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Thursday, Sept. 29

Toronto at Boston (7:05 p.m. EDT). Matt Clement (13-6) and the Red Sox wrap up a four-game set with the Blue Jays.



— Ramon Hernandez, Padres, hit a go-ahead grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead San Diego past San Francisco 9-6.

— Jay Gibbons and Melvin Mora, Orioles, both homered and combined for five hits, five runs scored and nine RBIs in Baltimore's 17-9 win over the New York Yankees.

— Roy Oswalt, Astros, struck out seven and allowed one run over seven innings in Houston's 3-1 win over St. Louis.

— Marcus Giles, Braves, hit two homers and drove in three runs in Atlanta's 12-3 win over Colorado.

— Marlon Byrd, Nationals, went 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored in Washington's 11-1 win over Florida.

— Jason Bay, Pirates, homered and drove in four runs in Pittsburgh's 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.


Atlanta clinched their 14th straight division title Tuesday night, thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets. The Braves began their record-setting streak in 1991 — when they were in the NL West. ... The Los Angeles Angels won the AL West title for the second consecutive season with a 4-3 win over Oakland. Los Angeles led the division or shared the lead for all but five days after the All-Star break.


Barry Bonds hit his 708th career home run in San Francisco's 9-6 loss to San Diego on Tuesday night. Bonds is third on the all-time list, needing just seven homers to pass Babe Ruth for second all-time. The slugger has hit five homers since making his season debut on Sept. 12 against San Diego. Bonds' 81 career homers against San Diego are his most against any team, and his 41 in San Diego are his most in any road city.


Gary Sheffield hit two home runs, including his 11th career grand slam, and drove in six runs in New York's 17-9 loss to Baltimore Tuesday night. ... Greg Maddux pitched a complete game in Chicago's 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh, putting his streak of non-losing seasons in jeopardy. Maddux (13-14) is scheduled to start the season finale Sunday at Houston, and has not finished below .500 since 1987, when he was 6-14 for the Cubs.