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Thursday, 30 August 2007 22:57
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Aug. 31
Baltimore at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Tim Wakefield (16-10) has a decision in all 26 of his starts this season for the Red Sox.

STARS
Thursday
- Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks, had a career-high five RBI to lead Arizona over the San Diego Padres 8-7.
- Robinson Cano, Yankees, homered twice to help the New York Yankees get past the Boston Red Sox 5-0.
- Pat Burrell and Chase Utley, Phillies. Burrell hit a pair of homers and Utley drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia over the New York Mets 11-10.

ON THEIR HEELS
y team since Sept. 4-7, 2003, at old Veterans Stadium.

FUTILITY
The Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the bumbling Chicago White Sox with a 5-1 victory Thursday night. Chicago made four errors in one inning and lost for the 16th time in 19 games - hours after manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated how frustrated he is with his team. ... Tampa Bay completed their first road sweep in more than two years with an 8-6 victory over Baltimore that extended the Orioles' losing streak to nine games. For Baltimore, the game marked the completion of the the worst 10-game homestand in Orioles history, surpassing a 2-8 mark in September 1987. The Orioles have been outscored 98-38 during the skid.

STREAKS
Kenny Lofton drew a bases-loaded walk from Rick White to force home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the slumping Seattle Mariners 6-5 Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.

ON THE SKIDS
Milwaukee's Chris Capuano (5-12) suffered his franchise-record 12th straight loss while making his second relief appearance of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night. He made 23 starts in the rotation and began the season 5-0, but is 0-12 in his last 16 appearances.

SNAPPED
Jeremy Bonderman went seven innings and gave up six hits and one run to snap his personal six-game losing streak in Detroit's 6-1 win over Kansas City on Thursday. He struck out three and did not walk a batter to get his first win since July 13.

SPEAKING
``I feel some good vibes.'' - Houston interim manager Cecil Cooper, on his team defeating St. Louis 2-1 on Thursday to win their first home series since sweeping the Chicago Cubs from Aug. 6-8. The Astros have won two of three since Cooper took over for Phil Garner, who was fired Monday.

SEASONS
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.
Sept. 1
1906 - The Philadelphia Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 24 innings. Jack Coombs of the Athletics and Joe Harris of the Red Sox pitched all 24 innings. Coombs fanned 18.
1930 - Wes Ferrell of Cleveland beat the St. Louis Browns 9-5 for his 13th straight victory.
1931 - Lou Gehrig hit his third grand slam in four days as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1.
1958 - Vinegar Bend Mizell of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by walking nine batters and tossing a shutout. Mizell beat Cincinnati 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.
1963 - Curt Simmons of the St. Louis Cardinals allowed six hits, drove in two runs with a triple and stole home plate in a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Simmons' steal of home is the last by a pitcher.
1975 - Tom Seaver struck out Manny Sanguillen in the seventh inning to become the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. Seaver recorded 10 strikeouts in the Mets' 3-0 triumph over Pittsburgh.
1998 - Mark McGwire broke Hack Wilson's 68-year-old National League record for home runs in a season, hitting his 56th and 57th in the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Florida Marlins.
1999 - Twenty-two of baseballs 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the fallout from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. Under the deal mediated by U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner, the union agreed the 22 ``will provide no further services.''
2001 - Rafael Palmeiro drove in three runs for Texas, including a two-run homer in a 8-7 loss to Kansas City. Palmeiro became the fourth player in major league history to record seven straight seasons of at least 35 home runs and 100 RBIs. The other three are Jimmie Foxx (1932-40), Babe Ruth (1926-32) and Sammy Sosa (1995-2001).
2002 - Miguel Tejada hit a game-ending three-run homer to power Oakland to a 7-5 win, Oakland's 18th straight victory, over Minnesota.
 

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