Thursday, August 2
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EDT). Joe Saunders (4-0, 3.16 ERA) faces off against Chad Gaudin (8-6, 3.71 ERA).

-Carl Crawford, Devil Rays, had three hits, including a go-ahead two run homer and Tampa Bay beat Toronto 6-2.
-Ronny Paulino and Tony Armas, Pirates. Paulino hit a grand slam and Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry Pittsburgh past St. Louis 15-1.
-Jorge Posada, Yankees, homered twice in a 8-1 win over the White Sox.
-Byung-Hyun Kim, Marlins, struck out a career-high 10, helping Florida beat Colorado 4-3.
-Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners, singled home the winning run in the 12th inning and Seattle beat the Angels 8-7.

Buddy Bell resigned as the Kansas City Royals' manager, effective at the end of the season. Bell announced the decision before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins and said he will remain on for the rest of the season. He will join the Royals' front office in 2008 as a senior adviser to general manager Dayton Moore.

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips stole two bases on one play during Washington's 7-2 win on Wednesday night. With the left-handed Adam Dunn up, the Nationals employed a shift that put three infielders on the right side, with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman essentially playing shortstop. Phillips stole second and, when catcher Brian Schneider didn't attempt to throw him out, rounded the bag and headed for third without breaking stride. He was credited with two stolen bases on the play, giving him 21 for the season.

Pedro Martinez's first rehabilitation start was rained out, so he will throw a simulated game of 45 pitches against hitters from the Mets' Gulf Coast League team on Thursday. Martinez had been slated to pitch Wednesday night for the St. Lucie Mets against the Brevard County Manatees.

Detroit dropped its fourth straight series with a 3-2 loss at Oakland on Wednesday. The Tigers have lost six of seven games overall and eight of 10.

season with a two-game series in Tokyo, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays opened the 2004 season with two games in Japan. A 2003 series between Seattle and Oakland at the Tokyo Dome was scrapped because of the threat of war in Iraq.

The Minnesota Twins have postponed Thursday's game against Kansas City following a bridge collapse near the Metrodome and team president Dave St. Peter said their weekend series with Cleveland also could be affected. The Twins also postponed Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for the team's new stadium, which will be located downtown.

Jorge Posada homered twice, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Shelley Duncan also connected during New York's 8-1 win over the White Sox on Wednesday, giving the Yankees 13 home runs in two games. That tied the team record for a two-game span set in a doubleheader at the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939.

Colorado struck out a season-high 16 times and stranded 14 runners, tying a season high.

after hitting Robinson Cano with a pitch following Jorge Posada's home run in the eighth inning.

Aug. 2
1906 - The ``Hitless Wonder'' Chicago White Sox began their AL record 19-game winning streak with a 3-0 win over Boston. The record would be tied by the 1947 New York Yankees.
1907 - Walter Johnson made his major league debut with the Washington Senators and lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers. The first hit he yielded was a bunt single by Ty Cobb. The Tigers beat ``The Big Train'' 7-6 exactly 20 years later on Walter Johnson Day in the nation's capital.
1933 - Mickey Cochrane of the Philadelphia A's hit for the cycle in a 16-3 win over the New York Yankees.
1938 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals used a yellow baseball in the first game of a doubleheader as an experiment. The two teams went back to the white ball in the second game as the Dodgers swept the doubleheader 6-2 and 9-3.
1959 - Bill Bruton of Milwaukee hit three triples, including two with the bases-loaded, to lead the Braves to an 11-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
1979 - New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson died when his private plane crashed while practicing takeoffs and landings at the Canton, Ohio, airport.
1987 - Kevin Seitzer went 6-for-6, hit two homers and drove in seven runs to pace a 20-hit Kansas City attack as the Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 13-5 in 102-degree heat.
1987 - Eric Davis led off the bottom of the 11th inning with his 30th home run of the season to give the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Davis's homer made him the seventh player with 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season, and the earlist in a season.
1998 - The Cuban national team claimed its 22nd gold medal at the World Baseball Championships, beating South Korea 7-1 and extending its winning streak at the event to 41 games since 1986.
Today's birthdays: Huston Street 24; Grady Sizemore 25; Matt Guerrier 29; Julio Mateo 30; Tim Wakefield 39.
Aug. 3
1933 - Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia A's became the first pitcher since Aug. 2, 1931 - a span of 308 games - to shut out the New York Yankees, winning 7-0.
1948 - Cleveland's Satchel Paige made his first major league start and went seven innings to lead the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Senators.
1959 - The second game of All-Star play this year was won by the AL 5-3 at Los Angeles' Memorial Stadium. Nellie Fox of the Chicago White Sox singled in the deciding run in the seventh inning.
1961 - The Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 19-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals for the largest shutout score in an NL night game.
1969 - Pinch-hitter Rich Reese hit a grand slam to power the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles and end Dave McNally's 15-game winning streak. His two victories at the end of 1968 had given him 17 straight wins.
1977 - Eddie Murray, rookie first baseman for Baltimore, hit a home run from each side of the plate. The Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics, 8-6, in 10 innings.
1989 - The Cincinnati Reds scored 14 runs in the first inning on a major league record 16 hits and went on to beat the Houston Astros 18-2. Seven Reds had two hits off starter Jim Clancy and reliever Bob Forsch in the first, breaking a century-old record.
1998 - Mike Oquist allowed 14 earned runs - the most by a major leaguer since 1977 - in five innings of Oakland's 14-1 loss to the New York Yankees.
2001 - Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched a one-hitter and faced only 28 batters in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.
2004 - Tony Batista hit a grand slam in the 12th inning after tying the game with a two-run homer in the ninth, leading Montreal over St. Louis 10-6.
2006 - Chase Utley singled in the first inning of Philadelphia's 8-1 win at St. Louis to extend his hitting streak to 35 games.
2006 - Matt Murton tied a major league record with four doubles and drove in five runs to help the Chicago Cubs salvage a split of a doubleheader with Arizona 7-3.
Today's birthday: Troy Glaus 31.

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