Tag: August 21

2015 –  Less than a month from being acquired in trade from Milwaukee, Mike Fiers no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, while striking out ten. It is the first no-hitter in the history of Minute Maid Park and keeps a 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels for the AL West title. Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis provide the scoring. 

2015 –  Less than a month from being acquired in trade from Milwaukee, Mike Fiers no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, while striking out ten. It is the first no-hitter in the history of Minute Maid Park and keeps a 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels for the AL West title. Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis provide the scoring. 

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1999 – Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell’s solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima. 

1999 – Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell’s solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima. 

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1979 – A bizarre ending comes to Pete Falcone’s 5-0 shutout of Houston. Jeff Leonard gets three turns at bat. He flies out to right for the final out but an umpire had called time before the pitch. Three pitches later, Leonard singles while Met first baseman Ed Kranepool is sitting in the clubhouse. Finally, with Kranepool back on the field, Leonard flies out again. Houston wins the protest but Jose Cruz finishes it the next day, grounding out with Leonard on first. 

1979 – A bizarre ending comes to Pete Falcone’s 5-0 shutout of Houston. Jeff Leonard gets three turns at bat. He flies out to right for the final out but an umpire had called time before the pitch. Three pitches later, Leonard singles while Met first baseman Ed Kranepool is sitting in the clubhouse. Finally, with Kranepool back on the field, Leonard flies out again. Houston wins the protest but Jose Cruz finishes it the next day, grounding out with Leonard on first. 

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1966 – Little boys dream of a day like Dave Giusti has. Giusti slaps two bases-loaded doubles, as well as hurling a six-hit shutout, in blanking the Reds, 11-0. The pitcher’s six RBIs stand as a club record for 23 years. The win completes a four-game sweep of Cincinnati.

1966 – Little boys dream of a day like Dave Giusti has. Giusti slaps two bases-loaded doubles, as well as hurling a six-hit shutout, in blanking the Reds, 11-0. The pitcher’s six RBIs stand as a club record for 23 years. The win completes a four-game sweep of Cincinnati.

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The Nationals have apparently thrown in the towel on a season in which they were prohibitive preseason favorites to win a third straight division title. Today, playing below .500, they dispatch two veterans, 2B Daniel Murphy, who heads to the Cubs in return for a minor leaguer, and 1B Matt Adams, who returns to the Cardinals after being claimed off waivers. They also place their highest-profile player, OF Bryce Harper, on waivers, but pull him back when the Dodgers claim him but are only willing to pay his remaining salary and not offer any players in return.

The Nationals have apparently thrown in the towel on a season in which they were prohibitive preseason favorites to win a third straight division title. Today, playing below .500, they dispatch two veterans, 2B Daniel Murphy, who heads to the Cubs in return for a minor leaguer, and 1B Matt Adams, who returns to the Cardinals after being claimed off waivers. They also place their highest-profile player, OF Bryce Harper, on waivers, but pull him back when the Dodgers claim him but are only willing to pay his remaining salary and not offer any players in return.

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The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame announces its class of 2018: 1940s and 1950s shortstop Ben Shom, 1970s and 1980s pitcher Greg Elkson, 1980s and 1990s star Brett Ward and 1990s and 2000s pitcher Mark Ettles, the second Australian to win a game in the majors.

The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame announces its class of 2018: 1940s and 1950s shortstop Ben Shom, 1970s and 1980s pitcher Greg Elkson, 1980s and 1990s star Brett Ward and 1990s and 2000s pitcher Mark Ettles, the second Australian to win a game in the majors.

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2017 – The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League begin their game against the Hillsboro Hops at 9:35 am on a Monday. It is no mistake, as this is timed precisely to allow fans to view a rare total eclipse of the sun, whose band of total darkness passes precisely over the Willamette Valley of Oregon around 10:17 a.m. Fans are invited to the ballpark for breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. and are issued eclipse-viewing glasses, while the home team wears special uniforms for the occasion. An “eclipse delay” is called a half-hour into the game to allow fans to view the celestial phenomenon before play resumes.

2017 – The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League begin their game against the Hillsboro Hops at 9:35 am on a Monday. It is no mistake, as this is timed precisely to allow fans to view a rare total eclipse of the sun, whose band of total darkness passes precisely over the Willamette Valley of Oregon around 10:17 a.m. Fans are invited to the ballpark for breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. and are issued eclipse-viewing glasses, while the home team wears special uniforms for the occasion. An “eclipse delay” is called a half-hour into the game to allow fans to view the celestial phenomenon before play resumes.

