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Friday, 24 August 2007 23:11
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Aug. 25
Boston at Chicago White Sox (3:55 p.m. EDT). Tim Wakefield looks to be the majors first 16-game winner.

Sunday, Aug. 26
L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets (8:05 p.m. EDT). David Wells makes his first start for the Dodgers.

STARS
Friday
-David Wright and Oliver Perez, Mets. Perez tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and Wright homered and drove in two runs to lead New York to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
-Milton Bradley and Adrian Gonzalez, Padres. Bradley hit a pair of three-run homers and Gonzalez also connected twice in San Diego's 14-3 victory over Philadelphia.
-David Ortiz, Red Sox, homered twice as Boston routed the Chicago White Sox 10-1 to take both ends of a split doubleheader.
-Matt Holliday, Rockies, hit a two-run homer to spark a five-run, ninth-inning comeback, and Colorado beat Washington 6-5.
-Adam LaRoche, Pirates, hit a three-run homer that triggered a five-run 15th inning, helping Pittsburgh beat Houston 8-3.
-Carlos Guillen, Tigers, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th and Detroit beat New York 9-6

MILESTONE
Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in the San Diego Padres' 14-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Maddux (10-9) allowed three runs and seven hits, outpitching Jamie Moyer in a matchup of 40-something hurlers with a combined 570 wins.

SWEET 16
Josh Beckett became the major league's first 16-game winner Friday, surviving a shaky first when he walked three batters and leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 11-3 in the first game of a split doubleheader. Beckett (16-5) allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 2-3 innings.

MAKING MOVES
The Atlanta Braves cut ties with struggling closer Bob Wickman on Friday, designating him for assignment. The move came a day after Wickman surrendered a game-winning two-run home run to the Reds' Adam Dunn. Wickman is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 20 saves in 26 chances this season and was 38-for-45 in save opportunities with a 2.88 ERA since joining the Braves on July 23, 2006.

COMEBACK
Colorado matched its largest deficit overcome for a victory in the ninth inning or later after scoring five times in the last inning to beat Washington 6-5 on Friday night.

STREAKING
Pittsburgh has won three straight and seven of nine and moved out of last place in the Central by three percentage points ahead of Houston, following a 8-3, 15 inning win Friday.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
C.C Sabathia gave up two runs - one on a ground out and the other on a sacrifice fly - in eight innings, but the Cleveland Indians suffered a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

SPEAKING
``I just wanted to get it over with. We've been here too long today. I was swinging first pitch every time. That's why.'' - Boston slugger David Ortiz on Friday's doubleheader with Chicago. Ortiz homered twice in the nightcap to help the Red Sox sweep.

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.
Aug. 26
1916 - Philadelphia's Joe Bush pitched a no-hitter, beating Cleveland 5-0.
1939 - The first Major League Baseball game was televised as WXBS brought their cameras to Brooklyn's Ebbets Field for a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Dodgers.
1947 - Brooklyn's Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn't fare well on the mound. In 3 1-3 innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pirates. Pittsburgh won 16-3.
1987 - Milwaukee's Paul Molitor went 0-for-4, ending his 39-game hitting streak, and the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 in 10 innings on pinch-hitter Rick Manning's RBI single. With Molitor waiting in the on-deck circle for a possible fifth at-bat, Manning singled in the game-winner.
1999 - Randy Johnson reached 300 strikeouts in record time, notching nine in seven innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 12-2. Johnson achieved the milestone in his 29th start.
2001 - Sammy Sosa hit his 50th and 51st home runs to power Chicago to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals. Sosa joined Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only major leaguers with four 50-homer seasons.
2002 - New York shortstop Derek Jeter scored his 100th run of the season, joining Ted Williams (1939-49) and Earle Combs (1925-32) as the only players in modern history to score at least 100 runs in their first seven seasons. Jeter scored again in the bottom of the eighth as the Yankees routed visiting Texas 10-3.
2004 - Ichiro Suzuki homered in the ninth inning for his 200th hit of the season, but Seattle fell to Kansas City 7-3. Suzuki became the first player to reach 200 hits in each of his first four major league seasons.
Today's birthdays: Brendan Harris, 27; Geoff Geary, 31; Morgan Ensberg, 32.
 

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