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|Monday, 24 September 2007 06:11|
Chicago Cubs at Florida (7:05 p.m. EDT). Ted Lilly starts for the Cubs, who lead the NL Central.
-David Wright, Mets, singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to lift the New York Mets over Florida 7-6.
-Garrett Atkins, Rockies, hit an inside-the-park home run and Colorado beat San Diego 7-3.
-Jose Molina, Yankees, had three hits, three RBIs and made a key tag at the plate to help the New York Yankees defeat Toronto 7-5.
-Marcus Thames, Tigers, homered twice to power Detroit past Kansas City 7-2.
AL CENTRAL CHAMPS
Jake Westbrook struck out a career-high nine and Grady Sizemore had four hits as the Indians, fourth-place finishers a year ago, clinched their first AL Central title since 2001 with a 6-2 win over Oakland. The Indians moved into first place on Aug. 15, stayed there by going 27-9 and running away from defending AL champion Detroit, and now have a chance to finish with the best record in the majors.
AL WEST CHAMPS
John Lackey and the Los Angeles Angels gave their fans another reason to wave those rally monkeys. The Angels clinched their third AL West title in four years Sunday, with Lackey leading them to a 7-4 victory over Seattle. After losing two in a row to the Mariners, the Angels clinched in their final home game of the season.
Mets outfielder Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 27 games Sunday in New York's 7-6 win over Florida in 11 innings, setting a franchise record and giving him the longest in the major leagues this season. At 41, Alou is the oldest player to have a hitting streak extend past 21 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. His previous best was a 23-game streak in 2001, when he was with Houston.
The New York Yankees overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Toronto 7-5 on Sunday and reach 90 wins for the seventh straight season, the third-longest streak in major league history behind the 1947-58 Yankees and 1904-12 Chicago Cubs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees won for the 14th time in 17 games and moved within one of Boston in the loss column.
Justin Verlander earned his 18th win in Detroit's 7-2 victory over Kansas City on Sunday and has 35 wins in his first two full seasons, the most for a Tigers pitcher since Frank Lary also had 35 from 1955-56.
LAST DANCE AT RFK
Chad Cordero struck out Jayson Werth with the tying runs on base to give Washington a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday in the last major league game at RFK Stadium. The ballpark hosted the Senators from 1962-71, and has been the Nationals' home since they moved from Montreal and brought the sport back to the nation's capital in 2005.
``Somewhere among the snow and the craziness of the schedule and the injuries, this team became a family.'' - Cleveland pitcher Paul Byrd, after his team beat Oakland 6-2 on Sunday to clinch the AL Central title. The Indians won in dramatic fashion all season, with 43 come-from-behind wins, including 13 in their final at-bat at home.
1941 - Pete Reiser's homer and Whitlow Wyatt's five-hitter helped Brooklyn beat the Boston Braves 6-0 and clinch the Dodgers' first pennant in 21 years.
1956 - Sal Maglie of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1960 - The New York Yankees clinched manager Casey Stengel's 10th and last American League pennant with a 4-3 victory over Boston.
1965 - Satchel Paige, at 60, became the oldest player in the majors, taking the mound for Kansas City and pitching three scoreless innings over the Boston Red Sox. He gave up one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski.
1979 - The California Angels won their first AL West title, beating Kansas City 4-1 behind pitcher Frank Tanana.
1984 - Rusty Staub of the Mets became the second player to homer as a teenager and past his 40th birthday. Ty Cobb was the other.
1987 - San Diego's Benito Santiago set a modern major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 27th consecutive game in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1989 - Wade Boggs went 4-for-5 for his seventh consecutive 200-hit season and Dwight Evans became the only major leaguer with 20 homers in each of the last nine years as the Boston Red Sox won 7-4 over New York.
1998 - The New York Yankees set the AL record for wins with their 112th, beating Tampa Bay 6-1 to break the record held by the 1954 Cleveland Indians.
2001 - Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz became the first teammates to hit three home runs apiece in a game as Milwaukee defeated Arizona 9-4.
2003 - Carlos Delgado became the sixth player to homer in four straight at-bats in one game as Toronto beat Tampa Bay 10-8. He became the 98th player to reach 300 career homers with a three-run shot in the first inning.
Today's birthdays: Rocco Baldelli 26; Jason Bergmann 26; Joel Pineiro 29; Wil Nieves 30; David Weathers 38.