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Unipol Bologna beats Rimini in the 2016 Italian Series, 4 games to 2. Game 6, which had been delayed by rain, is marked by two rain delays before finally being called after six innings. Bologna’s Ryan Searle and Rimini’s Ricardo Hernández pitch fine games, but Alessandro Vaglio doubles in two runs off Hernández in the 4th for all the game’s runs. Searle and Raul Rivero combine on a one-hitter. Osman Marval is named Series MVP after hitting .464 with five doubles.

Unipol Bologna beats Rimini in the 2016 Italian Series, 4 games to 2. Game 6, which had been delayed by rain, is marked by two rain delays before finally being called after six innings. Bologna’s Ryan Searle and Rimini’s Ricardo Hernández pitch fine games, but Alessandro Vaglio doubles in two runs off Hernández in the 4th for all the game’s runs. Searle and Raul Rivero combine on a one-hitter. Osman Marval is named Series MVP after hitting .464 with five doubles.

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Draci Brno routs defending champion Kotlářka Praha, 21 – 9, with a ten-run 8th inning in Game 5 of the Extraliga finals. Brno thus takes the Extraliga title, 3 games to 2. Martin Schneider has 4 hits and 7 RBI and is one of four players to go deep for Draci Brno, which wins its 20th title in 22 years. Jason Jarvis and Michal Ondráček each have four hits, four RBI and a homer in the romp. Radim Chroust gets the win. Lukáš Ercoli is handed the loss; Ercoli and four relievers combine for 19 hits and 7 walks while the team makes five errors.

Draci Brno routs defending champion Kotlářka Praha, 21 – 9, with a ten-run 8th inning in Game 5 of the Extraliga finals. Brno thus takes the Extraliga title, 3 games to 2. Martin Schneider has 4 hits and 7 RBI and is one of four players to go deep for Draci Brno, which wins its 20th title in 22 years. Jason Jarvis and Michal Ondráček each have four hits, four RBI and a homer in the romp. Radim Chroust gets the win. Lukáš Ercoli is handed the loss; Ercoli and four relievers combine for 19 hits and 7 walks while the team makes five errors.

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The Gateway Grizzlies trail the Joliet Slammers, 3 – 0, in the bottom of the 2nd, when Brandon Thomas hits a grand slam off Spencer Medick as his team rallies for a 17 – 6 win. Thomas’ homer makes the news, though, because it breaks the window of his car, which was sitting in the parking lot at the time of the big blast.

The Gateway Grizzlies trail the Joliet Slammers, 3 – 0, in the bottom of the 2nd, when Brandon Thomas hits a grand slam off Spencer Medick as his team rallies for a 17 – 6 win. Thomas’ homer makes the news, though, because it breaks the window of his car, which was sitting in the parking lot at the time of the big blast.

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Mike Fiers of the Astros pitches the fifth no-hitter of the season, defeating the Dodgers, 3 – 0, in an interleague contest. He strikes out 11 and retires the last 21 batters in a row. It is the first time in his career that he reaches the 9th inning in a game he has started.

Mike Fiers of the Astros pitches the fifth no-hitter of the season, defeating the Dodgers, 3 – 0, in an interleague contest. He strikes out 11 and retires the last 21 batters in a row. It is the first time in his career that he reaches the 9th inning in a game he has started.

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Trading deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes continues to make his presence felt in the Mets line-up as he homers three times, including a grand slam, and collects 7 RBIs in a 14 – 9 win over the Rockies. He also has two other hits and drives a ball to the warning track in the 9th inning. Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto also homer for New York.

Trading deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes continues to make his presence felt in the Mets line-up as he homers three times, including a grand slam, and collects 7 RBIs in a 14 – 9 win over the Rockies. He also has two other hits and drives a ball to the warning track in the 9th inning. Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto also homer for New York.

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The Angels complete a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park to consolidate their position as the best team in the majors at this point. Rookie Matt Shoemaker improves to 12-4 as he keeps the Sox hitless through 6 2/3 innings before Will Middlebrooks hits a double for Boston’s only safety in a 2 – 0 loss. Earlier today, the Angels get bad news when they learn that P Garrett Richards, who injured his knee the day before, is out for the season. They call up veteran Wade LeBlanc from AAA to take Richards’ place and acquire 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox to add some infield depth in anticipation of the postseason.

