Originally created 08/04/06

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SCOREBOARD

Friday, Aug. 4

Chicago White Sox at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EDT). White Sox right-hander Jon Garland (11-3) has won his last seven decisions.

STARS

Wednesday

-Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees, threw eight shutout innings to win his fifth straight start in New York's 7-2 win over Toronto.

-Moises Alou, Giants, homered, hit a two-run double and singled in another run in San Francisco's 8-6 victory over Washington.

-Byung-Hyun Kim, Rockies, allowed only one run over a career-high eight innings to help Colorado beat Milwaukee 8-2.

-Mark Teixeira, Rangers, homered twice to help Texas beat Minnesota 10-2.

-Jimmy Rollins, Phillies, homered twice, including his 16th career leadoff blast, drove in four and scored a career-high five runs in Philadelphia's 16-8 rout of St. Louis.

-Craig Biggio, Astros, hit two home runs in Houston's 7-1 victory at San Diego.

THE CHASE CONTINUES

Philadelphia's Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 34 games when the official scorer changed his initial call and gave him an infield hit in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 16-8 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night. Utley, batting .328 overall, is tied with Benito Santiago (1987) for the eighth-longest streak in NL history.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs in Washington's 8-6 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday. ... Miguel Cabrera hit a homer and drove in four runs, but Florida lost to the New York Mets 6-5.

SLUMPING

Florida rookie Ricky Nolasco gave up five runs - four earned - over two innings in a 6-5 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday. He has lost all three of his starts against the Mets this year with an ERA of 21.13. His ERA against all other teams is 2.76. ... Tampa Bay is 5-14 since the All-Star break and dropped to a season-low 20 games under .500 after a 8-3 loss to Detroit. ... Jeff Weaver allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings in St. Louis' 16-8 loss to Philadelphia. Weaver has given up 18 runs and 32 hits in 18 2-3 innings with the Cardinals.

SNAPPED

San Francisco ended its longest losing streak in 10 years with an 8-6 victory over Washington on Wednesday. The Giants' nine-game losing streak was their longest since dropping 10 in a row from June 21-30, 1996.

STREAKING

Los Angeles has won five straight after a 5-3 victory at Cincinnati on Wednesday. ... The New York Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games with their 7-2 victory over Toronto.

SIDELINED

Catcher Mike Matheny has made little progress in his recovery from a concussion and will not play again this season for San Francisco. The 35-year-old Matheny, who is on the 60-day disabled list, has been sidelined since May 31 and is still experiencing "fogginess," memory loss, dizzy spells and headaches.

NO SURGERY

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood has decided against having surgery to repair his injured right shoulder. Wood made just four starts this season following shoulder surgery on Aug. 31 and will miss the rest of the year with a partially torn rotator cuff. He hopes to come back next season as a reliever.

SCARY SITUATION

San Diego Padres right-hander Chan Ho Park is expected to have a transfusion on Thursday to treat intestinal bleeding that led him to lose half his blood volume. The bleeding spontaneously stopped but the Padres aren't sure what caused it.

SPEAKING

"It would be better if I could just throw nine pitches and get three guys out every time, but it doesn't seem to work like that. I don't know why." - Mets closer Billy Wagner after he put the first two runners on in the ninth, but struck out the side to earn his 23rd save of the season in a 6-5 win over Florida on Wednesday. Wagner blew the save Tuesday night when he gave up a game-winning, two-run homer to Josh Willingham.

SEASONS

Aug. 4

1910 - Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia A's and Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox hooked up in a 16-inning scoreless tie. Coombs struck out 18 and allowed three hits.

1929 - The Cleveland Indians, down to their last out trailing 6-5, scored nine runs in the ninth inning for a 14-6 victory over the New York Yankees.

1955 - Chicago's Ernie Banks hit three home runs at Wrigley against three Pirates pitchers to lead the Cubs to an 11-10 win.

1963 - New York's Mickey Mantle, batting for the first time in two months after breaking his left foot, hit a pinch home run as the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-10 for a split of a doubleheader.

1982 - Joel Youngblood became the first player in major league history to play and get a base hit for two different teams in two different cities in the same day. In the afternoon, his hit drove in the winning run for the New York Mets in a 7-4 victory at Chicago. After the game, he was traded to the Montreal Expos and played that night in Philadelphia. He entered the game in right field in the fourth inning and later got a single.

1985 - Tom Seaver, 40, became the 17th 300-game winner in major league history with a six-hitter - all singles - as the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Phil Rizzuto Day. Seaver walked one and struck out seven, giving him 3,499 in his 19-year career.

1985 - Rod Carew of the California Angels got his 3,000th hit in a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins, his first major league team.

1989 - Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost consecutive no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning last September, came within one out of a perfect game before settling for a two-hit 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Roberto Kelly's double spoiled Stieb's bid.

1997 - Brad Radke of Minnesota posted his 12th straight victory, pitching seven strong innings in the Twins' 9-3 win over Toronto. Radke became the third pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts.

Today's birthdays: Scott Linebrink, 30; Eric Milton, 31; Bob Howry, 33; Roger Clemens, 44.