Originally created 09/08/06

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SCOREBOARD

Friday, Sept. 8

San Diego at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EDT). The Giants begin a three-game series with the wild-card leading Padres.

STARS

Wednesday

-Anibal Sanchez, Marlins, threw a no-hitter in his 13th career start to end the longest no-hit gap in major league history as Florida beat Arizona 2-0.

-Shawn Green and Oliver Perez, Mets. Green went 6-for-8 with two home runs, four runs scored and three RBIs and Perez threw a shutout in Game 2 for his first win since May as New York swept a doubleheader with Atlanta.

-Jose Contreras and Jim Thome, White Sox. Contreras pitched eight strong innings and Thome went 4-for-4 with his 39th homer that powered Chicago to a 8-1 win over Boston.

-Randy Johnson and Jorge Posada, Yankees. Johnson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and Jorge Posada hit a pair of three-run homers in New York's 8-3 win at Kansas City.

-Derek Lowe, Dodgers, allowed three hits and an unearned run in eight innings to win his fifth straight decision as Los Angeles edged Milwaukee 2-1.

NO-NO

Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter Wednesday in his 13th career start to end the longest no-hit gap in major league history in Florida's 2-0 win over Arizona on Wednesday. The 22-year old rookie, who struck out six and walked four, threw the first no-hitter since a perfect game by Arizona's Randy Johnson, who beat Atlanta 2-0 on May 18, 2004 - 6,364 games ago. The previous longest gap between no-hitters was 4,015 games, from Sept. 30, 1984, to Sept. 19, 1986, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The prior no-hitter by a rookie was by Bud Smith of St. Louis, who beat San Diego 4-0 on Sept. 1, 2001.

CUT

Detroit unconditionally released designated hitter Dmitri Young after Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Seattle. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the move was "strictly performance related." Young, batting .250 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, was activated from the disabled list July 21 after he left the Tigers on May 22 to seek treatment for substance abuse at a California rehab center.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Baltimore's Brian Roberts hit two home runs in a 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

SLUMPING

Detroit has lost 19 of 28 after a 4-3, 10 inning setback to Seattle on Wednesday. The Tigers' once 10-game lead in the AL Central is down to four.

STREAKING

San Francisco has won eight of 12 after its 3-2 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday. ... The Los Angeles Angels won their fifth straight game with a 8-4 victory over Baltimore. ... Frank Thomas homered for the second straight game in Oakland's 9-6 win over Texas. It was the Big Hurt's 480th career home run. ... Derrek Lee hit a grand slam on his 31st birthday as the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 7-2. Lee has homered on four straight birthdays, and has five home runs in his career on his birthday.

SPEAKING

"I was lucky. I'm being serious. My swing has been horrible. I couldn't hit a fastball away to save my life. He just missed with a pitch middle in." - Tampa Bay's Greg Norton after hitting a two-run homer in a 4-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday. Norton and Ty Wigginton's consecutive homers in the seventh inning helped the Devil Rays snap a 14-game losing streak to Minnesota that extended to June 3, 2004.

SEASONS

Sept. 8

1905 - The Pittsburgh Pirates stranded 18 runners in an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds to set a National League record for men left on base.

1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves 10-2 to clinch the National League pennant with a 17-game lead.

1958 - Roberto Clemente tied a major league record by hitting three triples in a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

1965 - Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City A's played all nine positions but had to leave after a ninth-inning collision with Ed Kirkpatrick of the Angels. The Angels won 5-3 in 13 innings.

1972 - Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, for his 20th victory of the season. It marked the sixth straight year Jenkins had won 20 or more games.

1985 - Cincinnati's Pete Rose inserted himself into the lineup when the Chicago Cubs named right-hander Reggie Patterson as the starting pitcher. Rose singled in the first inning and again in the fifth inning to tie Ty Cobb with 4,191 career hits. Rose was retired in his other at-bats and the game was called because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied 5-5.

1993 - Darryl Kile pitched baseball's second no-hitter in five days, leading the Houston Astros over the New York Mets 7-1.

1996 - Todd Hundley of the New York Mets became the ninth player to hit 40 home runs this season, breaking the major league record set in 1961. Hundley's homer, in a 6-2 win over Atlanta, tied Roy Campanella's major league record for homers by a catcher.

1998 - Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire's shot off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel set off a wild celebration in Busch Stadium.

2002 - The Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight division title when second-place Philadelphia lost to the New York Mets 6-4.



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