The Angels complete a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park to consolidate their position as the best team in the majors at this point. Rookie Matt Shoemaker improves to 12-4 as he keeps the Sox hitless through 6 2/3 innings before Will Middlebrooks hits a double for Boston’s only safety in a 2 – 0 loss. Earlier today, the Angels get bad news when they learn that P Garrett Richards, who injured his knee the day before, is out for the season. They call up veteran Wade LeBlanc from AAA to take Richards’ place and acquire 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox to add some infield depth in anticipation of the postseason.

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Game 3 of the 2014 Italian Series goes down to the final batter. With ASD Rimini trailing Fortitudo Bologna, 2 – 1, in the bottom of the 9th and two outs, Adolfo Gomez singles off Raul Rivero and Giuseppe Spinelli walks. Filippo Crepaldi relieves Rivero but gives up a game-ending, two-run single to Riccardo Bertagnon.

Game 3 of the 2014 Italian Series goes down to the final batter. With ASD Rimini trailing Fortitudo Bologna, 2 – 1, in the bottom of the 9th and two outs, Adolfo Gomez singles off Raul Rivero and Giuseppe Spinelli walks. Filippo Crepaldi relieves Rivero but gives up a game-ending, two-run single to Riccardo Bertagnon.

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2013 – With a 1st-inning single off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, Ichiro Suzuki gets his 4,000 hit between Japan (1,278) and the United States (2,722). He is only the third player to reach the milestone at such a high level, following Ty Cobb and Pete Rose, who both collected all their hits in the United States major leagues. Only one other Japanese player, Isao Harimoto, had 3,000 hits.

2013 – With a 1st-inning single off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, Ichiro Suzuki gets his 4,000 hit between Japan (1,278) and the United States (2,722). He is only the third player to reach the milestone at such a high level, following Ty Cobb and Pete Rose, who both collected all their hits in the United States major leagues. Only one other Japanese player, Isao Harimoto, had 3,000 hits.

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Ichiro Suzuki collects his 4,000th career hit to join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the third professional baseball player to accomplish the feat. The Yankees right fielder, who has compiled more hits during his 13 seasons in the major leagues than any other player within the same amount of playing time, started his career with the Orix BlueWave in Japan, where he had a total of 1,278 hits before joining the Mariners in 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki collects his 4,000th career hit to join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the third professional baseball player to accomplish the feat. The Yankees right fielder, who has compiled more hits during his 13 seasons in the major leagues than any other player within the same amount of playing time, started his career with the Orix BlueWave in Japan, where he had a total of 1,278 hits before joining the Mariners in 2001.

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In his first start since pitching a perfect game, Felix Hernandez of the Mariners surrenders a base hit to Indians lead-off hitter Jason Kipnis, but wins the game, 5 – 1, thanks to Jesus Montero’s three-run homer in the 7th. It is Seattle’s 7th straight win.

In his first start since pitching a perfect game, Felix Hernandez of the Mariners surrenders a base hit to Indians lead-off hitter Jason Kipnis, but wins the game, 5 – 1, thanks to Jesus Montero’s three-run homer in the 7th. It is Seattle’s 7th straight win.

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Corendon Kinheim completes a stunning sweep of DOOR Neptunus in the 2012 Holland Series with a 9 – 2 pounding, thanks to home runs by Dirk van ‘t Klooster and Bryan Engelhardt and a 13-strikeout gem by Series MVP David Bergman. Kinheim had fired head coach Eelco Jansen in the first round of the playoffs but rallied under replacement Hans Lemmink to win it all.

Corendon Kinheim completes a stunning sweep of DOOR Neptunus in the 2012 Holland Series with a 9 – 2 pounding, thanks to home runs by Dirk van ‘t Klooster and Bryan Engelhardt and a 13-strikeout gem by Series MVP David Bergman. Kinheim had fired head coach Eelco Jansen in the first round of the playoffs but rallied under replacement Hans Lemmink to win it all.

