Thursday, July 6
Boston at Tampa Bay (7:15 p.m. EDT). Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox is 6-0 lifetime with a 2.08 ERA at Tropicana Field.
SAVE OF THE DAY
Billy Wagner earned his 300th save in the New York Mets' 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Wagner is the 20th pitcher to reach 300 saves.
Minnesota's 7-2 loss to Kansas City Tuesday night ended the Twins' 11-game winning streak. It was the Twins' longest streak since winning 11 in a row from Sept. 13-24, 2003. ... The Cardinals ended a seven-game road skid, beating Atlanta 6-3.
Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games during Minnesota's 7-2 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday night. He has hit safely in 23 of 24 games.
"When I go out to the mound I always think in my head and my heart that I'm going to win. Wouldn't it be great if I never lost? That would make for some story." - Jose Contreras, who led the White Sox to a 13-0 victory over the Orioles. Contreras won his 17th straight decision, pitching 6 2-3 scoreless innings.
1929 - The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs.
1933 - The first major league All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The AL, managed by Connie Mack, defeated the NL, managed by John McGraw, 4-2 on Babe Ruth's two-run homer.
1938 - Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee and Mace Brown combined to limit the AL to one run and seven hits as the NL won the All-Star game 4-1 at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees absorbed his first defeat in four All-Star starts.
1942 - The AL beat the NL 3-1 in the All-Star game at the Polo Grounds on first-inning home runs by Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians and Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. York's shot came with a man on base.
1949 - Walker Cooper of Cincinnati went 6-for-7, including three home runs and drove in 10 runs, against Chicago at Crosley Field. Cooper also had three singles and scored five times to lead the Reds to a 23-4 rout of the Cubs.
1966 - Boog Powell of the Baltimore Orioles knocked in 11 runs in a doubleheader against the Kansas City A's to tie an AL record. In the first game, Powell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs as the Orioles won 11-0. Powell had four RBIs in the nightcap.
1983 - On the 50th anniversary of the All-Star game, Fred Lynn's grand slam off Atlee Hammaker, the first in All-Star competition, capped a record seven-run third inning. The AL also set a one-game record for runs in a 13-3 victory that ended an 11-game NL winning streak. Chicago's Comiskey Park was the site, as it was for the first All-Star game in 1933.
2000 - Keith McDonald of the St. Louis Cardinals became the second player in major league history to homer in his first two at-bats, connecting in the second inning of a 12-6 loss to Cincinnati.
2005 - Florida pitchers retired 28 consecutive batters from the third inning on and set a team record with 22 strikeouts in a 12-inning, 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. A.J. Burnett matched his career high and the individual club record with 14 strikeouts in six innings.