Originally created 09/19/06

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STARS

Sunday

- Zach Duke, Pirates, struck out six over eight innings for a 3-0 victory over the Mets.

- Terrmel Sledge, Padres, singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and San Diego beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.

- Jeff Francis, Rockies, allowed one earned run over eight innings in Colorado's 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

- Mike Lieberthal, Phillies, hit two home runs and drove in three runs in a 6-4 victory over the Astros.

- Vicente Padilla, Rangers, took a shutout into the eighth inning to lead Texas to an 8-1 win against the Angels.

SWEPT

Boston beat the New York Yankees twice in one day for the first time in 30 years, rallying for a 5-4 victory Sunday night. In the opener of the team's second straight day-night doubleheader, Boston beat the Yankees 6-3. The Red Sox had not beaten the Yankees twice in one day since July 31, 1976, at Fenway Park, and hadn't accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium since July 4, 1973.

SNATCHED

The San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Sunday to take over first place in the NL West for the first time since Aug. 9. The victory gave the Padres a half-game lead over the Dodgers, who own a one-game lead over Philadelphia for the wild card.

SNAPPED

Derek Jeter sat out the opener of a day-night doubleheader and went 0-for-4 in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Red Sox in the second game Sunday, ending his hitting streak at 25 games. It was the longest for the Yankees since Joe Gordon's 29-game string in 1942. Jeter's average fell to .341, three points behind Minnesota's Joe Mauer, the AL leader.

ON THE CUSP

The Mets failed to clinch the NL East title for the third straight day after a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and the Phillies' 6-4 win over the Astros on Sunday. The Mets can clinch at home Monday night with a win over Florida or a loss by the Phillies.

GOING DEEP

Carlos Zambrano returned Sunday to hit his fifth homer of the season and throw seven shutout innings for the Cubs in an 11-3 rout of Cincinnati. Zambrano (15-6) had missed his last two starts with lower back stiffness and picked up his first win since Aug. 24. He is now one win away from tying his career high, set in 2004 when he went 16-8.

SLIPPING AWAY

Marcus Giles hit an RBI single and another runner scored when Florida left fielder Josh Willingham let the ball go through his legs, capping a five-run rally in the 10th inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 8-7 Sunday. After Florida scored four times in the top of the 10th, errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Willingham set up the Atlanta rally.

TURNING TWO

Minnesota turned a season-high five double plays in a 6-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Sunday. The last time the Twins made five double plays in a game was June 3, 1995, against Texas.

SEASONS

Sept. 19

1926 - The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Philadelphia Phillies 23-3 in the first game of a doubleheader and beat them again in the nightcap, 10-2.

1949 - Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first NL player to hit 50 home runs in two different seasons.

1955 - Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the season in a 12-inning, 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1968 - Denny McLain won his 31st game, the most in the AL since Lefty Grove's 31 in 1931. The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 6-2 while Mickey Mantle hit his 535th and next-to-last career homer.

1973 - Frank Robinson hit his first home run in Arlington Stadium, as a member of the California Angels. It was the 32nd major league ballpark in which he had homered.

1984 - Pete Rose reached the 100-hit plateau for the 22nd consecutive year, a record. He also tied the NL record for doubles with 725 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2.

1995 - San Diego's Ken Caminiti became the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate three times in a season as he went 4-for-4 with a career-high eight RBIs in a 15-4 win over Colorado.

1997 - Mark McGwire hit his 54th homer and became the first major leaguer to hit 20 or more homers for two teams in the same season.

1998 - Seattle's Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th homer to become the third player in baseball history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

2001 - Roger Clemens became the first pitcher in major league history to go 20-1, pitching the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

2001 - Albert Pujols set a National League rookie RBI record as St. Louis beat Milwaukee 8-2. Pujols drove in three runs to give him 120 RBIs, breaking the mark of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930 for the Boston Braves.

2002 - Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro of Texas tied a major league record by homering in the same game for the 15th time this season. Rodriguez and Palmeiro equaled the mark set by Barry Bonds and Rich Aurilia for San Francisco last season.