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Wednesday, 29 August 2007 23:00
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Aug. 30
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. EDT). Ted Lilly (13-7) starts for the Cubs, who lead the Brewers by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central.

STARS
Wednesday
-Aaron Harang, Reds, threw a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout and Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 8-0.
-Jack Hannahan, Athletics, hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning to lift Oakland over Toronto 5-4.
-Jeff Francis and Garrett Atkins, Rockies. Francis pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout and Atkins homered twice to help Colorado defeat San Francisco 8-0.
-Matt Diaz, Braves, homered twice to lead Atlanta past Florida 7-4.
-Roy Oswalt, Astros, struck out nine in seven innings and had an RBI single to propel Houston over St. Louis 7-0.

WILD WEST
The Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle on 8-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and open a five-game lead in the AL West. For the series, the Angels outscored the Mariners 24-8, outhit them 43-23 and opened their biggest division lead since before play on June 30. Seattle has lost five in a row after winning 13 of 17.

WELCOME BACK
Ben Sheets came off the disabled list to give the sagging Milwaukee Brewers a lift Wednesday night in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Sheets (11-4) worked six innings, allowing six hits and a run to get his first win since June 30 as Milwaukee kept Chicago right-hander Carlos Zambrano winless over the last month.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNES
Kansas City defeated Detroit 5-0 to drop the Tigers 4 1/2 games behind division-leading Cleveland, matching their largest deficit of the season. Detroit has dropped the first two games of this three-game series in a stadium where they had been 14-1 in their last 15 games. It was just the Brewers' fourth win in their last 15 games.

DON'T WALK THIS WAY
Greg Maddux didn't walk a batter for the sixth straight start and San Diego defeated Arizona 3-1 on Wednesday. The 41-year-old pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and eight hits while striking out five. He got a no-decision after winning his previous three starts and four of five.

REELING
Washington blew a five-run lead and fell to Los Angeles 10-9 in 12 innings on Wednesday for their sixth straight loss.

SNAPPED
C.C. Sabathia allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the first time since Aug. 3 and Cleveland beat Minnesota 4-3 on Wednesday night. ... Oakland beat Toronto 5-4 in 11 innings to snap a five-game losing streak.

SPEAKING
``It was like, let's hurry up and get off the field before they change their mind.'' - Philadelphia closer Brett Myers, on a controversial call that ended the game and sealed a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday. On a grounder to shortstop, New York's Marlon Anderson made a rough slide at Tadahito Iguchi outside the baseline and knocked the second baseman down as he threw to first. Second base umpire CB Bucknor ruled interference and a double play.

SEASONS
Aug. 30
1905 - Ty Cobb made his major league debut, hitting a double off Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders in the Tigers' 5-3 victory.
1910 - Tom Hughes of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter for 9 1-3 innings before giving up a single to Harry Niles of the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees lost 5-0, with Hughes giving up seven hits in 11 innings.
1912 - Earl Hamilton of the St. Louis Browns pitched a 5-1 no-hitter against the Tigers at Detroit.
1916 - Dutch Leonard of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns for a 4-0 victory.
1918 - The New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 in a game that took 57 minutes to play.
1953 - In the opening game of a doubleheader, rookie Jim Pendleton hit three of the Braves major league record eight homers in a 19-4 win over Pittsburgh. The Braves hit four more homers in the second game, an 11-5 win, to set a major league record for a doubleheader.
1960 - Pete Runnels went 6-for-7 as the Boston Red Sox edged the Detroit Tigers in 15 innings of a doubleheader opener. Runnels added three hits in the second game.
1966 - Pete Rose homered from both sides of the plate to lead Cincinnati to a 6-4 win over St. Louis.
1986 - Tommy John, 43, and Joe Niekro, 41, pitched a doubleheader for the New York Yankees against Seattle to become the first 40-plus teammates to start a doubleheader since Sept. 13, 1933, when the Chicago Cubs' Sad Sam Jones, 41, and Red Faber, 44, pitched against the Philadelphia Athletics. John lost the opener and Niekro won the second game, 3-0.
1987 - Minnesota's Kirby Puckett went 6-for-6 with four RBIs and connected for two homers and two doubles to lead the Twins to a 10-6 victory over the Milwaukee.
1999 - Edgardo Alfonzo of the New York Mets went 6-for-6 with three homers, five RBIs and a major league record-tying six runs scored in a 17-1 win over Houston.
2003 - Gil Meche gave up one run on three hits in six innings as Seattle beat Baltimore 13-1. Meche (14-10) became the first pitcher in the major leagues since 1956 to win 14 games after missing the previous two seasons. He finished the year at 15-13.
2006 - Curt Schilling became the 14th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts when he fanned Oakland's Nick Swisher in the first inning of the Red Sox's 7-2 loss to Oakland.
2006 - Adam LaRoche had three doubles, a triple and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta past the San Francisco 5-3.
Today's birthdays: Sean Marshall 25; Adam Wainwright 26; Russ Adams 27; Cliff Lee 29; Todd Wellemeyer 29; Marlon Byrd 30.
Aug. 31
1915 - Jim Lavender of the Chicago Cubs pitched a 2-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Giants.
1935 - Vern Kennedy of the Chicago White Sox pitched a no-hitter to beat Cleveland 5-0. Kennedy also had a bases-loaded triple.
1937 - Rudy York of the Tigers hit his 17th and 18th home runs of the month to set a major league record as Detroit beat Washington 12-3.
1950 - Brooklyn's Gil Hodges tied a major league record by hitting four homers against the Boston Braves in the Dodgers' 19-3 rout. Hodges added a single for 17 total bases.
1959 - Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles struck out 18 Giants for a National League record as the Dodgers beat San Francisco 5-2.
1974 - In a Northwest League game, Portland manager Frank Peters rotated his players so each man played a different position each inning. The strategy worked for an 8-7 win over Tri-Cities.
1990 - The Griffeys - 20-year-old Ken Jr. and his dad, Ken, 40 - made major league history, leading Seattle to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City. The Griffeys were the first father and son to play together in the big leagues.
2001 - Pitcher Danny Almonte, who dominated the Little League World Series with his 70 mph fastballs, was ruled ineligible after government records experts determined he actually is 14, and that birth certificates showing he was two years younger were false. The finding nullified all the victories by his Bronx, N.Y., team, the Rolando Paulino Little League All-Stars, and wiped out all its records - including Almonte's perfect game and an earlier no-hitter.
2004 - Omar Vizquel went 6-for-7 to tie the American League record for hits for a nine-inning game in Cleveland's 22-0 victory over the New York Yankees. The 22-0 beating, was the largest loss in the history of the Yankees' organization. Cleveland matched the largest shutout win in the major leagues since 1900, set by Pittsburgh against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 16, 1975.
2005 - Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the first player in more than a century and the second to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, connecting in the seventh inning off the St. Louis Cardinals' Al Reyes.
2005 - Albert Pujols hit an RBI triple in St. Louis' 10-5 victory over the Florida Marlins, giving him 100 RBIs this season. Pujols became the first player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs in his first five seasons in the majors.
2006 - The Chicago White Sox became the first major league team to hit 200 home runs in seven straight seasons following A.J. Pierzynski's homer in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Today's birthdays: Ramon Ramirez 26; Clay Henry 28; Frank Robinson 72.
 

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