Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sosa Jams #600; Ordonez Leads AL at .383
American League Toronto 12 LA Dodgers 1 - Frank Thomas smashed his 10th home run of the season (and 497th of his career) - a 2nd inning grand slam, Greg Zaun chipped in with a single, double, homer, 3 runs and 3 RBI in 3 at-bats, and Roy Halladay worked the Dodgers over, allowing just 6 hits and 1 earned run. After LA had handed the Blue Jays a 10-1 knuckling on Tuesday, Toronto came back with a pretty good beat down of their own. Halladay improved to 8-2. Texas 7 Chi Cubs 3 - It was just another home run for Sammy Sosa (right), but this one was especially sweet, coming against his former team and elevating him into an elite club with only Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the other members. Sosa's 600th career home run came in Texas' half of the 5th inning and the solo shot put the Rangers up 5-1, and they coasted from there. It was Sosa's only hit of the night in 4 at-bats. Sosa spent all of 2006 out of baseball, some speculating that he was purging his body of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs as baseball began cracking down on the use of banned substances by players. With #600 under his belt, Sosa need only look behind him as Ken Griffey Jr. is quickly approaching the same plateau. Griffey, a year younger at 37, has 582 lifetime homers, already has 19 this season and is on pace to crack his own 600th sometime in August or September. Griffey has never been associated with steroids or any other foul play, and for good reason - he didn't need them. Seattle 7 Pittsburgh 0 - Enigmatic Jeff Weaver got his first win of the season (1-6), shutting out the Pirates with a commanding complete game performance, in which he allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Despite the blanking, the up-and-down Weaver still sports an 8.56 ERA. The Mariners snapped a 6-game losing streak and have fallen into 3rd place in the AL West, 7 1/2 behind the Angels and 1 1/2 behind Oakland. Other AL Scores Florida 5 Chi White Sox 4 - Sox, 5-19 last 24 Oakland 5 Cincinnati 3 - D. Haren (W, 9-2) Cleveland 10 Philadelphia 6 - Indians remain tied for 1st in NL Cent. LA Angels 8 Houston 4 - V. Guerrero, HR (13), 3 RBI (66) Seattle 7 Pittsburgh 0 National League Arizona 7 Tampa Bay 4 - The Diamondbacks climbed to within a 1/2 game of San Diego in the NL West as Eric Brynes went 4-5 with a homer, double, two singles, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. The D-Backs get a day off Thursday, then host Baltimore for 3 games before a 4-game showdown with the LA Dodgers, June 25-28. Detroit 8 Washington 4 - Who's hot? The Tigers are, winners of 4 straight and 10 of their last 14. The win at Washington kept them tied for 1st place in the AL Central with Cleveland. Magglio Ordonez (right) continued his stellar all-around play with a 3-4 effort last night, scoring twice and driving in a run - his 67th. Ordonez leads the majors with a .383 batting average. Maggs has an 8-game hitting streak, during which he's 16-29 (.552). Jeremy Bonderman pitched 5 innings for his 8th win without a loss. Other NL Scores Milwaukee 7 San Francisco 5 - B. Hall, GS HR (8), 5 RBI Baltimore 7 San Diego 1 - O's snap 9-game losing streak Colorado 6 NY Yankees 1 - M. Holliday HR (13), 3 RBI (57) Minnesota 6 NY Mets 2 - 2nd straight for Twins over Mets Boston 11 Atlanta 0 - J. Tavarez (W, 5-4) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K St. Louis 7 Kansas City 6, 14 innings - R. Ludwick GW HR (4) Interleague Scoreboard: Friday (6/8): AL 8, NL 6 Saturday (6/9): AL 10, NL 4 Sunday (6/10): AL 9, NL 5 Monday (6/11): AL 0, NL 2 Tuesday (6/12): AL: 8, NL: 6 Wednesday (6/13): AL: 6, NL: 8 Thursday (6/14): AL: 7, NL: 5 Friday (6/15): AL: 6, NL: 8 Saturday (6/16): AL: 5, NL: 9 Sunday (6/17): AL: 9, NL: 5 Monday (6/18): AL: 7 NL: 3 Tuesday (6/19): AL: 3, NL: 11 Wednesday (6/20): AL: 10, NL: 4 Total: AL: 88 NL: 76 Note: During interleague play, home teams are reported under their respective leagues.