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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Sept. 17
Detroit at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Kenny Rogers faces Paul Byrd in a matchup of the AL Central's top two teams.

STARS
Saturday
-Ty Wigginton, Astros, homered twice to help Houston rally from five runs down to beat Pittsburgh 9-7.
-Dan Johnson, Athletics, hit a pair of solo homers to help Oakland defeat Texas 7-3.
-Miguel Cabrera, Marlins, hit the first grand slam of his career and drove in a season-high five runs and Florida routed Colorado 10-2.
-Fausto Carmona, Indians, pitched three-hit ball over eight innings, retiring his final 16 batters to propel Cleveland over Kansas City 6-0.
-Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays, allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out 11 to lead Tampa Bay past struggling Seattle 6-2.

LUCKY SEVEN
eight.

COMEBACK KIDS
Carlos Beltran misplayed Jimmy Rollins' line drive into a two-run triple and Philadelphia rallied to beat New York 5-3 Saturday for their seventh straight victory over the Mets. The Phillies, who pulled to within 4 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets, lead the majors with 45 come-from-behind wins.

PRINCE IS KING
Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 46th homer, setting a Brewers franchise record, and Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 5-3 on Saturday. Fielder's solo homer in the third inning surpassed the previous team home-run mark he shared with Gorman Thomas (1979) and Richie Sexson (2001, 2003). He is batting .422 with seven homers and 12 RBIs in September.

GOOD COMPANY
Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs to bring his season total to 104 and help Florida rout Colorado 10-2 on Saturday. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero as the only players to reach the 100-RBI plateau in each of the last four seasons. Cabrera currently has a 10-game hitting streak and the Marlins matched a season-high with their fourth straight win.

SHORT OUTING
Horacio Ramirez lasted four batters, throwing just 20 pitches, in matching the second-shortest start in Mariners' history, and Scott Kazmir pitched Tampa Bay over Seattle 6-2 on Saturday. Frank MacCormick had the shortest outing in Mariners' history, lasting just three batters on May 5, 1977, Seattle's inaugural season. John Montague also faced just four batters on June 30, 1979.

STREAKING SWISHER
Nick Swisher homered for the third straight game to power Oakland past Texas 7-3 on Saturday. Swisher has scored at least one run in 10 straight games, and he has six home runs and eight RBIs vs. Texas this year.

SNAPPED
After losing 3-2 in the opener, St. Louis rallied past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader to end a nine-game losing streak. The Cardinals lost nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game skid in 1980.

SPEAKING
``We're playing against a tough team, and I think they'll say the same thing. That's why our games usually last between 12 and 13 hours a day.'' - Boston ace Josh Beckett, on the Red Sox beating the Yankees 10-1 on Saturday to move to 5 1/2 games ahead in the AL East. Beckett pitched three-hit ball over seven innings to become the first 19-game winner in the majors.

SEASONS
Sept. 17
1930 - Cleveland's Earl Averill drove in eight runs with three consecutive home runs to lead the Indians to a 13-7 victory over the Washington Senators in a doubleheader opener. Averill added another homer in the nightcap, which the Senators took 6-4, and set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twinbill.
1968 - Gaylord Perry of the San Francisco Giants pitched a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals for a 1-0 victory.
1984 - Reggie Jackson, at 38, became the 13th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. No. 500 came off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black. His homer came exactly 17 years after he got his first career hit.
1984 - Rookie pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 Phillies in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia. Five days earlier, Gooden fanned 16 Pittsburgh Pirates tying a major league record for 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games.
1988 - Jeff Reardon became the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1. Reardon, who saved 42 games for the Montreal Expos in 1985, pitched the ninth inning for his 40th save in 47 opportunities.
1996 - Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-0 victory. Nomo walked four batters and stuck out eight.
1998 - Denny Neagle put Atlanta's pitching staff into the record books as he limited Arizona to four hits in six innings for a 1-0 win. Neagle improved to 15-11, making the Braves the first major league team with five 15-game winners since the 1930 Washington Senators. Neagle joined Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Kevin Millwood.
2003 - In Boston's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay, Todd Walker's ninth-inning double was the Red Sox's 608th extra-base hit of the season, breaking the major league record set by the 1996 Mariners.
2004 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone. Bonds connected in the third inning at home, a 392-foot solo shot to left-center. San Francisco beat San Diego 4-1.
2004 - Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki broke Lloyd Waner's single-season record for singles with his 199th in a 6-3 win over Oakland. Suzuki's two hits gave him 235 for the season, 22 shy of the major league record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
Today's birthdays: Casey Janssen 26; Danny Haren 27.
 

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