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Friday, 17 August 2007 23:17
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Aug. 18
L.A. Angels at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Jered Weaver faces Curt Schilling in a matchup of the AL's top two teams.

Sunday, Aug. 19
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (8:10 p.m. EDT). Carlos Zambrano (14-9, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Cubs for the first time since signing a five-year contract extension.

STARS
Friday
-Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, gave up two hits in his third straight shutout to lead Arizona past Atlanta 4-0.
-Lance Berkman, Astros, hit two home runs to push Houston past San Diego 3-1.
-Jason Giambi, Yankees, homered twice to help New York defeat Detroit 6-1.
-Brian Bannister, Royals, pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game and Kansas City downed Oakland 9-2.
-Barry Zito, Giants, allowed one hit and struck out eight in seven innings to help San Francisco top Florida 3-0.

WEBB GEM
Brandon Webb pitched his third straight shutout and stretched his scoreless streak to 42 innings, tossing a two-hitter to lead Arizona past Atlanta 4-0 on Friday. Webb became the first pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1988 to go at least 40 innings without giving up a run and just the 21st pitcher in baseball history to reach that level of stinginess. Nineteen years ago, Hershiser was with the Dodgers when he set the record of 59 straight scoreless innings.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Facing a franchise he has beaten more than any other, Tom Glavine picked up win No. 301 by allowing one run over seven innings on Friday to help the New York Mets defeat Washington 6-2. Glavine beat the former Montreal Expos for the 33rd time, including the sixth time since the team moved to the nation's capital in 2005. He moved into sole possession of 21st place on the career wins list, ahead of Lefty Grove and Early Wynn.

SPLITSVILLE
Clay Buchholz gave Boston six strong innings in his major league debut to pace an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, the Red Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning to take the lead but Eric Gagne allowed an RBI single to Orlando Cabrera and a go-ahead two-run double to Vladimir Guerrero in the ninth as the Angels came back to win 7-5 and earn a split. John Lackey failed to win his 16th game in the afternoon, and Josh Beckett did the same in the nightcap.

WILD FINISH
Nick Punto scored on a wild pitch with nobody out in the 10th inning to lift Minnesota over Texas 2-1 on Friday. Marlon Byrd misplayed a shallow fly ball off the bat of Punto, allowing him to stretch a single into a triple. Reliever Jamey Wright then bounced a pitch at the plate that got past catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Punto dashed home to end the game.

STREAKS
Kevin Millar was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of Baltimore's 5-2 loss to Toronto on Friday and has now reached base safely in 45 straight games. It's the longest streak by an Oriole since Cal Ripken Jr. reached in 46 straight in 1998. ... Andy Pettite allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth straight start in the New York Yankees' 6-1 victory over Detroit. ... J.D. Durbin allowed three runs and four hits in six innings to win his fourth consecutive start in Philadelphia's 11-8 victory over Pittsburgh. ... Jose Contreras gave up five runs in seven innings and lost his eighth consecutive start in the Chicago White Sox's 5-4 loss to Seattle.

SPEAKING
``Just two more shutouts? Oh, I should have that no problem. It's in the back pocket.'' - Arizona ace Brandon Webb, joking about going for the record of 59 straight scoreless innings. Webb tossed his third straight shutout, extending his scoreless streak to 42 innings in the Diamondbacks' 4-0 win over Atlanta on Friday.

Aug. 18
1915 - Boston opened Braves Field with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
1956 - The Cincinnati Reds hit eight home runs and the Milwaukee Braves added two to set a National League record for home runs by two clubs in a nine-inning night game. Bob Thurman's three homers and double led the Reds in the 13-4 rout.
1960 - Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves pitched a no-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. Burdette faced the minimum 27 batters. Tony Gonzalez reached first in the fifth after being hit by a pitch and was wiped out in a double play.
1965 - Hank Aaron of Milwaukee hit Curt Simmons' pitch on top of the pavilion roof at Sportman's Park in St. Louis for an apparent home run. However, umpire Chris Pelekoudas called him out for being out of the batter's box when he connected. Nevertheless, the Braves won the game 5-3.
1982 - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in a 21-inning game played over two days. It was the second longest game in Cubs history.
1982 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies made his 13,941st plate appearance in a 5-3 triumph over the Houston Astros to move into first place on the career list ahead of Hank Aaron.
1995 - Tom Henke became the seventh pitcher to reach 300 career saves, surviving a rally by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 victory.
2000 - Darin Erstad of Anaheim made a spectacular, game-saving catch in the 10th inning and followed it with a homer in the 11th as the Angels defeated the New York Yankees 9-8.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano became the third player in major league history to have at least four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4.
2006 - Jered Weaver joined Whitey Ford as the only rookies in AL history to win their first nine decisions, holding Seattle to three singles over seven innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 3-0 victory. Weaver is just the fifth pitcher in major league history to begin his career 9-0 as a starter.
Aug. 19
1909 - The Philadelphia Phillies were rained out for the 10th consecutive day, a major league record.
1913 - The Chicago Cubs tagged Grover Alexander for nine straight hits and six runs for a 10-4 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1921 - Detroit's Ty Cobb got his 3,000th career hit at age 34, the youngest player to reach that plateau. The milestone hit was a single off Elmer Myers of the Boston Red Sox.
1951 - Eddie Gaedel, a 65-pound midget who was 3-foot-7, made his first and only plate appearance as a pinch-hitter for Frank Saucier of the St. Louis Browns. Gaedel, wearing No. 1/8, was walked on four pitches by Detroit Tigers pitcher Bob Cain and then was taken out for pinch-runner Jim Delsing. The gimmick by Browns owner Bill Veeck was legal, but later outlawed.
1957 - New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham announced that the team's board of directors had voted 9-1 in favor of moving to San Francisco.
1965 - Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Reds no-hit the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Chicago. Leo Cardenas homered in the 10th for the Reds. Earlier in the year, Maloney lost 1-0 in 11 innings after holding the Mets hitless for 10 before Johnny Lewis homered leading off the 11th.
1969 - Ken Holtzman of the Cubs blanked the Atlanta Braves with a 3-0 no-hitter at Wrigley Field backed by Ron Santo's three-run homer in the first inning.
1990 - Bobby Thigpen recorded his 40th save of the season as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-2. Thigpen became the eighth - and fastest - to accomplish this feat.
1992 - Bret Boone made history when he became part of the first three-generation family to play in Major League Baseball. Boone is the grandson of Ray Boone, who played from 1948-60, and son of Bob Boone (1972-90). Bret, 23, completed the triangle when he started at second base for the Seattle Mariners against Baltimore.
2000 - Houston's Jeff Bagwell became the eighth player in major league history to record five straight seasons with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. He hit two homers and drove in five runs in a 10-8 win over Milwaukee.
2002 - A rare event in the major leagues happened as all 10 games took less than three hours to play. The shortest was Bartolo Colon's two-hitter for Montreal, a 4-0 victory over Montreal that took just 1 hour, 55 minutes.
2005 - The Kansas City Royals dropped their 19th straight game, 4-0 to the Oakland Athletics, to move within two defeats of the American League record.
Today's birthdays: J.J. Hardy 25; Lance Cormier 27; Chris Capuano 29; Woody Williams 41.
 

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