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Baseball Today

Tuesday, July 28

Chicago at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EDT). Mark Buehrle (11-3) makes his first start for the White Sox since throwing a perfect game against Tampa Bay last Thursday.

STARS Sunday

• Justin Morneau, Twins, hit two homers to help Minnesota end the Los Angeles Angels’ eight-game winning streak with a 10-1 victory.

• Nick Markakis, Orioles, homered and drove in three runs as the Orioles snapped an 11-game losing streak at Fenway Park with a 6-2 win over Boston.

• Rich Harden, Cubs, pitched six stellar innings to win a day game at Wrigley Field for the first time since last August and Chicago moved into first place with a 5-2 victory over the Reds.

• Scott Rolen, Blue Jays, hit a three-run homer and the Blue Jays handed Rays rookie Jeff Niemann his first loss in his last six decisions with a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.

• Livan Hernandez, Mets, struck out a season-high seven after a rough start, and New York beat the Astros 8-3.

• Austin Kearns, Nationals, inserted as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the 10th and Washington beat the Padres 3-2.

• Max Scherzer, Diamondbacks, gave up five singles in seven innings, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter for only the second time in his 26 career starts as Arizona routed Pittsburgh 9-0.

• Aaron Cook, Rockies, pitched seven sharp innings to win his seventh straight decision as Colorado topped San Francisco 4-2.

HIGHEST HONOR

Rickey Henderson, baseball’s leading base stealer, former Boston slugger Jim Rice and the late Joe Gordon were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Henderson holds the records for steals (1,406), runs scored (2,295), unintentional walks (2,129), and homers leading off a game (81). Rice batted .298 with 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs from 1974-89. Gordon won the 1942 AL MVP, beating out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams, and was an All-Star nine times in 11 seasons.

STATS & STREAKS

The Baltimore Orioles broke an 11-game losing streak at Fenway Park with a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. It was the Orioles’ first win at Boston since July 11, 2008. ... Cleveland is scheduled to face its ninth straight lefty starter Monday in the Los Angeles Angels’ Joe Saunders. According to STATS, it’ll be the first time in Indians history that has happened since at least 1919. ... New York Yankees reliever Phil Hughes has a scoreless streak of 23 1-3 innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in his past 16 appearances. ... Colorado has 42 sacrifice flies this season, the most in the majors.

MILESTONE

San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez entered the Padres’ 3-2 loss to Washington in 10 innings Sunday as a defensive substitute at first base in the seventh, extending the majors’ longest active consecutive games streak to 306. Gonzalez also broke the Padres’ consecutive-games record he shared with Steve Garvey.

HOME SWEET HOME

Derek Jeter hit a go-ahead single, Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Sunday to complete a 9-1 homestand. Seven of New York’s nine wins on the homestand were by two runs or fewer. It was the most wins for the Yankees on a homestand since going 10-2 in June 2004. New York’s .900 winning percentage was also its best this decade on a homestand of at least nine games.

WALKING THE BLANK

The Pittsburgh Pirates were shut out for the second straight game, falling 9-0 at Arizona on Sunday. The Pirates, whose 11 shutouts lead the majors, did not score in the final 19 innings of the series. They have been shut out on consecutive days twice this season, the first time in interleague play at the Chicago White Sox on May 22-23.

STELLAR IN RELIEF

Dustin Nippert replaced Kevin Millwood when the starter left after two innings with tightness in his left gluteus. Nippert gave up a run in the seventh on Alex Gordon’s single, the only hit he allowed in 4 2-3 innings. Nippert made a start Wednesday, giving up one run in 5 2-3 innings in a victory over Boston while filling in for Vicente Padilla, who was diagnosed with swine flu.

POWER SURGES

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez all hit two-run homers to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. ... Grady Sizemore hit the 20th leadoff homer of his career, Jhonny Peralta hit his second career grand slam and the Indians had four long balls in a 12-3 win over the Mariners to complete a three-game sweep.

SWINGS

The New York Mets had at least 12 hits for the third straight game, getting 13 in an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday. New York scored 18 runs in two games after scoring fewer than five in 15 of its previous 20. ... Florida’s Hanley Ramirez was 2 for 4 in an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and improved to .427 with runners in scoring position — second in the majors — after hitting just .239 in that department last season. ... Rick Porcello gave up five runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings in Toronto’s 5-1 loss to Detroit. The rookie has allowed 19 earned runs in his last four starts after giving up 16 earned runs in the previous 10 outings.