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With 3B Alex Rodriguez back in the line-up for the first time since July 7th, the Yankees shut out the Twins, 3 – 0. Curtis Granderson, who has had no problem hitting the ball out of the park all year, keeps his 7th-inning hit within the confines, but races around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that doubles the Yankees’ lead. Mark Teixeira follows with a more conventional home run and Ivan Nova improves to 13-4 on the year. A-Rod and Jim Thome become the first members of the 600 home run club to appear in the same contest since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron 38 years prior.

With 3B Alex Rodriguez back in the line-up for the first time since July 7th, the Yankees shut out the Twins, 3 – 0. Curtis Granderson, who has had no problem hitting the ball out of the park all year, keeps his 7th-inning hit within the confines, but races around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that doubles the Yankees’ lead. Mark Teixeira follows with a more conventional home run and Ivan Nova improves to 13-4 on the year. A-Rod and Jim Thome become the first members of the 600 home run club to appear in the same contest since Willie Mays and Hank Aaron 38 years prior.

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The Padres retire uniform number 51 worn by reliever Trevor Hoffman during his stellar career before their game with the Florida Marlins, then Will Venable caps off the day with a game-winning single off Edward Mujicaagainst a five-man infield for a 4 – 3 win. Hoffman’s successor as the Padres’ closer, Heath Bell, gives up a homer to Mike Cameron with two outs in the top of the 9th for a blown save, but earns the win instead.

The Padres retire uniform number 51 worn by reliever Trevor Hoffman during his stellar career before their game with the Florida Marlins, then Will Venable caps off the day with a game-winning single off Edward Mujicaagainst a five-man infield for a 4 – 3 win. Hoffman’s successor as the Padres’ closer, Heath Bell, gives up a homer to Mike Cameron with two outs in the top of the 9th for a blown save, but earns the win instead.

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The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.

The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.

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The Tigers score 7 runs off Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez in the 3rd, including homers from Delmon Young and Victor Martinez, but the Indians slowly claw back. In the 4th, both benches are warned when Tigers starter Rick Porcello throws a pitch behind Asdrubal Cabrera shortly before being chased from the game. In the 6th, Tigers manager Jim Leyland is ejected by third base umpire Alan Porter for arguing a tag play at the base on Wilson Betemit. Detroit closer José Valverde then pitches the 9th with a one-run lead, but puts the first two men he faces on base courtesy of a walk and a hit-by-pitch. After Jack Hannahan’s successful sacrifice bunt, he gets pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta to fly to short center field; CF Austin Jackson unloads a superb throw to the plate that nails Kosuke Fukudome trying to score from third base, for a spectacular game-ending double play. Detroit completes a three-game sweep with the 8 – 7 win and Valverde has now been perfect in all 37 of his save opportunities this year.

The Tigers score 7 runs off Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez in the 3rd, including homers from Delmon Young and Victor Martinez, but the Indians slowly claw back. In the 4th, both benches are warned when Tigers starter Rick Porcello throws a pitch behind Asdrubal Cabrera shortly before being chased from the game. In the 6th, Tigers manager Jim Leyland is ejected by third base umpire Alan Porter for arguing a tag play at the base on Wilson Betemit. Detroit closer José Valverde then pitches the 9th with a one-run lead, but puts the first two men he faces on base courtesy of a walk and a hit-by-pitch. After Jack Hannahan’s successful sacrifice bunt, he gets pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta to fly to short center field; CF Austin Jackson unloads a superb throw to the plate that nails Kosuke Fukudome trying to score from third base, for a spectacular game-ending double play. Detroit completes a three-game sweep with the 8 – 7 win and Valverde has now been perfect in all 37 of his save opportunities this year.

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In his first major league start, the Blue Jays’ Luis Perez holds the Athletics to one hit and a pair of walks in 6 innings. Jose Bautista then leads off the 7th with his 36th homer off Guillermo Moscoso to give Toronto a 1 – 0 lead, and reliever Casey Janssen makes it hold with three hitless innings to complete the combined one-hitter.

In his first major league start, the Blue Jays’ Luis Perez holds the Athletics to one hit and a pair of walks in 6 innings. Jose Bautista then leads off the 7th with his 36th homer off Guillermo Moscoso to give Toronto a 1 – 0 lead, and reliever Casey Janssen makes it hold with three hitless innings to complete the combined one-hitter.

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The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.

The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After he was acquired by the team in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars.

