Tag: August 7

1998 – Randy Johnson makes his Astro home debut a triumphant one, blanking the Phillies, 9-0, on a five-hitter. He fans eight and walks just one. Jeff Bagwell provides the run support with two homers and five RBIs. Moises Alou also goes deep. 

1998 – Randy Johnson makes his Astro home debut a triumphant one, blanking the Phillies, 9-0, on a five-hitter. He fans eight and walks just one. Jeff Bagwell provides the run support with two homers and five RBIs. Moises Alou also goes deep. 

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1988 – Two run-scoring balks help Houston edge Los Angeles, 4-2. Tim Leary is nailed with the first, letting Billy Hatcher score. Two innings later, Brian Holton makes the same mistake, allowing Bob Knepper to walk home. Knepper wins his 12th of the year with a save from Juan Agosto. 

1988 – Two run-scoring balks help Houston edge Los Angeles, 4-2. Tim Leary is nailed with the first, letting Billy Hatcher score. Two innings later, Brian Holton makes the same mistake, allowing Bob Knepper to walk home. Knepper wins his 12th of the year with a save from Juan Agosto. 

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1975 – Tal Smith is named General Manager, replacing “Spec” Richardson. The Astros are in last place, 35 games behind Cincinnati at the time. Dave Roberts takes the first small steps to recovery with a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh. 

1975 – Tal Smith is named General Manager, replacing “Spec” Richardson. The Astros are in last place, 35 games behind Cincinnati at the time. Dave Roberts takes the first small steps to recovery with a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh. 

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1968 – A hard slide by Doug Rader into third base on a triple knocks out New York third baseman Kevin Collins and ignites a brawl. Houston police enter the fray. The donnybrook climaxes hostility that began when Mets outfielder Tommy Agee spiked Joe Morgan while sliding into second base. Amazingly, Rader stays in the contest and scores the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Dick Simpson. Larry Dierker bests Tom Seaver in the 4-3 victory.

1968 – A hard slide by Doug Rader into third base on a triple knocks out New York third baseman Kevin Collins and ignites a brawl. Houston police enter the fray. The donnybrook climaxes hostility that began when Mets outfielder Tommy Agee spiked Joe Morgan while sliding into second base. Amazingly, Rader stays in the contest and scores the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Dick Simpson. Larry Dierker bests Tom Seaver in the 4-3 victory.

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The Indianapolis Indians have two players hit for the cycle in a 12 – 5 win over Lehigh Valley in the International League. In the 8th inning, Kevin Newman completes a 5-for-5 day with a homer. Three batters later, Jacob Stallings hits his first triple in three years to complete his own cycle.

The Indianapolis Indians have two players hit for the cycle in a 12 – 5 win over Lehigh Valley in the International League. In the 8th inning, Kevin Newman completes a 5-for-5 day with a homer. Three batters later, Jacob Stallings hits his first triple in three years to complete his own cycle.

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On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout collects his 1,000th career hit, a line drive double into the left-field corner off Dylan Bundy in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Millville Meteor becomes the tenth American Leaguer to reach the milestone prior to his age-26 season.

On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout collects his 1,000th career hit, a line drive double into the left-field corner off Dylan Bundy in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Millville Meteor becomes the tenth American Leaguer to reach the milestone prior to his age-26 season.

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At a press conference, Alex Rodriguez announces that he will play his final game on August 12th and then retire with a year and half still left on his huge contract. A-Rod has been benched for the past month or so as his skills have badly eroded, and unless he goes on an unlikely power spree in his final week, will fall just short of 700 home runs, although he is still fourth on the all-time list. His announcement comes two days after teammate Mark Teixeira stated that he would retire at the end of the season.

At a press conference, Alex Rodriguez announces that he will play his final game on August 12th and then retire with a year and half still left on his huge contract. A-Rod has been benched for the past month or so as his skills have badly eroded, and unless he goes on an unlikely power spree in his final week, will fall just short of 700 home runs, although he is still fourth on the all-time list. His announcement comes two days after teammate Mark Teixeira stated that he would retire at the end of the season.

