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Baseball Today

Sunday, June 28

N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets (8:05 EDT). The Subway Series rivals face each other for the last time in the regular season, with Chien-Ming Wang (0-6) going for the Yankees against the Mets’ Livan Hernandez (5-2).

STARS Friday

• Andre Ethier, Dodgers, had his first three-homer game and drove in a career-high six runs to lead Los Angeles to an 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

• Josh Beckett, Red Sox, pitched seven scoreless innings in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. He also threw a five-hit shutout at Fenway Park last week against the Braves.

• Brett Gardner, Yankees, had a career-high five hits, including his third homer of the season and a triple, in a 9-1 rout of the Mets.

• B.J. Upton, Rays, had two hits, stole a base and drove in three runs with a double that snapped an eighth-inning tie and helped Tampa Bay beat the Florida Marlins 7-3.

• Geovany Soto, Cubs, hit a tiebreaking three-run homer to help Chicago beat the White Sox 5-4, a day after it was revealed he tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic.

• Ricky Romero, Blue Jays, held Philadelphia hitless for six innings as Toronto topped the Phillies 6-1. Romero allowed two hits in seven shutout innings.

• Glen Perkins, Twins, worked seven innings of four-hit ball in 92-degree heat as Minnesota beat the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 3-1.


A crowd of 45,024 — the biggest at Camden Yards since opening day — watched the Baltimore Orioles rout the Washington Nationals 11-1 on Friday night in an interleague matchup between last-place clubs. ... The New York Mets drew their second straight sellout, a Citi Field record crowd of 41,278, in their 9-1 loss to the Yankees. After selling out the opener, the Mets fell short for 34 consecutive games before a discount-assisted full house Thursday afternoon against St. Louis.


Kansas City Royals pitcher Sidney Ponson tested positive for a stimulant during the World Baseball Classic and was banned from international competition for two years. Major League Baseball will not suspend Ponson. Under the drug rules, he will be treated as a first-time offender and is subject to a medical review and fine.


Toronto catcher Rod Barajas injured his right hamstring in the second inning of the Blue Jays’ 6-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. ... Atlanta outfielder Nate McLouth was day to day after leaving the Braves’ 4-1 loss to Boston in the eighth inning. He strained his left hamstring running to first base.


“This has been a common occurrence and I’ve looked the other way a lot and I’m tired. I’m not into discipline, I’m really not. I’m going to put his name in the lineup tomorrow and that’s it.” — Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who sent outfielder Milton Bradley home Friday. The two got into an argument when Bradley attacked the cooler in the dugout after he flied out in the top of the sixth inning of a 5-4 win over the White Sox.


1907 — Twelve Washington baserunners stole against catcher Branch Rickey as the Senators defeated the New York Yankees 16-5.

1910 — Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs became the first major leaguer to steal home twice in the same game, an 11-1 win over Cincinnati.

1919 — Carl Mays of Boston pitched two complete games against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox won the first game 2-0 and lost the nightcap 4-1.

1949 — Joe DiMaggio played his first series of the year after a bone spur operation and hit .455, with four home runs and nine RBIs, as the New York Yankees swept Boston at Fenway Park.

1970 — Pittsburgh swept the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and 4-1 in the Pirates’ final games at Forbes Field.

1984 — Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox completed the cycle with a three-run 11th-inning homer to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6.

1986 — Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians and Don Sutton of the California Angels became the first 300-game winners to start against each other in this century. Neither Niekro nor Sutton got a decision as the Angels scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 9-3.

1987 — Mark McGwire homered twice to tie a major league record with five homers over two games, and Steve Ontiveros pitched a two-hitter as the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 10-0.

1994 — Matt Williams tied Willie Stargell’s 1971 NL record for home runs before July with his 28th in San Francisco’s 7-4 loss to Los Angeles.

2004 — David Bell became the first Philadelphia Phillies player in almost nine years to hit for the cycle as the Phillies beat Montreal 14-6.

2007 — Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run to become the 21st major leaguer to reach the career mark. Thomas hit a three-run shot in the first inning, connecting against Minnesota’s Carlos Silva.

2007 — Craig Biggio became the 27th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits in Houston’s 8-5 11-inning victory over Colorado. Biggio singled to center field in the seventh inning for the milestone hit and was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double. The 41-year-old finished 5-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.

2008 — Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Angels lost 1-0. It was the fifth game in the majors since 1900 in which the winning team didn’t get a hit, and first since Boston’s Matt Young lost one in 1992.

Today’s birthdays: Brandon Phillips 28; Ron Mahay 38.

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