Thursday, July 26
Boston at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). Kason Gabbard (4-0, 2.97 ERA) starts for the Red Sox in a possible playoff preview.

-Ryan Raburn, Tigers, hit two homers and drove in seven runs to help Detroit top the Chicago White Sox 13-9.
-Ryan Howard, Phillies, hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning to give Philadelphia a 7-5 victory over Washington.
-Gregg Zaun, Blue Jays, homered and drove in four runs in Toronto's 13-1 rout of Minnesota.
-Fausto Carmona, Indians, pitched eight shutout innings to lead Cleveland to a 1-0 victory over Boston.
-Matt Holliday, Rockies, tied a career-high with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, in a 10-2 victory over San Diego.
-Paul Lo Duca, Mets, drove in four runs in the New York Mets' 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Cleveland avenged a 1-0 loss to Boston on Tuesday with a 1-0 win on Wednesday night. Fausto Carmona allowed four hits in eight shutout innings and Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo homer to help the Indians follow a 1-0 loss with a 1-0 win for the first time since April 17-18, 1942.

Ramon Vazquez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off previously unblemished closer J.J. Putz, and Texas beat Seattle 7-6 on Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep. Putz hadn't allowed a run in 16 road appearances this season and had converted a majors-best 31 consecutive save chances since last season, including all 29 this year.

Aaron Cook (7-6) needed just 74 pitches to win his second straight start and second complete game of the season, leading Colorado over San Diego 10-2 Wednesday. Cook (7-6) allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked none after going 1-5 in his previous nine outings.

Toronto tied a franchise record with an 11-run sixth inning in a 13-1 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday. Gregg Zaun drove in four runs in the inning with an RBI double and a three-run homer that capped the scoring. The Blue Jays last scored 11 runs on April 26, 1995, against Oakland.

Josh Beckett pitched a complete game - allowing one run and four hits - in Boston's 1-0 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night. It was his fourth career complete game and first since Aug. 13, 2005 - a span of 60 starts - when he was with Florida.

Erik Bedard allowed one run in six innings to earn his sixth straight victory, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay 6-1 on Wednesday night to extend the Devil Rays' losing streak to five games. ... Ted Lilly gave up one run on six hits to win his seventh straight decision in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 victory over St. Louis. ... Jeff Kent homered in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2-1 loss to Houston and has now reached based safely in 36 straight games, the longest streak in the majors this season. ... The New York Yankees pounded out 13 hits for the third straight night in a 7-1 victory over Kansas City.

``It's a crazy thing. It's pretty unbelievable that it could actually work out that way.'' - Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, after hitting his 499th career home run in New York's 7-1 win over Kansas City on Wednesday. Rodriguez will try for No. 500 on Thursday against Jorge De La Rosa, who surrendered career homer No. 400 to Rodriguez a little over two years ago.

July 26
1928 - Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. The Yankees scored 11 runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-1, in 12 innings.
1939 - The New York Yankees tied a major league record by scoring in every inning against the St. Louis Browns. Bill Dickey hit three home runs in the 14-1 win.
1962 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set the National League record for home runs by a pitcher when he hit his 31st off New York's Craig Anderson. Spahn dealt the Mets their 11th straight loss with a 6-1 victory.
1970 - Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds hit three straight homers off Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals. On the same day, Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves connected for three consecutive homers in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
1984 - Pete Rose of the Montreal Expos tied Ty Cobb on the career singles list, No. 3,052, with a base hit in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1991 - Montreal's Mark Gardner became the first to pitch nine no-hit innings against a Dodger home team since Johnny Vander Meer beat Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on June 15, 1938, for his second straight gem. But the Dodgers won in the 10th on two singles off Gardner and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off Jeff Fassero.
1998 - Trevor Hoffman's bid to set a major league record with 42 straight saves ended when the San Diego closer gave up a home run to Moises Alou on his first delivery in the ninth inning, tying the game. The Padres wound up beating Houston 5-4 in the 10th, but Hoffman blew his chance at history.
2005 - Greg Maddux recorded his 3,000th career strikeout against San Francisco, striking out Omar Vizquel in the third inning of a 3-2, 11-inning victory for the Giants.
Today's birthdays: Brandon Morrow 23; Joaquin Benoit 30.
July 27
1918 - Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman completed one of the shortest careers in major league history. Heitman appeared on the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals, gave up four consecutive hits and then left the game, never to play a major league game again.
1930 - Ken Ash of Cincinnati got his last major league victory by throwing one pitch. Ash came into relieve in the fifth inning and got Chicago's Charlie Grimm to hit into a triple play. Ash was removed for a pinch hitter and the Reds beat the Cubs 6-5.
1946 - Rudy York of Boston hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 13-6.
1950 - Del Ennis of the Philadelphia Phillies drove in seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings of a 13-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Ennis doubled with the bases loaded in the seventh and hit a grand slam in the eighth.
1959 - New York lawyer William Shea announced the formation of the Continental League. New York, Houston, Toronto, Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul were the five cities named and Branch Rickey was named league president.
1978 - Duane Kuiper of Cleveland tied a major league record by becoming the third player in the 20th century to hit two triples in a game, Both came with the bases loaded as the Indians beat the New York Yankees 17-5.
1984 - Montreal's Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb for the most singles in a career with No. 3,053, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1986 - Two 300-game winners faced each other as Don Sutton hurled six strong innings to outpitch Tom Seaver and give the California Angels a 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
1996 - The San Diego Padres pounded the Florida Marlins, 20-12. Wally Joyner led the way with five RBIs, while John Flaherty hit a grand slam. The Padres were the sixth club to score 20 runs in a game this season. The last time that happened was 1929.
Today's birthdays: Alex Rodriguez 32; Shea Hillenbrand 32.

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