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Friday, 03 August 2007 20:35
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Aug. 4
Boston at Seattle (10:05 p.m. EDT). Daisuke Matsuzaka seeks win No. 13, facing off against Jarrod Washburn.

STARS
Friday
-Garrett Atkins, Rockies, had three hits, including a three-run homer, in Colorado's 9-2 win at Atlanta.
-Doug Davis, Diamondbacks, allowed three hits over eight innings in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.
-Yovani Gallardo, Brewers, struck out seven to win his third straight decision, leading Milwaukee over Philadelphia 2-1.
-Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single and Washington beat St. Louis 3-2.
-Grady Sizemore, Indians, homered and had four RBIs in a 5-2 win over Minnesota.
-Scott Hairston, Padres, hit two homers, including the game-winner in the 10th inning of a 4-3 win over San Francisco.

SUSPENDED
Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant. Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. Perez has been the only player suspended by baseball for stimulants since baseball banned them before the 2006 season.

BLANKED
Doug Davis allowed three hits over eight innings and catcher Chris Snyder homered in the eighth, leading Arizona to a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles and extending the Diamondbacks' lead over the Dodgers to two games in the NL West.

SURGING
The New York Mets (62-47) moved 15 games over .500 for the first time since early June with a 6-2 win over the Cubs on Friday. ... Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera improved to 6-0 in his career against Tampa Bay, 3-0 this year after a 3-1 win. ... Chicago's Jermaine Dye homered in a 7-4 win over Detroit and is now 27-for-84 with 10 homers, eight doubles and 18 RBIs since the All-Star break. ... Colorado has won five of six following a 9-2 win over Atlanta.

SLUMPING
Tampa Bay is 8-27 since June 25, following a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Friday. ... Detroit lost its third straight and ninth in 11 games after a 7-4 loss to Chicago. ... Florida's Dontrelle Willis lost his eighth straight decision, 8-2 to Houston. It is the longest losing streak of his major league career, and Willis hasn't won since May 29 at the Chicago Cubs, a span of 12 starts.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run in the ninth, his third in three games since being traded to Atlanta from Texas, but the Braves lost 9-2 to Colorado. ... Vladimir Guerrero went deep twice for the second consecutive day, but the Angels lost 8-4 to Oakland.

SPEAKING
``You have to be nasty to win. Right now we are a nice team who are getting their butts beat.'' - Detroit manager Jim Leyland after his team dropped its third straight and ninth of 11, 7-4 to Chicago on Friday.

SEASONS
Aug. 4
1910 - Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia A's and Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox hooked up in a 16-inning scoreless tie. Coombs struck out 18 and allowed three hits.
1929 - The Cleveland Indians, down to their last out trailing 6-5, scored nine runs in the ninth inning for a 14-6 victory over the New York Yankees.
1955 - Chicago's Ernie Banks hit three home runs at Wrigley against three Pirates pitchers to lead the Cubs to an 11-10 win.
1963 - New York's Mickey Mantle, batting for the first time in two months after breaking his left foot, hit a pinch home run as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 for a split of a doubleheader.
1982 - Joel Youngblood became the first player in major league history to play and get a base hit for two different teams in two different cities in the same day. In the afternoon, his hit drove in the winning run for the New York Mets in a 7-4 victory at Chicago. After the game, he was traded to the Montreal Expos and played that night in Philadelphia. He entered the game in right field in the fourth inning and later got a single.
1985 - Tom Seaver, 40, became the 17th 300-game winner in major league history with a six-hitter - all singles - as the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Phil Rizzuto Day. Seaver walked one and struck out seven, giving him 3,499 in his 19-year career.
1985 - Rod Carew of the California Angels got his 3,000th hit in a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins, his first major league team.
1989 - Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost consecutive no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning last September, came within one out of a perfect game before settling for a two-hit 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Roberto Kelly's double spoiled Stieb's bid.
1997 - Brad Radke of Minnesota posted his 12th straight victory, pitching seven strong innings in the Twins' 9-3 win over Toronto. Radke became the third pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts.
2006 - Chase Utley went 0-for-5 in Philadelphia's 5-3 victory over the New York Mets, ending a 35-game hitting streak that tied him for the 10th longest in major league history and the fourth longest in National League history.
Today's birthdays: Scott Linebrink 31; Eric Milton 32; Bob Howry 34; Roger Clemens 45.
 

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