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Thursday, July 5, 2007
 

STARS

Tuesday

Brad Wilkerson , Rangers, hit three homers and had six RBI to help Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels, 8-3.

Joe Blanton , Athletics, threw a four-hitter for his AL-leading third complete game and Oakland beat Toronto, 3-1.

Javier Vazquez , White Sox, gave up four hits in his 21st career complete game to lead the Chicago White Sox past Baltimore, 5-1.

Daisuke Matsuzaka , Red Sox, allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings and struck out nine, and Boston defeated Tampa Bay, 4-1.

Chien-Ming Wang , Yankees, pitched four-hit ball for seven innings to lead the New York Yankees past Minnesota, 8-0.

Casey Blake, Indians , hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland over Detroit, 5-4.

Billy Butler, Royals , homered and drove in six runs in Kansas City's 17-3 rout of Seattle.

CHASING AARON

Barry Bonds hit homer No. 751 in his first at-bat Tuesday night, a two-run shot that moved him within four of tying Hank Aaron's record during San Francisco's 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Bonds' latest came in the city where Aaron hit No. 714 on Opening Day 1974, tying Babe Ruth's previous mark. That record-book homer landed at Riverfront Stadium, which was demolished in 2002.

TRIPLE THREAT

Brad Wilkerson hit three home runs to lead Texas past the Los Angeles Angels, 8-3, on Tuesday. He is the first AL player with a three-homer game this season. Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Lee of Houston have three-homer games in the NL.

A-ROD A-OK

Alex Rodriguez played third base for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, one night after leaving the game with a strained left hamstring. The two-time MVP went 0 for 4 with a strikeout but looked comfortable in the field. Rodriquez was pulled after the sixth inning in the Yankees' 8-0 victory over the Twins.

ROMP

Seattle's Ryan Feierabend allowed 10 runs in just 1 13 innings in his seventh major-league start, and Kansas City pounded the Mariners, 17-3, on Tuesday. The 17 runs and 16 hits tied the Royals' season highs. It was the most runs the Mariners have allowed all year.

STREAKS

Boston topped Tampa Bay, 4-1, on Tuesday to deal the Devil Rays their ninth straight loss. ... Cleveland topped Detroit, 5-4, in 11 innings to win their sixth straight.

SNAPPED

Julio Lugo hit a two-run single in the second inning of Boston's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday to snap an 0-for-33 skid -- the longest for a Red Sox player since 1991. Lugo also singled in the seventh and was the only batter on either team with more than one hit.

SPEAKING

"It's all about New York. New York is center stage and the place everyone is aware of and watches." -- Rockies second baseman Kaz Matsui, on his team's success against the two New York teams. Colorado beat the Mets, 11-3, on Tuesday to improve to 5-0 against the Mets and Yankees this season. The former Met Matsui had a career-best five hits in the win.

July 5

1904 -- The Philadelphia Phillies snapped the New York Giants' 18-game winning streak with a 6-5, 10-inning victory.

1935 -- Tony Cuccinello of the Dodgers and his brother Al -- for the Giants -- each hit home runs in the same game to mark the first time in major-league history that brothers on opposing teams homered. Brooklyn beat New York, 14-4.

1937 -- Hal Trosky hit three home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 14-4 victory over the St. Louis Browns in the opener of a doubleheader.

1937 -- Frank DeMaree of Chicago went 6 for 7 in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 13-12, in 14 innings. DeMaree had three doubles and three singles. The Cubs won the second game, 9-7, and DeMaree had two more singles.

1947 -- Larry Doby became the first black to play in the American League. He struck out as a pinch-hitter as Cleveland lost, 6-5, to the White Sox.

1961 -- Bill White hit three home runs and a double to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1987 -- Mark McGwire became the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star break and Jose Canseco homered twice, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

1991 -- The Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins were given final approval to join the NL in 1993 by baseball owners with a unanimous vote.

1993 -- Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics opened both games of a doubleheader with a homer to become the second player to accomplish the feat. Harry Hooper of the Boston Red Sox homered to start both games against Washington on May 30, 1913.

1998 -- Roger Clemens became the 11th pitcher in baseball history to reach 3,000 strikeouts. Clemens needed five to reach the mark before Toronto's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He struck out Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs in the first inning and then got Mike DiFelice, Miguel Cairo and Randy Winn in the third to reach the milestone.

1998 -- Juan Gonzalez became the second player to top 100 RBI before the All-Star break, homering in the first and seventh innings off Seattle's Randy Johnson to improve his major league-leading total to 101. Gonzalez ended with the second-most RBI before the All-Star break in major-league history. Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers had 103 in 1935 en route to 170.

2000 -- Luis Gonzalez became the first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, as Arizona beat Houston 12-9.

2004 -- Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended when he blew a two-run lead for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5, in 10 innings. Gagne relieved with a 5-3 lead at the start of the ninth but allowed pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez's RBI double and Chad Tracy's run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch. Gagne had not blown a save chance since Aug. 26, 2002.

2005 -- Boston's Manny Ramirez hit his 20th grand slam in a 7-4 win over Texas, passing Eddie Murray for sole possession of second place on the career list. Lou Gehrig hit 23.

Today's birthday : Jesse Crain, 26.

-- The Associated Press

 

 
 


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