Tag: July 26

2006 – Craig Biggio smacks the 50th leadoff homer of his career in an 8-5 victory over the Reds. Lance Berkman goes deep twice and drives in four. Berkman’s 91 RBIs lead the league. However, the floundering Astros sit five games under .500, five games out of the wild card race and with five teams in between Houston and Cincinnati. 

2006 – Craig Biggio smacks the 50th leadoff homer of his career in an 8-5 victory over the Reds. Lance Berkman goes deep twice and drives in four. Berkman’s 91 RBIs lead the league. However, the floundering Astros sit five games under .500, five games out of the wild card race and with five teams in between Houston and Cincinnati. 

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1976 – As it ought to be. The 1,000th game in Astrodome history is a 7-0 shutout over San Diego as Larry Dierker spins a two-hitter. Bob Watson paces the offense with a home run and three runs batted in. 

1976 – As it ought to be. The 1,000th game in Astrodome history is a 7-0 shutout over San Diego as Larry Dierker spins a two-hitter. Bob Watson paces the offense with a home run and three runs batted in. 

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1974 – Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder’s choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category. 

1974 – Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder’s choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category. 

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1963 – Bob Aspromonte hits another home run for blinded Bill Bradley who is able to watch this grand slam that beats the Mets, 7-3 . After three operations in two years, Bradley’s sight is restored, allowing him to see the promised homer and to see his hero point to him as he rounded the bases. The blast capped a seven-run first inning which was all Turk Farrell needed to chalk up the victory.

1963 – Bob Aspromonte hits another home run for blinded Bill Bradley who is able to watch this grand slam that beats the Mets, 7-3 . After three operations in two years, Bradley’s sight is restored, allowing him to see the promised homer and to see his hero point to him as he rounded the bases. The blast capped a seven-run first inning which was all Turk Farrell needed to chalk up the victory.

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The Phillies tie a team record by hitting 7 homers in a 9 – 4 win over the Reds. Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all hit two homers, and Carlos Santana adds another long ball as the Phils have won 5 of 7 since the All-Star Game and have built a lead of 2 1/2 games over the second-place Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies tie a team record by hitting 7 homers in a 9 – 4 win over the Reds. Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all hit two homers, and Carlos Santana adds another long ball as the Phils have won 5 of 7 since the All-Star Game and have built a lead of 2 1/2 games over the second-place Braves in the NL East.

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A number of trades take place with the deadline approaching. The Rangers send P Cole Hamels to the Cubs in return for two prospects and a player to be named later. The Braves repatriate reliever Jonny Venters from the Rays in exchange for international bonus money, and the Yankees add P J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays, sending IF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney in return.

A number of trades take place with the deadline approaching. The Rangers send P Cole Hamels to the Cubs in return for two prospects and a player to be named later. The Braves repatriate reliever Jonny Venters from the Rays in exchange for international bonus money, and the Yankees add P J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays, sending IF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney in return.

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With three days still to play, Puerto Rico locks up Gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games; it is their third Gold, tying the Dominican Republic for second behind Cuba’s 12. Trailing host Colombia 1 – 0 after 7 innings, Puerto Rico improves to 5-0 as Ozzie Martínez singles off Ernesto Frieri to score pinch-runner Brian Ortiz in the 8th (Ortiz had run for Wilfredo Rodríguez-Chevere). Randy Ruiz drives in Martínez with the winner. Adalberto Flores and Fernando Cruz pitch very well for Puerto Rico. No other team is better than 3-2 and Puerto Rico has already beaten both 3-2 teams (Colombia and Cuba).

With three days still to play, Puerto Rico locks up Gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games; it is their third Gold, tying the Dominican Republic for second behind Cuba’s 12. Trailing host Colombia 1 – 0 after 7 innings, Puerto Rico improves to 5-0 as Ozzie Martínez singles off Ernesto Frieri to score pinch-runner Brian Ortiz in the 8th (Ortiz had run for Wilfredo Rodríguez-Chevere). Randy Ruiz drives in Martínez with the winner. Adalberto Flores and Fernando Cruz pitch very well for Puerto Rico. No other team is better than 3-2 and Puerto Rico has already beaten both 3-2 teams (Colombia and Cuba).

