Rowand, Phillies, hit a tie-breaking homer and finished with three hits and three runs scored in Philadelphia's 4-3 win against Washington.
-Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox, pitched seven shutout innings, leading Boston to a 1-0 victory over Cleveland.
-Javier Vazquez, White Sox, struck out eight in eight innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over Detroit 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.
-John Maine, Mets, hit a two-run homer and struck out seven to lead New York to an 8-4 win over Pittsburgh.
-Daniel Cabrera, Orioles, pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to help Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 3-0.

RETIRING
Houston Astros infielder Craig Biggio plans to retire at the end of the season after a 20-year career in which he joined the elite 3,000-hit club. The 41-year-old got his 3,000th hit on June 28. Biggio went 2-for-4 with a tiebreaking grand slam in Houston's 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

SURGING
The New York Yankees defeated Kansas City 9-4 on Tuesday and have scored 63 runs in a five-game span for the first time since July 26-29, 1931, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. New York had put a runner on base in 24 consecutive innings before the eighth. New York (53-46), a season-best seven games over .500, has won 10 of 12 and pulled within 4 1/2 games of Cleveland, the AL wild card leader.

SWEEPS
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from Texas, winning 5-3 on Tuesday afternoon and 8-7 in the nightcap. Bobby Jenks saved both games for Chicago. ... Texas edged Seattle 2-1 in the first half of a doubleheader and 4-3 in the nightcap. Eric Gagne pitched the ninth inning in both games to pick up his 15th and 16th saves of the season.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
C.C. Sabathia allowed one run on five hits in seven innings but was the losing pitcher in Cleveland's 1-0 loss to Boston on Tuesday. ... Jason Bay homered twice - his first multihomer game of the year - in Pittsburgh's 8-4 loss to the New York Mets.

SIDELINED
The Los Angeles Angels placed Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sore right elbow. Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young winner, left Monday night's game after pitching one inning against the Oakland Athletics. He gave up four runs on four hits and one walk during the Angels' 12-6 loss.

SPEAKING
``Really, I was garbage all day besides one swing. It's nice if when you do something when you're not feeling great that it matters.'' - Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko, on his tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 5-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Konerko finished 2-for-8 with three RBIs in the two games.

SEASONS
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.
July 26
1928 - Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. The Yankees scored 11 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-1, in 12 innings.
1939 - The New York Yankees tied a major league record by scoring in every inning against the St. Louis Browns. Bill Dickey hit three home runs in the 14-1 win.
1962 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set the National League record for home runs by a pitcher when he hit his 31st off New York's Craig Anderson. Spahn dealt the Mets their 11th straight loss with a 6-1 victory.
1970 - Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds hit three straight homers off Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the same day, Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves connected for three consecutive homers in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
1984 - Pete Rose of the Montreal Expos tied Ty Cobb on the career singles list, No. 3,052, with a base hit in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1991 - Montreal's Mark Gardner became the first to pitch nine no-hit innings against a Dodger home team since Johnny Vander Meer beat Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on June 15, 1938, for his second straight gem. But the Dodgers won in the 10th on two singles off Gardner and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off Jeff Fassero.
1998 - Trevor Hoffman's bid to set a major league record with 42 straight saves ended when the San Diego closer gave up a home run to Moises Alou on his first delivery in the ninth inning, tying the game. The Padres wound up beating Houston 5-4 in the 10th, but Hoffman blew his chance at history.
2005 - Greg Maddux recorded his 3,000th career strikeout against San Francisco, striking out Omar Vizquel in the third inning of a 3-2, 11-inning victory for the Giants.
Today's birthdays: Brandon Morrow 23; Joaquin Benoit 30.
 

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