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Major League News for August 30

Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Game of the Day
Yesterday’s Home Runs
Top Minor League Performances
Player News
Stats


Yesterday’s Results
American League
CHA    12  TB      9    (Recap and Boxscore) Dye: HR, 4 RBI; Young debut: HBP, HR
CLE     5  TOR     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Sabathia: 5th CG
KC      2  MIN     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Redman: CG shutout
OAK     2  BOS     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Saarloos: 6.1 IP, 1 R; Beckett: 7 IP, 2 R
SEA     6  LAA     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Snelling: 2 HR
TEX     9  BAL     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Millwood: CG

National League
ATL    13  SF      8    (Recap and Boxscore) Bonds: 2 HR; Andruw: 2 HR, too
PHI    10  WAS     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Howard ties PHI record with 48th HR
HOU    10  MIL     3    (Recap and Boxscore) HOU: 7 R in 8th inning
PIT     7  CHN     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Walk-off walk in 11th
FLA     9  STL     1    (Recap and Boxscore) FLA: 9 straight W; Uggla: 4 RBI; Olsen: 8 IP, 1 R
SD      8  ARI     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Young: 7 IP, 2 R, 11 K
NYN    10  COL     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     6  CIN     5    (Recap and Boxscore) See below


Today’s Games
Visitors                          Home                            Starts
CHC - Mateo J. (1-2, 3.38)        PIT - Santos V. (5-9, 5.59)      12:35
DET - Robertson N.* (11-10, 4.10) NYY - Wang C. (15-5, 3.81)        1:05
BOS - Schilling C. (14-6, 3.95)   OAK - Zito B.* (14-8, 3.64)       3:35
SD - Thompson M. (3-5, 5.07)      ARI - Vargas C. (10-8, 5.14)      6:40
PHI - Hamels C.* (6-7, 4.79)      WAS - Ortiz R. (9-11, 5.38)       7:05
TOR - Marcum S. (2-3, 5.88)       CLE - Sowers J.* (6-3, 3.44)      7:05
DET - Ledezma W.* (2-1, 2.08)     NYY - Wright J. (9-7, 4.72)       7:05
SF - Hennessey B. (5-3, 3.39)     ATL - James C.* (6-3, 4.15)       7:35
TB - Corcoran T. (4-6, 4.16)      CWS - Garland J. (15-4, 4.47)     8:05
BAL - Benson K. (10-10, 4.88)     TEX - Tejeda R. (3-3, 6.42)       8:05
MIL - Bush D. (9-10, 4.89)        HOU - Clemens R. (6-4, 2.50)      8:05
FLA - Nolasco R. (11-8, 4.45)     STL - Marquis J. (13-12, 5.77)    8:10
KC - Hudson L. (6-5, 5.94)        MIN - Bonser B. (3-4, 5.18)       8:10
NYM - Williams D.* (3-3, 6.40)    COL - Fogg J. (9-8, 4.91)         9:05
LAA - Lackey J. (10-9, 3.60)      SEA - Woods J.* (4-1, 3.59)      10:05
CIN - Harang A. (13-9, 3.67)      LAD - Maddux G. (11-11, 4.25)    10:10


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East        Pwins  Diff
NYA     77  52 .597    0.0   75      2      
BOS     71  61 .538    7.5   68      3      
TOR     69  63 .523    9.5   69      0      
BAL     59  72 .450   19.0   57      2      
TB      52  80 .394   26.5   53     -1      
American League Central
DET     82  49 .626    0.0   80      2      
CHA     77  54 .588    5.0   75      2      
MIN     76  54 .585    5.5   73      3      
CLE     62  69 .473   20.0   72     -10     
KC      48  85 .361   35.0   50     -2      
American League West
OAK     76  56 .576    0.0   70      6      
LAA     69  64 .519    7.5   68      1      
TEX     68  65 .511    8.5   70     -2      
SEA     63  69 .477   13.0   64     -1      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     81  49 .623    0.0   76      5      
PHI     66  65 .504   15.5   66      0      
FLA     65  66 .496   16.5   66     -1      
ATL     62  68 .477   19.0   68     -6      
WAS     55  76 .420   26.5   56     -1      
National League Central
STL     69  61 .531    0.0   65      4      
CIN     67  66 .504    3.5   64      3      
HOU     64  68 .485    6.0   66     -2      
MIL     62  70 .470    8.0   58      4      
CHN     54  78 .409   16.0   54      0      
PIT     52  81 .391   18.5   57     -5      
National League West
LAN     70  62 .530    0.0   71     -1      
SD      67  65 .508    3.0   67      0      
SF      65  67 .492    5.0   66     -1      
ARI     64  68 .485    6.0   64      0      
COL     61  70 .466    8.5   66     -5      

