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Baseball Today

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. EDT). The top two teams in the AL Central begin a three-game series. Javier Vazquez (12-14, 4.32) will open for the White Sox against Minnesota’s Scott Baker (9-4, 3.69).

STARS Sunday

• Prince Fielder, Brewers, homered and drove in three runs as Milwaukee topped Cincinnati 8-1.

• Jamie Moyer, Phillies, the 45-year-old pitched six strong innings in 90-degree sunshine to help Philadelphia beat Florida 5-2.

• Ryan Garko, Indians, went 4-for-4 with five RBIs as Cleveland beat Detroit 10-5.

• Ryan Dempster, Cubs, pitched five effective innings to win his 17th game of the season in Chicago’s 5-1 victory over St. Louis.

• Jack Cust, Athletics, hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and Oakland beat Seattle 5-3.

• John Lackey, Angels, gave up two hits and struck out a career-high 12 in six shutout innings of Los Angeles’ 7-3 win over Texas.

FAREWELL OLD FRIEND

Andy Pettitte started and Mariano Rivera finished the final game at 85-year-old Yankee Stadium, New York’s 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. Former Yankees greats, including six Hall of Famers, took the field before the game, and Derek Jeter jogged off the field to a raucous cheer just before it ended. New York finished 4,133-2,430-17 at Yankee Stadium, originally built in 284 days for $2.5 million. It was the first sports venue to be called a stadium, the team noted. “I feel like I’m losing an old friend,” Reggie Jackson said. “I’m glad I was here.”

OUCH!

Los Angeles Angels lefty Joe Saunders’ ongoing problems with a kidney stone will cause him to miss Tuesday night’s scheduled start against Seattle. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Jered Weaver and Jon Garland would move ahead one day and pitch on their usual four days’ rest.

“We’ll look for a Thursday starter,” Scioscia said before Sunday’s game against Texas.

ROAD WARRIOR

Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (18-2) improved to 9-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 13 road starts after beating the Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday. He held Toronto to just two hits in seven innings while striking out six and walking two.

BLOWING AWAY THE COMPETITION

Los Angeles is trying to become the first AL team since Cleveland in 1999 to take a division by 20 games over its nearest pursuer. The Angeles hold a 21 1/2 game lead over the second-place Texas Rangers after Sunday’s 7-3 victory.

NO RELIEF IN SIGHT

The New York Mets’ bullpen blew another lead in Sunday as Atlanta rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the eighth inning to win 7-6. It was the latest collapse for a beleaguered bullpen missing injured closer Billy Wagner. The relievers have a league-high 16 blown saves since the All-Star break, the worst in the NL. Scott Schoeneweis has lost three games since Aug. 26 and the relievers have a woeful 2-8 record since Aug. 11.

SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER

Roy Oswalt passed Babe Ruth for the second-best winning percentage in September and October since 1900, based on a minimum of 25 decisions. Oswalt is 27-8 (.771) in those months, .002 better than Ruth, who was 20-6 (.769) as a pitcher before becoming an outfielder. The only better September-October record than Oswalt’s was by Sam Leever (43-12, .782), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

STATS

The Rockies’ attendance this season was 2,650,218, their highest since 2002. ... San Francisco closer Brian Wilson became just the third Giants pitcher to reach 40 saves, joining Rod Beck and Robb Nenn, who did it four times. ... After losing to the San Diego Padres, the Nationals need to go 5-1 the rest of the way to avoid the franchise’s first season with 100 losses since the Montreal Expos were 55-107 in 1976.

SPEAKING

“I’m very, very sad to think that the Yankee Stadium is not going to be in existence any longer. I wish it could have remained as a New York landmark, but I guess like all things it has come to its final days as we all do.” — said Julia Ruth Stevens, 92-year-old daughter of the Babe, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a crowd of 54,610 — bringing the stadium total to 151,959,005 — at the final game at Yankee Stadium.

SEASONS Sept. 23

1908 — In a crucial game with the Chicago Cubs, Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to touch second base as the apparent winning run crossed home plate. This resulted in a great dispute and the game was eventually declared a tie and played over on Oct. 8 when the Cubs and Giants ended the season in a tie.

1952 — The Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the NL title, the first time since 1948 that the pennant wasn’t decided in the season’s final game.

1957 — Hank Aaron’s 11th-inning homer gave the Milwaukee Braves a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and the NL pennant. It was the first time since 1950 that a New York team hadn’t finished first.

1979 — Lou Brock stole base No. 938, breaking Billy Hamilton’s record, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 7-4 in 10 innings.

1983 — Steve Carlton of Philadelphia recorded his 300th career victory with a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

1984 — The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win more than 100 games in each league.

1986 — Rookie left-hander Jim Deshaies set a major league record by striking out eight batters to start the game and finished with a two-hitter and 10 strikeouts to lead the Houston Astros past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.

1988 — Jose Canseco became the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one season as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 in 14 innings. Canseco hit his 41st homer and stole two bases, giving him 40 for the season.

1992 — Bip Roberts tied the NL record with his 10th consecutive hit, then grounded out against Pedro Astacio to end his streak in the Cincinnati Reds’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1998 — Houston’s Craig Biggio became the second player this century to have 50 steals and 50 doubles in a season, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Biggio, with 51 doubles, singled for his second hit of the game and easily stole his 50th base with two outs in the sixth.

2000 — Rafael Palmeiro homered in Texas’ 15-4 loss to Anaheim, becoming the 32nd player to hit 400 home runs.

2001 — Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run, breaking Ernie Banks’ major league record for shortstops and lifting Texas to a 5-2 win over Anaheim.

2001 — Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit three home runs in a game three times in a season, but Moises Alou’s two-run shot rallied Houston to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

2004 — Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win of the season in Chicago’s 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season. He surpassed Cy Young’s record of 15 consecutive 15-win seasons in 2003.

2006 — Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run in San Francisco’s 10-8 loss to Milwaukee, breaking Hank Aaron’s NL record.

Today’s birthdays: Matt Kemp 24; Jeff Cirillo 39.

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