Baseball Today

Aug 16, 2009 - 7:35 AM Houston at Milwaukee (2:05 p.m. EDT). The Astros' Roy Oswalt (6-4, 3.87 ERA) and Brewers' Braden Looper (10-6, 4.99 ERA) face off as the teams try to gain ground in the NL Central.



STARS=

Saturday=

-Julio Borbon, Rangers, had four hits and four of Texas' club-record eight stolen bases in a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

-Nick Swisher, Yankees, hit a two-run homer and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 for their 12th win in 13 games.

-Bengie Molina, Giants, homered in the 10th inning to give San Francisco a 5-4 victory at the New York Mets.

-Brian McCann, Braves, hit a two-run homer in Atlanta's 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

-John Lackey, Angels, allowed one run in seven innings and Los Angeles beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 at Camden Yards.

-Mark Reynolds and Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, hit back-to-back homers off Jonathan Broxton in the ninth and Arizona rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings.

-Carl Crawford, Rays, hit a two-run double during Tampa Bay's four-run third and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 to end a five-game skid.

-Carlos Guillen, Tigers, homered and drove in four runs in Detroit's 10-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

-Matt Holliday, Cardinals, hit a two-run homer to power St. Louis to a 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

-Tom Gorzelanny, Cubs, struck out eight in five effective innings, helping Chicago to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

-Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, had three hits, including his 31st home run, in San Diego's 7-4 loss at St. Louis.

-Mike Burns, Brewers, pitched seven solid innings and Milwaukee beat the Houston Astros 6-2 for its third straight victory.

-Alberto Gonzalez and Elijah Dukes, Nationals, each had two hits and three RBIs in Washington's 10-6 win at the Cincinnati Reds.

-Gavin Floyd, White Sox, pitched seven strong innings to help Chicago to an 8-1 win at the Oakland Athletics.



OUCH=

Mets slugger David Wright, Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler all got hit in the head with the ball. Wright and Kuroda each sustained a concussion and were expected to spend Saturday night in the hospital. Wright was hit squarely in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Giants starter Matt Cain. Kuroda was hit by Arizona pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal's line drive. Kinsler stayed in after he was hit in the helmet by Boston's Fernando Cabrera in the eighth.



THAT'S STEALING=

The Texas Rangers set a club record with eight steals in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The eight stolen bases matched the most in the majors this season. Boston also allowed eight against Tampa Bay on May 3. Julio Borbon swiped four bags, Elvis Andrus finished with three and Ian Kinsler had the other one. The Rangers also stole six bases against the Red Sox on July 22.



SWEET=

Adam Dunn hit his first homer against his former team, leading the Washington Nationals to a 10-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Dunn, known for his tape-measure shots to right field, started the second with a drive that barely reached the first row of seats in left. Dunn made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2001 and was one of the club's regular outfielders until he was traded to Arizona last August. He signed with Washington in the offseason.



IN THE FOLD=

The Florida Marlins reached an agreement with left-hander Chad James, the 18th overall pick in the June draft, that includes a $1.7 million signing bonus. Rob Martin, James' agent, said his client passed a physical and will sign the deal Monday in Oklahoma City.



WORTH NOTING=

Brad Lidge committed two errors on one play and picked up his eighth blown save in Philadelphia's 4-3 loss at Atlanta. ... St. Louis has won seven of eight and is a season-high 14 games over .500. ... The New York Yankees have won five straight and 12 of 13. ... Minnesota is 4-10 in its last 14 games. Half of those losses have come to the Indians and Royals, teams already looking ahead to next season.



SPEAKING=

"I'm just happy that the losing streak is over. I'm glad we were able to get the win because we needed it. Everybody came and did their job. Usually when we're all clicking like this we're a pretty tough team to beat." - Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford after the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays to end a five-game skid.



SEASONS=

Aug. 16=

1920 - Shortstop Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head with a pitch in the fifth inning by New York's Carl Mays. Chapman suffered a fractured skull and died the next day. It was the only on-field fatality in major league history.

1927 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees became the first player to clear the roof at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Ruth's home run came off White Sox pitcher Tommy Thomas in the 8-1 win.

1947 - Ralph Kiner hit three successive home runs to become the first Pirates player to accomplish the feat as Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-7 at Forbes Field.

1948 - Babe Ruth died of cancer in New York, at the age of 53.

1950 - Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs in the Giants' 16-7 rout of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds.

1964 - Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals had eight straight hits in a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won the first game 3-0 and the Cardinals took the second, 4-0.

1967 - Jim Maloney of Cincinnati retired 19 consecutive Pirates but had to leave the game after he injured his ankle by stepping in a hole at Forbes Field. Billy McCool allowed two hits over the final 2 2-3 innings to give the Reds a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh.

1996 - With 23,699 fans at the 25,644-seat Estadio Monterrey, the San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets 15-10 in the first major league regular-season game played outside the United States or Canada.

2005 - Bobby Bragan became the oldest manager of a pro baseball game when the 87-year-old guided the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League for one game against Coastal Bend. Hall of Famer Connie Mack previously held the record, but Bragan eclipsed Mack by eight days. Bragan was tossed out of the game in the third inning after he went on the field following the ejection of a player.

2006 - Bruce Froemming umpired his 5,000th major league game - second-most in big league history. Bill Klem worked 5,374 games from 1905-40.

Today's birthdays: Daric Barton 24; Matt Harrison 24; Ryan Hanigan 29.






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