Wildcard Standings
American League
CHA     77  54 .588    0.0
MIN     76  54 .585    0.5
BOS     71  61 .538    6.5
TOR     69  63 .523    8.5
LAA     69  64 .519    9.0
National League
SD      67  65 .508    0.0
PHI     66  65 .504    0.5
CIN     67  66 .504    0.5
FLA     65  66 .496    1.5
SF      65  67 .492    2.0


Game of the Day

The Dodgers beat the Reds 7-6 in 16 innings last night to drop Cincinnati out of the wildcard lead for the first time since June 13. The game lasted almost five hours.

Both bullpens did a great job, pitching the equivalent of two shutouts between the 7th and 16th innings. Regular starter Derek Lowe pitched the final three games for the win. Ramon Martinez hit a home run off Ryan Franklin’s first pitch in the 16th to win it for LA.

CINCINNATI (5) VS LA DODGERS (6) - FINAL IN 16 INNINGS 

CINCINNATI             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
R Freel rf              8  1  1  0   0  0   3  .280
A Dunn lf               6  0  4  0   0  0   1  .249
 S Schoeneweis p        0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Valentin c           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .236
 B Bray p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-T Hollandsworth ph   1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .208
 R Franklin p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
E Encarnacion 3b        7  0  0  0   0  3   4  .293
K Griffey Jr cf         7  1  1  1   0  2   1  .256
R Aurilia 1b            5  1  3  2   2  0   2  .289
D Ross c                6  1  2  0   0  0   2  .277
 T Coffey p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J LaRue c              1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .173
B Phillips 2b           7  1  4  2   0  0   3  .301
R Clayton ss            4  0  0  0   0  1   4  .263
 D Weathers p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-C Denorfia ph-lf     3  0  0  0   0  1   1  .208
E Milton p              2  0  1  0   0  1   0  .229
 a-S Hatteberg ph       1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .304
 M Belisle p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 R Cormier p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Castro ss            4  0  1  0   0  1   0  .294

Totals                 63  5 17  5   2  9  23

a-flied out to left for E Milton in the 6th;  b-grounded to shortstop for D 
Weathers in the 11th;  c-grounded to third for B Bray in the 16th.

BATTING: 2B - D Ross (13, A Sele); A Dunn (21, T Saito). HR - B Phillips (15, 
2nd inning off M Hendrickson 0 on, 2 Out), R Aurilia (19, 4th inning off M 
Hendrickson 1 on, 0 Out). RBI - B Phillips 2 (66), R Aurilia 2 (53), K Griffey 
Jr (69). 2-out RBI - B Phillips. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A 
Dunn 1, D Ross 1, R Aurilia 2, R Freel 1, E Encarnacion 1. GIDP - R Clayton, B 
Phillips. Team LOB - 12. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - B Phillips (22, 2nd base off A Sele/T Hall). 
 
FIELDING: E - B Phillips (13, ground ball). DP: 2 (R Aurilia-D Ross-R 
Aurilia, E Encarnacion-B Phillips-R Aurilia). 
 
LA DODGERS             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
R Furcal ss             6  1  2  2   1  1   1  .283
J Lugo 3b-2b            6  1  0  0   1  2   3  .234
N Garciaparra 1b        6  0  0  0   0  0   4  .316
 E Dessens p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 D Lowe p               0  0  0  0   1  0   0  .093
J Drew rf               4  1  0  0   3  1   1  .276
J Kent 2b-1b            7  1  4  2   0  1   1  .276
A Ethier lf             7  0  1  0   0  1   4  .335
T Hall c                3  1  3  1   0  0   1  .350
 K Lofton pr            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .308
 R Martin c             3  0  0  0   0  1   2  .286
J Repko cf              6  0  1  0   0  1   5  .267
M Hendrickson p         2  0  0  0   0  2   1  .000
 A Sele p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .200
 a-W Betemit ph         1  0  1  0   0  0   0  .271
 T Hamulack p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-O Saenz ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .293
 T Saito p              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Beimel p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-R Martinez ph-3b     3  1  1  1   0  0   0  .291

Totals                 55  6 13  6   6 10  24

a-singled to left for A Sele in the 6th;  b-grounded to shortstop for T 
Hamulack in the 8th;  c-grounded to first for J Beimel in the 11th.

