Originally created 08/08/06

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STARS

Sunday

-Michael Cuddyer and Jason Bartlett, Twins. Cuddyer went 3-for-3 with a homer and Bartlett went 5-for-5 to lead Minnesota to an 11-5 victory at Kansas City.

-Brian Giles, Padres, hit a two-run homer and singled home Dave Roberts in the 10th inning to give San Diego a 3-2 win over Washington.

-Matt Cain, Giants, had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings to help San Francisco defeat Colorado 6-2.

-Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero, Angels, hit three-run homers in a 9-1 win over Texas.

-Jose Reyes, Mets, hit a grand slam in New York's 8-1 win over Philadelphia.

BEANTOWN BOMBER

David Ortiz became the first Red Sox player to hit 40 homers in three consecutive seasons in Boston's 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Only two other Boston players - Carl Yastrzemski (1967-69-70) and Manny Ramirez (2001-04-05) - have hit 40 or more homers three times with the Red Sox.

FEELING GRAND

The New York Mets tied a franchise record with their eighth grand slam of the season after Jose Reyes went deep in Sunday night's 8-1 win over Philadelphia. New York also hit eight in 1999 and 2000.

L.A. HEAT

Los Angeles extended its winning streak to nine games after defeating Florida 7-3 on Sunday. The Dodgers are over .500 (56-55) for the first time since they were 46-45 before play on July 16. Los Angeles completed its third straight series sweep and first in Miami since May 19-21, 2000. The winning streak followed a stretch in which the Dodgers lost 13 of 14 after the All-Star break.

THE WRIGHT STUFF

David Wright became the latest young player on the New York Mets to get a long-term contract, signing a $55 million, six-year extension Sunday. Wright joins Jose Reyes, who signed a $23.25 million, four-year contract extension on Thursday. Wright is hitting .308 with 22 homers and 83 RBIs this season and was voted the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team.

MOVING ON UP

Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead Oakland to a 7-6 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Thomas moved past Tris Speaker and Jeff Bagwell into 40th place on the career RBIs list. His has 1,532, five behind Joe DiMaggio, who is 39th.

SNAPPED

Toronto ended a seven-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

STREAKS

John Maine extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings as the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 8-1 on Sunday night.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Washington's Alfonso Soriano hit his 31st career leadoff homer in Sunday's 3-2 loss to San Diego. It was also Soriano's 35th homer of the season.

SPEAKING

"All around the United States, we didn't do too well. We were massacred on the road. Everybody had their brooms out on top of our dugout when we left town. We've rebounded. We've played a lot better on the road to stay in the race." - Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire after the Twins completed a four-game sweep of Kansas City and tied a team record with its eighth consecutive road win with Sunday's 11-5 victory.

SEASONS

Aug. 8

1903 - A week after pitching his first doubleheader triumph, Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity of the New York Giants scored a double victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-1 and 4-3. In the second game, he stole home.

1915 - Philadelphia's Gavvy Cravath hit four doubles and drove in eight runs in a 14-7 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati.

1920 - Howard Ehmke of the Detroit Tigers pitched the fastest 1-0 game in American League history - 1 hour, 13 minutes - for a victory against the New York Yankees.

1931 - Bob Burke of the Washington Senators pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers pounded the Cincinnati Reds 20-7 at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning after two were out.

1973 - Designated hitter Orlando Cepeda hit four doubles as the Boston Red Sox posted a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

1982 - California's Doug DeCinces hit three home runs in a game for the second time in less than a week. DeCinces hit solo homers in the first and third innings and connected for a two-run shot in the eighth of a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. DeCinces hit three against Minnesota on Aug. 3.

1985 - Baseball, after a two-day walkout, resumed playing with 18 games scheduled, including five doubleheaders.

1988 - The first night game scheduled in the 74-year history of Chicago's Wrigley Field's was postponed with the Cubs leading the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 after heavy rains started in the bottom of the fourth inning. Philadelphia's Phil Bradley led off the game with a home run, but all numbers were wiped out when the rain came.

1992 - Oakland's Dennis Eckersley had his consecutive save record snapped at 40. His consecutive save records - 36 straight to start a season, and 40 straight over two seasons - ended trying to protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals. Eckersley gave up a two-out, two-run single to Gregg Jefferies to give the Royals a 3-2 lead. But the Athletics came back to win the game in the ninth, 5-3.

1997 - Randy Johnson struck out 19, matching the major league record for left-handers he tied earlier in the season, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-0.

1998 - Paul Molitor stole his 500th base in Minnesota's 6-3 loss to Baltimore, becoming the fifth player with 3,000 hits and 500 steals. Molitor joined Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins and Lou Brock.

2000 - Darren Dreifort of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit two homers and was the winning pitcher in a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.



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