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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 05:32
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Sept. 5
L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. EDT). David Wells faces off against Ted Lilly in a matchup of teams in the NL playoff hunt.

STARS
Monday
-Mike Lowell, Red Sox, hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead Boston over Toronto 13-10.
-C.C. Sabathia, Indians, gave up six hits and one walk in eight innings to lead Cleveland past Minnesota 5-0.
-Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners, knocked in three runs in Seattle's 7-1 win over the New York Yankees.
-Ian Snell, Pirates, allowed five hits in seven innings and Pittsburgh routed St. Louis 11-0.
-Ervin Santana, Angels, pitched two-hit ball over 6 1-3 scoreless innings for his first win since June 9 to help the Los Angeles Angels beat Oakland 9-5.

PEDRO RETURNS, REACHES MILESTONE
e innings to pick up the win.

200 HITS
Ichiro Suzuki homered in the third inning of Seattle's 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Monday to reach 200 hits for the seventh consecutive season, tying the Wade Boggs' AL mark. The major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons is eight by Willie Keeler (1894-01).

TRICKY TRIBE
Johan Santana allowed four runs in six innings and took the loss in Minnesota's 5-0 defeat at the hands of Cleveland on Monday and has dropped all five of his starts against the Indians this season. The last time a Twins pitcher went 0-5 in one season against the same opponent was 1974, when Joe Decker lost five straight to the Oakland Athletics.

STRUGGLING
Carlos Zambrano lost his fifth straight start, giving up eight runs for the first time since June 22, 2005, and the Chicago Cubs were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-3. He lasted 4 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since April 13. Zambrano has a 9.56 ERA in three starts since the Cubs gave him a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension, and he is 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA in six starts since July 29.

RAYS RECORD
Carlos Pena hit his team-record 35th homer, a tiebreaking two-run drive that helped Tampa Bay rally past Baltimore 9-7 on Monday. Pena's home-run total is one more than Jose Canseco (1999) and current Orioles designated hitter Aubrey Huff (2003) hit for the Devil Rays.

STREAKING
Greg Maddux gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings and extended his streak without a walk to 49 1-3 innings over seven starts as San Diego routed Arizona 10-2 on Monday. Maddux set the record with 72 1-3 innings without a free pass in 2001 - a streak that ended with an intentional walk. ... Mike Lowell went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two singles to extend his hitting streak to 16 games in Boston's 13-10 win over Toronto.

SNAPPED
Seattle defeated the New York Yankees 7-1 on Monday to snap its season-worst nine-game losing streak and trim the Yankees' wild-card lead to one game. It was the Mariners' first win since Aug. 24. ... Pittsburgh routed St. Louis 11-0 to snap a five-game skid.

SPEAKING
``The only thing I got (on) my mind today was win. No matter how, no matter what, just win.'' - Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, on outpitching Roger Clemens in the Mariners' 7-1 win over the wild card-leading New York Yankees. The matchup between the 45-year-old Clemens and 21-year-old Hernandez was the biggest age difference between opposing starters since Charlie Hough started for Florida against Salomon Torres of the Giants on April 16, 1994.

SEASONS
Sept. 5
1908 - Brooklyn's Nap Rucker pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against Boston. Rucker struck out 14 and walked none.
1918 - Babe Ruth pitched a six-hitter as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in the opening game of the World Series. The Series was started early due to World War I.
1954 - Roswell's Joe Bauman of the Longhorn League hit three home runs to give him 72 for the season. Bauman never made it to the majors.
1955 - Brooklyn pitcher Don Newcombe connected for his seventh homer of the season for a National League record for home runs by a pitcher. The Dodgers, behind Newcombe's power and 20th win, beat the Phillies 11-4.
1971 - J.R. Richard tied Karl Spooner's major league record by striking out 15 San Francisco Giants in his first major league game as the Houston Astros beat the Giants.
1982 - Roy Smalley hit a pair of three-run homers, one from each side of the plate, as the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 18-7.
1998 - Mark McGwire became the third player in baseball history to reach 60 home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joined Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with 60 homers in a single season.
2001 - Roger Clemens became the second player in major league history to win 19 of his first 20 decisions, leading the New York Yankees over Toronto 4-3.
2002 - Alex Rodriguez became the fifth player in major league history to record successive 50-homer seasons, hitting two in Texas' 11-2 rout of Baltimore. Rodriguez, who hit 52 homers last season, joined Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Jr.
2003 - Mike Maroth became the first major league pitcher in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season when Detroit lost to Toronto 8-6. Maroth (6-20) allowed eight runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. Oakland's Brian Kingman went 8-20 in 1980.
2006 - For the first time in more than three decades, there were seven shutouts in the major leagues on one day. It was the most shutouts on one day since there were a record eight on June 4, 1972, when 16 games were played. Thirteen games were played.
Today's birthdays: Chris B. Young 24; Rod Barajas 32.
 

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