SCOREBOARD
Monday, Aug. 6
Boston at L.A. Angels (10:05 p.m. EDT). Two first place teams meet in Anaheim.

STARS
Saturday
-Frank Thomas, Blue Jays, hit two home runs to pass Eddie Murray for 20th place on the all-time home run list and Toronto beat Texas 9-5.
-Prince Fielder, Brewers, hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Milwaukee came back from a four-run deficit to beat Philadelphia 6-5.
-Tim Hudson, Braves, pitched seven scoreless innings and hit a two-run single to lead Atlanta past the Colorado Rockies 6-4.
-Adam Dunn, Reds, hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give Cincinnati a 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BONDS AWAY
me on a 2-1, 91 mph fastball.

500
Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, sending the first pitch he saw just past the foul pole in left field in the first inning of the Yankees' 16-8 victory over the Royals on Saturday. Rodriguez' homer came eight days after the slugger celebrated his 32nd birthday, and he eclipsed Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days) as the youngest player to reach 500 homers. A-Rod is the 22nd player to reach the mark, and the second this season behind Frank Thomas.

STREAKING
The Chicago Cubs have the National League's best record since June 3 at 36-20 after a 6-2 win over the Mets on Saturday. ... Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 Saturday night, extending the Nationals' winning streak to a season-best five games.

STOPPER
Tim Hudson stopped another losing skid, pitching seven scoreless innings and hitting a two-run single to lead the Braves past the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Saturday night. Hudson made his 12th start following an Atlanta loss. The Braves are 10-2 in those games.

SNAPPED
Joe Blanton ended a personal four-game losing streak in Oakland's 2-1 win over the Angels on Saturday. ... Tampa Bay snapped an eight-game losing streak to Baltimore with 9-2 win.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Moises Alou homered twice for the Mets, but New York lost 6-2 to the Cubs.

FINED
David Wells was fined again Saturday- this time $5,000 by commissioner Bud Selig for comments he made last month. Wells was suspended seven games and fined $3,000 for his animated argument with an umpire who ejected him on July 7.

SLUMPING
Detroit, who had baseball's best record two weeks ago, have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 after a 7-5 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

SPEAKING
``I acted like a goofball running around the bases, but you only hit 500 once.'' - New York slugger Alex Rodriguez after hitting his 500th career homer in the Yankees' 16-8 win over Kansas City on Saturday.

SEASONS
Aug. 6
1908 - John Lush threw a six-inning no-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0. It was Lush's second no-hitter against the Dodgers.
1952 - Satchel Paige, 46, became the oldest pitcher in major league history to pitch a complete game or a shutout when he and the St. Louis Browns beat Virgil Trucks and the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in 12 innings.
1972 - Atlanta's Hank Aaron hit his 660th and 661st career home runs to break Babe Ruth's record for most home runs with one club. The 661st came in the 10th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.
1981 - As a result of a seven-week strike, major league baseball players approved a split-season format. The New York Yankees, Oakland A's, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were declared the first-half champions and automatically qualified for the divisional series.
1985 - The Major League Baseball Players' Association went on strike.
1986 - The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-11 in a record-setting battle of grand slams. Texas' Toby Harrah hit a grand slam in the second inning before Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer connected for grand slams in Baltimore's nine-run fourth.
1988 - Oakland Athletics outfielder Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. Canseco, with 31 homers, stole second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as the A's edged the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
1988 - Rich Gossage registered his 300th career save as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4.
1999 - Tony Gwynn went 4-for-5, singling in his first at-bat to become the 22nd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits, as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 12-10.
2001 - Boston's Scott Hatteberg performed the ultimate baseball opposite. Hatteberg hit a grand slam one at-bat after lining into a triple play as the Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 10-7. Hatteberg lined into a triple play in the fourth inning and in the sixth he hit his second career grand slam to move Boston ahead for good.
2002 - At 32, Robb Nen became the youngest player to record 300 saves, as San Francisco beat the Chicago Cubs 11-10. Nen became the 16th member of the 300-save club.
Today's birthdays: Victor Zambrano 32; Luis Vizcaino 33.

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