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Ichiro Suzuki of the Marlins becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club with a 7th-inning triple off Chris Rusin of the Rockies in a 10 – 7 Marlins win. What makes it more remarkable is that Ichiro did not collect his first major league hit until he was 27. He is only the second player to reach the milestone with a triple, after Paul Molitor, and the hit comes on the day when the last player to join the club before him, Alex Rodriguez, announced his retirement.

Ichiro Suzuki of the Marlins becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club with a 7th-inning triple off Chris Rusin of the Rockies in a 10 – 7 Marlins win. What makes it more remarkable is that Ichiro did not collect his first major league hit until he was 27. He is only the second player to reach the milestone with a triple, after Paul Molitor, and the hit comes on the day when the last player to join the club before him, Alex Rodriguez, announced his retirement.

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Manny Machado has a chance to make history as he bangs three homers in the first three innings of Baltimore’s 10 – 6 win over the White Sox, but he makes outs in his last three at-bats and has to settle for a 3-for-6 performance.

Manny Machado has a chance to make history as he bangs three homers in the first three innings of Baltimore’s 10 – 6 win over the White Sox, but he makes outs in his last three at-bats and has to settle for a 3-for-6 performance.

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The first triple play in Petco Park history takes place in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jabari Blash, with runners on first and second, hits a grounder to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who steps on the bag to begin 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple killing. The last triple play Philadelphia pulled off was accomplished single-handedly by Eric Bruntlett, who retired three Mets by himself in a 2009 contest at Citi Field.

The first triple play in Petco Park history takes place in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jabari Blash, with runners on first and second, hits a grounder to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who steps on the bag to begin 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple killing. The last triple play Philadelphia pulled off was accomplished single-handedly by Eric Bruntlett, who retired three Mets by himself in a 2009 contest at Citi Field.

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Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hitswhen he legs out a seventh inning triple in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 42 year-old center fielder joins Paul Molitor as the only other player to reach the milestone with a three-bagger.

Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hitswhen he legs out a seventh inning triple in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 42 year-old center fielder joins Paul Molitor as the only other player to reach the milestone with a three-bagger.

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At a crowded news conference, Yankee 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez announces he will play his final major league game against the Rays in the Bronx on August 12 before becoming a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41 year-old A-Rod, currently hitting .204, will end his career with 696 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714). “Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision and I’m at peace with it.” – ALEX RODRIGUEZ, announcing his retirement.

At a crowded news conference, Yankee 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez announces he will play his final major league game against the Rays in the Bronx on August 12 before becoming a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41 year-old A-Rod, currently hitting .204, will end his career with 696 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714). “Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision and I’m at peace with it.” – ALEX RODRIGUEZ, announcing his retirement.

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There are a couple of trades completed today, in spite of the trading deadline having passed a week ago: the Indians send veteran OFs Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Braves in return for IF Chris Johnson, and the Red Sox send 1B Mike Napoli back to Texas for a player to be named later.

There are a couple of trades completed today, in spite of the trading deadline having passed a week ago: the Indians send veteran OFs Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Braves in return for IF Chris Johnson, and the Red Sox send 1B Mike Napoli back to Texas for a player to be named later.

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The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

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The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

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The Rangers move into a tie for first place in the AL West when they beat the Angels, 10 – 3, for their 9th win their last 10 games. The Rangers steal seven bases as their two table-setters, Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus, reach base a combined 8 times and rack up 6 steals between them. The Rangers stole 6 bases yesterday, making them the second team since 1917 to steal six or more bases in consecutive games.

The Rangers move into a tie for first place in the AL West when they beat the Angels, 10 – 3, for their 9th win their last 10 games. The Rangers steal seven bases as their two table-setters, Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus, reach base a combined 8 times and rack up 6 steals between them. The Rangers stole 6 bases yesterday, making them the second team since 1917 to steal six or more bases in consecutive games.

