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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 06:00
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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Sept. 27
Minnesota at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Josh Beckett, the major league leader in wins, goes for No. 21 in his last regular-season start.

STARS
Tuesday
-Prince Fielder, Brewers, hit a pair of two-run homers to become the youngest major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season, and Milwaukee beat St. Louis 9-1.
-Brian Giles, Padres, hit a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, and San Diego ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over San Francisco.
-Frank Thomas, Blue Jays, had four hits, including his 513th home run, to lead Toronto past Baltimore 11-4.
-Jorge Velandia, Devil Rays, hit a grand slam for his first career homer and Tampa Bay prevented the Yankees from clinching a playoff berth with a 7-6, 10-inning victory.
-Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones, Braves. Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Jones added a two-run shot, helping Atlanta keep its slim playoff hopes alive with a 10-6 win over Philadelphia.
-Tony Pena, Royals, homered, tied a career-high with four hits and drove in three in a 9-5 win over the White Sox.

FAST 50
Prince Fielder became the youngest major league player ever to hit 50 home runs in a season, connecting twice in Milwaukee's 9-1 rout of St. Louis on Tuesday night. Fielder and his father, Cecil, became the only father-son tandem with 50-homer seasons. The elder Fielder hit 51 with the Detroit Tigers in 1990. It was the eighth multihomer game of the younger Fielder's career, and the fifth this season.

ONE MORE DAY
Detroit remained in the playoff race when it beat Minnesota 8-0 and the Yankees lost 7-6 in 10 innings to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. To stay in contention, the defending AL champion Tigers need to win the rest of their games this week and have the Yankees lose all of theirs to force a one-game playoff for the AL wild card.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Colorado tied its franchise record for the longest winning streak and eliminated the Dodgers from postseason contention with a 9-7 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The Rockies, who are a season-high 13 games over .500 (85-72), won their ninth straight, matching the mark set from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1997.

WHIFFED BY WILLIS
Dontrelle Willis struck out seven to set a Marlins record for career strikeouts in Florida's 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Willis (10-15) increased his career total to 755, breaking A.J. Burnett's club record of 753. He allowed two hits and two runs over eight innings, winning for only the third time in 15 decisions since May 29.

SLUMP'S OVER
Alex Rodriguez ended his longest homerless drought in more than a year, hitting his major league-leading 53rd in the Yankees' 7-6, 10-inning loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. A-Rod, who had gone 55 at bats since last homering on Sept. 9 a Kansas City, circled the bases to a standing ovation after connecting on an 0-1 pitch off Jason Hammel for a grand slam. The stretch was A-Rod's longest since he also went 55 at bats without a homer from May 27-June 15, 2006.

SPEAKING
``It's not easy, but we're going to get the job done before too long. We're going to get back to the postseason, and we're going to be going on all cylinders.'' - Johnny Damon, who was 5-for-5 and scored two runs in the Yankees' 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. New York is 8-8 this year against the Devil Rays, who have baseball's worst record.

SEASONS
Sept. 26
1908 - Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the only pitcher to throw two shutouts in a doubleheader, beating the Dodgers 5-0 and 3-0.
1926 - The St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 6-1 and 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes. The first game took 55 minutes.
1952 - The New York Yankees clinched their fourth straight AL pennant with a 5-1, 11-inning win over the Philadelphia A's.
1961 - Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth's 34-year-old record with his 60th homer, off Baltimore's Jack Fisher.
1981 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first player to pitch five no-hitters, hurling a 5-0 victory over Los Angeles at the Astrodome.
1983 - Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched the second no-hitter of his career by defeating Montreal 3-0.
1993 - Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners became the eighth pitcher to strike out 300 batters in a season with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings of a 3-2, 12-inning loss to Oakland.
1998 - Curt Schilling became the fifth pitcher to strike out 300 batters in consecutive seasons when he fanned Kevin Orie in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to Florida in the first game of a doubleheader.
2000 - The Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-1 to clinch the NL East and win a record ninth straight division title.
Today's birthday: Brian Shouse, 39.
Sept. 27
1923 - Lou Gehrig hit his first homer in the majors off Bill Piercy of the Boston Red Sox. On the same date 15 years later, he hit his 493rd and last off Dutch Leonard of the Senators.
1930 - Hack Wilson hit two home runs for the Chicago Cubs, giving him an NL-record 56 for the season.
1935 - The Chicago Cubs clinched the NL pennant and won their 21st consecutive game with a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs won the pennant with the opening-game victory.
1936 - Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston played in his only major league game as a late-inning substitute at first base for Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made one error in two chances and struck out in his only time at bat.
1940 - Rookie Floyd Gieball pitched the Detroit Tigers to a pennant-clinching 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was Gieball's second and last major league win.
1973 - The California Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in 11 innings as Nolan Ryan struck out 16, including No. 383 of the season, a modern major league record.
1993 - Randy Myers became the first NL reliever with 50 saves in a season as the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 7-3.
1996 - San Francisco's Barry Bonds became the second player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. Jose Canseco was the other. Bonds, who had 42 homers, stole his 40th base in a 9-3 win over Colorado.
1998 - Mark McGwire gave baseball a new magic number, hitting two homers to reach No. 70 in the St. Louis Cardinals' season finale against Montreal. It was McGwire's fifth homer in the season-ending, three-game series. McGwire's 70th and final home run of the season was a line shot over the left-field wall on a first-pitch fastball from Carl Pavano in the seventh.
1998 - The New York Yankees won their seventh straight game and ended their regular season with 114 victories. With a .704 winning percentage, the Yankees (114-48) became the first team since the 1954 Cleveland Indians (111-43) to play .700 ball over an entire season.
2000 - Anaheim's Darin Erstad was 4-for-5 with an RBI in a 9-7 loss to Oakland. With 99 RBIs, Erstad broke the major league record for RBIs in a season by a leadoff batter set by Boston's Nomar Garciaparra (98) in 1997.
2003 - Edgar Renteria became the first National League shortstop in 18 years to drive in 100 runs as St. Louis beat Arizona 3-2. Montreal's Hubie Brooks was the last NL shortstop to have at least 100, in 1985.
2003 - Sammy Sosa hit his 40th home run and Chicago beat Pittsburgh 7-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. Sosa set an NL record by reaching the mark for the sixth straight year.
2005 - The Atlanta Braves clinched their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets. The Braves began their record-setting streak in 1991 - when they were in the NL West.
2006 - Florida became the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers with 10 wins after Anibal Sanchez (10-3) joined Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7) and Ricky Nolasco (11-10) following a 7-2 win over Cincinnati. Dontrelle Willis (12-12) gives the Marlins five 10-game winners for the first time in franchise history.
Today's birthdays: Jon Garland 28; Jon Rauch 29; Vicente Padilla 30; Jason Phillips 31; Mike Schmidt 58.
 

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