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Tuesday, Sept. 13

Florida at Houston (8:05 p.m. EDT). Josh Beckett (13-8) and the Florida Marlins face Wandy Rodriguez (9-7) and the Houston Astros for position in NL wild-card race.



—Andruw Jones, Braves hit a pair of solo homers to extend his major league-leading total to 49 in Atlanta's 9-7 win over Washington.

—Randy Johnson, Yankees, gave up only one hit over seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in New York's 1-0 victory over Boston.

—Aaron Cook, Rockies, pitched his first complete game of the year to lead Colorado past Arizona 7-2.

—Placido Polanco, Tigers, had four hits, including a home run, and scored four runs to lead Detroit to a 14-4 win over Kansas City.

—Pat Burrell, Phillies, homered and drove in four runs in Philadelphia's 11-1 rout of Florida.

—Ron Belliard and Grady Sizemore, Indians. Both homered and drove in three runs as Cleveland routed Minnesota 12-4.


Andruw Jones homered in three straight games by adding a pair of solo shots in Atlanta's 9-7 win over Washington on Sunday. Jones also eclipsed the franchise record of 47 homers shared by Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (1971) and Eddie Mathews (1953).


The New York Yankees beat Boston 1-0 Sunday on a first-inning home run by Jason Giambi off Tim Wakefield accounting for the only score of the game. New York had not beaten the Red Sox 1-0 on a homer since Roy White connected off Jose Santiago on May 11, 1968.


New York Mets players wore seven different hats Sunday representing agencies that lost personnel in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ... In Philadelphia before the national anthem, there was a moment of silence and a video of Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful." An American flag patch was on hats of both teams


John Smoltz's five strikeouts in Atlanta's 9-7 win over Washington on Sunday gave him 2,556 for his career, tying Jerry Koosman for 24th place in baseball history.


"I thought today was very significant for him. This is the most pressure you could be asked to pitch under when everybody expects you to win, you get one run and pitch up to those standards." — Yankees manager Joe Torre, on Randy Johnson's 1-0 win over the Red Sox.


Sept. 13

1995 — Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, the middle infield of the Detroit Tigers, set an American League record when they played in their 1,915th game together.

2004 — Eric Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading Oakland to a wild 7-6 win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in the ninth when Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans.

Today's birthdays: Wade Miller, 29; Bernie Williams, 37.