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Monday, 20 August 2007 21:16
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Aug. 21
San Diego at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Chris Young faces off against John Maine in a possible playoff preview.

STARS
Monday
-Mark Teixeira, Braves, hit a pair of homers for the second straight game and drove in six runs to help Atlanta pound Cincinnati 14-4.
-Ryan Budde, Angels, doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning in a 7-6 win over the Yankees.
-Raul Ibanez, Mariners, hit two home runs in Seattle's 9-4 win over Minnesota.
-Yoveni Gallardo, Brewers, struck out six in six innings and hit his first major league homer and Milwaukee shut down Arizona 9-0.
-Tim Wakefield, Red Sox, struck out five in seven innings to tie for the major league lead with 15 wins and lead Boston to a 6-0 win over Tampa Bay.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS
a 9-0 mark at Tropicana Field - all-time against the Devil Rays.

ANKIEL AWESOME
Rick Ankiel continued to impress in his improbable comeback, hitting his fourth homer and picking up his first outfield assist to help St. Louis defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Monday and move within three games of first in the NL Central.

SNAPPED
Bobby Jenks failed to break the major league record for consecutive batters retired before getting three outs to help the Chicago White Sox avoid their longest losing streak in 16 years with a 4-3 win over Kansas City on Monday. Jenks gave up a single to Joey Gathright to lead off the ninth and responded by retiring the next three batters for his 34th save. The White Sox avoided losing nine in a row for the first time since August 1991.

SPEAKING
``The date was wrong and everything was spelled differently. I was kind of looking at it like 'Jeez, Louise. Wow.' I looked behind me and everyone was laughing at me. They got me.'' - Oakland's Jack Hannahan, on his teammates playing a joke on him following his first career homer in the Athletics' 6-4 win over Toronto on Monday.

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 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.
Aug. 22
1886 - Cincinnati outfielder Abner Powell was literally brought down by the dog days of summer. Chicken Wolf of the Louisville Colonels hit a deep drive and Powell took off after it, joined by a dog that had been sleeping by the fence. The dog bit Powell's leg before the outfielder could get to the ball and wouldn't let go as Wolf scored on a game-winning inside-the-park homer.
1917 - Pittsburgh's Carson Bigbee set a major league record - since tied - with 11 at-bats in a 22-inning game against Brooklyn. Pirate Elmer Jacobs pitched 16 2-3 innings in relief. The game was also the fourth consecutive extra-inning game by the Pirates for a total of 59 innings, a National League record.
1934 - Pitcher Wes Ferrell hit two home runs to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 triumph over the Chicago White Sox in 12 innings. With Boston trailing 2-1, Ferrell hit a home run in the eighth inning to tie the score, and with two out in the 12th he connected again for the game-winner.
1959 - Cincinnati's Frank Robinson hit three consecutive homers in an 11-4 win over St. Louis.
1961 - Roger Maris, en route to his 61-home run season, became the first player to hit his 50th homer in August. He connected off California pitcher Ken McBride in a 4-3 loss to the Angels.
1965 - In the third inning of a game against Los Angeles, pitcher Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants hit catcher John Roseboro of the Dodgers in the head with his bat. A 14-minute brawl ensued and Roseboro suffered cuts on the head. Marichal thought Roseboro threw too close to his head when returning the ball to Sandy Koufax.
1984 - New York Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden, at 19, fanned nine San Diego Padres to become the 11th rookie to strike out 200 batters in one season.
1989 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers became the first pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters. Ryan struck out 13, walked two and allowed five hits in a 2-0 loss to Oakland. Ryan began the night needing six strikeouts and fanned Rickey Henderson swinging, leading off the fifth inning, for the record.
1998 - Mark McGwire set a major league record for most home runs in three consecutive seasons, connecting for his 52nd homer of 1998 in the first inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 14-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. McGwire had 162 homers in three seasons, including 52 in 1996 and 58 in 1997, to pass Babe Ruth, who had 161 from 1926-28.
1999 - Mark McGwire became the first player to hit 50 homers in each of four consecutive seasons, hitting Nos. 49 and 50 in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets.
2000 - Colorado tied an NL record by using 10 pitchers in a 7-6, 12-inning win over Atlanta. Catcher Brent Mayne worked a scoreless 12th inning to become the first position player to win a game since the Yankees' Rocky Colavito on Aug. 25, 1968.
2006 - Nick Markakis homered in his first three at-bats to lead Baltimore to a 6-3 victory over Minnesota.
Today's birthdays: Randy Wolf 31; Jeff Weaver 31; Steve Kline 35; Carl Yastrzemski 68.
 

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