BACK IN BUSINESS

Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Atlanta’s 10-2 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday in his first start since coming off the disabled list Thursday. He went on the disabled list July 3 with right wrist tendinitis.

RAINY REHAB

Pedro Martinez’s first minor league rehab start in preparation for a comeback with the Philadelphia Phillies was cut short by rain Sunday. The 37-year-old right-hander worked 1 1-3 innings for Class A Clearwater before the Florida State League game against St. Lucie was stopped because of a downpour. Martinez, who signed a $1 million, one-year contract this month after sitting out the first half of the season, hit a batter and allowed one hit during a 20-pitch first inning that was delayed more than 30 minutes by an early afternoon storm.

DAYDREAM BELIEVER

Rich Harden may have finally solved his daytime pitching problems at Wrigley Field. The Cubs starter gave up just one hit in six stellar innings of Chicago’s 5-2 win over the Reds. Harden, whose previous Wrigley Field day victory had been Aug. 24, 2008, snapped two inexplicable trends: Going into Sunday, he had a 1-5 record and 7.38 ERA in day games (vs. 5-1, 2.23 at night) and a 2-5 record and 7.59 ERA at home (vs. 4-1, 2.03 on the road).

SCOUTING

Right-hander Drew Storen, taken by Washington out of Stanford with the 10th pick in the first round of the June draft, has yet to walk a hitter in 18 innings split between Class-A Potomac and Class-A Hagerstown. He has allowed one hit and struck out 20 in his last seven appearances.

SPEAKING

“I’d walk away from the game right now if I didn’t think I could do what I can do. There’s no thought in my head of that right now.” — Boston’s John Smoltz, who has allowed at least five runs in four of his six starts in his first year with the Red Sox following offseason shoulder surgery and 20 years with Atlanta.

“My dream was to play football for the Oakland Raiders. But my mother thought I would get hurt playing football, so she chose baseball for me. I guess moms do know best.” — Rickey Henderson, baseball’s all-time stolen base leader, during his induction speech for the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

SEASONS July 28

1931 — Bob Fothergill of Chicago hit a home run and a triple in an 11-run eighth inning. The White Sox set an American League record by recording 12 hits in the inning and beat the New York Yankees 14-12.

1940 — King Kong Keller hit three homers to give the New York Yankees a 10-9 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader split.

1951 — Clyde Vollmer of Boston hit a grand slam in the 16th inning, the latest ever hit in a major league game. The Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-4, in 16.

1958 — For the sixth time in his career, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both sides of the plate. New York beat the Athletics 14-7.

1971 — Sixteen-time Gold Glove winner Brooks Robinson committed three errors in the sixth inning against the Oakland A’s. Frank Robinson’s three-run homer in the ninth won the game for the Orioles.

1976 — John Odom (five innings) and Francisco Barrios (four innings) combined on a no-hitter as the Chicago White Sox beat Oakland 2-1.

1979 — Dave Kingman of the Chicago Cubs hit three home runs in a game for the second time in the season and became the sixth player in major league history to accomplish the feat. Kingman’s homers weren’t enough as the Cubs lost to the New York Mets 6-4.

1983 — AL president Lee McPhail ruled that George Brett’s “pine tar” home run against New York on July 24 should count. The umpires had disallowed the homer because the pine tar on Brett’s bat exceeded the 18-inch limit. The rest of the game was played Aug. 18 with the Kansas City Royals beating the Yankees, 5-4.

1990 — Shawon Dunston tied a major league record with three triples and led the Chicago Cubs to a 10-7 win over the Montreal Expos.

1991 — Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium.

1993 — Ken Griffey Jr. tied a major league record by homering in his eighth consecutive game, but it wasn’t enough for the Seattle Mariners in a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

1994 — On the night the baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California.

1999 — For the first time in 12 years, the U.S. baseball team beat the world champion Cubans, scoring five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-5 victory at the Pan American Games. Marcus Jensen’s three-run homer broke a 5-5 tie.

2001 — Vinny Castilla hit three homers and drove in five runs, but Houston still lost 9-8 to Pittsburgh. Down 8-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, the Pirates scored seven runs, including Brian Giles’ game-winning grand slam.

2004 — Troy Percival recorded his 300th save after John Lackey allowed three hits over 8 1-3 innings to help Anaheim beat Texas 2-0.

2006 — Houston rookie Luke Scott hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, but the Astros lost to Arizona 8-7.

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