SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Sept. 19
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado (8:35 p.m. EDT). Brad Penny tries for win No. 17 in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders.

STARS
Monday
-Frank Thomas, Blue Jays, hit three home runs to lift Toronto over Boston 6-1.
-Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand, Phillies, hit two homers apiece and Philadelphia held off St. Louis 13-11.
-Casey Blake, Indians, homered in the 11th inning to help Cleveland come from behind to beat Detroit 6-5.
-Mark DeRosa, Cubs, went 5-for-5 and hit a game-winning single to help Chicago rally past Cincinnati 7-6.

THREE FOR THOMAS
Frank Thomas hit three home runs to lift Toronto over Boston 6-1 on Monday, raising his total to 512 and tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 18th on the career list. Thomas homered twice off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, then hit his third against reliever Kyle Snyder. Thomas had three homers one other time - hitting all of them off Wakefield at Fenway Park on Sept. 15, 1996.

THE YANKS ARE COMING
Hideki Matsui homered to help the New York Yankees defeat Baltimore 8-5 on Monday and trim their deficit in the AL East to 3 1/2 games, their smallest deficit since before play on April 22. AL East-leading Boston lost to Toronto 6-1. The Yankees have won 10 of 12, improving to a season-best 22 games over .500. New York also increased its wild-card lead to 3 1/2 games over Detroit, which lost to Cleveland 6-5.

METS ERRORS
The New York Mets dropped their fourth consecutive game on Monday, making four more errors in a 12-4 loss to Washington. Add in their six miscues Sunday, and the Mets set a franchise record with 10 errors over two games. They never had more than eight errors over two games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

PICKOFFS KING
Kenny Rogers picked Jason Michaels off first base in the sixth inning of Detroit's 6-5 loss to Cleveland on Monday, giving him 91 career pickoffs to tie Mark Langston for the most in the majors since the statistic started being kept in 1974.

BIG INNING
Jermaine Dye, Danny Richar and Josh Fields homered in an 11-run fifth inning and the Chicago White Sox defeated Kansas City 11-3 on Monday. Chicago, which sent 14 men to the plate, had its biggest inning since an 11-run third at St. Louis on June 20 last year. It was the most runs in an inning off Kansas City since an 11-run first at Cleveland on Aug. 13 last year.

IMPENETRABLE PADRES
Rookie Jack Cassel and three relievers combined on San Diego's 20th shutout on Monday - tops in the majors and a franchise record. Cassel, making his second career start and fourth appearance, allowed eight hits over six innings in the 3-0 win over Pittsburgh.

SPEAKING
``How about that? Maybe in Little League, but I've never seen a game end like that. That was pretty fun.'' - Minnesota's Torii Hunter, after the Twins beat Texas in the ninth inning on an Ian Kinsler error. Kinsler had a 50-game errorless streak heading into play on Monday.

SEASONS
Sept. 18
1908 - Bob Rhoads of the Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox for a 2-1 victory in Cleveland.
1930 - New York pitcher Red Ruffing hit two home runs as the Yankees edged the St. Louis Browns 7-6 in 10 innings.
1954 - The Cleveland Indians clinched the American League pennant with a 3-2 triumph over the Detroit Tigers.
1963 - The New York Mets lost their last game at the Polo Grounds to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, in front of a crowd of only 1,752.
1968 - Ray Washburn threw a 2-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park, one day after the Giants' Gaylord Perry tossed a no-hitter against Washburn's St. Louis Cardinals.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish. The other three teams were the 1923 New York Giants, 1927 New York Yankees and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.
1987 - Detroit's Darrell Evans became the first 40-year-old player in major league history to hit 30 home runs in a season as the Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6.
1996 - Roger Clemens equaled his own major league record, fanning 20 batters and pitching a four-hitter to lead Boston over the Detroit Tigers 4-0.
2003 - Atlanta clinched its 12th straight division title when second-place Florida was mathematically eliminated from the NL East race after a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. The record title streak started in 1991, when the Braves won the NL West. They moved to the East Division in 1994 and trailed Montreal by six games when the strike stopped the season in August.
2005 - The Texas Rangers set a major league record for home runs at home when David Dellucci, Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas connected against Seattle in an 8-6 victory. Barajas' homer in the fourth gave Texas 150 homers at Ameriquest Field, one more than Colorado hit at Coors Field in 1996.
2006 - Jeff Baker hit a pair of three-run homers and Garrett Atkins added six RBIs to lead Colorado to a 20-8 rout of San Francisco.
2006 - The Los Angeles Dodgers hit four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and Nomar Garciaparra's two-run homer in the 10th lifted Los Angeles to an 11-10 victory over the San Diego Padres. It was the fourth time a team hit four consecutive homers and the first since May 2, 1964, when the Minnesota Twins accomplished the feat against Kansas City in the 11th inning.
Today's birthday: Kevin Thompson 28.

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