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Sunday, 12 August 2007 21:54
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Aug. 13
Minnesota at Seattle (10:05 p.m. EDT). Johan Santana starts for the Twins against Felix Hernandez.

STARS
Sunday
-Brian Giles, Padres, hit two homers for the second consecutive day to lead San Diego past Cincinnati 10-4.
-Kevin Millar, Orioles, hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore over Boston 6-3.
-Magglio Ordonez, Tigers, hit a pair of homers in an eight-run second inning and Detroit beat Oakland 11-6.
-Moises Alou, Mets, homered twice and drove in four runs to help the New York Mets defeat Florida 10-4.
-Jeff Weaver, Mariners, pitched his second shutout of the season, striking out a season-high eight to help Seattle down the Chicago White Sox 6-0.
-Tom Gorzelanny, Pirates, allowed five hits in his first career shutout and Pittsburgh finished off a sweep of San Francisco 5-0.

BEASTS OF THE EAST
The New York Yankees beat Cleveland 5-3 to complete a series - and season - sweep on Sunday. The Yankees have won eight of nine and are a baseball-best 23-8 since the All-Star break. The Boston Red Sox were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 in 10 innings. It was the fourth loss in six games for the Red Sox, whose lead over the second-place Yankees in the AL East shrunk to four games - Boston's smallest margin since May 1.

MAG-NIFICENT
Magglio Ordonez hit two homers in an eight-run second inning and Detroit topped Oakland 11-6 on Sunday to win consecutive games for only the second time since mid-July. The All-Star slugger joined Hall of Famer Al Kaline as the only Tigers to homer twice in one inning. Kaline did it in 1955 against the Kansas City Athletics.

BROTHERLY LOVE
Jeff Weaver pitched his second shutout of the season, allowing five hits and striking out a season-high eight in Seattle's 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. He has now won consecutive starts after losing four straight. ... Jered Weaver gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings in the Los Angels Angels' 6-2 win over Minnesota - his second impressive outing against the Twins this season. He held them to a run and five hits over seven innings in a 16-3 rout on June 4.

SEEING RED
Brian Giles hit two home runs for the second consecutive day as San Diego beat Cincinnati 10-4 on Sunday. Giles, who also homered on Friday, has hit five of his seven home runs in the past three days. The two-homer game was the 18th of Giles' career and gave him 26 career home runs against the Reds, more than any other opponent.

STREAKS
Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Chicago White Sox's 6-0 loss to Seattle on Sunday, breaking David Wells' American League record and tying the major league record of 41 straight batters retired. Jim Barr also set down 41 straight for San Francisco in 1972. ... Placido Polanco tied a major league record by playing his 143rd consecutive game without an error at second base in Detroit's 11-6 victory over Oakland.

SPEAKING
``We've come full circle. We were just struggling in all aspects of the game a few months ago. It was no fun losing. There's not a whole lot to complain about right now.'' - Andy Pettitte, on the Yankees' torrid run. New York has won eight of nine, and improved to a baseball-best 23-8 since the All-Star break with a 5-3 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

SEASONS
Aug. 13
1906 - Jack Taylor of the Chicago Cubs was chased by Brooklyn in the third inning, ending a streak of 187 complete games and 15 relief appearances that Taylor had finished without help.
1910 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates played to an 8-8 tie. Each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, two errors, five strikeouts, three walks, one hit batsman and one passed ball.
1931 - Tony Cuccinello of the Cincinnati Reds had six hits in six at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader at Boston. Cuccinello had a triple, two doubles and three singles to knock in five runs as the Reds won 17-3.
1948 - Satchel Paige, 42, pitched his first major league complete game against the Chicago White Sox. Paige gave up five hits en route to 5-0 Cleveland victory.
1969 - Jim Palmer of the Orioles, plagued by arm trouble the year before, threw an 8-0 no-hitter against the Oakland A's in Baltimore.
1978 - The Baltimore Orioles benefited from the rain-out rule. The Orioles were leading New York 3-0 after six innings but the Yankees scored five runs in the top half of the seventh. Heavy rains ended the game in the bottom half of the inning and the score was reverted to the end of the last completed frame giving the Orioles the triumph. This rule was changed in 1980.
1979 - St. Louis' Lou Brock reached the 3,000-hit plateau with an infield hit off Chicago Cubs pitcher Dennis Lamp. St. Louis won 3-2.
2004 - J.T. Snow hit three home runs, had four RBIs, and scored five runs to power the San Francisco Giants to a 16-6 rout of Philadelphia.
2004 - Kansas City rookies Abraham Nunez and John Buck both hit grand slams to lead the Royals past the Oakland Athletics 10-3. It was the first time in club history the Royals have hit two grand slams in one game - which also ties a major league record. Buck and Nunez were the first rookie teammates to hit grand slams in the same game since the rookie rule went into effect in 1957.
2005 - New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blew his first save since April 6 in a 7-5 win over Texas. Rivera had converted a career-best 31 consecutive saves before allowing Kevin Mench's two-run, game-tying single in the ninth.
2006 - Travis Hafner tied Don Mattingly's single-season grand slam record with his sixth of the year as Cleveland routed Kansas City 13-0.
Today's birthdays: Randy Messenger 26; Corey Patterson 28; Roman Colon 28; Will Ohman 30; Jarrod Washburn 33.
Aug. 14
1937 - The Detroit Tigers scored 36 runs (16-1 and 20-7) against the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader sweep to set a major league record. Pete Fox of the Tigers scored eight of the runs.
1958 - Vic Power of the Cleveland Indians stole home twice, in the eighth and 10th innings, in a 10-9 win over Detroit. He had only three steals all year.
1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their 17th straight game, a 9-2 loss to Dick Ellsworth and the Chicago Cubs. It was also the 11th consecutive complete game thrown against the Phillies.
1969 - On an off-day after a three-game sweep by the Astros in Houston, the New York Mets fell to third place, 9 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
1971 - St. Louis right-hander Bob Gibson pitched a no-hitter, blanking the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0. Jose Cruz made a running catch of Milt May's 400-foot drive to center in the seventh inning and third baseman Joe Torre made a leaping stab of Dave Cash's bad-hop grounder in the eighth inning.
1981 - Jeff Burroughs of the Seattle Mariners hit three home runs in a 13-3 rout of the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader.
1982 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies, in his first at-bat of a 15-11 victory over the Montreal Expos, passed Hank Aaron and moved into first place on the career at-bat list with 12,365.
1987 - Oakland's Mark McGwire set a major league rookie record with his 39th homer of the season to help the A's to a 7-6, 12-inning victory over the California Angels. McGwire gave the A's a 5-3 lead in the sixth when he hit the two-run homer off Don Sutton.
1998 - Baltimore's Chris Hoiles became the ninth major leaguer and first catcher to hit two grand slams in one game against the Cleveland Indians. Hoiles homered in the third inning off Charles Nagy and in the eighth against Ron Villone to lead the Orioles to a 15-3 victory.
2002 - Trevor Hoffman became the first reliever in major league history to have 30 or more saves in eight straight seasons in San Diego's 6-2 win over the New York Mets.
2006 - Matt Diaz went 4-for-5 with a homer, tying an NL record by hitting safely in 10 consecutive at-bats, and Chipper Jones homered in three straight plate appearances to lead Atlanta to a 10-4 victory over Washington.
Today's birthdays: Juan Pierre 30; Mark Loretta 36.
 

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