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|Friday, 07 September 2007 20:48|
Saturday, Sept. 8
Seattle at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Mariners' Jeff Weaver (6-11) faces the Tigers' Nate Robertson (7-11) in a matchup of teams pursuing the Yankees for the AL wild card.
-Ken Griffey Jr., Reds, hit a two-run shot for his 593rd homer and added an RBI single in an 11-4 rout of Milwaukee.
-Jim Thome, White Sox, hit a three-run homer to help erase a six-run deficit in the ninth, and Chicago beat Minnesota 11-10 in 13 innings.
-Jack Wilson, Pirates, had three hits, including a two-run homer and an RBI double, to help beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1.
-Lastings Milledge, Mets, made a diving catch to help thwart a potential rally, then hit a three-run homer in an 11-3 rout of Houston.
-Frank Catalanotto, Rangers, homered, tripled and drove in three runs to help Texas beat Oakland 5-3.
-Gregg Zaun, Blue Jays, hit a three-run homer in a 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
MOVING ON UP
Alex Rodriguez homered for the sixth time in nine games, raising his major league-leading total to 49 in the Yankees' 3-2 win over Kansas City on Friday night. Rodriguez homered off Gil Meche in the second inning, moving past Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with his 513th home run and taking sole possession of 17th place. He also broke his own team record for home runs by a right-handed batter.
Colorado used nine relievers after starter Elmer Dessens left with a strained left hamstring in the third inning of a 10-4 win over San Diego on Friday night. The 10 total pitchers was a National League record for a nine-inning game, and the most since Baltimore used 10 against the New York Yankees on Sept. 12, 2004. The Rockies used 10 hurlers against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 30, 2006, in a game that went 14 innings.
Curtis Granderson hit his 20th home run in Detroit's 6-1 win over Seattle on Friday night, making him only the sixth major league player since 1900 with at least 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 20 triples in one season. The Tigers' outfielder leads the majors with 21 triples and has 36 doubles.
STILL GOING STRONG
John Smoltz didn't allow a hit through seven innings, leading Atlanta over Washington 7-1 Friday night. The only pitcher in baseball history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves, Smoltz (13-7) walked off to a standing ovation after allowing a leadoff single to Ronnie Belliard in the eighth. The 40-year-old struck out 10 and walked two.
Dave Bush got just three outs in the shortest of his 99 career starts, allowing eight runs and nine hits in an 11-4 loss to Cincinnati on Friday night. It was just the third loss in nine games for the Brewers, who remained tied with the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead.
READY TO TUSSLE
Boston handed an angry Daniel Cabrera his 15th loss of the season, barely avoiding a brawl Friday night in a 4-0 victory over Baltimore. Both teams charged from the dugouts and bullpens in the fourth inning after Cabrera threw a fastball behind the ear of Dustin Pedroia. After a warning was issued to both teams, Cabrera waved his arms at the Red Sox, causing tempers to escalate. No punches were thrown, and Cabrera was ejected from the game.
Dustin McGowan struck out a career-high 12 in eight innings to lead Toronto past Tampa Bay 7-2 on Friday night. McGowan (10-8) gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He has won two straight starts, giving up just three runs in 16 innings over the stretch. ... Jon Lester allowed four hits in seven innings to win his third straight start in Boston's 4-0 victory over the Baltimore. Lester (4-0) struck out four, walked two and allowed only one runner past second base in his eighth start since returning to the majors following a bout with lymphoma.
``I was just itching a spot and Nick (third-base coach Nick Leyva) thought I was putting the steal on. I'm not going to steal with Prince (Fielder) coming up. I should have seen it was a preview of what was going to come. It set the tone for the night. I looked up and saw Gabe coming and thought, 'What the heck is going on?''' - Brewers manager Ned Yost, on a pesky mosquito bite that led to Gabe Gross getting thrown out while trying to steal third in a 1-2-3 first inning. Milwaukee lost 11-4 to Cincinnati on Friday night.
1905 - The Pittsburgh Pirates stranded 18 runners in an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to set a National League record for men left on base.
1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves 10-2 to clinch the National League pennant with a 17-game lead.
1958 - Roberto Clemente tied a major league record by hitting three triples in a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
1965 - Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A's played all nine positions but had to leave after a ninth-inning collision with Ed Kirkpatrick of the Angels. The Angels won 5-3 in 13 innings.
1972 - Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, for his 20th victory of the season. It marked the sixth straight year Jenkins had won 20 or more games.
1985 - Cincinnati's Pete Rose inserted himself into the lineup when the Chicago Cubs named right-hander Reggie Patterson as the starting pitcher. Rose singled in the first inning and again in the fifth inning to tie Ty Cobb with 4,191 career hits. Rose was retired in his other at-bats and the game was called because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied 5-5.
1993 - Darryl Kile pitched baseball's second no-hitter in five days, leading the Houston Astros over the New York Mets 7-1.
1996 - Todd Hundley of the New York Mets became the ninth player to hit 40 home runs this season, breaking the major league record set in 1961. Hundley's homer, in a 6-2 win over Atlanta, tied Roy Campanella's major league record for homers by a catcher.
1998 - Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire's shot off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel set off a wild celebration in Busch Stadium.
2002 - The Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight division title when second-place Philadelphia lost to the New York Mets 6-4.
Today's birthday: Gil Meche 29.