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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Oct. 1
New York Mets at Philadelphia, if necessary. A one-game playoff will be scheduled to determine the NL East lead if the Mets and Phillies are tied after Sunday.

STARS
Saturday
-J.D. Drew, Red Sox, went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer in Boston's 6-4 win over Minnesota.
-Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks, singled home the winning run in the 10th inning of a 6-5 win over the Giants.
-Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, hit his first career grand slam, extending Colorado's club record to eight this season, in an 11-1 rout of Arizona.
-Rick Ankiel, Cardinals, homered and had three RBIs, leading St. Louis to a 7-3 victory over Pittsburgh.
-Lastings Milledge, Mets, homered twice in a 13-0 rout of Florida.

STAYIN' ALIVE
contention for the NL East title.

BEANTOWN BOON
Kansas City beat Cleveland 4-3 Saturday night, ending the Indians' hope of getting home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Cleveland's loss gave AL East champion Boston the home field. The Red Sox also earned the choice of when to start their series - they picked to open against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

NL WEST RUNDOWN
San Diego's 11-inning, 4-3 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday night clinched the NL West for Arizona and gave the Diamondbacks home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The Padres are assured of at least a tie for the NL wild-card spot, and they can wrap it up with a win Sunday. ... Colorado moved within one game of wild card-leading San Diego with its 11-1 rout of Arizona. The Rockies have to beat the Diamondbacks on Sunday and hope the Padres falter against the Brewers to play a tiebreaker game.

BACKE IN FRONT
Brandon Backe pitched six strong innings and hit a home run Saturday night, helping Houston beat Atlanta 3-2. Backe (3-1) allowed a run on four hits, struck out four and walked none in his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. His solo shot in the fifth was his second career homer and first since Sept. 9, 2004, against Cincinnati.

POWERHOUSE
Jim Thome hit career homer No. 507 in Saturday night's 3-2 win over Detroit, after the White Sox honored him before the game for hitting his 500th earlier this month. Video tributes featured former and current teammates, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Thome's family.

SEPTEMBER SLUMP
Oakland dropped its fifth straight and 10th in 11 games with a 3-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday. The defending AL West champion Athletics' 8-17 mark in September is their worst record for the month since going 8-20 in 1985.

UNLUCKY SEVEN
Cincinnati dropped its season-high seventh in a row with a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. This is the Reds' seventh straight losing seasons - their longest such slump in half a century.

SPEAKING
``We weren't going to lose today.'' - The Mets' John Maine. Maine flirted with the first no-hitter in Mets history and New York routed the Florida Marlins 13-0 as the Mets stayed alive in the playoff race by snapping a five-game skid that cost them their NL East lead.

SEASONS
Oct. 1
1903 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 7-3, in the first World Series game. Jimmy Sebring hit the first series home run. Deacon Phillippe was the winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser.
1932 - Babe Ruth, as legend has it, called his home run against Chicago's Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field. Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit two homers for the Yankees.
1946 - For the first time in major league history, a playoff series to determine a league's championship was played between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Cardinals took the first game 4-2 as Howie Pollet held the Dodgers to two hits, a homer and an RBI single by Howie Schultz.
1950 - The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the NL pennant on Dick Sisler's three-run homer against Don Newcombe in a 4-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers on the season's last day.
1961 - Roger Maris ended a season of personal torment by hitting his 61st home run against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The homer eclipsed Babe Ruth's 34-year-old single-season home run record. The Yankees won, 1-0.
1978 - The Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees 9-2 on the last day of the season to force a one-game playoff between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox won their eighth straight game with a 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
1988 - Tony Gwynn went 2-for-3 to raise his league-leading batting average to .313, but hurt his hand in a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Gwynn is the first NL batting champion to win the title with an average below .320. Larry Doyle's .320 average was the lowest.
2000 - Detroit's Shane Halter became the fourth major leaguer to play all nine positions in a game, and capped his adventure by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Tigers over Minnesota 12-11.
2004 - Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of early singles as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3. Sisler set the hits record of 257 in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki broke it in the Mariners' 160th game of the year.
2006 - Joe Mauer finished 2-for-4 to become the first catcher to win an AL batting title as Minnesota beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Mauer finished at .347, four points ahead of New York shortstop Derek Jeter.
Today's birthdays: Matt Cain 23; John Thomson 34; Mark McGwire 44.
 

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