SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 14
N.Y. Yankees at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Andy Pettitte (13-8) faces Daisuke Matsuzaka (14-12) in the opener of a three-game set between the top two teams in the AL East.

STARS
Thursday
-Frank Thomas, Blue Jays, drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single in a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
-James Loney, Dodgers, drove in four runs in a 6-3 victory over San Diego.

FAMILIAR FACE
Steve Trachsel earned his first win with the Cubs in nearly eight years and Chicago hit four home runs to regain the NL Central lead by beating the Houston Astros 6-2 on Thursday night. Trachsel gave up two solo homers and seven hits in five innings for his first win since the Cubs acquired him from Baltimore on Aug. 31. The 36-year-old right-hander pitched for the Cubs from 1993-99, and his last win with them came on Oct. 3, 1999.

STEPPING DOWN
Terry Ryan resigned as general manager of the Minnesota Twins, but will stay with the team as a senior adviser. The GM the past 13 years, Ryan said his resignation was effective Sept. 30. He will be replaced by Bill Smith. The Twins won the American League Central last season, but they're two games under .500 this season and out of the playoff chase.

RESURGENT
David Wells beat Greg Maddux in a matchup of 40-something pitchers as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Thursday night. Released by the Padres last month, Wells allowed four hits and three runs in six innings with one walk and three strikeouts. He also had two hits off Maddux for the first multihit game of his 21-year career. The second-place Padres trail NL West-leading Arizona by four games, and Los Angeles is 5 1/2 behind.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL
St. Louis lost all seven games on its trip, capped by a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday. It was the first three-game sweep for the Cardinals in Cincinnati since July 1998. The defending World Series champions' last winless trip of at least seven games was May 1972, when they went 0-7 in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

SNAPPED
Frank Thomas drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-1 on Thursday night to snap New York's seven-game winning streak. ... The Angels had their six-game road winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to the Orioles.

STREAKS
Michael Young's two-out single in the third inning of the Rangers' 6-5 win over the Athletics on Thursday night extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Rookie pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed one hit in seven-plus innings for the Yankees in a 2-1 loss to Toronto on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``I felt a lot of elation when we won, and sorrow when we lost. Now all of a sudden the defeats are getting a little harder to take, and the wins aren't as much fun. That's not a good thing to experience as a general manager.'' - Terry Ryan, who resigned from his position as general manager of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Ryan, who was the GM for the last 13 years, will stay with the team as a senior adviser.

SEASONS
Sept. 14
1903 - Red Ames' debut with the New York Giants was a five-inning, 5-0, no-hit victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was called in midafternoon because of unusual darkness.
1923 - Red Sox first baseman George Burns pulled off an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians.
1951 - Bob Nieman of the St. Louis Browns hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the majors. Both came off Boston Red Sox pitcher Maury McDermott. The Red Sox won 9-6.
1968 - Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland A's 5-4 to become the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean in 1934 to win 30 games.
1986 - Bob Brenly of San Francisco tied a major league record with four errors in one inning, but atoned with two homers, including the game-winner, to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Brenly, a catcher, was playing third base.
1987 - Ernie Whitt hit three of Toronto's major league record 10 home runs as the Blue Jays rolled to an 18-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken had his consecutive-inning streak stopped at 8,243 when he was replaced at shortstop by Ron Washington in the eighth inning.
1990 - Ken Griffey and his son hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the Seattle Mariners' 7-5 loss to the California Angels. The unprecedented father-and-son homers came off Kirk McCaskill.
1994 - The baseball season, already shut down by a month-long strike, was canceled along with the World Series in a vote by 26 of the 28 teams.
1996 - Mark McGwire became the 13th major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season with a homer in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
1998 - The Atlanta Braves clinched their seventh straight division crown, winning the NL East with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Among the major pro sports leagues - baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL - only seven franchises have finished first during the regular season at least seven times in a row.
2002 - Tampa Bay's 8-4 loss at Toronto was the Devil Rays' 100th of the season. The Devil Rays (48-100) became the quickest AL team to lose 100 games since the 1949 Washington Senators lost 100 in their 147th game. The Devil Rays also became the first team to lose 100 in consecutive seasons since Toronto did it from 1977-79.
2003 - The Detroit Tigers lost to the Royals 7-2 to become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in one season. Detroit (38-110) has the most losses since the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres went 52-110 in 1969, their first seasons in the major leagues.
2005 - Andruw Jones hit his 50th home run, becoming the first major leaguer to reach that mark since 2002, in Atlanta's 12-4 loss to Philadelphia.
Today's birthdays: Delmon Young 22; Chad Bradford 33.

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