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After being heckled by Philadelphia fans between innings, Nyjer Morgan throws a ball into the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats, hitting a fan in the head. The Nationals outfielder will receive a seven-game suspension for his serious lapse of judgment, although his victim, a 37 year-old male, is very surprised by the suspension and wishes his assailant luck with the appeal of the penalty.

After being heckled by Philadelphia fans between innings, Nyjer Morgan throws a ball into the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats, hitting a fan in the head. The Nationals outfielder will receive a seven-game suspension for his serious lapse of judgment, although his victim, a 37 year-old male, is very surprised by the suspension and wishes his assailant luck with the appeal of the penalty.

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Matt Stairs sets the career record for pinch-hit home runs when he goes deep off Ernesto Frieri in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. The two-run shot over the Miller Park right field fence, his twenty-first round-tripper coming off the bench, moves the premier pinch-hitter ahead of Cliff Johnson.

Matt Stairs sets the career record for pinch-hit home runs when he goes deep off Ernesto Frieri in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. The two-run shot over the Miller Park right field fence, his twenty-first round-tripper coming off the bench, moves the premier pinch-hitter ahead of Cliff Johnson.

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Josh Bell hits the first two homers of his major league career, and teammates Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott join him in going yard, as the Orioles rough up Texas’s Cliff Lee, 8 – 6. It is the first time this season Lee fails to complete 6 innings, being chased after pitching 5 2/3 innings.

Josh Bell hits the first two homers of his major league career, and teammates Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott join him in going yard, as the Orioles rough up Texas’s Cliff Lee, 8 – 6. It is the first time this season Lee fails to complete 6 innings, being chased after pitching 5 2/3 innings.

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Rookie Peter Bourjos also hits his first career homer, for the Angels against the Twins. He adds a triple and drives in 4 in his team’s 9 – 3 win. Losing P Kevin Slowey is placed on the disabled list after the game with a strained right forearm, as is reliever Ron Mahay, who hurts his shoulder while fielding a ground ball.

Rookie Peter Bourjos also hits his first career homer, for the Angels against the Twins. He adds a triple and drives in 4 in his team’s 9 – 3 win. Losing P Kevin Slowey is placed on the disabled list after the game with a strained right forearm, as is reliever Ron Mahay, who hurts his shoulder while fielding a ground ball.

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Casey Kotchman goes 3 for 4 in a 9 – 5 Mariners loss to the Yankees, but makes his first error in 275 games. The previous major league record for errorless games at first base had been held by Kevin Youkilis.

Casey Kotchman goes 3 for 4 in a 9 – 5 Mariners loss to the Yankees, but makes his first error in 275 games. The previous major league record for errorless games at first base had been held by Kevin Youkilis.

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Hideki Matsui hits a pair of three-run homers and drives in 7 as the Yankees destroy the Red Sox, 20 – 11, at Fenway Park. The only highlight for the Sox comes when Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 54th base of the season in the 1st, breaking the franchise record held by Tommy Harper.

Hideki Matsui hits a pair of three-run homers and drives in 7 as the Yankees destroy the Red Sox, 20 – 11, at Fenway Park. The only highlight for the Sox comes when Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 54th base of the season in the 1st, breaking the franchise record held by Tommy Harper.

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The Twins defeat Kansas City, 5 – 4, in a sloppy game that sees both teams’ closers falter. The Twins score three in the 6th thanks to a throwing error, a wild pitch, and a blooper reel play by RF Josh Anderson that allows Denard Span to race around the bases. Coming in to close a 4 – 3 lead in the 9th, Minnesota’s Joe Nathan gives up a two-out home run to pinch-hitter Brayan Pena to send the game into extra innings. The Royals’ Joakim Soria then gives up a single to Alexi Casilla and a triple to Orlando Cabrera to put the Twins back on top and give Nathan another chance to close. But the Royals put two more men on before Mark Teahen finally lines out to right field to end the game.

The Twins defeat Kansas City, 5 – 4, in a sloppy game that sees both teams’ closers falter. The Twins score three in the 6th thanks to a throwing error, a wild pitch, and a blooper reel play by RF Josh Anderson that allows Denard Span to race around the bases. Coming in to close a 4 – 3 lead in the 9th, Minnesota’s Joe Nathan gives up a two-out home run to pinch-hitter Brayan Pena to send the game into extra innings. The Royals’ Joakim Soria then gives up a single to Alexi Casilla and a triple to Orlando Cabrera to put the Twins back on top and give Nathan another chance to close. But the Royals put two more men on before Mark Teahen finally lines out to right field to end the game.