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The Marlins defeat the Rangers, 22 – 10, to set a franchise record for runs; the 32 combined runs are also the most in a game this season. Dee Gordon starts off the game with a homer off Yu Darvish, who gives up 10 runs in less than four innings, while Christian Yelich goes 4-for-5 with a homer and three doubles. For Texas, Adrian Beltre homers and hits two doubles to move with four hits of the 3,000 mark, but he is ejected by umpire Gerry Davis in the 8th for dragging the large plastic mat marking the on-deck circle closer to home plate; his manager, Jeff Banister, is also tossed for coming to his defence.

The Marlins defeat the Rangers, 22 – 10, to set a franchise record for runs; the 32 combined runs are also the most in a game this season. Dee Gordon starts off the game with a homer off Yu Darvish, who gives up 10 runs in less than four innings, while Christian Yelich goes 4-for-5 with a homer and three doubles. For Texas, Adrian Beltre homers and hits two doubles to move with four hits of the 3,000 mark, but he is ejected by umpire Gerry Davis in the 8th for dragging the large plastic mat marking the on-deck circle closer to home plate; his manager, Jeff Banister, is also tossed for coming to his defence.

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The Royals, who have been among the hottest teams in the majors since May, also put up a big score, defeating Detroit, 16 – 2, for their 8th straight win. Eric Hosmer leads the charge with 5 hits including a grand slam; he has six RBIs and scores four times.

The Royals, who have been among the hottest teams in the majors since May, also put up a big score, defeating Detroit, 16 – 2, for their 8th straight win. Eric Hosmer leads the charge with 5 hits including a grand slam; he has six RBIs and scores four times.

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The Blue Jays acquire OF Melvin Upton from San Diego for P Hansel Rodriguez. The Jays also sent embattled reliever Drew Storen to the Mariners in return for Joaquin Benoit, who has also been struggling badly of late.

The Blue Jays acquire OF Melvin Upton from San Diego for P Hansel Rodriguez. The Jays also sent embattled reliever Drew Storen to the Mariners in return for Joaquin Benoit, who has also been struggling badly of late.

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Four players, all elected by the BBWAA, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the Class of 2015: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, all elected on their first presence on the ballot, and 2B Craig Biggio. Martinez steals the show by dancing on stage and entertaining the large contingent of visitors from the Dominican Republic who have come to witness his induction.

Four players, all elected by the BBWAA, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the Class of 2015: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, all elected on their first presence on the ballot, and 2B Craig Biggio. Martinez steals the show by dancing on stage and entertaining the large contingent of visitors from the Dominican Republic who have come to witness his induction.

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The Gold Medal game in the women’s portion of the 2015 Pan American Games is held. It is the first Pan American Games to include women’s baseball. The women’s Gold, like the men’s, comes down to the USA and host Canada. In a reverse of the men’s field, the USA beats Canada 11 – 3. Stacy Piagno gets the win in relief, while Vanessa Riopel takes the loss. Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drive in three, Samantha Cobb scores three runs and Jenna Marston raps three hits for the historic US win.

The Gold Medal game in the women’s portion of the 2015 Pan American Games is held. It is the first Pan American Games to include women’s baseball. The women’s Gold, like the men’s, comes down to the USA and host Canada. In a reverse of the men’s field, the USA beats Canada 11 – 3. Stacy Piagno gets the win in relief, while Vanessa Riopel takes the loss. Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drive in three, Samantha Cobb scores three runs and Jenna Marston raps three hits for the historic US win.

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The Royals acquire Reds pitching ace Johnny Cueto in a trade for three pitching prospects, Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Cueto will prove key to the Royals winning their first World Series title in three decades.

