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Thursday, 06 September 2007 06:04
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 7
N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EDT). Ian Kennedy makes his second career start for the Yankees.

STARS
Wednesday
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, homered twice in an eight-run seventh inning to help the New York Yankees get past Seattle 10-2.
-Matt Diaz, Braves, hit a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Atlanta over Philadelphia 9-8.
-Carlos Pena, Devil Rays, homered twice and drove in a team-record seven runs as Tampa Bay pounded Baltimore 17-2.
-Timo Perez, Tigers, hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning to push Detroit past the Chicago White Sox 2-1.

SPECIAL DELIVERY
el Ott on the career list, and his second matched Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 17th place at 512. Rodriguez, who leads the majors with 48 homers and 134 RBIs, became the first Yankees player to homer twice in an inning since Cliff Johnson on June 30, 1977, at Toronto.

BONDS HOMERS
Barry Bonds hit his 762nd home run to help San Francisco beat Colorado 5-3 on Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez became the 449th pitcher to allow a home run to Bonds, who has 54 career home runs against the Rockies. Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th home run on Aug. 7.

BREWS BASH
Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart each hit three-run homers, and Milwaukee connected five times in all to beat Houston 14-2 on Wednesday. For Fielder, it was his NL-leading 41st homer. Hart became the fifth player in Brewers history to hit at least 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a season.

TWIN KILLING
Cleveland defeated Minnesota 6-2 Wednesday on the strength of a strong outing from Fausto Carmona to complete its second sweep of the Twins in 10 games. Minnesota had won five in a row and trailed the Indians by 6 1/2 games in the AL Central on Aug. 27 before a showdown in Cleveland. The Twins finished the series 12 1/2 games behind the Tribe.

BASEMENT DWELLERS
Carlos Pena homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a team-record seven runs as Tampa Bay hammered stumbling Baltimore 17-2 on Wednesday. The Orioles have lost 13 of 15. Including the 30-3 loss on Aug. 22 to Texas, Baltimore has allowed eight or more runs in 10 of 15 games. The 17 runs were a season high for Tampa Bay, and the team's most ever in a home game.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Rick Ankiel hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, his seventh in 75 at-bats, in an 8-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It gave him 22 RBIs in 22 games since the former pitcher returned to the major leagues as an outfielder on Aug. 9.

STREAKING
Wily Mo Pena hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to help Washington get past Florida 6-4 for the Nationals' fifth straight win. They have won seven straight games against the Marlins.

SPEAKING
``We get any of us old folks in that MRI machine for an hour, who knows what the hell the thing is going to say.'' - Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who hit two homers as the designated hitter in a 10-2 rout of Seattle on Wednesday. Rodriguez was questionable for the game with a bad ankle following a collision with Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre on Tuesday.

SEASONS
Sept. 7
1908 - Walter Johnson pitched his third consecutive shutout in four days with a 4-0, two-hit victory over the New York Highlanders.
1911 - Rookie Grover Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies took a 1-0 thriller from 44-year-old Cy Young, who was closing out his career with the Boston Braves.
1916 - The New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1 to start their 26-game winning streak, a major league record.
1923 - Howard Ehmke of the Boston Red Sox tossed a 4-0, no-hit victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Philadelphia's Slim Harriss hit a ball to the wall for a double, but was called out for missing first base, preserving the no-hitter.
1962 - Maury Wills of Los Angeles stole four bases and set a National League record with a total of 82 for the season. The Dodgers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1.
1984 - Dwight Gooden of the Mets struck out Ron Cey of the Chicago Cubs in the second inning for No. 228 to set a National League record for a rookie. Gooden passed Grover Cleveland Alexander, who set the mark with 227 in 1911. New York coasted to a 10-0 victory behind Gooden's one-hitter.
1993 - Mark Whiten of the St. Louis Cardinals had the greatest game at the plate in major league history in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Cincinnati. In the 15-2 win, Whiten hit four home runs and drove in 12 runs to become the only player to accomplish both feats in one game.
1998 - Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice against Baltimore, giving baseball three 50-homer players in a season for the first time. Griffey joined Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit 50 or more in consecutive seasons. Ruth did it in 1920-21 and 1927-28, and McGwire hit 50 or more the last three years.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez broke his own American League record for homers by a shortstop with his career-best 43rd as Texas beat Kansas City 8-2.
Today's birthdays: Mark Prior 27; Brian Stokes 28; David Newhan 34; Jason Isringhausen 35.
 

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