BATTING: 2B - T Hall 2 (3, R Cormier, E Milton). HR - R Furcal (8, 1st inning 
off E Milton 0 on, 0 Out), J Kent (13, 3rd inning off E Milton 0 on, 2 Out), R 
Martinez (2, 16th inning off R Franklin 0 on, 0 Out). S - J Repko. SF - T Hall. 
RBI - R Furcal 2 (48), J Kent 2 (62), T Hall (6), R Martinez (22). 2-out RBI - 
J Kent. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - N Garciaparra 2, R Furcal 1, 
J Lugo 1, J Repko 2, A Ethier 1. GIDP - J Lugo, J Kent. Team LOB - 12. 
 
FIELDING: E - R Martinez (1, ground ball). Outfield assists - J Repko (B 
Phillips at 1st base). PB - R Martin. DP: 3 (J Repko-N Garciaparra, J Lugo-N 
Garciaparra, J Lugo-J Kent-N Garciaparra). 
 
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    CINCINNATI      - 010 211 000 000 000 0  --   5
    LA DODGERS      - 301 001 000 000 000 1  --   6

No outs when winning run scored.
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CINCINNATI                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
E Milton                      5       6   4   2   2   2   2   5.16
M Belisle (B, 1)              1       4   1   1   0   0   0   4.18
R Cormier                     1 1/3   1   0   0   0   2   0   2.23
D Weathers                    2 2/3   0   0   0   1   2   0   4.02
S Schoeneweis                 1 1/3   1   0   0   2   0   0   0.00
T Coffey                      1 2/3   0   0   0   0   2   0   3.68
B Bray                        2       0   0   0   1   2   0   4.00
R Franklin (L, 5-7)           0       1   1   1   0   0   1   4.59

LA DODGERS                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
M Hendrickson                 4       9   4   4   0   3   2   5.07
A Sele                        2       2   1   1   0   1   0   4.11
T Hamulack                    2       1   0   0   1   1   0   5.90
T Saito                       2       2   0   0   1   2   0   2.08
J Beimel                      1       1   0   0   0   0   0   3.35
E Dessens                     2       1   0   0   0   0   0   3.60
D Lowe (W, 12-8)              3       1   0   0   0   2   0   3.75

M Hendrickson pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.
R Franklin pitched to 1 batter in the 16th.

WP - E Milton, E Dessens. Pitches-strikes: E Milton 85-52; M Belisle 14-9; R 
Cormier 18-12; D Weathers 36-19; S Schoeneweis 30-16; T Coffey 17-11; B Bray 
27-17; R Franklin 1-1; M Hendrickson 76-53; A Sele 28-19; T Hamulack 26-16; T 
Saito 34-25; J Beimel 18-10; E Dessens 35-21; D Lowe 23-16. Ground balls-fly 
balls: E Milton 5-8; M Belisle 2-1; R Cormier 1-1; D Weathers 2-4; S 
Schoeneweis 3-1; T Coffey 1-2; B Bray 2-2; R Franklin 0-0; M Hendrickson 4-4; A 
Sele 4-1; T Hamulack 4-1; T Saito 2-2; J Beimel 2-1; E Dessens 3-3; D Lowe 5-2. 
Batters faced: E Milton 24; M Belisle 6; R Cormier 5; D Weathers 9; S 
Schoeneweis 7; T Coffey 5; B Bray 6; R Franklin 1; M Hendrickson 20; A Sele 8; 
T Hamulack 7; T Saito 8; J Beimel 4; E Dessens 8; D Lowe 10. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Jerry Layne. 1B--Bob Davidson. 2B--Mark Wegner. 3B--Marvin 
Hudson. 

T--4:54. Att--44,697. 
Weather: 79 degrees, clear. Wind: 5 mph, out to center.