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CF Roger Bernadina makes one of the best catches of the year to preserve Washington’s 3 – 2 win at Houston. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the 12th, Brett Wallace hits a ball to deep center. On a full run, Bernadina leaps to grab the ball, disappearing momentarily behind one of the pillars protruding in front of the visitors’ bullpen at Minute Maid Park, and emerges with the ball in his glove. Washington now has the best record in the majors at 67-43, a feat the team has not accomplished this late in a season since its predecessors the Montreal Expos were leading the majors at the start of the 1994 strike.

CF Roger Bernadina makes one of the best catches of the year to preserve Washington’s 3 – 2 win at Houston. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the 12th, Brett Wallace hits a ball to deep center. On a full run, Bernadina leaps to grab the ball, disappearing momentarily behind one of the pillars protruding in front of the visitors’ bullpen at Minute Maid Park, and emerges with the ball in his glove. Washington now has the best record in the majors at 67-43, a feat the team has not accomplished this late in a season since its predecessors the Montreal Expos were leading the majors at the start of the 1994 strike.

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The Red Sox win the rubber match of their three-game series against the Yankees, 3 – 2, to recapture first place by a game in front of New York in the AL East. Josh Reddick ends the game with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, after the Sox rally against Mariano Rivera to tie the game in the 9th. The Yankees take a 2 – 1 lead on homers by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner, but Marco Scutaro leads off the 9th with a double – his fourth hit of the game – then scores on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings. Also of note, Jorge Posada is benched tonight amid talk that his job as the Yankees’ starting DH may be in jeopardy.

The Red Sox win the rubber match of their three-game series against the Yankees, 3 – 2, to recapture first place by a game in front of New York in the AL East. Josh Reddick ends the game with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, after the Sox rally against Mariano Rivera to tie the game in the 9th. The Yankees take a 2 – 1 lead on homers by Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner, but Marco Scutaro leads off the 9th with a double – his fourth hit of the game – then scores on a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings. Also of note, Jorge Posada is benched tonight amid talk that his job as the Yankees’ starting DH may be in jeopardy.

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Dan Uggla extends his hitting streak to 28 games as the Braves defeat the Mets, 6 – 5. He has to wait until the 8th inning to deliver a single to keep the streak alive; his teammate Freddie Freeman is not so fortunate, as an 0-for-4 day ends his streak at 20 games. It is the first time a pair of teammates have had simultaneous 20-game streaks since Mickey Rivers and Al Oliver with the 1980 Texas Rangers. The real hero for the Braves, though, is the man Mets fans love to hate, Chipper Jones, who drives in the winning run with a 9th-inning single off Bobby Parnell.

Dan Uggla extends his hitting streak to 28 games as the Braves defeat the Mets, 6 – 5. He has to wait until the 8th inning to deliver a single to keep the streak alive; his teammate Freddie Freeman is not so fortunate, as an 0-for-4 day ends his streak at 20 games. It is the first time a pair of teammates have had simultaneous 20-game streaks since Mickey Rivers and Al Oliver with the 1980 Texas Rangers. The real hero for the Braves, though, is the man Mets fans love to hate, Chipper Jones, who drives in the winning run with a 9th-inning single off Bobby Parnell.

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James Shields ties a major league record for dingers allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers in the Rays’ 17-11 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. ‘Big Fly James’, in his four innings of work, yields homers to Aaron Hill (2), Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and J.P. Arencibia.

James Shields ties a major league record for dingers allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers in the Rays’ 17-11 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. ‘Big Fly James’, in his four innings of work, yields homers to Aaron Hill (2), Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and J.P. Arencibia.

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The Toronto Blue Jays, leading the majors in home runs, hit 8 in today’s 17 – 11 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. C J.P. Arencibia hits two in his major league debut, including one on the first pitch thrown to him in the 2nd inning; Aaron Hill also has two, and José Bautista hits his major league-leading 34th. Adam Lind, Lyle Overbay and Edwin Encarnacion complete the long ball barrage; Rays starter James Shields surrenders 6 of the homers, tying a modern record.

The Toronto Blue Jays, leading the majors in home runs, hit 8 in today’s 17 – 11 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. C J.P. Arencibia hits two in his major league debut, including one on the first pitch thrown to him in the 2nd inning; Aaron Hill also has two, and José Bautista hits his major league-leading 34th. Adam Lind, Lyle Overbay and Edwin Encarnacion complete the long ball barrage; Rays starter James Shields surrenders 6 of the homers, tying a modern record.

