SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Minnesota at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Johan Santana and C.C. Sabathia are each in search of win No. 15.

STARS
Monday
-John Lackey, Angels, pitched a seven-hit shutout to lead Los Angeles past Seattle 6-0.
-Troy Glaus, Blue Jays, drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning to propel Toronto over Oakland 6-2.
-Brian McCann, Braves, hit his second grand slam in a week and Atlanta routed Florida 13-2.
-Chase Utley, Phillies, had three hits, including a solo homer, in his return from the DL and Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 9-2.
-Justin Verlander, Tigers, allowed three hits in seven innings and Detroit pounded the New York Yankees 16-0.

FIRED
Less than two years ago, the Houston Astros were celebrating their first National League pennant. On Monday, they were starting over. Manager Phil Garner and general manager Tim Purpura were fired by owner Drayton McLane, who said the franchise ``needed a fresh start'' after a plunge to the bottom of the NL Central. Bench coach Cecil Cooper was appointed interim manager.

TRIPLE PLAY
Cleveland beat Minnesota 8-3 on Monday on the strength of a Victor Martinez homer and their first triple play since 1992. With runners at first and second in the seventh inning, Indians reliever Rafael Perez came on and got Mike Redmond to hit a hard grounder to third baseman Casey Blake, who fielded it and quickly stepped on the bag. Blake then threw to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, whose relay to first baseman Martinez easily beat the slow-footed Twins catcher. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the third triple play of the season.

ACES WILD
John Lackey pitched his second straight seven-hit shutout against the Mariners, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 6-0 on Monday. He also blanked Seattle on July 31 and hasn't allowed a run in 24 innings against them. It was his 10th career complete game and seventh shutout. ... Jake Peavy allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to lead San Diego past Arizona 3-1. Peavy tied his career high in victories with 15. He struck out 11 for the third straight start and reached double digits for the eighth time this year, pushing his NL lead to 197.

STREAKING
Matt Holliday extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games in Colorado's 4-1 loss to San Francisco on Monday. Holliday's hitting streak is the longest by a Rockies player since Jeffrey Hammonds hit in 18 straight from May 29-June 21, 2000. ... Troy Tulowitzki also extended his hitting streak to 12 games for Colorado in the loss.

SNAPPED
Jose Contreras got his first win as a starter in two months and the Chicago White Sox edged Tampa Bay 5-4 on Monday. Contreras (7-16), who leads the major leagues in losses, had dropped nine straight starts since beating Florida on June 18 and had lost 13 of 14. His lone victory since beating the Marlins was in relief against Cleveland on Aug. 8. ... Cleveland beat Minnesota 8-3, ending the Twins' season-high winning streak at five.

SPEAKING
``I'll take 0-for-4 every night - that means I'm in the game long enough to get four at-bats and we're hitting the ball.'' - Atlanta hurler Lance Cormier, on being the only Braves starter without a hit in a 13-2 rout of Florida on Monday. Cormier pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits to get his first win this season.

SEASONS
Aug. 28
1926 - Emil Levsen of the Cleveland Indians pitched two complete-game victories over the Boston Red Sox, 6-1 and 5-1. He did not strike out a batter in either game. The Indians used the same lineup in both games.
1951 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Giants 2-0, snapping the Giants' 16-game winning streak. The streak enabled the Giants to cut the Dodgers' 13 1/2-game lead to six. 1971 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hit two home runs to help himself to a 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
1977 - Steve Garvey of Los Angeles hit three doubles and two home runs in five at-bats, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. One of Garvey's homers was a grand slam.
1977 - In a 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 11 batters to pass 300 strikeouts for the fifth time in his career.
1990 - Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman in history to have consecutive 30-homer seasons, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
1992 - The Milwaukee Brewers set an American League record with 31 hits and 26 singles in a 22-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.
1996 - The Cleveland Indians finished the season 12-0 against Detroit Tigers to become the seventh team to sweep a season series since 1900.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run, becoming the second shortstop in major league history to reach the mark in four straight seasons, as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 10-1. Rodriguez joined Ernie Banks (1957-60) as the only shortstops with four consecutive 40-homer seasons.
2003 - Eric Gagne set a major league record with his 44th straight save this season as Los Angeles beat Houston 6-3. Gagne eclipsed Tom Gordon's 1998 record of 43 in a row to begin a season.
Today's birthdays: Carlos Quentin 25; Ryan Madson 27; Jay Witasick 35.
Aug. 29
1918 - The Chicago Cubs, behind the pitching of Lefty Tyler, clinched the National League pennant with a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
1934 - The Philadelphia A's ended Schoolboy Rowe's 16-game winning streak with a 13-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1965 - San Francisco's Willie Mays broke Ralph Kiner's National League record with his 17th home run of the month in an 8-3 triumph over the New York Mets. Kiner had 16 homers in September of 1949. Mays hit a tape measure shot off Jack Fisher.
1967 - Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A's hit three triples in a 9-8, 10-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians.
1971 - Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves knocked in his 100th run of the season, giving him the National League record of 11 seasons with 100 or more RBIs.
1977 - Lou Brock stole base No. 893, breaking Ty Cobb's modern record for career stolen bases.
1985 - Don Baylor of the New York Yankees set an American League record when he was hit by a pitch for the 190th time in his career. Baylor was struck by California Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill in the first inning, breaking the old mark of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.
1993 - George Brett recorded his 200th stolen base in Kansas City's 5-4, 12-inning victory over Boston to join Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players with 3,000 hits, 300 homers and 200 steals.
1995 - Pittsburgh's Paul Wagner, the NL leader in losses, lost his no-hitter against Colorado on an infield single with two out in ninth.
2000 - Anaheim's Darin Erstad went 3-for-5 to reach 200 hits faster than any player in 65 years as the Angels defeated Toronto 9-4. Ducky Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals did it in 131 games in 1935.
2002 - Mark Bellhorn became the first player in NL history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning, in the fourth of the Chicago Cubs' 13-10 win over Milwaukee.
2004 - Albert Pujols hit his 40th home run and reached 100 RBIs for the fourth straight season to help St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 4-0. He's the fourth player to start his major league career with four straight seasons with at least 100 RBIs, joining Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.
Today's birthdays: Ryan Shealy 28; Aaron Rowand 30; Roy Oswalt 30; Henry Blanco 36.

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