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Mark Reynolds ties a major league record, held by five other non-pitchers, including Bo Jackson of the Royals in 1988, by striking out in nine plate consecutive appearances. The dubious streak comes to an end when Dave Bush hits the Diamondbacks’ third baseman with a pitch in the sixth inning in a 7-4 Brewer victory at Chase Field.

Mark Reynolds ties a major league record, held by five other non-pitchers, including Bo Jackson of the Royals in 1988, by striking out in nine plate consecutive appearances. The dubious streak comes to an end when Dave Bush hits the Diamondbacks’ third baseman with a pitch in the sixth inning in a 7-4 Brewer victory at Chase Field.

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Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21 year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.

Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21 year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.

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Rookie Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds strikes out for the 9th straight plate appearance, tying the major league record for position players. David Bush is the opposing hurler; in Reynolds’ next appearance, Bush hits him with a pitch to end the streak. Reynolds ties the mark held by Adolfo Phillips (1966), Steve Balboni (1984), Eric Davis (1987), Reggie Jackson (1987) and Bo Jackson (1988). During the streak, Reynolds became the batter who enabled John Smoltz to become the Atlanta Braves career strikeout leader.

Rookie Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds strikes out for the 9th straight plate appearance, tying the major league record for position players. David Bush is the opposing hurler; in Reynolds’ next appearance, Bush hits him with a pitch to end the streak. Reynolds ties the mark held by Adolfo Phillips (1966), Steve Balboni (1984), Eric Davis (1987), Reggie Jackson (1987) and Bo Jackson (1988). During the streak, Reynolds became the batter who enabled John Smoltz to become the Atlanta Braves career strikeout leader.

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Garret Anderson drives in 10 runs, setting a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise record

Garret Anderson drives in 10 runs, setting a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise record. Anderson doubles in Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the 1st against Mike Mussina. In the 2nd, he doubles home Vladimir Guerrero. In the 3rd, he cracks a 3-run homer against Edwar Ramirez. In the 6th, he hits a grand slam, this one off Sean Henn. The Angels top the Yankees, 18 – 9.

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Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21 year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.

Citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it, 21 year-old Matt Murphy reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.

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With a grand slam and a three-run homer, a two-run and a pair of one-run doubles during an 18-9 rout of the Yankees, Garret Anderson drives in a franchise-record ten runs with his four hits. The Angels’ left fielder, who is one RBI shy of setting the American League mark, becomes the 12th player to collect 10 RBIs in one contest in big league history.

With a grand slam and a three-run homer, a two-run and a pair of one-run doubles during an 18-9 rout of the Yankees, Garret Anderson drives in a franchise-record ten runs with his four hits. The Angels’ left fielder, who is one RBI shy of setting the American League mark, becomes the 12th player to collect 10 RBIs in one contest in big league history.

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Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the “Boston Massacre II”, the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.

Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the “Boston Massacre II”, the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.

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After seeing his starting pitcher give back seven runs of an 8-0 lead in the third inning, John Gibbons goes to the mound to remove Ted Lilly, who argues with the Blue Jay manager and refuses to give up the ball. The incident escalates in the clubhouse tunnel with the skirmish resulting in a bloody nose for the Toronto skipper.

After seeing his starting pitcher give back seven runs of an 8-0 lead in the third inning, John Gibbons goes to the mound to remove Ted Lilly, who argues with the Blue Jay manager and refuses to give up the ball. The incident escalates in the clubhouse tunnel with the skirmish resulting in a bloody nose for the Toronto skipper.

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Florida suspends its bat boy for six games after the 11-year old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

Florida suspends its bat boy for six games after the 11-year old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

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Using teammate Cliff Floyd’s bat, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat, pinch-hitting in the 5th inning. The left-handed hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald and Kazuo Matsui.

Using teammate Cliff Floyd’s bat, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat, pinch-hitting in the 5th inning. The left-handed hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald and Kazuo Matsui.

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Using teammate Cliff Floyd’s bat, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat pinch-hitting in the fifth inning. The left-handed hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald, and Kaz Matsui.

Using teammate Cliff Floyd’s bat, Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat pinch-hitting in the fifth inning. The left-handed hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald, and Kaz Matsui.

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Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11 year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11 year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and will cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

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