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Wednesday, 12 September 2007 01:00
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). John Smoltz faces John Maine as the Braves try to stay in NL playoff contention.

STARS
Tuesday
-Adam Dunn, Reds, hit a grand slam and a solo homer to lead Cincinnati over St. Louis 7-2.
-Marlon Byrd, Rangers, hit a pair of homers to help Texas defeat Detroit 13-6 in the first game of a doubleheader.
-Matt Holliday, Rockies, hit two home runs in an 8-2 victory over Philadelphia.
-Vladimir Guerrero, Angels, hit two homers in a 10-5 win over Baltimore.
-Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, homered twice to lead Florida over Washington 13-8.
-Luke Scott, Astros, tripled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lift Houston over the Chicago Cubs 5-4.

SURGING YANKS
Jason Giambi hit a grand slam, Jorge Posada added a solo homer and the New York Yankees beat Toronto 9-2 on Tuesday for their sixth straight victory. New York, which moved a season-high 20 games over .500, has won 10 of its last 13 and leads Detroit by four games in the AL wild-card race.

BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Vladimir Guerrero returned from a four-game absence and hit two home runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels past Baltimore 10-5 on Tuesday. The star right fielder had been out because of an inflamed right triceps. It was Guerrero's 33rd career multihomer game, the fourth this season. He needs one more home run to reach 25 for a 10th consecutive year.

RED SOX RALLY
Mike Lowell had four hits and Kevin Youkilis hit a bases-loaded triple during a six-run sixth inning on Tuesday as Boston came back from a seven-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay 16-10. The Red Sox fell behind 8-1 in the fourth after Tim Wakefield was tagged by a team he has dominated throughout his career. The win was Boston's biggest comeback victory since 2000.

FUTILITY
The Los Angeles Angels defeated Baltimore 10-5 on Tuesday to hand the Orioles their 17th loss in 20 games. The Orioles have been outscored 178-89 in that span. Victor Santos made his Baltimore debut and took the loss, becoming the 25th pitcher used by the Orioles this year, breaking the club record of 24 set in 2006.

STRUGGLING
Scott Baker beat Kansas City for the third time this season, pitching Minnesota to a 6-3 victory on Tuesday that extended the Royals' losing streak to seven games. Kansas City stranded 13 runners in equaling their longest losing streak of the season.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Juan Uribe hit his 17th and 18th homers of the season but the Chicago White Sox were defeated by Cleveland 8-3 on Tuesday. ... Justin Maxwell hit a pinch-hit grand slam - his first major league hit - for Washington in a 13-8 loss to Florida. ... Carlos Pena hit his 39th homer - his 13th in his last 22 games - in Tampa Bay's 16-10 loss to Boston.

SPEAKING
``When you make 20, you have to be seriously considering playing in October.'' - Yankees manager Joe Torre, on his team defeating Toronto 9-2 on Tuesday to move a season-high 20 games over .500. New York is leading the AL wild-card race by four games over Detroit.

SEASONS
Sept. 12
1932 - Brooklyn's Johnny Frederick hit his sixth pinch home run of the season, a major league record, in the ninth inning to spark the Dodgers to a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.
1947 - Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit two home runs - his seventh and eighth in four games - for a major league record.
1962 - Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators set a record by fanning 21 Baltimore Orioles in a 16-inning game, which he won 2-1.
1976 - Minnie Minoso singled in three at bats as the designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. At 53, he became the oldest player to get a hit in a regulation game.
1979 - Carl Yastrzemski got his 3,000th hit - a ground single off Jim Beattie - as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2.
1984 - Dwight Gooden broke the rookie strikeout record, fanning 16 Pittsburgh Pirates to give him 251, six more than Herb Score had in 1955. Gooden broke the record by striking out Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning.
1996 - Seattle's Alex Rodriguez set a major league record for a shortstop with his 88th extra base hit in an 8-5 win over Kansas City.
1996 - Bernie Williams drove in eight runs with two home runs and a single to lead the New York Yankees to a 12-3 victory over Detroit.
2002 - Chicago outhit Cincinnati 22-17 but lost to the Reds 15-12. The last major league team to get 22 hits and lose a nine-inning game was Oakland on April 27, 1980. The Athletics lost that game 20-11 at Minnesota.
2006 - Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer and three-run double during a nine-run first inning and finished with a career-high seven RBIs in the New York Yankees' 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay.
2006 - Atlanta's streak of 14 consecutive division titles ended when the New York Mets rallied to beat Florida 6-4.
Today's birthdays: Maicer Izturis 27; Luis Castillo 32.
 

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