The following graph tracks the game’s Win Probability, courtesy of Fan Graphs.

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Yesterday’s Home Runs

The following stats are provided by Hit Tracker, which logs the projected distance of each home run (if it were to land uninterrupted at field level) and its “standard” distance, which is corrected for weather conditions. You can read their daily updates at the Hit Tracker Blog.

Hitter                    Pitcher                       True Dist  Std. Dist.   HR #
Howard, Ryan       PHI    Gryboski, Kevin     WAS           444        462       48
Soriano, Alfonso   WAS    Myers, Brett        PHI           438        452       42
Lieberthal, Mike   PHI    Armas, Tony         WAS           410        415        6
Uggla, Dan         FLA    Sosa, Jorge         STL           419        411       21
Furcal, Rafael     LAD    Milton, Eric        CIN           427        407        8
Hafner, Travis     CLE    Chacin, Gustavo     TOR           415        404       40
Suzuki, Ichiro     SEA    Weaver, Jered       LAA           395        399        7
Lane, Jason        HOU    Kolb, Dan           MIL           400        398       14
Bonds, Barry       SF     Hudson, Tim         ATL           425        395       19
LaRoche, Adam      ATL    Wright, Jamey       SF            420        395       27
Quinlan, Robb      LAA    Washburn, Jarrod    SEA           389        393        7
Anderson, Garret   LAA    Washburn, Jarrod    SEA           388        393       14
Cantu, Jorge       TB     Cotts, Neal         CWS           413        392       11
Snelling, Chris    SEA    Weaver, Jered       LAA           389        392        1
Phillips, Brandon  CIN    Hendrickson, Mark   LAD           411        391       15
Martinez, Ramon    LAD    Franklin, Ryan      CIN           406        391        2
Wilson, Preston    STL    Olsen, Scott        FLA           395        391       12
Jones, Andruw      ATL    Taschner, Jack      SF            404        388       32
Bonds, Barry       SF     Hudson, Tim         ATL           418        385       18
Aurilia, Rich      CIN    Hendrickson, Mark   LAD           406        385       19
Biggio, Craig      HOU    Ohka, Tomo          MIL           386        384       17
Beltran, Carlos    NYM    Kim, Byung-Hyun     COL           429        382       39
Hillenbrand, Shea  SF     Hudson, Tim         ATL           407        382       18
Kent, Jeff         LAD    Milton, Eric        CIN           398        382       13
Ibanez, Raul       SEA    Weaver, Jered       LAA           377        382       26
Jones, Chipper     ATL    Schmidt, Jason      SF            410        378       22
Teixeira, Mark     TEX    Lopez, Rodrigo      BAL           380        371       22
Scott, Luke        HOU    Ohka, Tomo          MIL           373        371        4
Willingham, Josh   FLA    Sosa, Jorge         STL           390        367       20
Snelling, Chris    SEA    Weaver, Jered       LAA           361        365        2
Piazza, Mike       SD     Gonzalez, Enrique   ARI           367        358       19
Reyes, Jose        NYM    Kim, Byung-Hyun     COL           399        355       16
Jones, Andruw      ATL    Schmidt, Jason      SF            366        353       31
Blum, Geoff        SD     Cruz, Juan          ARI           363        353        3
Hudson, Orlando    ARI    Young, Chris        SD            362        353       13
Young, Delmon      TB     Garcia, Freddy      CWS           364        350        1
Dye, Jermaine      CWS    Fossum, Casey       TB            364        341       39


