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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 28
Cleveland at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EDT). C.C. Sabathia is looking for win No. 19 as the Indians try to clinch the best record in the American League.

STARS
Thursday
-Micah Owings, Diamondbacks, was 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs while pitching 6 1-3 innings to boost Arizona over Pittsburgh 8-0.
-Carlos Lee, Astros, hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to break a tie and Houston beat Cincinnati 4-3.
-Lance Broadway, White Sox, allowed two hits over six innings in his first career start and Chicago defeated Kansas City 10-0.

FADING FAST
The spiraling New York Mets managed just three hits off Joel Pineiro and Jason Isringhausen in a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night that dropped them into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the division. The Mets (87-72) were ahead by seven games with 17 remaining but have lost 10 of 14 overall and seven straight at home. No major league team has failed to finish first after having at least a seven-game lead with 17 to play.

STREAKING
The Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 on Thursday night to sweep the three-game series and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games. Seven of Colorado's wins in the streak have come over the Dodgers, who have lost 10 of 11 to fall out of contention. The Rockies (87-72), a franchise-record 15 games over .500, won nine straight from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1997.

WHIFFS MARK
Ryan Howard struck out for the 196th time Thursday to set the single-season major league record. In the third inning of Philadelphia's 6-4 victory over Atlanta, Howard swung at and missed a down-and-away splitter from John Smoltz for strike three. The Phillies' first baseman broke the mark established in 2004 by Adam Dunn of the Cincinnati Reds.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY
The Brewers made five errors, their most in eight years, and Scott Hairston drove in three runs to lead the Padres over Milwaukee 9-5 Thursday night. While San Diego (88-71) maintained its one-game lead in the NL wild-card race and stayed one game back of Arizona in the NL West, the Brewers (81-78) failed for the second straight day to take advantage of a Chicago loss. The Cubs (83-76) lead the NL Central by two games with just three games remaining.

ON THE BRINK
Michael Cuddyer and Garrett Jones homered off 20-game winner Josh Beckett in his last start before the playoffs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over Boston on Thursday night and preventing the Red Sox from closing in on an AL East title. Boston has already clinched a playoff berth, but it needs two more wins - or Yankees losses - to clinch its first division title since 1995.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Boston's David Ortiz was 4-for-4, including his 34th homer and 51st double, but the Red Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Thursday night. Ortiz's 51 doubles are fourth-most in Red Sox history. It was his 50th as a DH, tying the major-league record Edgar Martinez set in 1995.

SUSPENSIONS
Brewers reliever Seth McClung was suspended for three games and Milwaukee manager Ned Yost for one after the commissioner's office concluded Thursday the pitcher intentionally hit the Cardinals' Albert Pujols with a pitch a night earlier after warning had been issued. ... The union for baseball umpires will not contest the season-ending suspension given to Mike Winters for using a profanity aimed at San Diego's Milton Bradley last weekend.

SPEAKING
``There's two choices: Roll over and start making vacation plans for the offseason, or battle like hell and win this thing. We still feel like this is our division.'' - New York third baseman David Wright after the Mets dropped into a first-place tie with Philadelphia after a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Thursday night.

SEASONS
Sept. 28
1919 - In the shortest nine-inning game in major league history, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in 51 minutes.
1920 - A grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series in the Black Sox Scandal.
1938 - Gabby Hartnett hit his famous ``Homer in the Gloamin''' in the ninth inning against Mace Brown to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 victory, their ninth straight, at Wrigley Field. It was a key triumph en route to the Cubs' NL pennant.
1941 - Ted Williams went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's to finish the season with a .406 average. No player has batted .400 since.
1951 - Allie Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 8-0, in the opener of a doubleheader. The Yankees clinched the AL pennant with an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
1974 - Nolan Ryan pitched his third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 batters and beating the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, at Anaheim Stadium.
1975 - Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers of the Oakland A's combined to no-hit the California Angels, 5-0, on the final day of the season.
1995 - Greg Harris of the Montreal Expos became the first pitcher in major league history to pitch with both hands. Harris faced four batters, two from his usual right side and two from the left, in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.
1997 - San Diego's Tony Gwynn tied Honus Wagner's record by winning his eighth NL batting title. Gwynn finished at .372, becoming the first player to win four consecutive NL batting titles since Rogers Hornsby won six straight from 1920-25.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez of Texas hit his 50th homer in an 11-2 victory over Anaheim and became the 20th player to hit 50 homers in a season.
2006 - James Loney tied a franchise record with nine RBIs, including a grand slam and a two-run homer, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 19-11 victory at Colorado.
Today's birthdays: Ryan Zimmerman 23; Hector Gimenez 25.
 

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