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Baseball Today

Monday, June 23

Arizona at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren (7-4, 3.26 ERA) and Josh Beckett (7-4, 3.87) of the Red Sox present an interesting matchup on a light day in the major leagues, with just five games on the schedule.

STARS Saturday

• Aramis Ramirez, Cubs, homered and drove in four runs in an 11-7 victory over the crosstown rival White Sox.

• Troy Glaus, Cardinals, hit his fourth career grand slam in a 9-3 rout of the Red Sox.

• Joe Saunders, Angels, gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings to beat the team that first drafted him with a 6-2 win over the Phillies.

• Jose Bautista, Pirates, was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

• Mike Aviles, Royals, had three hits and drove in two in a 5-3 win over the Giants.

• Nick Blackburn, Twins, yielded three hits and one run over seven innings to beat the Diamondbacks 6-1.

• Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies, gave up two hits and a run with four walks, beating the Mets 7-1 for just his second win in nine decisions.

SPEAKING

“It wasn’t a great experience, but it’s water under the bridge. It was nice to show them what they missed out on. But there’s no hard feelings.” —Angels starter Joe Saunders, who gave up two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 win over the Phillies, who drafted him in the fifth round out of high school but were unable to sign him.

SEASONS June 23

1917 — In baseball’s greatest relief effort, Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox relieved pitcher Babe Ruth with nobody out and a man on first. The base runner was cut down stealing and Shore retired all 26 batters he faced to gain a 4-0 victory over Washington. Ruth walked Eddie Foster to open the game and was ejected after arguing with umpire Brick Owens.

1950 — Hoot Evers’ game-winning home run in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees as the teams combined for 11 home runs, a major league record. The Yankees hit six and the Tigers five.

1963 — Jimmie Piersall, playing for the Mets in New York, hit his 100th career home run and celebrated by running around the bases backwards.

1971 — Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds and hit two homers. Wise became the first pitcher to hit two homers while throwing a no-hitter.

1973 — Pitcher Ken Brett of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a home run in the fourth consecutive game that he pitched in June. He beat Montreal 7-2.

1984 — Chicago’s Ryne Sandberg hit two late-inning home runs off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bruce Sutter to tie the game twice as the Cubs went on to win 12-11 in 11 innings. Sandberg led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to tie the game 9-9 then hit a two-run, two-out homer in the 10th to tie the game 11-11. Willie McGee hit for the cycle and drove in six runs for St. Louis.

2000 — Bret Boone hit three home runs along with six RBIs in San Diego’s 10-7, 10-inning victory over Cincinnati.

2006 — Jose Contreras won his 16th straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox past Houston 7-4. Contreras, 16-0 in his last 21 regular-season starts, last lost to Minnesota on Aug. 15, 2005. He surpassed the club mark for consecutive wins held by LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez.

Today’s birthday: Mark Hendrickson 34.

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