The Royals acquire Reds pitching ace Johnny Cueto in a trade for three pitching prospects, Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Cueto will prove key to the Royals winning their first World Series title in three decades.

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he Hall of Fame announces a change in voting rules, as players will now be able to stay on the BBWAA ballot for a maximum of 10 and not 15 years

The Hall of Fame announces a change in voting rules, as players will now be able to stay on the BBWAA ballot for a maximum of 10 and not 15 years, as long as they meet the minimum 5% threshold. The move is designed to prevent the ballot from becoming overly crowded because of players tainted by steroids staying on the ballot for years on end with no realistic chance of election, but drawing votes away from more legitimate candidates. However, a number of inductees with an untainted record have had to wait over 10 years for election in recent years, such as Jim Rice, Bert Blyleven or Andre Dawson, making it likely that the rule change will have the effect of also squeezing out some worthy candidates.

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The Giants acquire P Jake Peavy from the Red Sox in return for minor leaguers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar, in a clear indication that Boston has given up any hope of defending last year’s Championship title.

The Giants acquire P Jake Peavy from the Red Sox in return for minor leaguers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar, in a clear indication that Boston has given up any hope of defending last year’s Championship title.

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The Yankees repatriate OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, in return for minor league P Corey Black. Soriano plays DH and bats clean-up in tonight’s game against the Rays, but goes 0-for-5 as the Yankees lose, 10 – 6. Tampa Bay’s win, combined with Boston’s loss to the Orioles, puts the Rays in first place in the AL East for the first time since April 6th.

The Yankees repatriate OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, in return for minor league P Corey Black. Soriano plays DH and bats clean-up in tonight’s game against the Rays, but goes 0-for-5 as the Yankees lose, 10 – 6. Tampa Bay’s win, combined with Boston’s loss to the Orioles, puts the Rays in first place in the AL East for the first time since April 6th.

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Tadahito Iguchi becomes the 4th new member of the meikyukai this season, taking Masahiro Tanaka deep for his 2,000th hit in MLB and NPB combined. Iguchi is only the fifth player to get 2,000 hits between the two leagues, following Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui and Norihiro Nakamura.

Tadahito Iguchi becomes the 4th new member of the meikyukai this season, taking Masahiro Tanaka deep for his 2,000th hit in MLB and NPB combined. Iguchi is only the fifth player to get 2,000 hits between the two leagues, following Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui and Norihiro Nakamura.

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Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat against St. Louis in 1961.

Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat against St. Louis in 1961.

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Matt Harvey establishes a Mets record for strikeouts in his major league debut when he fans 11 batters in the team’s 3-1 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, the rookie right-hander gives up three hits, while collecting two hits in the batter’s box.

Matt Harvey establishes a Mets record for strikeouts in his major league debut when he fans 11 batters in the team’s 3-1 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, the rookie right-hander gives up three hits, while collecting two hits in the batter’s box.

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Matt Harvey strikes out 11 Diamondback hitters in his major league debut, beating the Mets franchise record of 9 held by Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy; it is the most in a debut since Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 for the Nationals two years ago. Harvey allows no runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, before leaving because of pitch count issues; for good measure, he also goes 2 for 2 at the plate, with a double off Wade Miley for his first major league hit. He gets credit for the Mets’ 3 – 1 win at Chase Field.

Matt Harvey strikes out 11 Diamondback hitters in his major league debut, beating the Mets franchise record of 9 held by Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy; it is the most in a debut since Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 for the Nationals two years ago. Harvey allows no runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, before leaving because of pitch count issues; for good measure, he also goes 2 for 2 at the plate, with a double off Wade Miley for his first major league hit. He gets credit for the Mets’ 3 – 1 win at Chase Field.

