Originally created 07/04/06

Baseball Today



SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, July 4

Toronto at Texas (8:05 p.m. EDT). Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays looks for his 11th win of the season.

STARS

Sunday

-Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in a 16-7 victory over the Mets.

-Francisco Liriano, Twins, pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out a career-high 12 in Minnesota's 8-0 win over Milwaukee.

-Eric Munson, Astros, went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs in a 9-5 win over the Rangers.

-Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, pitched a four-hitter and Arizona beat Oakland 3-1.

-Albert Pujols, Cardinals, went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs to lead St. Louis past Kansas City 9-7.

DOMINATING

Boston and Minnesota went 16-2 against the NL this season following victories on Sunday, tying the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the highest win total in interleague history. The Red Sox beat Florida 4-3 and the Twins shutout Milwaukee 8-0.

GOOD COMPANY

Houston's Craig Biggio passed Babe Ruth for 36th on the career hits list with an RBI single in a 9-5 win over the Rangers. The scrappy second baseman who has spent his 19 major league seasons with Houston has 2,874 career hits.

STREAKING

Minnesota won its 10th in a row, 18th of 19 after a 8-0 shutout of Milwaukee on Sunday. Francisco Liriano won his fifth straight start and hasn't lost since June 6th at Seattle.

STARTING STRONG

Kevin Youkilis and Hanley Ramirez hit leadoff home runs Sunday in Boston's 4-3 win over Florida, the first time in exactly one year such a thing happened. Orlando Palmeiro and Felipe Lopez did it for Houston and Cincinnati on July 2, 2005.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

David Ross hit two homers in Cincinnati's 6-3 loss to Cleveland Sunday. ... Juan Uribe drove in four runs but the White Sox lost to the Cubs 15-11. ... Barry Zito gave up just one earned run in 8 2-3 innings in Oakland's 3-1 loss to Arizona. ... Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a homer and triple, but Seattle lost 4-3 in 11 innings to Colorado.

SNAPPED

Philadelphia snapped Toronto's five-game winning streak with a 11-6 win on Sunday. ... Chris Young's four-game winning streak ended with San Diego's 6-2 loss to San Francisco. He hadn't lost since May 24 against Atlanta.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Angel Pagan turned 25 on Sunday and hit his first two home runs of the season in the Chicago Cubs' 15-11 win over the White Sox.

SPEAKING

"It's crazy to me that I'm doing it. Joe DiMaggio got a 56-game hitting streak. How sick is that? (Barry) Bonds, (Derek) Jeter, those guys who hit .300, they walk a lot. I've never walked a lot." - Los Angeles Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera, after reaching base in his 59th straight game in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Sunday. Cabrera's streak is the longest since Ted Williams reached in a major-league record 84 games in 1960.

SEASONS

July 4

1905 - The Philadelphia Athletics scored two runs in the 20th inning, giving Rube Waddell a 4-2 victory over Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers went the distance. Young did not allow a walk.

1908 - George Wiltse of the New York Giants pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.

1912 - George Mullin of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns.

1925 - Two of the great left-handers, Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the Athletics, squared off in a duel in which New York won 1-0 in 15 innings. Pennock gave up four hits and walked none.

1939 - Jim Tabor of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 18-12 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader.

1976 - The Phillies' Tim McCarver lost a grand slam when he passed Garry Maddox on the basepaths. The Phillies still beat the Pirates 10-5 at Pittsburgh.

1983 - Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

1984 - Phil Niekro of the New York Yankees struck out five Texas Rangers to become the ninth player to pass the 3,000 strikeout plateau. No. 3,000 was Larry Parrish.

1984 - The New York Mets beat the Braves, 16-13, in 19 innings at Atlanta. The game lasted until just before 4 a.m. on July 5, and was followed by a fireworks display for the 10,000 fans left. The Braves tied the score 13-13 on a homer by pitcher Rick Camp in the 18th inning.

2000 - St. Louis' Keith McDonald homered in his first major league at-bat, helping the Cardinals defeat Cincinnati 14-3.