Thursday, July 26, 2007

A-Rod, Glavine at the Threshold

American League NY Yankees 7 Kansas City 1 - The Yankees won their 6th straight, moving to within 6 1/2 games of AL East leader Boston, and Alex Rodriguez (right) belted his 35th home run, making him the first player in major league history to hit at least 35 homers in 10 consecutive seasons. It was also his 499th, meaning his next will make him the youngest player ever to reach the 500 mark. A-Rod turns 32 on Friday. The Yankee slugger joined another exclusive club with #35, bonding with Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history to hit 35 home runs and drive in more than 100 runs in a season 11 times. Rodriguez has 102 RBI this season. Boston 0 Cleveland 1 - On Tuesday, it was Daisuke Matsuzaka outdueling C.C. Sabathia for a 1-0 Boston win. On Wednesday, Cleveland got even as Fausto Carmona (13-4, right) led the Indians to a 1-0 win over Red Sox ace Josh Beckett (13-4). Carmona, a rookie, gave up just 4 hits over 8 innings and was helped by Franklin Gutierrez, another rookie, who provided the only run of the game with his 3rd inning home run. Cleveland trails Detroit by 1 1/2 in the AL Central. Detroit 13 Chi White Sox 9 - The Tigers kept Cleveland at bay as rookie Ryan Raburn singled twice, doubled and homered in 5 at-bats, scoring 3 times and driving in 7. The Tigers tied their series with Chicago at 2-2, after dropping both ends of a double-header on Tuesday. The rubber game is tonight. Other AL Scores Minnesota 1 Toronto 13 - G. Zaun, 3-4, HR, 4 RBI Oakland 6 LA Angels 7 - LA leads Seattle by 3 1/2 in AL West. Tampa Bay 1 Baltimore 6 Seattle 6 Texas 7 - Mariners, 6 straight losses National League Pittsburgh 3 NY Mets 6 - The Mets staked starter Tom Glavine (right) to a 6-0 lead and the veteran lefty made it stand up, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings for his 299th career win. Glavine (9-6), who joined the Mets in 2003, has 57 wins with New York and 242 with the Atlanta Braves. Glavine also passed the 2500 mark for strikeouts earlier this season has won 20 games five different times and carries a lifetime ERA of 3.49. San Diego 2 Colorado 10 - The Rockies got the last laugh, taking their series with the Padres two games to one, as Matt Holliday went 4-4 with 2 doubles and his 18th home run, driving in 2 and scoring 4 times. Holliday is batting .333, good for 4th in the NL, and the Rockies gained to within 4 1/2 of the NL West leading Dodgers. Between them are the Padres, 1 back, and Arizona, 1 1/2 behind LA. Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 7 - The Brewers dropped their 12 game in July against just 9 wins and can feel the Cubs breathing down the back of their necks. The Cubs... ...Chi Cubs 7 St. Louis 1 - improved to 14-6 in July and got to within 2 games of the Brewers in the NL Central. The Cubs and Brewers are the only teams in the division with better-than-.500 records. The third-place Cardinals are 9 back at 45-52. Starter Ted Lilly improved to 11-4, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits over 7 innings. Washington 5 Philadelphia 7, 14 innings - It took a while, but Ryan Howard finally got a pitch he could drive and he sent it into the right field stands to end the game. Howard has 28 home runs, 2nd in the NL behind Milwaukee's Prince Fielder. Other NL Scores LA Dodgers 1 Houston 2 Florida 0 Arizona 7 - B. Webb, W (9-8), 7 IP, 6 H, 8 K Atlanta 1 San Francisco 2

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