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Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte homers on the first pitch of the game in his big league debut (only the third Pirate ever to do so), going yard against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. Pittsburgh goes on to a 5 – 3 win as A.J. Burnett improves to 12-3. Marte adds another hit before the night is through.

Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte homers on the first pitch of the game in his big league debut (only the third Pirate ever to do so), going yard against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. Pittsburgh goes on to a 5 – 3 win as A.J. Burnett improves to 12-3. Marte adds another hit before the night is through.

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The Braves beat the Pirates, 4 – 3, in 19 innings in a game that ends on a very controversial play. After 6 hours and 39 minutes of play at Turner Field, Braves P Scott Proctor grounds to Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez; Julio Lugotakes off from third base and Alvarez’s throw to C Michael McKenry easily beats him to the plate, however umpire Jerry Meals calls him safe with the winning run. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle argues vociferously, and even though television replays show that Lugo was tagged out, the run is allowed to stand. Daniel McCutchen is the unlucky loser, in spite of giving up only that run in 5 1/3 innings as neither team scores after the 3rd inning until the deciding run. It is the longest game by time in both teams’ history. Immediately after the game, the Pirates launch a formal complaint about the disputed call to the Commissioner’s office. Tomorrow, both Meals and MLB Vice-President Joe Torre will acknowledge that the call was wrong, but that it will not be reversed. The tough loss marks the beginning of the end for the Bucs, who have been playing above .500 and battling for first place in the NL Central: on July 29th, they will start an 11-game losing streak and tumble well out of contention.

The Braves beat the Pirates, 4 – 3, in 19 innings in a game that ends on a very controversial play. After 6 hours and 39 minutes of play at Turner Field, Braves P Scott Proctor grounds to Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez; Julio Lugotakes off from third base and Alvarez’s throw to C Michael McKenry easily beats him to the plate, however umpire Jerry Meals calls him safe with the winning run. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle argues vociferously, and even though television replays show that Lugo was tagged out, the run is allowed to stand. Daniel McCutchen is the unlucky loser, in spite of giving up only that run in 5 1/3 innings as neither team scores after the 3rd inning until the deciding run. It is the longest game by time in both teams’ history. Immediately after the game, the Pirates launch a formal complaint about the disputed call to the Commissioner’s office. Tomorrow, both Meals and MLB Vice-President Joe Torre will acknowledge that the call was wrong, but that it will not be reversed. The tough loss marks the beginning of the end for the Bucs, who have been playing above .500 and battling for first place in the NL Central: on July 29th, they will start an 11-game losing streak and tumble well out of contention.

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Two players extend their hitting streaks into interesting territory today. Emilio Bonifacio of the Marlins reaches 24 games with a single off Jordan Zimmermann in his team’s 11 – 2 win at Washington, and Boston’s newly clean-shaven Dustin Pedroia extends his streak to 23 games with a 4-for-5 night against the Royals as the Red Sox come out on top in a slugfest, 13 – 9.

Two players extend their hitting streaks into interesting territory today. Emilio Bonifacio of the Marlins reaches 24 games with a single off Jordan Zimmermann in his team’s 11 – 2 win at Washington, and Boston’s newly clean-shaven Dustin Pedroia extends his streak to 23 games with a 4-for-5 night against the Royals as the Red Sox come out on top in a slugfest, 13 – 9.

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Joe Mauer goes 5 for 5 and drives in 7 runs as the Twins rout Zack Greinke and the Royals, 19 – 1. Danny Valencia also has a night to remember, going 4 for 4 and hitting a grand slam for his first major league homer.

Joe Mauer goes 5 for 5 and drives in 7 runs as the Twins rout Zack Greinke and the Royals, 19 – 1. Danny Valencia also has a night to remember, going 4 for 4 and hitting a grand slam for his first major league homer.

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Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, who is promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander’s 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams to be involved in three no-hitters in the same season.

Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, who is promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander’s 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams to be involved in three no-hitters in the same season.

