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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
Thursday
-Rick Ankiel, Cardinals, had a career-high seven RBIs, leading St. Louis to a 16-4 victory over Pittsburgh in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.
-Andre Ethier, Dodgers, hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 7-4 victory over the Cubs.
-Jason Varitek, Red Sox, singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of a 7-6 victory over Baltimore.

LUCKY SEVEN
Rick Ankiel homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 16-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain. Brought up Aug. 9 in his first major league appearance since he pitched for the Cardinals in 2004, Ankiel is batting .358 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 23 games. He also homered twice against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 11.

IN THE CLUTCH
Sean Casey and Placido Polanco hit run-scoring singles off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning, leading Detroit to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Thursday night. The Tigers, who closed within three games of the wild card-leading New York Yankees, trailed 2-1 entering the ninth. ... Pinch-hitter Jason Varitek singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to lead Boston to a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. ... Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Ryan Dempster in the ninth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs. Chicago dropped into a first-place tie with idle Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Dodgers closed within 3 1/2 games of NL West-leading Arizona.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs and had four RBIs for the Cubs in a 7-4 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

SNAPPED
Baltimore ended Tim Wakefield's string of 22 straight scoreless innings with a run in the first inning of a 7-6 loss to Boston on Thursday night.

DREADFUL
Baltimore lost 7-6 at home to Boston on Thursday and with their 10th straight defeat at home, they matched an Orioles record set in 1954 - the club's first season in Baltimore - according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

HEAVENLY
Garret Anderson extended his streak to a club-record 11 games with at least one RBI, driving in three runs and leading the Los Angeles Angels past the Cleveland Indians 10-3 on Thursday night. Anderson had a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth, breaking the previous franchise mark of 10 consecutive games with an RBI that was shared by Fred Lynn (1984) and Wally Joyner (1986).

SPEAKING
``Marvel is a good word. It's kind of amazing, isn't it? Clutch, too.'' - Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on Rick Ankiel. Ankiel had a career-high seven RBIs, leading the St. Louis over the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-4 Thursday in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

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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