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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.



—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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


"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.


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.