SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Sept. 1
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Derek Lowe faces NL strikeout-leader Jake Peavy in a key NL West matchup.

STARS
Friday
-Scott Baker, Twins, allowed one hit and struck out nine in a 5-0 victory over Kansas City.
-Hunter Pence, Astros, homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in Houston's 6-1 victory over Chicago.
-Carlos Pena and Andy Sonnanstine, Devil Rays. Pena homered twice and Sonnanstine allowed two hits in eight innings in a 9-1 win at New York.
-Yovani Gallardo, Brewers, gave up two runs in seven innings and hit his second home run of the season in a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.

SO CLOSE
major league history. Baker then walked John Buck and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney. The 25-year-old right-hander recovered to get the one-hitter, struck out a career-high nine and threw 111 pitches in just his second complete game in 44 major league starts.

TRADE
The Cardinals, acquired power-hitting Russell Branyan from the Phillies on Friday for a player to be named. Branyan is a .229 hitter with 120 homers and 298 RBIs. He hit a career-high 24 homers with the Indians and Reds in 2002. Branyan batted a combined .198 with nine homers and 24 RBIs this year for the Phillies and Padres.

SUSPENDED
Yankees rookie sensation Joba Chamberlain was suspended for two games and fined $1,000 Friday, a day after he threw two 98-99 mph pitches over the head of Boston's Kevin Youkilis. Chamberlain missed Friday night's game against Tampa Bay and was to sit out again on Saturday. Chamberlain has thrown 11 1-3 scoreless innings in the majors, striking out 17, walking four and allowing just five hits.

COMEBACKE KID
Houston right-hander Brandon Backe is to start Tuesday in his first appearance in almost a year following elbow ligament replacement surgery. Backe's first start of 2007 will come in Milwaukee and will be three days shy of a year since his elbow was operated on last Sept. 7. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since Aug. 18, 2006, at Milwaukee. Backe is 19-14 with a 4.71 ERA in his big league career.

STREAKING
Philadelphia beat Florida 9-2 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games. ... Cleveland beat the White Sox 8-5 Friday night for their season-high seventh straight win.

SNAPPED
The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Braves on Friday night. ... Baltimore snapped a nine-game losing streak after beating Boston 9-8 on Friday night. It was the first time the Orioles won since announcing manager Dave Trembley would return next season.

SLUMPING
Seattle lost to Toronto 7-5 on Friday night. The Mariners have lost seven straight. ... San Francisco beat Washington 3-2, extended the Nationals' skid to seven games. ... The White Sox lost to Cleveland 8-5 Friday night, losing their 10th straight on the road for the first time since 1977.

SPEAKING
he Royals 5-0 loss to Minnesota.

SEASONS
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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