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Saturday, 29 September 2007 01:09
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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, Sept. 30
Washington at Philadelphia (1:35 p.m. EDT). The Phillies send Jamie Moyer to the mound.

STARS
Friday
-Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Zambrano, Cubs. Soriano led off the game with a homer and Zambrano threw seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over Cincinnati.
-Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, pitched seven innings to lead Arizona to a 4-2 win over Colorado.
-Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, had three hits and scored twice, helping Florida beat the Mets 7-4.
-Tike Redman, Orioles, had four hits and Baltimore beat New York 10-9 in 10 innings.

CLINCHED
r the first time since 2002. The Diamondbacks became the first NL team to clinch a playoff berth, but they still don't know whether they'll be the wild-card team or NL West champion, where they have a one-game cushion over San Diego.

COLLAPSE
The Mets fell out of first place and are two games back in the wild-card chase after a 7-4 loss at home to Florida on Friday. The Mets' eighth straight home loss dropped them out of first place for the first time since May 15.

HOMEBOUND
C.C. Sabathia picked up his 100th career victory and the Cleveland Indians wrapped up home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a 5-3 win over Kansas City on Friday night.

SNAPPED
Colorado's 11-game winning streak was stopped on Friday with a 4-2 loss to Arizona.

CELLAR DWELLERS
Pittsburgh assured itself a last-place finish with its 11th loss in the past 13 games, 6-1 to St. Louis on Friday. ... Kansas City lost 5-3 to Cleveland and the defeat, coupled with a Chicago White Sox victory over Detroit, assured the Royals of their fourth straight last-place finish in the AL Central.

FOR THE RECORD
Alfonso Soriano hit his sixth leadoff homer in September during Chicago's 6-0 win over Cincinnati on Friday, the most by any major leaguer in any month. ... Carlos Pena homered in Tampa Bay's 5-4 loss to Toronto and has hit a team-record 12 homers in September.

STREAKING
The White Sox have won eight of their past 12 games after a 5-2 win over Detroit on Friday.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Alex Rodriguez hit his 54th homer, drove in four runs and scored twice, but the Yankees lost 10-9 in 10 innings at Baltimore on Friday night.

EXTENSION
Cecil Cooper will return as manager of the Houston Astros after receiving a two-year contract Friday that runs through the 2009 season. The 57-year-old was named interim manager when he replaced the fired Phil Garner on Aug. 27. Cooper, a first-time major league manager, is the first black manager in Astros history. He'd been Houston's bench coach since 2005.

SPEAKING
``That guy is good. That guy is really good.'' - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon on Toronto's Dustin McGowan, who beat the Devil Rays for the second time this month, 5-4 on Friday night.

SEASONS
Sept. 30
1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season in the eighth inning off Tom Zachary to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Senators.
1934 - Dizzy Dean beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-0, for his 30th victory of the year as the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL pennant.
1947 - In the first televised World Series, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3, in the opening game.
1951 - Jackie Robinson homered in the 14th inning to give the Brooklyn Dodgers a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, tying the New York Giants for first place in the National League and forcing a playoff.
1962 - Willie Mays homered to give the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 victory over the Houston Colt 45s on the season's final day. That, coupled with the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, forced a playoff for the NL pennant. The Giants won in three games.
1972 - Roberto Clemente doubled off Jon Matlack during Pittsburgh's 5-0 victory over the New York Mets. The hit was the 3,000th and last for the Pirates star, who was killed in a plane crash during the offseason.
1984 - California's Mike Witt tossed 97 pitches in a perfect game against the Texas Rangers, winning 1-0.
1988 - Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke Don Drysdale's record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings by shutting out San Diego for 10 innings. The Padres won in the 16th inning, 2-1. Hershiser, who extended his streak to 59 innings, had five consecutive shutout victories in September.
1988 - Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth for the second consecutive start and finished with a 4-0 one-hitter over the Baltimore Orioles. Stieb faced the minimum 26 batters until Jim Trabor lined a single down the right-field line about 3 feet from the glove of first baseman Fred McGriff.
1992 - George Brett became the 18th player to get 3,000 hits in the Kansas City Royals' 4-0 win over the California Angels.
1995 - Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians hit his 50th home run of the season and became the only player in history to hit 50 homers and 50 doubles in the same season.
1997 - Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning against Cleveland, making the New York Yankees the first team to hit three straight homers in a postseason game. O'Neill's made it 8-6, the final score of the Yankees' Game 1 victory in the AL Division Series.
1998 - John Smoltz became the winningest pitcher in postseason history, allowing five hits in 7 2-3 innings as the Atlanta Braves cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of their NL Divisional playoff series.
2004 - Cincinnati Reds slugger Adam Dunn set the major league record for strikeouts in one season with 190 when he fanned in his first two at-bats against the Chicago Cubs. Dunn struck out against Chicago starter Mark Prior in the second and fourth innings, breaking the previous mark of 189 set by Bobby Bonds in 1970.
2004 - The New York Yankees clinched their seventh straight AL East title, beating the playoff-bound Minnesota Twins 6-4 for their 100th victory of the season.
2005 - Ichiro Suzuki became the sixth player in major league history to collect 200 hits in five straight seasons in Seattle's 4-1 win over Oakland.
Today's birthdays: Bryan Bullington 27; Carlos Guillen 32.
 

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