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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, July 30
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m. EDT). Ted Lilly (11-4) looks to win his eighth straight decision for the Cubs as he faces the Phillies' Cole Hamels (11-5).

STARS
Sunday
-Mike Cameron, Padres, had three hits - including a homer - and three RBIs in an 18-11 win over Houston.
-Shaun Marcum, Blue Jays, gave up two hits and struck out eight over eight innings in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
-Johnny Damon, Yankees, had three hits and two RBIs and scored four runs in a 10-6 win over Baltimore.

HIGHEST HONOR
Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were inducted into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday. Ripken spent his entire career in Baltimore, making his mark by playing 2,632 consecutive games and breaking Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130. Even though he had 3,184 hits - including 431 home runs - was a two-time American League MVP and a 19-time All-Star, Ripken will always be known for his streak. Gwynn finished with 3,141 hits and won eight National League batting titles in a 20-year career with the San Diego Padres.

PACE-SETTER
Carlos Zambrano became the majors' first 14-game winner and finished with three hits to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 Sunday. Zambrano (14-7) tied a career high with three hits and stayed in after Ryan Freel lined a pitch off his right ankle in the sixth.

WILD RIDE
Ben Broussard, playing for the ejected Richie Sexson, hit a two-run homer in the seventh to tie the game, and Jason Ellison scored the go-ahead run on an errant throw an inning later in the Mariners' wild 14-10 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Seattle's improbable win came after Oakland had erased a 6-0 deficit, scoring four runs in the sixth inning off Seattle reliever Chris Reitsma.

RUNAWAYS
Kansas City pounded Texas 10-0 on Sunday to complete a sweep of the Rangers. The Royals have now won four straight games and are 13-10 in July with two games left and are assured of their second straight winning month. ... Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers during an 11-run first inning off Jason Jennings in the Padres' 18-11 rout of the Astros. ... Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs, Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman each had two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers with a 13-4 victory.

STREAKS
Chien-Ming Wang gave up three runs on nine hits and picked up the win in the New York Yankees' 10-6 victory over Baltimore on Sunday. Wang has not allowed an unearned run in 43 starts, the longest streak of its kind since the AL began tracking unearned runs in 1913.

SNAPPED
Johnny Damon had three hits, scored four runs and had two RBIs, and the New York Yankees ended the Baltimore Orioles' six-game winning streak with a 10-6 victory Sunday. ... Dioner Navarro, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered during a five-run seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Boston Red Sox 5-2 to stop an eight-game losing streak.

SPEAKING
``This day shouldn't be all about us. Today is about celebrating the best that baseball has been and the best it can be. This is a symbol it's alive, popular.'' - Cal Ripken, who, along with Tony Gwynn, was elected into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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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