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Sunday, 19 August 2007 19:41
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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Aug. 20
N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels (10:05 p.m. EDT) Phil Hughes looks to win his third straight decision.

STARS
Sunday
-Johan Santana, Twins, finished with a franchise-record 17 strikeouts in eight innings to help Minnesota edge Texas 1-0.
-Mark Teixeira, Braves, drove in four runs with two homers to help Atlanta top Arizona 6-2.
-Aaron Hill, Blue Jays, hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift Toronto over Baltimore 3-2.
-Joel Guzman, Devil Rays, hit a game-winning RBI single in his first at-bat with Tampa Bay, sending the Devil Rays past Cleveland 4-3 in 12 innings.
-Carlos Beltran, Mets, homered twice and drove in four runs to help the New York Mets finish a three-game sweep of Washington with an 8-2 win.

SANTANA SPOT-ON
imes - the last by Bert Blyleven on Aug. 1, 1986. Joe Nathan struck out two in the ninth and the Twins finished with 19 strikeouts for the game, also a team record.

SMOLTZ
John Smoltz struck out a season-high 12 and became the Braves' strikeout leader as Atlanta beat Arizona 6-2 on Sunday. Smoltz, 40, passed Phil Niekro as the Braves' franchise strikeout leader. He gave up five hits, three walks and two runs in eight innings to win for only the second time since June.

SLUMP
Cincinnati edged Milwaukee 7-6 on Sunday to hand the Brewers their 16th consecutive loss in games started by Chris Capuano. Manager Ned Yost had threatened to pull him from the rotation unless he pitched better against the Reds, and the left-hander went 6 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and nine hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. The last time the Brewers won when Capuano pitched was May 7 in a 3-0 win over Washington. ... Chicago lost its eighth straight, 11-5 at Seattle. The White Sox have lost eight straight for the first time since May 15-23, 2001, and went winless on a road trip of more than six games for the first time since the 1991 season.

STREAKS
Lenny DiNardo worked a career-long eight innings to win his third straight start and fifth consecutive decision in Oakland's 6-1 victory over Kansas City on Sunday. The left-hander hasn't lost since July 13.

WASHED OUT
Sunday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was postponed following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning. A makeup date was not immediately announced.

SPEAKING
``I said 'Groove? You're completely unhittable. Nobody stands a chance.''' - Atlanta's Bobby Cox after John Smoltz told his manger he was in a groove. Smoltz struck out a franchise record 12 in a 6-2 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Aug. 20
1912 - Washington's Jay Cashion pitched a six-inning no-hitter to give the Senators a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a doubleheader.
1945 - Tommy Brown, 17 years, 8 months, 14 days, of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest major league player to hit a home run when he connected in Ebbets Field against Preacher Roe of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Braves 7-4 in the second game of a doubleheader to snap a 23-game losing streak, a modern record.
1974 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out 19 Tigers in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to Detroit. It was the third time this season that Ryan struck out 19 batters in a game.
1985 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 batters in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. Gooden became the first National League pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in each of his first two seasons.
1995 - Jose Mesa of the Cleveland Indians picked up his 37th save in 37 opportunities, setting a major league record as the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5.
2004 - Adrian Beltre of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit two home runs, a game-tying homer in the ninth and a game-winner in the 11th, in a 3-2 win over Atlanta.
2005 - The Kansas City Royals ended baseball's longest losing streak in 17 years, beating the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to snap a club-record 19-game skid.
Today's birthdays: Cory Sullivan 24; Todd Helton 34.
Aug. 21
1919 - Bert Adams of the Philadelphia Phillies tied a National League record for catchers by recording seven assists in one game.
1926 - Ted Lyons of the Chicago White Sox pitched a no-hitter over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 6-0 victory was achieved in 1 hour, 7 minutes.
1931 - Babe Ruth hit his 600th home run as the Yankees beat the St. Louis Browns 11-7.
1947 - The first Little League World Series was at Williamsport, Pa. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport won the series.
1972 - Steve Carlton of Philadelphia had his 15-game winning streak snapped when Phil Niekro and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 in 11 innings.
1975 - Pitching brothers Rick and Paul Reuschel of the Chicago Cubs combined to throw a 7-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rick went 6 1-3 innings and Paul finished the shutout for the first ever by two brothers.
1982 - Milwaukee pitcher Rollie Fingers became the first player to achieve 300 career saves as the Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2.
1986 - Spike Owen had four hits and became the first major league player in 40 years to score six runs in a game as the Boston Red Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 24-5 with a 24-hit attack.
1999 - Sammy Sosa hit his major-league leading 50th and 51st home runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Sosa, who hit 66 homers the previous season, became the fourth player to post consecutive 50-homer seasons, joining Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr. and Babe Ruth.
2005 - Mike Jacobs of the New York Mets homered in his first major league at-bat during a 7-4 loss to Washington. Jacobs is the 90th player to homer in his first major league at-bat.
Today's birthdays: B.J. Upton 23; Jason Marquis 29; Raymond Vazquez 32; Craig Counsell 37.
 

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