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BASEBALL TODAY

SCOREBOARD

Saturday, July 22

Texas at Seattle (9:05 p.m. EDT). Ivan Rodriguez and the Rangers hope to slow down the first-place Mariners in matchup of AL West rivals.

STARS

Thursday

— Tony Womack, Diamondbacks, hit a game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Arizona a 3-2 victory over St. Louis.

— Troy O'Leary, Red Sox, went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in an 11-7 win over Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader.

— Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays, homered twice in a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay.

— Johnny Damon, Royals, had four hits and two RBIs to help Kansas City defeat Cleveland 10-6.

SUSPENDED

Boston's Carl Everett homered in his first at-bat after receiving a 10-game suspension as the Red Sox beat Baltimore 11-7 in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday. The players' association is appealing the suspension so Everett can continue playing until a hearing.

SUPREME UNIT

Arizona's Randy Johnson struck out 11 in a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday and increased his major league-leading total to 221. Johnson reached double digits in strikeouts for the 15th time in 21 starts this season and the 140th time in his career. He also became the NL's first 15-game winner and pitched his major league-leading sixth complete game.

STAY IN THE FAMILY

In Cincinnati's 6-2 loss to Houston on Thursday night, Mike Bell struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning to become the first third generation member of a baseball family to play for one team. His grandfather Gus (1953-61) and father Buddy (1985-88) previously played for the Reds.

SURPASSED

Seattle's Rickey Henderson had a single in a 5-4 loss to Oakland on Thursday to move past Mel Ott for 34th on the career hits list with 2,877.

SNAPPED

The Chicago White Sox had their five-game winning streak snapped, and pitcher Jim Parque lost for the first time in 10 starts with a 5-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. ... Atlanta's Tom Glavine won at Florida for the first time in five years with a 5-3 win over the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader.

SWING

Seattle's Aaron Sele took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but ended up the losing pitcher in a 5-4 loss to Oakland on Thursday. ... Boston's Nomar Garciaparra went 3-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader, an 11-7 win over Baltimore, raising his batting average to .403. But he went 0-for-5 in the nightcap, dropping him to .396 as the Red Sox lost 9-4.

STRONG DEBUT

Florida's A.J. Burnett allowed one run and three hits over seven innings to win his 2000 debut, 6-1 over Atlanta in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday night.

SWAT TEAM

Toronto has homered in 19 straight home games — two short of the team record — after connecting three times in a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Cleveland's Manny Ramirez homered twice and drove in three runs in a 10-6 loss to Kansas City on Thursday night.

SUPER CLOSER

Todd Jones of Detroit earned his AL-leading 26th save in 27 chances as the Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-3 Thursday.

SPECIAL SAVE

San Francisco's Aaron Fultz recorded his first major league save in a 7-3 win over San Diego on Thursday night.

STREAKING

David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a walk Thursday in Minnesota's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Ortiz has reached base nine straight times — one shy of the team record. His eight hits in as many plate appearances also is one short of the team record.

SMOKING

Los Angeles' Gary Sheffield has hit six homers in the Dodgers' eight games since the All-Star break. He hit his 33rd of the season in a 6-3 victory over Colorado on Thursday night.

STRUCK

Anaheim's Mo Vaughn was hit on the helmet by a fastball from Texas starter Darren Oliver in the first inning Thursday night. Vaughn stayed in the game and went on to tie a team record with four walks in the Angels' 6-1 victory.

STRONG STARTS

Montreal's Dustin Hermanson allowed one run and seven hits over 8 2-3 innings Thursday, helping the Expos to a 4-1 win over the New York Mets. ... Philadelphia's Bruce Chen allowed one run and six hits over five innings in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

SPEAKING

"The whole thing is that the majority of the media tried to make a monster out of a guy. Everyone is quick to judge. I fault the media. I would say I didn't do the things people said I did." — Boston's Carl Everett on his 10-game suspension announced Thursday for bumping and head-butting an umpire last weekend at Fenway Park.

SEASONS

July 22

1905 — Weldon Henley of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a no-hitter, defeating the St. Louis Browns 6-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the highlight of Henley's 5-12 season.

1906 — Bob Ewing pitched the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies without a single assist registered by his teammates.

1926 — Cincinnati had four triples in an 11-run second inning as the Reds beat the Boston Braves, 13-1. Curt Walker hit two in the inning to tie an NL record for most triples in an inning.

1962 — Floyd Robinson of the Chicago White Sox had six singles in six at-bats in a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

1967 — The Atlanta Braves used five pitchers in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals for a major league record. The pitchers were Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley and Cecil Upshaw.

Today's birthdays: Mike Thurman 27; Mike Sweeney 27.