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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 21:28
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Aug. 23
San Diego at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). Justin Germano squares off against Tom Glavine.

STARS
Wednesday
-Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, Rangers, each homered twice and finished with seven RBIs in Texas' 30-3 pounding of Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader.
-Nate McLouth, Pirates, hit a pair of home runs in Pittsburgh's 11-2 rout of Colorado.
-Andy Pettite, Yankees, allowed one run and five hits in seven sharp innings to win his fifth consecutive start in New York's 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
-Billy Butler, Royals, homered and drove in three runs to help Kansas City edge the Chicago White Sox 7-6.
-Michael Cuddyer, Twins, hit a grand slam to fuel a seven-run first inning, and Minnesota beat Seattle 8-4.

BALTIMORE BLITZED
The Texas Rangers rounded the bases at a dizzying pace and became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record Wednesday in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 30 RBIs set a major league record. Texas also won the nightcap 9-7.

WEBB'S STREAK SNAPPED
Brandon Webb's scoreless streak ended at 42 innings Wednesday night when Milwaukee's Prince Fielder singled home a run in the first inning of Arizona's 3-2 win. Webb, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, fell 17 innings shy of Orel Hershiser's major league record of 59 straight shutout innings set in 1988. Webb, who had thrown three straight shutouts, gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings to win his 14th game.

PUJOLS POWER
Albert Pujols homered for a career-best fifth consecutive game and St. Louis beat Florida 6-4 on Wednesday. The St. Louis slugger became the first player in major league history to hit 30 homers in each of his first seven seasons.

MR. AUGUST
Andy Pettite allowed one run in seven innings to pick up the win in the New York Yankees' 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Pettite is 5-0 this month and 44-16 in August during his career, the second-highest winning percentage since 1900 for a pitcher with at least 60 decisions. Yankees great Lefty Gomez tops that list with a 39-14 record in August.

ROLLING THE DICE
Tampa Bay edged Boston 2-1 on Wednesday to improve to 3-9 against the Red Sox this season. All three of the Devil Rays' victories have come against Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out eight. Matsuzaka has had two runs or less of support in 12 of his last 16 starts.

GO, JOSE, GO
Jose Reyes did his best to rattle the Padres, stealing three bases and setting a Mets record with 67 in a season. The NL East leaders swiped five in all, yet saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 7-5 loss to San Diego on Wednesday. Reyes had the sixth three-steal game of his career

STREAKS
Baltimore's Kevin Millar got a hit in both games of a doubleheader against Texas on Wednesday, extending his run of reaching via hit, walk or hit by pitch to 49 games - tying Ken Singleton's club record set in 1977. ... Jake Peavy allowed two runs and two hits in six innings, striking out 11 to earn his fifth straight win in San Diego's 7-5 victory over the New York Mets. He improved to 8-0 on the road and increased his league-high strikeout total to 186.

SPEAKING
``It was AMAZING in capital letters.'' - Texas' Travis Metcalf, who hit a grand slam in the Rangers' 30-3 rout of Baltimore on Wednesday after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day. Metcalf also drove in four runs in the nightcap, helping Texas to a 9-7 win. The Rangers had totaled 28 runs in their previous nine games, including two runs on seven hits in their last two.

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.
Aug. 24
1905 - The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies at Philadelphia 2-1 in 20 innings behind the complete game pitching of Ed Reulbach.
1940 - Outfielder Ted Williams pitched the last two innings for the Boston Red Sox against Detroit at Fenway Park. He allowed one run on three hits, but struck out Rudy York on three pitches. The Tigers, behind Tommy Bridges, won 12-1.
1951 - St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck gave over 1,000 fans behind his dugout YES and NO placards to allow them to have a part in the strategy of the game. The fans flashed the cards when asked by the coaches what the Browns should do and it worked as St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3.
1971 - Ernie Banks hit the 512th and final home run of his career as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Banks' shot came off Jim McGlothin in the first inning.
1975 - Ed Halicki of San Francisco pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the New York Mets to lead the Giants to a sweep of a doubleheader. On the same day, Dave Lopes of Los Angeles stole his 38th consecutive base in the seventh inning against the Expos. Lopes' streak was snapped in the 12th inning by Gary Carter. The Expos won 5-3 in 14 innings.
1989 - After six months of denial, defense and delay, Cincinnati manager Pete Rose was banned for life from baseball by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti for gambling. Rose, baseball's career hit leader and holder of 19 major league records, signed a five-page agreement with Giamatti in which he agreed to a lifetime penalty but did not admit gambling on baseball.
2001 - Colorado starting pitcher Jason Jennings went 3-for-5 in his major league debut, including a homer and an RBI single, while giving up five hits and striking out eight in a complete game shutout over the Mets, 10-0. The right-hander became the first pitcher in modern history to throw a shutout and hit a homer in his first game. 2003 - Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada hit grand slams as Oakland routed Toronto 17-2.
2006 - Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 to hand rookie Jered Weaver his first loss. Weaver (9-1) was trying to become the third pitcher in big-league history to win his first 10 decisions as a starter.
Today's birthdays: Kevin Correia 27; Cal Ripken 47.
 

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