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San Francisco pitcher regrets playing

SAN FRANCISCO — Looking back a day later, Jason Schmidt realized he shouldn't have pitched Saturday after tweaking his tender right groin during warmups.

Schmidt decided to give it a go anyway, saying it would have been "embarrassing" to walk off the mound moments before game time. Somehow, he lasted five innings and looked more than respectable despite throwing his fastball 10 mph slower than usual at times.

Now his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.

He was sore Sunday and expected to map out a plan for the remaining two weeks with trainer Stan Conte and pitching coach Dave Righetti. Conte said the Giants don't want Schmidt to risk further damage by changing his mechanics just to get back on the mound.

"It's sore," Schmidt said Sunday, noting he doesn't think the injury has become worse. "I shouldn't have pitched. The rule was, if I feel anything I'd come out of the game."

He had a hard time thinking of doing that considering his arm felt as good as it has all year, so he dealt with the twinge in his groin every time he let the ball go.

"My arm felt so good I could have thrown 97-98 (mph), but I didn't get a chance to try it," he said.

Schmidt left his start Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium in the fifth inning after getting injured while throwing a pitch to Oscar Robles. He failed to earn the decision in that outing and then again during the Giants' 2-1 win Saturday, so Schmidt is riding a five-game winning streak dating to a loss at Milwaukee on July 30.

Schmidt compared what he did Saturday to playing catch in the outfield.

RANGERS SET MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD: The Texas Rangers set a major league record for home runs at home when David Dellucci, Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas connected Sunday against Seattle.

Texas has 150 homers at 150 at Ameriquest Field, one more than Colorado hit at Coors Field in 1996.

STREAK OVER? Chicago pitcher Greg Maddux has all but ended his major league-record streak of 17 consecutive 15-win seasons with Saturday's 5-1 loss to St. Louis. Maddux dropped to 12-13 on the season and has only two starts remaining. There is an outside chance the 39-year old right-hander could make a third start, but it would be on short rest. Maddux's streak started in 1988 in the third year of his first stint with the Cubs. Maddux, who has 317 career wins, has not had a losing record since going 6-14 in 1987.