SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, July 31
Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (7:05 p.m. EDT). Alex Rodriguez continues his pursuit of his 500th homer, facing Jose Contreras (5-13, 6.22 ERA).

STARS
Monday
-Cole Hamels, Phillies, allowed one run and three hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings of a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
-Carl Crawford, Devil Rays, hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning to lift Tampa Bay over Toronto 5-4.
-Miguel Batista, Mariners, allowed four singles in seven innings of a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
-Scott Baker, Twins, gave up one run and two hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings of Minnesota's 3-1 victory over Kansas City.

TRADES
cts. ... Philadelphia acquired right-hander Kyle Lohse from Cincinnati for minor league lefty Matt Maloney.

HEROICS
Carl Crawford, who scored the tying run as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 victory over Toronto on Monday. Crawford, who was out of the starting lineup for three games with a sprained right wrist, hit a 3-2 pitch from Brian Wolfe (2-1) over the wall in center field for Tampa Bay, which had lost eight of nine.

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
Detroit beat Oakland 5-2 on Monday in a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions. Both teams figured to challenge for division titles and on June 15 they were within a game of each other. The A's were at their season high of 37-29, while the Tigers were a game better at 38-28. Detroit has won 23 of 39 games since then, while the A's have lost 28 of 40.

STRAIGHT A'S
Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco both had three hits and an RBI as Detroit beat Oakland 5-2 on Monday. Granderson's .353 career average (18-for-51) against the A's is his best against any team except St. Louis, while Polanco's .500 mark (36-for-72) is his best against any team.

SNAPPED
Ted Lilly had won six straight decisions before allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings and taking the loss in the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 defeat at the hands of Philadelphia on Monday. ... Minnesota topped Kansas City 3-1 to end the Royals' four-game winning streak. ... Detroit snapped a four-game slide with a 5-2 win over Oakland.

SPEAKING
``You ask yourself, 'When is it going to end?' We just have to keep our fingers crossed and pray that neither of them are out for an extended period of time. That puts a serious dent in what we're trying to accomplish when you lose two guys like that.'' - Philadelphia's Aaron Rowand, on Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn departing a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday with injuries. Philadelphia already has All-Star Chase Utley and five others on the disabled list.

SEASONS
July 31
1930 - Lou Gehrig drove in eight runs with a grand slam and two doubles as the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 14-13.
1932 - Cleveland's Municipal Stadium opened and Lefty Grove and the Philadelphia A's beat the Indians 1-0 before 76,979 fans.
1934 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings at Cincinnati as Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitas both went the distance.
1954 - Joe Adcock hit four home runs and a double to lead the Milwaukee Braves to a 15-7 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Adcock's 18 total bases is a major league record.
1961 - The All-Star game ended in a 1-1 tie at Fenway Park as heavy rain halted play.
1981 - The second baseball strike ended after 42 days.
1990 - Nolan Ryan, 43, won his 300th game, reaching the milestone in his second try, as the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.
2002 - Mike Mussina became the second pitcher in major league history to give up six doubles in one inning, during the New York Yankees' 17-6 loss to Texas. Hall of Famer Lefty Grove allowed that many with Boston in 1934 against Washington.
2003 - John Smoltz broke his own record as the fastest pitcher to record 40 saves by pitching a scoreless ninth in Atlanta's 7-4 win over Houston. Last year, he got his 40th save on Aug. 8, en route to breaking the NL record with 55.
2006 - Orlando Hudson hit home runs from both sides of the plate, including his first career grand slam, as Arizona beat the Chicago Cubs 15-4.
Today's birthday: Randy Flores 32.

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