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Friday, 27 July 2007 20:23
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, July 28
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EDT). Aaron Harang allowed one run and struck out 10 over 10 innings in his last appearance, a no-decision against Milwaukee.

STARS
Friday
-Jhonny Peralta, Indians, drove in five runs with a pair of homers in a 10-4 win over Minnesota.
-Tony Clark, Diamondbacks, homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and Arizona beat Atlanta 8-7.
-Jermaine Dye, White Sox, had three hits, including a home run, to help Chicago beat Toronto 4-3.
-Corey Hart, Brewers, homered, doubled and singled in Milwaukee's 12-2 rout of St. Louis.
-Gary Matthews Jr., Angels, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in an 11-6 win over Detroit.
-Pat Burrell, Phillies, homered and had three RBIs in a rain-shortened, seven-inning 8-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

RIGHT BEHIND HANK
Barry Bonds hit his 754th career home run - one shy of Hank Aaron's record - in San Francisco's 12-10 win over Florida on Friday night. Bonds sent a 2-1 pitch from rookie Rick Vanden Hurk over the wall in left-center in the first inning for his 20th homer of the season. He walked in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL
Mike Maroth surrendered seven runs and 11 hits in St. Louis' 12-2 loss to Milwaukee on Friday night, exiting after facing one batter in the fifth. Maroth (0-4) has a 9.20 ERA in six starts with the Cardinals, and in his last three has been awful, allowing 23 earned runs and 31 hits in only 14 innings.

LOFTON IN LEFT
Kenny Lofton began his third go-round with Cleveland on Friday night, getting three hits and playing left field for the first time in a 10-4 victory over Minnesota. Lofton, acquired earlier in the day from Texas, last played for the Indians when they were eliminated in the 2001 playoffs.

SPECIAL K
Jake Peavy recorded his first win since June 19 with San Diego's 9-4 win over Houston on Friday night. Peavy (10-5), who was 0-4 in his previous five starts, allowed one run and four hits and struck out eight in seven innings for the Padres. His 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings leads the NL.

STREAKS AND SKIDS
ow with a 7-1 loss to Boston. The Devil Rays, who have been outscored 71-21 during the skid, are 5-24 since June 25. ... Tony Clark's 11th-inning homer helped Arizona beat Atlanta 8-7 and win its seven straight to move within one game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Braves have lost three straight and remain four games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

SPEAKING
``I felt like I was pitching to Barry Bonds.'' - Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, on pitching to Alex Rodriguez in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night. Flashbulbs popped from within the crowd every time Rodriguez, looking for his 500th career homer, stepped to the plate.

SEASONS
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.
July 29
1908 - Rube Waddell struck out 16 as the St. Louis Browns beat the Philadelphia A's 5-4.
1911 - Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns with a 5-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. Wood fanned 12 and allowed three baserunners on two walks and a hit batsman.
1915 - Honus Wagner, 41, became the oldest player to hit a grand slam as Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn 8-2. The grand slam was an inside-the-park homer. Wagner remained the record holder until 1985, when Tony Perez hit one the day before his 43rd birthday.
1928 - The Cleveland Indians scored eight runs in the first inning and nine more in the second and went on to beat the New York Yankees 24-6 at Dunn Field. Johnny Hodapp singled twice in the second and sixth innings.
1936 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 22-7, in the first game of a doubleheader, then lost the second game 5-4.
1955 - Smoky Burgess of the Cincinnati Reds hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in a 16-5 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field.
1968 - George Culver of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a 6-1 no-hitter against the Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia.
1983 - Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres ended his NL record of 1,207 consecutive games. The streak ended when he dislocated his thumb in a collision with Atlanta pitcher Pascual Perez while trying to score.
2000 - Eddie Taubensee hit a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth and homered again in the 11th to lead Cincinnati to a 4-3 win over Montreal.
2001 - Craig Monroe homered in his first major league at-bat as the Texas Rangers beat Tampa Bay 2-0.
2003 - Boston's Bill Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connected for three homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.
2006 - Tomas Perez tied a major league record with four doubles, going 5-for-5 and leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 19-6 rout of the New York Yankees.
Today's birthdays: Chad Billingsley 23; Ryan Z. Braun 27.
 

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