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
CIN AA  Javon Moran        RF  5  4  2  1  0  0  0   
CLE AAA Jonathan Van Every CF  4  3  0  0  1  0  0   
CLE AA  Brad Snyder        RF  4  4  1  0  2  1  0  4 runs scored
DET AAA Ryan Raburn        LF  5  3  1  0  1  0  0  4 RBI
LAA AA  Sean Rodriguez     SS  3  2  1  0  1  1  0  3 runs scored
LAA A+  Nate Sutton        2B  5  3  1  0  1  0  2   
NYM A+  Jesus Flores       DH  3  3  0  0  2  0  0   
NYM AAA Edgardo Alfonzo    3B  4  3  2  0  1  1  0  3 runs scored
OAK AA  Casey Myers        DH  4  3  2  0  1  0  0   
SF  AAA Juan Melo          SS  4  3  0  0  1  0  0   
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ARI A   V. Bongiovanni     7.0  2  0  0  7  1  0   
ATL A+  Jo-Jo Reyes        8.0  3  0  0  8  0  0   
COL A   Alan Johnson       6.0  3  1  1  6  0  1   
KC  A+  D. Christensen     7.0  2  0  0  4  2  0   
LA  AA  T.J. Nall          7.0  4  0  0  5  0  0   
MIL A   William Inman      6.0  3  2  2 11  1  1  36 K over last 30 IP
NYY A-  Timothy Norton     7.0  2  0  0  7  0  0  1.06 ERA over past month
SEA AAA Rich Dorman        8.0  3  0  0 14  1  0   
TEX AAA R.A. Dickey        8.0  4  1  1  5  2  0   
TEX AA  Paul Kometani      6.0  3  0  0  6  4  0   


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Barry Bonds hit two home runs in Tuesday’s game at Atlanta. It was the first time he has gone deep twice in a game since 2004. He saved another one from going out of the park with his glove Tuesday night.

Andruw Jones had a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s game against the Giants, giving him 1,000 RBI in his career. He stumbled on his way to first, pulled himself up with a smile and finished off his trot around the bases. “I thought it was going foul, so I kind of stutter-stepped, my spikes got caught in the grass and I fell down,” he said. “It’s not the first time I’ve fallen.”

Delmon Young went 2-for-3 in his major league debut on Tuesday night at Chicago White Sox, two months after serving a 50-game suspension in the minors for throwing his bat at an umpire. He got hit on his right shoulder during his first at-bat and hit a two-run homer during his third plate appearance.

Travis Hafner hit his 40th homer in Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays with two outs in the first inning. The 423-foot shot to left-center made him the seventh player in Indians history to reach the milestone and first since Jim Thome hit a team-record 52 homers in 2002.

With one out in the eighth inning in Tuesday’s game against the Angels, Seattle’s Rafael Soriano was hit behind the right ear by Vladimir Guerrero’s line drive. The sound of the ball connecting with Soriano’s head was audible throughout the stadium, and the reliever immediately crumpled to the ground as the ball landed near the Angels’ dugout on the third-base side. Soriano was attended to by the Mariners’ training staff and medics for several minutes before being put on a backboard and carted off the field.

According to published reports, Manny Ramirez (knee) has been returned to Boston for further examination after missing the past three games. The club is also missing David Ortiz (illness) and Wily Mo Peña (wrist), who joined him in returning to Boston early.

According to Elias, all of Philadelphia’s last 32 games are against teams with records currently below the .500 mark. The longest such streak in NL history was 26 games in 1973 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who failed to take advantage by posting a 13-13 mark during that stretch. The only streak of more than 30 games was recorded by the White Sox in 1983. Chicago played sub-.500 teams in each of their last 36 games, going 29-7 to pull away from their AL West opponents and win the division by 20 games.

Jarrod Washburn (8-12) pitched six strong innings on Tuesday against the Angels, but ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed consecutive homers to Garret Anderson and Robb Quinlan. Washburn escaped the inning without further damage and won consecutive decisions for the first time this season.

Jered Weaver (9-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday at Seattle. The rookie tied an AL record by winning his first nine career decisions — including a pair of impressive wins over the Mariners — but has now dropped two straight.

Oakland’s Kirk Saarloos, who allowed six hits and one run, struck out three and walked two in Tuesday’s start against Boston, improved to 7-6 to win his fourth straight win.

Chris Young, who skipped his last start after straining his right shoulder against Arizona on Aug. 20, gave up two runs — one earned — to lower his NL-leading road ERA to 2.51 in Tuesday’s start at Arizona. He struck out 11, walked nine and hit a batter. The three hits were the only balls to reach the outfield against him. “Mechanically I felt good,” Young said. “Everything was in sync. I made my share of mistakes but it was one of those nights where the mistakes were fouled off.”

Carlos Beltran set a career-high with his 39th homer in Tuesday’s game at Colorado. Beltran added a run-scoring double to push his season total to 110 RBI, also a career best. His 24 home runs on the road are a club record.

