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Thursday, 23 August 2007 20:54
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Aug. 24
Minnesota at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EDT). Johan Santana struck out a franchise-record 17 over eight scoreless innings in his last start for the Twins.

STARS
Thursday
-Josh Willingham, Marlins, homered twice and drove in six in Florida's 11-3 win over St. Louis.
-Mike Piazza, Athletics, went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to lead Oakland to a 12-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in Seattle's 9-4 victory over Texas.
-Josh Phelps, Pirates, had three RBIs and a career-high four hits, and Pittsburgh beat Colorado 5-1.
-Chad Billingsley, Dodgers, allowed one run on four hits and struck seven and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia 5-2.

ALL'S WELLS
David Wells and the Dodgers agreed to a contract Thursday and the big lefty plans to make his first start for Los Angeles on Sunday night against the Mets in New York. The 44-year-old Wells was designated for assignment by his hometown San Diego Padres on Aug. 9 and placed on release waivers four days later. He cleared waivers last Thursday and became a free agent. He was 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA this season, the Dodgers will be his ninth team in a 21-year major league career.

ABLE CAIN
Matt Cain outpitched and even outslugged opposing starter Carlos Zambrano, shutting down the Cubs for seven innings and hitting his second career home run Thursday to lead San Francisco to a 4-1 victory Thursday. Cain allowed one runs and eight hits in seven innings for his sixth straight quality start. He is improved to 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in August, doubling his win total from the first four months.

TRADE
Detroit traded slumping outfielder, Craig Monroe and cash to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. The Tigers designated Monroe for assignment last Friday. The 30-year-old Monroe, was hitting only .222 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 99 games. Monroe batted .255 with 28 homers and 92 RBIs last year, then tied a franchise record by hitting five home runs in the postseason.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Carlos Lee homered twice and drove in four but Houston lost to Washington 7-6 on Thursday night. ... Vladimir Guerrero hit two solo home runs in Los Angeles' 5-4 loss to Toronto Thursday night.

SNAPPED
Florida beat St. Louis 11-3 on Thursday night to snap an eight-game losing streak. ... Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 to snap his streak of homering in a career-best five consecutive games.

SPEAKING
``Phillips had such a good jump that I said, 'Please don't foul this off. As soon as I saw the ball in the air, at that point, I didn't care any more.''-Cincinnati manager Pete Mackanin said about Adam Dunn's homer in the Reds' 9-7 victory over Atlanta on Thursday night. With one out in the 12th, Dunn hit a 417-foot drive halfway up the seats in right-center for his 35th homer of the season, giving the Reds their fourth win in five games.

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.
Aug. 25
1922 - In one of the wildest games ever played, the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23. The Cubs led 25-6 in the fourth inning, but held on as the game ended with the Phillies leaving the bases loaded.
1934 - Detroit's Schoolboy Rowe won his 16th consecutive game with a 4-2 triumph over the Washington Senators. Rowe singled in the winning run in the ninth inning.
1937 - Cleveland's Bob Feller struck out 16 in an 8-1 win over Boston.
1952 - Detroit's Virgil Trucks pitched his second no-hitter of the season, a 1-0 gem over New York at Yankee Stadium. The Tigers committed two errors and Trucks walked one batter and struck out eight. It was the last victory of the season for Trucks, who finished with a 5-19 record.
1967 - Dean Chance of Minnesota pitched his second no-hitter of the month, defeating the Indians 2-1. Chance pitched an abbreviated five perfect innings against Boston on Aug. 6 for a 2-0 victory.
1972 - Philadelphia Ken Reynolds tied a National League record with his 12th consecutive loss, 6-1 to Cincinnati, from the beginning of the season.
1985 - New York's Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher ever to win 20 games with a 9-3 triumph over the San Diego Padres. Gooden at age 20 years, nine months, and nine days was one month younger that Bob Feller who won 20 games in 1939.
1998 - Toronto's Roger Clemens struck out 18 and won his 11th straight decision as he pitched a 3-0 three-hit victory over the Kansas City Royals.
2001 - Roger Clemens became the fourth pitcher since 1900 to win 17 of his first 18 decisions as the Yankees beat Anaheim 7-5. Clemens joined Rube Marquard of the New York Giants (19-1 in 1912); Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers (18-1 in 1955); and Elroy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-1 in 1959).
2002 - Randy Johnson, won his 19th game, striking out 16, in Arizona's 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.
2004 - Jeff DaVanon became the first Angels player in 13 years to hit for the cycle in Anaheim's 21-6 rout of Kansas City. He drove in four runs and Garret Anderson homered and had five RBIs. It was also the first time Anaheim swept an AL opponent in a season series during their 44-year history.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano became the 40th player in major league history - and the fastest ever - to reach 200 homers and 200 steals for his career. Soriano walked in the third inning of Washington's 7-6 win over Atlanta and stole second to reach 200 in that category. He already had 203 career homers.
Today's birthdays: Pedro Feliciano 31; Pablo Ozuna 33; Gary Matthews Jr. 33.
 

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