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Tuesday, 18 September 2007 23:48
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 Thursday, Sept. 20
Seattle at L.A. Angels (10:05 p.m. EDT). Jered Weaver starts for the NL West-leading Angels against the second-place Mariners.

STARS
Tuesday
-Todd Helton, Rockies, hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning to help Colorado complete a doubleheader sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8.
-Micah Owings, Diamondbacks, threw a two-hit complete game to lead Arizona to a 5-0 victory over San Francisco.
-Russ Adams, Blue Jays, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the eighth inning to help Toronto rally past Boston 4-3.
-Doug Mientkiewicz, Yankees, homered and drove in four runs as New York pounded Baltimore 12-0.
-Rod Barajas, Phillies, singled home the tiebreaking run in the 14th inning of Philadelphia's 7-4 win over St. Louis.

STIFLING MOOSE
Mike Mussina limited Baltimore to three singles over seven innings to help the Yankees beat the Orioles 12-0 on Tuesday. New York, which has won 11 of 13, closed within 2 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the AL East, their smallest deficit since before play on April 21. Boston fell 4-3 in Toronto. The Yankees also opened a 4 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the wild-card race.

STRUGGLING
Eric Gagne allowed three eighth-inning runs and Toronto rallied to beat Boston 4-3 on Tuesday. Gagne, who holds the major league record with 84 consecutive saves, has blown four saves since joining Boston from Texas in a July 31 trade. All four games have ended as Red Sox losses.

NO SUPPORT
Gil Meche allowed four hits over seven innings to lead Kansas City over the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Tuesday. Meche has a 2.90 ERA over his past eight starts, and has not allowed more than three runs in any of them. But he has had some of the worst run-support in baseball, and is just 2-3 over that stretch.

HISTORY FOR MADDUX
Greg Maddux's streak of not walking a batter ended at 59 2-3 innings when he walked Pittsburgh's Jason Bay in the third inning of San Diego's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Maddux (13-10) pitched five innings to reach 13 wins for the 20th consecutive season, passing Cy Young for the major league record.

TWO-OUT SINGLES
Atlanta scored all its runs on two-out singles and the Braves used seven pitchers to beat Florida 4-3 on Tuesday. Jeff Francoeur, Edgar Renteria, Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann had the run-scoring singles for the Braves, who have won four of their past five games.

STREAKING
Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning single in the New York Mets' 9-8 loss to Washington on Tuesday. The streak is the longest by a player in his 40s and is one off Alou's career best.

SPEAKING
``Everyone did their job but me. I didn't hold my end up.'' - Mets starter John Maine, after he gave back two four-run leads in a 9-8 loss to Washington on Tuesday, New York's fifth straight defeat.

SEASONS
Sept. 19
1925 - Ted Lyons lost his bid for a no-hitter when Bobby Veach singled with two outs in the ninth inning. The Chicago White Sox routed the Washington Senators 17-0.
1926 - The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Philadelphia Phillies 23-3 in the first game of a doubleheader and beat them again in the nightcap, 10-2.
1949 - Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first NL player to hit 50 home runs in two different seasons.
1955 - Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the season in a 12-inning, 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1968 - Denny McLain won his 31st game, the most in the AL since Lefty Grove's 31 in 1931. The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 6-2 while Mickey Mantle hit his 535th and next-to-last career homer.
1973 - Frank Robinson hit his first home run in Arlington Stadium, as a member of the California Angels. It was the 32nd major league ballpark in which he had homered.
1984 - Pete Rose reached the 100-hit plateau for a record 22nd consecutive season. He also tied the NL record for doubles with 725 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.
1995 - San Diego's Ken Caminiti became the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate three times in a season as he went 4-for-4 with a career-high eight RBIs in a 15-4 win over Colorado.
1997 - Mark McGwire hit his 54th homer and became the first major leaguer to hit 20 or more homers for two teams in the same season.
1998 - Seattle's Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th homer to become the third player in baseball history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.
2001 - Roger Clemens became the first pitcher in major league history to go 20-1, pitching the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
2001 - Albert Pujols set a National League rookie RBI record as St. Louis beat Milwaukee 8-2. Pujols drove in three runs to give him 120 RBIs, breaking the mark of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930 for the Boston Braves.
2002 - Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro of Texas tied a major league record by homering in the same game for the 15th time this season. Rodriguez and Palmeiro equaled the mark set by Barry Bonds and Rich Aurilia for San Francisco the previous season.
Today's birthday: Scott Baker 26; Lenny Dinardo 28, Nick Johnson 29; Javier Valentin 32.
 

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