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Today in Major League Baseball

| Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007

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.


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

Aug. 1

1906 - Harry McIntire of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched 102/3 innings of no-hit ball before Claude Ritchey of the Pirates singled. McIntire weakened in the 13th and lost, 1-0, to the Pirates on an unearned run, finishing with a four-hitter.

1941 - New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez walked 11 St. Louis batters in a 9-0 victory to set a major-league record for walks in a shutout.

1962 - Bill Monbouquette of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter to beat the White Sox, 1-0, at Chicago.

1970 - Willie Stargell of the Pirates hit three doubles and two home runs to power the Pirates to a 20-10 rout of the Braves in Atlanta.

1972 - Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres drove in 13 runs in a doubleheader with five home runs and two singles. San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves in both games, by scores of 9-0 and 11-7.

1977 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit two home runs, including his 18th career grand slam, a total that still leads the National League.

1978 - Pete Rose went 0 for 4 against Atlanta pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber to end his 44-game hitting streak, as the Braves defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 16-4.

1986 - Bert Blyleven threw a two-hitter and struck out 15 to become the 10th major-league pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts, as he led the Minnesota Twins to a 10-1 victory over the Oakland A's.

1994 - Baltimore's Cal Ripken became the second major leaguer to play 2,000 straight games as the Orioles beat Minnesota, 1-0.

1998 - Switch-hitter Tony Clark set an AL record by homering from both sides of the plate for the third time this year, as the Detroit Tigers defeated Tampa Bay, 8-0.

2005 - Rafael Palmeiro was suspended 10 days following a positive test for steroids, less than five months after the Baltimore Orioles' first baseman emphatically told Congress: "I have never used steroids. Period."

2006 - Carlos Guillen hit for the cycle in Detroit's 10-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

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