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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, July 30
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m. EDT). Ted Lilly (11-4) has won his last seven decisions for the Cubs.

STARS
Saturday
-Jerry Owens and Mark Buehrle, White Sox. Owens hit a two-run homer to back Buehrle's eight scoreless innings, and Chicago beat Toronto 2-0.
-Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, hit two home runs and drove in five runs to help power Chicago past Cincinnati 8-1.
-Johan Santana, Twins, struck out 12 over seven innings and had a no-hitter with two outs in the sixth of a 3-2 victory over the Indians.
-Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the 12th inning as part of a six-run rally and Boston beat Tampa Bay 12-6 Saturday night.
-Roy Oswalt, Astros, matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in a 3-1 win over the Padres.

HELPING HAND
An 11-year-old fan helped Garret Anderson hit a disputed three-run homer, which sparked a seven-run eighth inning and helped the Angels beat Detroit 10-3. Jose Castilla, an Angels fan dressed in a red shirt and team cap, appeared to reach over the railing and glove the ball, but first base umpire Ed Montague ruled it a home run. Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue that it should have been a ground-rule double, but the decision stood.

HELD
Barry Bonds went hitless a night after connecting for his 754th home run, leaving the San Francisco star one shy of tying Hank Aaron's record in the Giants' 4-3 win over to Florida on Saturday night. Bonds was 0-for-3 with a walk, popping out twice and striking out against Dontrelle Willis.

LET'S PLAY TWO
Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader. Ryan Ludwick's RBI single capped a three-run ninth off closer Francisco Cordero for a 7-6 victory in Game 1. ... Ryan Langerhans singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Mets 6-5 for a split of their day-night doubleheader. In the first game, Orlando Hernandez threw seven crisp innings in the Mets' 3-1 win.

STREAKING
Conor Jackson singled home Chris Young with one out in the tenth inning to lift Arizona to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Saturday, the Diamondbacks' eighth straight win. ... The Baltimore Orioles beat Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees 7-5 for their sixth straight victory.

TRADE
The Houston Astros traded reliever Dan Wheeler to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for infielder Ty Wigginton on Saturday. Wigginton was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs. Last year, he had a career-high 24 homers and 79 RBIs. Wheeler took over as the Astros' closer when Brad Lidge struggled earlier in the season. He had 11 saves in 15 chances and a 5.07 ERA for Houston.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Ryan Braun of the Brewers went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals, but St. Louis edged Milwaukee 7-6.

SPEAKING
``It doesn't matter what the score is. It doesn't matter what the inning is. We never feel we're out of the game.'' - Conor Jackson, who singled home Chris Young with one out in the tenth inning to lift Arizona to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Saturday, the Diamondbacks' eighth straight win.

SEASONS
July 30
1933 - Dizzy Dean struck out 17 Cubs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 8-2.
1947 - The New York Giants beat Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings, ending Blackwell's 16-game winning streak.
1959 - Willie McCovey had four hits in four at-bats in his major league debut, with the San Francisco Giants. His hits included two triples in a 7-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1968 - Washington shortstop Ron Hansen pulled off an unassisted triple play, but the Cleveland Indians still won the game 10-1.
1973 - Jim Bibby of the Texas Rangers pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Oakland A's.
1980 - Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard had a stroke during a workout at the Astrodome and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot behind his right collarbone.
1982 - The Atlanta Braves returned Chief Noc-A-Homa and his teepee to left field after losing 19 of 21 games and blowing a 10 1/2-game lead. The teepee was removed for more seats. The team recovered to regain first place.
1990 - George Steinbrenner was forced to resign as general partner of the New York Yankees by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.
2003 - Chicago White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin hit three home runs by the fifth inning in a 15-4 win over Kansas City. It was the second three-homer game of his career, and the third time he has homered from both sides of the plate.
2005 - Jonny Gomes had the first three-homer game in Tampa Bay franchise history in a 7-3 victory over Kansas City.
2006 - New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran tied a major league record with his third grand slam this month in a 9-6 victory over Atlanta. Beltran became the ninth player in major league history to hit three grand slams in a calendar month.
 

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