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Friday, Sept.16

Atlanta at New York Mets (7:10 p.m. EDT). John Smoltz (14-6) faces Pedro Martinez (14-7) and the Mets.

STARS

Wednesday

—David Ortiz, Red Sox, homered and drove in three runs in Boston's 5-3 win over Toronto.

—Raul Ibanez, Mariners, went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in Seattle's 10-9 win over Los Angeles.

—Brad Eldred, Pirates, hit a pair of solo homers in Pittsburgh's 5-3 win over St. Louis.

—Sean Casey, Reds, drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the 11th inning, to give Cincinnati a 7-4 11-inning victory over Chicago.

—Ramon Martinez, Phillies, hit a grand slam to help power Philadelphia over Atlanta 12-4.

MILESTONE

Andruw Jones hit his 50th home run Wednesday night, becoming the first major leaguer to reach that mark since 2002, in Atlanta's 12-4 loss to Philadelphia. It was Jones' 300th career homer and the 28-year-old became the 12th player in major league history to reach that milestone before his 30th birthday.

HEAVY HEART

Roger Clemens got his 12th win of the season Wednesday night, 10-2 win over Florida after his mother died of complications from emphysema earlier in the day. Pitching in her honor, Clemens allowed only one run over 6 1-3 innings.

SNAPPED

Kansas City scored three runs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, ending a streak of 102 losses when trailing after eight innings, in a 10-9 win over Chicago.

TANTRUM

Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen was ejected after striking out in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 6-3 victory over the Mets. Guillen took a called third strike from Kris Benson and was tossed out of the game for arguing. Guillen then tossed a batting helmet out of the dugout and onto the field, followed by a couple of bats. Once those were collected, what appeared to be a shinguard was the last item thrown out.

SPEAKING

"I'm just trying to break the rules. As soon as they bring my name up they said. 'Oh, he's a DH. I don't think he deserves it because he's a DH.' That's fine with me. I never saw anybody win the MVP because they won the Gold Glove and hit .230.' — David Ortiz, on his chances to win the American League MVP award.

SEASONS

Sept. 16

1914 — Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, was hired to finish the season as manager of the New York Yankees.

1924 — Jim Bottomley went 6-for-6 and batted in a record 12 runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 17-3. His hits included two home runs.

1960 — Warren Spahn, 39, pitched a no-hitter and set a Braves record with 15 strikeouts. Milwaukee beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0.

1965 — Dave Morehead of the Boston Red Sox pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

1975 — The Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field 22-0. It was the most one-sided shutout since 1900. Rennie Stennett had seven hits, including a pair of two-hit innings.

1987 — Joe Carter of the Cleveland Indians became the ninth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season when he stole his career-high 30th base in the fourth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

1988 — Cincinnati's Tom Browning pitched a perfect game, a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Browning struck out eight and allowed only eight balls to be hit out of the infield.

1993 — Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins became the 19th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits with a single off Oakland's Dennis Eckersley.

1996 — Paul Molitor got his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 21st major leaguer to reach the mark and the first to do it with a triple.

1997 — Philadelphia's Curt Schilling struck out nine in the Phillies' win over the New York Mets to become the 13th pitcher since 1900 with 300 strikeouts in a season.

2000 — Chicago's Sammy Sosa became only the third player to hit 50 home runs in different seasons, joining Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire. Sosa homered in the Cubs' 7-6 loss to St. Louis, joining McGwire as the only players to hit 50 in three straight years.

Today's birthdays: Chad Harville, 29; Desi Relaford, 32; Robin Yount, 50.