Roy Oswalt allowed four hits and three runs in Tuesday’s game against the Brewers and struck out seven in seven innings. Despite the quality start, he did not figure into the decision.

Willy Taveras went 0-for-3 in Tuesday’s game against the Brewers, ending his hitting streak at 30 games — the second-longest in the majors this season behind Chase Utley’s 35-game run for the Philadelphia Phillies from June 23 to Aug. 3.

Joe Crede tied a career-high with four hits in Tuesday’s game against the Devil Rays. He also drove in two runs to help the White Sox move one-half game ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card race.

The Marlins bottomed out on May 21 when their record fell to 11-31. Tuesday’s 9-1 victory over the Cardinals was Florida’s ninth straight win, equaling the longest winning streak in major-league history by a team that lost at least 31 of its first 42 games. Amazingly, the Marlins set that record with nine straight wins earlier this season (June 10-20). (Source: Elias)

Scott Olsen earned his 11th victory of the season in the Marlins’ win, the 43rd win by a Marlins rookie this season, surpassing the total of the 1984 Mets. Dwight Gooden (17-9), Ron Darling (12-9) and Sid Fernandez (6-6) were all rookies on that team. The last NL team with a higher total than Florida’s was the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers (51). (Source: Elias)

Dan Uggla was 3-for-4 with a home run (21), two runs scored and four RBI (79) in Tuesday’s game at St. Louis. Rookie teammate Josh Willingham joined him with his 20th homer.

The Cardinals’ Preston Wilson hit the first leadoff home run of his career in the bottom of the first inning in Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. That was the only offense of the night against Scott Olsen.

Mark Mulder (6-7) lasted only 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s game against the Marlins, matching the shortest outing of his career. He gave up five runs on six hits in his second start since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for more than two months.

It was like the good ol’ days at Coors Field. The Mets defeated the Rockies 10-5, ending Colorado’s team-record streak of 39 home games without allowing their opponent to score in double-figures. During one stretch from September 1998 to May 2000, the Rockies didn’t record even a 10-game streak holding their opponents to 10 runs or less in each. (Source: Elias)

Ryan Zimmerman finished 4-for-5 with three RBI in Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia. His 89 RBI are the most among National League rookies.

Ryan Howard tied Philadelphia’s single-season record with his major league-leading 48th home run Tuesday night, helping the Phillies to a 10-6 win over the Washington Nationals.

Team doctors examined Minnesota rookie Francisco Liriano (elbow) on Tuesday and said everything looks good in his rehabilitation. On the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained ligament in his left elbow, Liriano (12-3) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in tennis shoes.

Mark Redman tossed a complete game shutout at Minnesota, allowing just five hits and no walks while striking out three. He evened his record at 8-8 and he lowered his ERA to 5.47. In his fourth major league start, Matt Garza allowed five hits and two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Royals, striking out a career-high seven and walking one.

Matt Miller, out since April following elbow surgery, began his Triple-A rehab assignment Tuesday, striking out two in one inning.

Cliff Floyd (Achilles’) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the start of his rehab assignment Tuesday.

C.C. Sabathia (10-8) picked up the win on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He allowed two runs and four hits as he worked at least seven innings for the 10th time in his last 11 starts since July 7. The left-hander struck out six without a walk to earn consecutive victories for the first time since winning three in a row from May 19-30.

The Orioles activated outfielder David Newhan from the 60-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers. Newhan broke his right leg while stealing second base against the Los Angeles Angels on April 17 and underwent surgery in Baltimore on April 20. Newhan takes the roster spot that opened when the Orioles traded outfielder-first baseman Jeff Conine to the Phillies last Sunday.

The Detroit Tigers recalled Tony Giarratano from Double-A Erie on Tuesday and was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a knee injury. He is recovering from surgery on his right knee.

The Detroit Tigers recalled Gomez from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday and designated Nook Logan for assignmenty.

The Tigers/Yankees game will be pushed back a day and start the first game of a doubleheader at N.Y. Yankees on Wednesday after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Mike Gonzalez (left elbow tendinitis) might not pitch again in 2006. The team has not ruled out the chance their closer will return to the mound, but two anonymous team sources feel differently. With the club in last place, they feel there is no sense rushing him back and risking further damage.


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