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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, July 27
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EDT). Andy Pettite squares off against Jeremy Guthrie following the completion of a suspended game from June 28.

STARS
Thursday
-Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks, hit a game-ending, three-run homer to lift Arizona over Florida 7-4.
-Albert Pujols, Cardinals, drove in five runs in an 11-1 win over the Cubs.
-Ken Griffey Jr., Reds, had three hits, including his 588th homer, in a 6-5, 10-inning victory over Milwaukee.
-Jesus Flores, Nationals, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Washington over Philadelphia 7-6.
-Nick Swisher, Athletics, hit a pair of homers in Oakland's 6-2 win over Seattle.
-Josh Phelps, Pirates, capped a five-run sixth inning with a two-run homer and added an RBI double in the seventh in an 8-4 win over the Mets.

UNDONE
Chase Utley broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch by Nationals starter John Lannan in the fifth inning of Philadelphia's 7-6 loss to Washington on Thursday. The All-Star second baseman, who finished the game 2-for-4, leads the majors with 17 hit by pitches this season. He was hit 14 times last season.

SLAMMED
Albert Pujols snapped an 0-for-11 slump with a three-run homer, Chris Duncan added a grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday. Pujols drove in five runs, tying his season high.

MAGIC WANDY
Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to earn the win in Houston's 7-1 victory over San Diego on Thursday. Rodriguez (7-9) improved to 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA at home. The left-hander is 1-7 with a 7.43 ERA on the road.

LIFT OFF
Manny Ramirez hit the third-longest home run at Jacobs Field, a tree-clearing solo shot into a monument area, and added a two-run homer as the Boston Red Sox outslugged the Cleveland Indians 14-9 on Thursday night. Ramirez's tape-measure rocket in the second inning off Cliff Lee (5-8) was conservatively estimated at 481 feet.

SNAPPED
Kansas City beat the New York Yankees 7-0 on Thursday to snap the Yankees' six-game winning streak. ... Tony Pena Jr.'s eighth-inning walk for the Royals was his first since May 5, ending a string of 244 plate appearances without one. ... James Loney went 0-for-4 in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-4 win over Colorado to end his 30-game streak of reaching base safely. It was the second longest streak in the majors this year.

SPEAKING
``That was one of the hardest balls I've seen go out. I thought it might go through (the wall).'' - Red Sox manager Terry Francona on Wily Mo Pena's three-run homer in a 14-9 victory over the Indians on Thursday night.

SEASONS
July 27
1918 - Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman completed one of the shortest careers in major league history. Heitman appeared on the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals, gave up four consecutive hits and then left the game, never to play a major league game again.
1930 - Ken Ash of Cincinnati got his last major league victory by throwing one pitch. Ash came into relieve in the fifth inning and got Chicago's Charlie Grimm to hit into a triple play. Ash was removed for a pinch hitter and the Reds beat the Cubs 6-5.
1946 - Rudy York of Boston hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 13-6.
1950 - Del Ennis of the Philadelphia Phillies drove in seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings of a 13-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Ennis doubled with the bases loaded in the seventh and hit a grand slam in the eighth.
1959 - New York lawyer William Shea announced the formation of the Continental League. New York, Houston, Toronto, Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul were the five cities named and Branch Rickey was named league president.
1978 - Duane Kuiper of Cleveland tied a major league record by becoming the third player in the 20th century to hit two triples in a game, Both came with the bases loaded as the Indians beat the New York Yankees 17-5.
1984 - Montreal's Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb for the most singles in a career with No. 3,053, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1986 - Two 300-game winners faced each other as Don Sutton hurled six strong innings to outpitch Tom Seaver and give the California Angels a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
1996 - The San Diego Padres pounded the Florida Marlins, 20-12. Wally Joyner led the way with five RBIs, while John Flaherty hit a grand slam. The Padres were the sixth club to score 20 runs in a game this season. The last time that happened was 1929.
Today's birthdays: Alex Rodriguez 32; Shea Hillenbrand 32.
July 28
1931 - Bob Fothergill of Chicago hit a home run and a triple in an 11-run eighth inning. The White Sox set an American League record by recording 12 hits in the inning and beat the New York Yankees 14-12.
1940 - King Kong Keller hit three homers to give the New York Yankees a 10-9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader split.
1951 - Clyde Vollmer of Boston hit a grand slam in the 16th inning, the latest ever hit in a major league game. The Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-4, in 16.
1958 - For the sixth time in his career, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both sides of the plate. New York beat the Athletics 14-7.
1971 - Sixteen-time Gold Glove winner Brooks Robinson committed three errors in the sixth inning against the Oakland A's. Frank Robinson's three-run homer in the ninth won the game for the Orioles.
1976 - John Odom (five innings) and Francisco Barrios (four innings) combined on a no-hitter as the Chicago White Sox beat Oakland 2-1.
1979 - Dave Kingman of the Chicago Cubs hit three home runs in a game for the second time in the season and became the sixth player in major league history to accomplish the feat. Kingman's homers weren't enough as the Cubs lost to the New York Mets 6-4.
1983 - AL president Lee McPhail ruled that George Brett's ``pine tar'' home run against New York on July 24 should count. The umpires had disallowed the homer because the pine tar on Brett's bat exceeded the 18-inch limit. The rest of the game was played Aug. 18 with the Kansas City Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.
1990 - Shawon Dunston tied a major league record with three triples and led the Chicago Cubs to a 10-7 win over the Montreal Expos.
1991 - Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium.
1993 - Ken Griffey Jr. tied a major league record by homering in his eighth consecutive game, but it wasn't enough for the Seattle Mariners in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
1994 - On the night the baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California.
1999 - For the first in 12 years, the U.S. baseball team beat the world champion Cubans, scoring five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-5 victory at the Pan American Games. Marcus Jensen's three-run homer broke a 5-5 tie.
2001 - Vinny Castilla hit three homers and drove in five runs, but Houston still lost 9-8 to Pittsburgh. Down 8-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, the Pirates scored seven runs, including Brian Giles' game-winning grand slam.
2004 - Troy Percival recorded his 300th save after John Lackey allowed three hits over 8 1-3 innings to help Anaheim beat Texas 2-0.
2006 - Houston rookie Luke Scott hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, but the Astros lost to Arizona 8-7.
Today's birthday: Wilson Betemit 27.
 

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