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Matt Garza pitches the first no-hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise, blanking the Tigers, 5 – 0. He is helped by a great over-the-shoulder catch by Ben Zobrist in the 3rd inning. The only baserunner is Brennan Boesch, who draws a 2nd-inning walk but is erased in a double play. Matt Joyce hits a 6th-inning grand slam for the Rays, the first hit allowed by Detroit’s Max Scherzer. Tampa Bay had been no-hit twice this season – by Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson – and has now featured in three of this year’s five no-nos.

Matt Garza pitches the first no-hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise, blanking the Tigers, 5 – 0. He is helped by a great over-the-shoulder catch by Ben Zobrist in the 3rd inning. The only baserunner is Brennan Boesch, who draws a 2nd-inning walk but is erased in a double play. Matt Joyce hits a 6th-inning grand slam for the Rays, the first hit allowed by Detroit’s Max Scherzer. Tampa Bay had been no-hit twice this season – by Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson – and has now featured in three of this year’s five no-nos.

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Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. Gordon is the first player to be voted in by the Veterans Committee since its rules were reformulated following the controversial election of Bill Mazeroski in 2001.

Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. Gordon is the first player to be voted in by the Veterans Committee since its rules were reformulated following the controversial election of Bill Mazeroski in 2001.

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The White team beats the Red, 6 – 5, in the CPBL All-Star Game. Chih-Sheng Lin, fresh off a home run derby title, hits a three-run homer off Ko-Chien Lin to pick up MVP honors. Wei-Lun Pan gets the win.

The White team beats the Red, 6 – 5, in the CPBL All-Star Game. Chih-Sheng Lin, fresh off a home run derby title, hits a three-run homer off Ko-Chien Lin to pick up MVP honors. Wei-Lun Pan gets the win.

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The Pirates send .330-hitting Xavier Nady and interim closer Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Ps Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens and injured OF prospect José Tabata. The Pirates are in desperate need of pitching depth with injuries to Phil Dumatrait and Matt Capps, the struggles of Ian Snell, Matt Morris and Tom Gorzelanny, ineffective call-ups Yoslan Herrera and John Van Benschoten, and an empty minor league cupboard, while the Yankees need help for the pennant run, being in third place in the AL East. Nady is considered unlikely to re-sign with Pittsburgh.

The Pirates send .330-hitting Xavier Nady and interim closer Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Ps Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens and injured OF prospect José Tabata. The Pirates are in desperate need of pitching depth with injuries to Phil Dumatrait and Matt Capps, the struggles of Ian Snell, Matt Morris and Tom Gorzelanny, ineffective call-ups Yoslan Herrera and John Van Benschoten, and an empty minor league cupboard, while the Yankees need help for the pennant run, being in third place in the AL East. Nady is considered unlikely to re-sign with Pittsburgh.

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The Dodgers, dissatisfied with young third basemen Blake DeWitt and Andy LaRoche, pick up Casey Blake from the Indians for Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan. Cleveland then acquires former World Series star Anthony Reyes from the Cardinals for Luis Perdomo.

The Dodgers, dissatisfied with young third basemen Blake DeWitt and Andy LaRoche, pick up Casey Blake from the Indians for Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan. Cleveland then acquires former World Series star Anthony Reyes from the Cardinals for Luis Perdomo.

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Garret Anderson becomes the first player in Angels franchise history to score 1,000 runs. Los Angeles tops the Orioles, 11 – 6. The big star of the day is Torii Hunter, in his second day back from bereavement leave. Hunter homers twice, singles once, walks twice, scores four and drives in five to lead the charge.

Garret Anderson becomes the first player in Angels franchise history to score 1,000 runs. Los Angeles tops the Orioles, 11 – 6. The big star of the day is Torii Hunter, in his second day back from bereavement leave. Hunter homers twice, singles once, walks twice, scores four and drives in five to lead the charge.