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In a 17-11 slugfest against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre, J.P. Arencibia becomes the 28th player to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The Blue Jays’ rookie catcher will also hit a double, a single, and another home run, finishing the contest just a triple shy of completing the cycle.

In a 17-11 slugfest against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre, J.P. Arencibia becomes the 28th player to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The Blue Jays’ rookie catcher will also hit a double, a single, and another home run, finishing the contest just a triple shy of completing the cycle.

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For the first time since May, the major leagues’ all-time save leader, Trevor Hoffman, gets the ball in a save situation. He disposes of the Astros in order on 8 pitches to preserve a 5 – 2 Brewers win for his 597th career save. Hoffman blew 5 of his first 10 save opportunities this year to earn relegation to the outer reaches of the Brewers’ bullpen, while rookie John Axford has pitched extremely well since taking over as the team’s closer. Randy Wolf is the winner and Rickie Weeks hits an inside-the-park homer leading off the game for Milwaukee.

For the first time since May, the major leagues’ all-time save leader, Trevor Hoffman, gets the ball in a save situation. He disposes of the Astros in order on 8 pitches to preserve a 5 – 2 Brewers win for his 597th career save. Hoffman blew 5 of his first 10 save opportunities this year to earn relegation to the outer reaches of the Brewers’ bullpen, while rookie John Axford has pitched extremely well since taking over as the team’s closer. Randy Wolf is the winner and Rickie Weeks hits an inside-the-park homer leading off the game for Milwaukee.

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Two days after learning that starting 1B Kevin Youkilis is done for the season with a thumb injury, the Red Sox sign veteran Carlos Delgado, who has not played at all this year, to a minor league contract. He will be assigned to AAA Pawtucket but will fail in his bid to return to the big leagues.

Two days after learning that starting 1B Kevin Youkilis is done for the season with a thumb injury, the Red Sox sign veteran Carlos Delgado, who has not played at all this year, to a minor league contract. He will be assigned to AAA Pawtucket but will fail in his bid to return to the big leagues.

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Cuba wins the 2010 World University Championship. Down 3 – 1 in the bottom of the 10th, Cuba rallies when Alfredo Despaigne hits a three-run homer off the USA’s Noe Ramirez. Japan, the host nation, wins the Bronze Medal, as five pitchers combine on a four-hit, 15-strikeout shutout of South Korea.

Cuba wins the 2010 World University Championship. Down 3 – 1 in the bottom of the 10th, Cuba rallies when Alfredo Despaigne hits a three-run homer off the USA’s Noe Ramirez. Japan, the host nation, wins the Bronze Medal, as five pitchers combine on a four-hit, 15-strikeout shutout of South Korea.

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The first Yankees-Red Sox game to go beyond 14 innings without a run being scored in the fabled rivalry between the American League clubs ends dramatically when Alex Rodriguez blasts a two-run walk-off homer in the 15th. A-Rod’s home run, the first the third baseman has hit since July 19th, ends the five-hour and 33 minute marathon.

The first Yankees-Red Sox game to go beyond 14 innings without a run being scored in the fabled rivalry between the American League clubs ends dramatically when Alex Rodriguez blasts a two-run walk-off homer in the 15th. A-Rod’s home run, the first the third baseman has hit since July 19th, ends the five-hour and 33 minute marathon.

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The Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a scoreless tie for 14 innings until Alex Rodriguez hits a game-winning home run in the 15th off Junichi Tazawa, making his major league debut, for a 2 – 0 Yankee win. Tazawa took the place of veteran John Smoltz, who was designated for assignment earlier in the day after being roughed up in yesterday’s 13 – 6 slugfest. Former Marlin teammates Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett set the tone for the game by pitching 7 and 7 2/3 scoreless innings respectively.

The Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a scoreless tie for 14 innings until Alex Rodriguez hits a game-winning home run in the 15th off Junichi Tazawa, making his major league debut, for a 2 – 0 Yankee win. Tazawa took the place of veteran John Smoltz, who was designated for assignment earlier in the day after being roughed up in yesterday’s 13 – 6 slugfest. Former Marlin teammates Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett set the tone for the game by pitching 7 and 7 2/3 scoreless innings respectively.

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The first Yankees-Red Sox game to go beyond 14 innings without a run being scored in the fabled rivalry between the American League clubs ends dramatically when Alex Rodriguez blasts a two-run walk-off homer in the 15th. A-Rod’s home run, the first the third baseman has hit since July 19th, ends the five-hour and 33 minute marathon.

The first Yankees-Red Sox game to go beyond 14 innings without a run being scored in the fabled rivalry between the American League clubs ends dramatically when Alex Rodriguez blasts a two-run walk-off homer in the 15th. A-Rod’s home run, the first the third baseman has hit since July 19th, ends the five-hour and 33 minute marathon.

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Barry Bonds hits his 756th home run in the major leagues, breaking Hank Aaron’s record. The decisive blow comes off Mike Bacsik Jr., whose father had faced Aaron after his last major league home run. Felipe Lopez goes 3 for 4 with the game-deciding double as Kevin Correia falls to 1-6 and Chris Schroder gets the win. Bonds has a 3-for-3 day with 3 runs.

Barry Bonds hits his 756th home run in the major leagues, breaking Hank Aaron’s record. The decisive blow comes off Mike Bacsik Jr., whose father had faced Aaron after his last major league home run. Felipe Lopez goes 3 for 4 with the game-deciding double as Kevin Correia falls to 1-6 and Chris Schroder gets the win. Bonds has a 3-for-3 day with 3 runs.

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In front of a very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connects on a 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message is played on the scoreboard in which Hammerin’ Hank congratulates the Giants’ left fielder for breaking the 31 year-old record.

In front of a very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connects on a 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message is played on the scoreboard in which Hammerin’ Hank congratulates the Giants’ left fielder for breaking the 31 year-old record.

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The Diamondbacks trade a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock, to the Nationals for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez (9-8, 5.34). Washington had put the 31 year-old Cuban on waivers with the hopes of making a deal with any team, but Arizona blocked that option as it tries to stay in the hunt in the NL West.

The Diamondbacks trade a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock, to the Nationals for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez (9-8, 5.34). Washington had put the 31 year-old Cuban on waivers with the hopes of making a deal with any team, but Arizona blocked that option as it tries to stay in the hunt in the NL West.

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In the battle of the Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor is victorious when he defeats Carlos and the Cubs at Shea Stadium, 6-1. In addition to sharing the same last name, the two Venezuelan pitchers, who are not related, also wear the same number (38), enter the game with the same number of career wins (41), play for teams which started the series with the same record (54-54), as well as being both switch hitters and throwing right-handed.

In the battle of the Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor is victorious when he defeats Carlos and the Cubs at Shea Stadium, 6-1. In addition to sharing the same last name, the two Venezuelan pitchers, who are not related, also wear the same number (38), enter the game with the same number of career wins (41), play for teams which started the series with the same record (54-54), as well as being both switch hitters and throwing right-handed.

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On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, who have also been honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.

On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, who have also been honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.

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On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, who have also been honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.

On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, who have also been honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.

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In less than a masterful performance, Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38 year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau and many believe may be the last to reach this coveted milestone.

In less than a masterful performance, Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38 year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau and many believe may be the last to reach this coveted milestone.

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Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.

Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.

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Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season, established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds’ side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.

Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season, established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds’ side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.

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Fireballer Eric Gagné ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodgers closer strikes out the Reds side in the 9th inning for his 38th save this season, and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.

Fireballer Eric Gagné ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodgers closer strikes out the Reds side in the 9th inning for his 38th save this season, and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.

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Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.

Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.

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After piloting the club to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper, Clint Hurdle is given a two-year contract extension by the Rockies. The club’s former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who was fired by Colorado near the end of April.

After piloting the club to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper, Clint Hurdle is given a two-year contract extension by the Rockies. The club’s former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who was fired by Colorado near the end of April.

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