SCOREBOARD
Monday, Sept. 10
Toronto at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Roy Halladay tries for win No. 15 against Kenny Rogers and the Tigers.

STARS
Sunday
-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, homered for the fifth straight game in a 6-3 victory over Kansas City.
-Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun, Brewers. Weeks and Braun each hit two home runs in Milwaukee's 10-5 win over Cincinnati.
-Pat Burrell, Phillies, homered and drove in three runs in an 8-5 win over Florida.
-Jason Kubel, Twins, hit a three-run homer and an RBI single to help Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.
-Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, went 3-for-4 and scored four runs in a 14-7 victory over Detroit.

POWER SURGE
n five straight games.

SWEET 18
Josh Beckett allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his 18th victory - tops in the majors - and Boston beat Baltimore 3-2 on Sunday. Beckett yielded seven hits, struck out eight and walked none. ... Chien-Ming Wang matched Beckett with his 18th win in the New York Yankees' 6-3 win over Kansas City. Wang gave up three runs and five hits, walking four and striking out four.

RARE FEAT
Curtis Granderson of the Tigers joined Willie Mays and Frank ``Wildfire'' Schulte as the only players in major league history with 20 stolen bases, 20 homers, 20 triples and 20 doubles in a season when he stole a base in the first inning of Detroit's 14-7 loss to Seattle on Sunday. Schulte was the first to accomplish the feat in 1911 while playing for the Chicago Cubs, and Mays did it in 1957 with the New York Giants.

BRUISING BREWS
Milwaukee became the third team in major league history to open a game with three straight home runs when Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun connected Sunday off Cincinnati's Phil Dumatrait in a 10-5 victory. Weeks and Braun each hit two home runs and J.J. Hardy homered and hit two doubles - all in the first four innings. Johnny Estrada also homered to give the Brewers six in a game for the first time since April 29, 2006.

SO FAR, SO GOOD
Pedro Martinez scattered six hits in five scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season in the New York Mets' 4-1 win over Houston on Sunday. Martinez had shoulder surgery in October and also worked five innings in his return to the majors last Monday at Cincinnati, earning the win in the Mets' 10-4 victory.

CUBS WOES
Chicago fell 10-5 to Pittsburgh on Sunday as the Cubs continued an ominous trend against its NL Central foes. The Cubs have won 10 of their last 15 against the other contenders for the division title, the Brewers and Cardinals. They have dropped seven of 12 to both the Pirates and Cincinnati, whom they face a combined nine times in their last 20 games.

STREAKING
Jose Valverde picked up his major league-leading 45 save to help Arizona hold off St. Louis 6-5 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. ... Sammy Sosa hit his 607th career homer to lead Texas past Oakland 12-9 for their fifth straight win. The Rangers have won 12 of 14 to move into a tie for third place with the A's in the AL West. Texas had been in last place since April 25.

SPEAKING
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SEASONS
Sept. 10
1919 - Cleveland's Ray Caldwell pitched a no-hitter against the New York Yankees as the Indians took a 3-0 decision in the opening game of a doubleheader.
1950 - Joe DiMaggio became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at Griffith Stadium as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-1.
1967 - Joe Horlen of the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers with a 6-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader.
1969 - The New York Mets swept Montreal in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium, 3-2 in 12 innings and 7-1. The victories moved the Mets into first place in the NL East for their first time on top.
1974 - Lou Brock tied Maury Wills' single-season stolen base record with a steal in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. He broke the record with steal No. 105 in the seventh inning.
1977 - Roy Howell hit two home runs, two doubles and a single and drove in nine runs as Toronto beat the New York Yankees 19-3.
1980 - Bill Gullickson struck out 18 - the most by a rookie - as the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2.
1997 - Mark McGwire joined Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history with consecutive 50-homer seasons by hitting a 446-foot shot off Shawn Estes in the third inning of St. Louis' game against at San Francisco. McGwire, who hit a major league-leading 52 homers for Oakland last season, became the first player with back-to-back 50-homer seasons since Ruth did it in 1927 and 1928.
2000 - Arizona's Randy Johnson became the 12th player to reach the 3,000 strikeout plateau, fanning a season-high 14 in seven innings as the Diamondbacks lost to Florida 4-3 in 12 innings. Johnson also recorded his 300th strikeout for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall.
2003 - St. Louis' Tony La Russa became the eighth manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins as the Cardinals beat Colorado 10-2. The 58-year-old La Russa is 2,000-1,782 in 25 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland and St. Louis.
2006 - Francisco Rodriguez became the youngest pitcher in major league history to reach 100 saves in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 win over Toronto. The 24-year-old right-hander, with 41 saves this season, broke the previous mark held by Gregg Olson.
Today's birthdays: Kameron Loe 26; Danys Baez 30; Randy Johnson 44.

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