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John Lannan has a rough major league debut, being ejected in the 5th inning by Hunter Wendelstedt after hitting Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in back-to-back appearances. Utley, among the National League leaders in doubles (1st), runs (2nd), total bases (2nd) and OPS (5th), is diagnosed with a broken right hand after the game. To make up for his absence, Philadelphia will trade for Tadahito Iguchi a day later.

John Lannan has a rough major league debut, being ejected in the 5th inning by Hunter Wendelstedt after hitting Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in back-to-back appearances. Utley, among the National League leaders in doubles (1st), runs (2nd), total bases (2nd) and OPS (5th), is diagnosed with a broken right hand after the game. To make up for his absence, Philadelphia will trade for Tadahito Iguchi a day later.

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After waiting through a 2-hour 43-minutes rain delay in Atlanta to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the 3rd inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historic victim of the crafty 39-year old Braves right-hander.

After waiting through a 2-hour 43-minutes rain delay in Atlanta to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the 3rd inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historic victim of the crafty 39-year old Braves right-hander.

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Rookie pitcher Chris George, 21, becomes the first lefthander to start for Kansas City in 239 games. He loses to the Mariners, 4 – 0. The winner is Joel Pineiro, who allows one hit in six innings to win his first major league decision.

Rookie pitcher Chris George, 21, becomes the first lefthander to start for Kansas City in 239 games. He loses to the Mariners, 4 – 0. The winner is Joel Pineiro, who allows one hit in six innings to win his first major league decision.

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The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 8 – 1, as David Wells wins his major league-leading 16th game. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, despite striking out the first six batters to face him to tie Bob Feller’s team record.

The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 8 – 1, as David Wells wins his major league-leading 16th game. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, despite striking out the first six batters to face him to tie Bob Feller’s team record.

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The Dodgers re-obtain oft-injured pitcher Ismael Valdes from the Cubs for minor leaguers Jamie Arnold and Jorge Piedra. The Dodgers swapped Valdes to the Cubs last year. Piedra was a top prospect in 1998, hitting .383 at Great Falls, while reaching base in 54 straight games.

The Dodgers re-obtain oft-injured pitcher Ismael Valdes from the Cubs for minor leaguers Jamie Arnold and Jorge Piedra. The Dodgers swapped Valdes to the Cubs last year. Piedra was a top prospect in 1998, hitting .383 at Great Falls, while reaching base in 54 straight games.

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The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Next season, the 33 year-old right-hander will play a major role in Arizona’s world championship, posting a 22-6 record while hurling a league-leading 256.2 innings for his new team.

The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Next season, the 33 year-old right-hander will play a major role in Arizona’s world championship, posting a 22-6 record while hurling a league-leading 256.2 innings for his new team.

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The Diamondbacks bring up Mexican star Erubiel Durazo, 25, to replace slumping 1B Travis Lee. Durazo, whose contract was purchased from the Monterrey Sultans last December after he hit .350, tore up the minors (AAEl Paso Diablos, .403, 14 home run in 64 games; AAA Tucson Sidewinders, .407, 10 home run, 30 G). He’ll do the same in the National League hitting .329, with 11 homers, in 52 games.

The Diamondbacks bring up Mexican star Erubiel Durazo, 25, to replace slumping 1B Travis Lee. Durazo, whose contract was purchased from the Monterrey Sultans last December after he hit .350, tore up the minors (AAEl Paso Diablos, .403, 14 home run in 64 games; AAA Tucson Sidewinders, .407, 10 home run, 30 G). He’ll do the same in the National League hitting .329, with 11 homers, in 52 games.

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Major League umpires file suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, PA for the right to withdraw their mass resignations. So far, 14 of the 56 umps who “resigned” have withdrawn their resignations. Resignations from nine of the American League umps are accepted by the league.

Major League umpires file suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, PA for the right to withdraw their mass resignations. So far, 14 of the 56 umps who “resigned” have withdrawn their resignations. Resignations from nine of the American League umps are accepted by the league.

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