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
Tuesday
-Travis Hafner, Indians, hit two home runs and the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, leading Cleveland over Minnesota 7-5.
-Jorge Posada, Yankees, homered twice to help the New York Yankees defeat Seattle 12-3.
-Paul Lo Duca, Mets, hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the New York Mets past Cincinnati 11-7.
-Jesus Flores, Nationals, hit a game-winning, two-run double in the ninth inning to push Washington past Florida 4-3.
-Brad Hawpe, Rockies, hit a game-ending single in the ninth to lift Colorado over San Francisco 6-5.

SWEET 17
tches with stiffness in his back.

YOUNG ROCKED
San Diego All-Star Chris Young (9-6) gave up five runs and four hits in four innings and took the loss as the Padres fell to Arizona 9-1 on Tuesday. Three of Young's six losses have come against Arizona, and he has allowed 16 earned runs in 19 2-3 innings, a 7.32 ERA. He is 9-3 with a 1.88 ERA against everyone else.

METS BOUNCING BACK
The New York Mets defeated Cincinnati 11-7 on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory. The NL East leaders have regained control of the division with their longest winning streak of the season. A balanced offense has led the way, piling up 46 runs in six games and reaching double-digits three times.

BREWERS RECORD
Francisco Cordero set a franchise record with his 40th save to help Milwaukee beat Houston 5-3 on Tuesday. Cordero pitched the ninth to earn his 40th save in 46 chances, topping the franchise record of 39 set by Dan Kolb (2004) and Derrick Turnbow (2005).

HOT ROCKS
Colorado edged San Francisco 6-5 on Tuesday and improved to a season-high six games over .500. The victory was their fifth in six games.

BUCHHOLZ TO BULLPEN
Boston rookie Clay Buchholz, who threw a no-hitter in just his second major league start, will pitch out of the bullpen for the near future, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. He is just the 21st rookie to throw a no-hitter, and the third to pitch one in one of his first two starts. Francona left open the possibility that Buchholz will get another start this season.

SPEAKING
``Two-game losing streaks are a luxury.'' - New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, on his team defeating Seattle 12-3 on Tuesday to open up a two-game lead in the AL wild-card race over the Mariners. The Yankees dropped their previous two games and had lost three of four since sweeping Boston last week.

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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