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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Sept. 3
Toronto at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka looks for his 14th win.

STARS
Saturday
-Clay Buchholz, Red Sox, threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Baltimore.
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, homered and drove in four runs to lead New York to a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay.
-Mike Pelfrey, Mets, allowed one hit in six innings to win his first game of the season after seven losses and New York beat Atlanta 5-1.
-Justin Verlander and Curtis Granderson, Tigers. Verlander struck out 10 and Granderson had four hits to help Detroit beat Oakland 6-1.
-Paul Byrd, Indians, threw a four hitter and Cleveland blanked the White Sox 7-0.
-Tony Clark, Diamondbacks, drove in five runs and Arizona beat Colorado 13-7.

BUCH'NO'LZ
23 on Aug. 14, pitched the third no-hitter of the season - following Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox against Texas on April 18 and Justin Verlander of Detroit against Milwaukee on June 12 - and became the 21th rookie to throw a no-hitter. It was also Boston's 17th no-hitter.

SLUMPING
Seattle lost its season-high eighth straight, 2-1 to Toronto on Saturday. The Mariners have fallen out of the race in the AL West, and are losing ground in a wild-card race they were leading earlier this week. ... Atlanta lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games to fall 6 1/2 behind the Mets in the NL East after a 5-1 loss.

STREAKING
Cleveland won its eighth straight game, 7-0 over the White Sox on Saturday. Paul Byrd has won his last four starts and seven of his last eight decisions after picking up the win.

OOPS
gainst the Angels with a single, with Angel Berroa listed as the first batter.

BAT GATE
In a strange sequence Saturday, Akinori Iwamura and Alex Rodriguez had their bats confiscated by umpires during Tampa Bay's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees. First, the Yankees requested that Iwamura's unusual model, featuring a flat end rather than a rounded one, be inspected to make sure it met major league specifications, according to Tampa Bay spokesman Chris Costello. Not to be outdone, Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon asked the umps to examine Rodriguez's bat an inning later. Iwamura has been using the same model all season. It was checked by umpires and deemed acceptable during a game at Arizona in June.

PEDRO'S RETURN
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, will make his first start of the season on Monday at Cincinnati. Martinez did a great job throwing 53 pitches in a Friday night bullpen session making the Mets' decision to activate him easy. The three-time Cy Young winner underwent surgery last Oct. 5.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Los Angeles' Garret Anderson homered and drove in four runs, but the Angels lost 7-6 to Texas on Saturday.

SNAPPED
Washington stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over San Francisco on Saturday.

SPEAKING
``It's just retaliation. There's nothing wrong with Alex Rodriguez. He's a great player. It was tit-for-tat entirely, I said, 'It's an illegal bat.' I said, 'I can't see inside it, but there might be something inside that bat. I don't have X-ray vision. He's got 45 home runs, it's Sept. 1.' That was my argument.'' - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon on why he asked umpires to confiscate New York slugger Alex Rodriguez's bat during a 9-6 loss Saturday. Earlier in the game, the Yankees requested that Akinori Iwamura's unusual model, featuring a flat end rather than a rounded one, be inspected to make sure it met major league specifications.

SEASONS
Sept. 3
1917 - Philadelphia's Grover Cleveland Alexander went the distance in both games of the Phillies' 5-0 and 9-3 sweep of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1947 - Bill McCahan pitched a no-hitter to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 3-0 win over Washington.
1947 - The New York Yankees had 18 hits, all singles, in an 11-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio each had four hits.
1957 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves recorded his 41st career shutout with an 8-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Spahn's shutout set a major league record for left-handed pitchers.
1970 - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs asked to be kept out of the lineup, snapping his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played. His record was broken in 1983 by Steve Garvey.
1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park's history, 19 innings, before the game was suspended with the score tied 7-7. The Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings when the game resumed the next day.
1986 - Billy Hatcher's homer in the top of the 18th inning gave the Houston Astros an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The two teams played 14 innings the day before and used a major league record 53 players in the game.
1990 - Bobby Thigpen set a major league record with his 47th save in a 4-2 Chicago White Sox victory over Kansas City. Thigpen broke the record set by Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees in 1986.
2000 - Kenny Lofton tied a major league record by scoring in his 18th straight game in the first inning of Cleveland's 12-11, 13-inning victory over Baltimore. Red Rolfe set the record in 1939 for the New York Yankees.
2001 - Bud Smith became the 16th rookie in modern history to throw a no-hitter and the second to do it to San Diego this season in St. Louis' 4-0 win. Smith was making his 11th career start.
2006 - Ryan Howard homered in his first three at-bats, leading Philadelphia to an 8-7 victory over Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader. Howard raised his major league-leading total to 52 and set a record for second-year players.
2006 - Albert Pujols homered in his first three at-bats, helping St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 6-3. Pujols, with 42 homers, reached 40 or more for the fourth straight season.
Today's birthdays: Matt Capps 24; Bobby Livingston 25; Nate Robertson 30; Luis Gonzalez 40.
 

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