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Tuesday, 21 August 2007 21:17
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Milwaukee at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EDT). Brandon Webb tries to extend his streak of 42 straight scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks.

STARS
Tuesday
-Garret Anderson, Angels, drove in a team-record 10 runs, hitting a grand slam and a three-run homer in an 18-9 rout of the New York Yankees.
-Gabe Gross, Brewers, hit a grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning and Milwaukee beat Arizona 7-4.
-Ian Stewart, Rockies, hit a grand slam in his ninth career at-bat to help Colorado overpower Pittsburgh 9-2.
-Brandon Phillips, Reds, homered and hit a tiebreaking single in an 8-7 win over Atlanta.
-Carlos Beltran, Mets, went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and five RBIs in a 7-6 win over San Diego.

POWER OF 10
ees star Alex Rodriguez also had 10 against the Angels on April 26, 2005. The major league record of 12 RBIs is shared by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993). The AL record of 11 was set by Tony Lazzeri of the Yankees on May 24, 1936.

POWER SURGE
Albert Pujols homered for the fourth straight game in St. Louis' 5-2 win over Florida on Tuesday night. Pujols, whose solo shot in the sixth extended his RBI streak to six games, went 10 days between homers before beginning his long-ball binge. He has 29 homers on the year, and six RBIs in the last six games.

FAN FRIENDLY
Arizona's Mark Reynolds tied the major league record for consecutive strikeouts by a non-pitcher when he fanned in his ninth straight plate appearance in a 7-4 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Reynolds struck out in his first two at-bats against Dave Bush to match the record set five times before, most recently by Kansas City's Bo Jackson in 1988. Bush hit Reynolds with a pitch in the sixth, ending the streak.

PAYBACK
Jair Jurrjens allowed one hit in 6 2-3 innings in his second major league start and carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of Detroit's 2-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Fausto Carmona, who beat Jurrjens in his big league debut Wednesday, lost the rematch, allowing two runs and three hits over eight innings.

SUPER SAVER
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect 1 1-3 innings with three strikeouts for his 30th save in 32 opportunities in Boston's 8-6 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Papelbon is the first Red Sox pitcher to have at least 30 saves in two different seasons.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Frank Thomas homered twice, giving him 508 career homers, in Toronto's 6-4 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night. ... Craig Biggio homered and drove in four runs for Houston in an 11-6 loss to Washington.

STREAKS
Erik Bedard struck out 11 over seven innings to win his ninth straight decision in Baltimore's 6-2 victory over Texas on Tuesday night. Bedard (13-4) increased his AL-leading strikeout total to 218, matching Mike Mussina's club record in 1997. ... Jarrod Washburn snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in seven starts in Seattle's 7-2 victory over Minnesota.

SPEAKING
``When it starts getting attention from other places than my head, you know it's been too long. When you guys start writing about how long it's been since I won it becomes an issue. Obviously you'd like to get that out of the way.'' - Jarrod Washburn, on recording his first win since July 4 in Seattle's 7-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night.

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.
Aug. 23
1906 - On their way to the American League pennant, the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Senators 4-1 for their 19th straight victory.
1907 - Pittsburgh's Howie Camnitz pitched a five-inning, no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader at New York. The Pirates beat the Giants 1-0.
1931 - Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics was beaten 1-0 by Dick Coffman of the St. Louis Browns, snapping a personal 16-game winning streak. A misjudged fly ball by outfielder Jim Moore led to the winning run.
1936 - In his first major league start, 17-year-old Bob Feller struck out 15 Browns as the Cleveland Indians beat St. Louis 4-1. Feller gave up six hits and allowed four walks.
1952 - During a game against the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds, the Giants' Bob Elliott complained and kicked dirt arguing over a called strike. Umpire Augie Donatelli ejected him from the game. Bobby Hoffman finished the at-bat by being called out on strikes and was also ejected by Donatelli for arguing the call.
1982 - Seattle pitcher Gaylord Perry was ejected in the seventh inning for allegedly throwing a spitball against the Red Sox. It was the first ejection for Perry, who was subsequently suspended for 10 days.
1989 - Rick Dempsey's leadoff homer in the 22nd inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Expos in the second-longest shutout in major league history.
1992 - There were no hits in Clearwater's 1-0 victory over Winter Haven in the Class A Florida State League. In what appeared to be the first professional game in 40 years without a hit, Andy Carter and the Clearwater Phillies beat Scott Bakkum and the Winter Haven Red Sox. The only run scored in the seventh inning on a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice bunts.
1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hit his 50th and 51st homers against the Houston Astros. Mark McGwire hit his 53rd at Pittsburgh marking just the second time two National League hitters have 50 homers in the same season. In 1947, Ralph Kiner of Pittsburgh and the New York Giants' Johnny Mize tied for the league lead with 51 each.
1998 - Barry Bonds became the first player in major league history to hit 400 home runs and steal 400 bases when he homered off Florida's Kirt Ojala in the second inning of San Francisco's game at Florida. Bonds, who hit his 26th homer of the season, had 438 steals.
2001 - Randy Johnson struck out 16 in seven innings to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 in four straight seasons, only to see his eight-game winning streak end as Kevin Young's two-run homer led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 victory over Arizona.
Today's birthdays: Mark Bellhorn 33; Casey Blake 34; Julio Franco 49.
 

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