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    January


    January 3 The Astros sign free agent CF Preston Wilson to either a 1 year, $4.5 million or 4 year, $28 million contract. Wilson will get $4 million in 2006 and at the end of the season, the team has an option for 3 years, $24 million or a $500,000 buyout.
    January 4 The Mets trade pitchers Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Dodgers for pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. The Mets get relievers, the Dodgers get starters.
    The Orioles sign free agent 1B Jeff Conine to a contract.
    The Pirates sign OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.
    January 5 The Yankees sign free agent INF Miguel Cairo to a contract.
    The Phillies sign free agent P Ryan Franklin to a contract.
    January 6 The Red Sox sign free agent 1B J.T. Snow to a contract.
    The Blue Jays help their crowded 3B situation by trading 3B Cory Koskie to the Brewers for minor league P Brian Wolfe.
    January 9 The Cubs trade former five-tool bluechipper CF Corey Patterson to the Orioles for minor leaguers SS Nate Spears and P Carlos Perez.
    The Astros sign free agent P Trever Miller to a contract.
    January 10 Bruce Sutter is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 13th year on the ballot. The relief star becomes the first hurler elected to the Hall with no career starts. Outfielder Jim Rice finishes second in the balloting, falling 53 votes shy, one ahead of reliever Goose Gossage.
    The Padres sign free agent P Shawn Estes to a contract.
    The Devil Rays sign free agent INF Ty Wigginton to a contract.
    The Mets ink their top pick from last June’s draft signing Mike Pelfrey for $5.25 million.
    January 11 The Red Sox sign free agent reliever Julian Tavarez to a two-year $6.7 million contract.
    January 12 The Indians sign free agent 1B Eduardo Perez to a contract.
    The Orioles cowboy up and sign free agent 1B Kevin Millar to a contract.
    The Reds sign free agent P Grant Balfour to a contract.
    The Devil Rays sign free agent P Dan Miceli to a 2-year contract.
    January 14 The Dodgers obtain Ps Danys Baez and Lance Carter from the Devil Rays for Ps Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany.
    January 19 P Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year contract with the Red Sox, giving them a hometown discount of $11.25 million for three years.
    January 21 The Mets trade P Kris Benson and his wife to the Orioles for Ps Jorge Julio and John Maine. Anna will file for divorce in March, saying her marriage to Kris is "irretrievably broken", then reverse her call a few weeks later.
    January 23 The Cubs sign free agent P Wade Miller to a contract.
    January 24 The Red Sox give Theo Epstein the title of GM again. Larry Lucchino, team president states, "Theo returns as general manager to an organization that is different from the one he left on Oct. 31. The 14-year relationship between Theo and me, and the passage of time over the last three months, have helped to put behind us the friction that developed during last year's negotiations."
    Red Sox P Guillermo Mota fails a physical, which puts the proposed Red Sox-Indians trade in danger. The trade will send OF Coco Crisp, P David Riske and C Josh Bard to the Red Sox for Mota, 3B Andy Marte and C Kelly Shoppach.
    The Orioles re-sign RF Jay Gibbons to a 4 year, $21.1 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Gibbons would have been eligible for free agency after the season.
    January 25 The A's signed free agent DH Frank Thomas to a 1 year, $500,000 contract.
    January 27 The Phillies send OF Jason Michaels to the Indians for P Arthur Rhodes.
    The Red Sox send 3B Andy Marte, P Guillermo Mota, C Kelly Shoppach, and cash considerations or a player to be named later to the Indians for OF Coco Crisp, P David Riske, and C Josh Bard.
    January 29 The Padres sign 37-year-old C Mike Piazza to a one year contract. Piazza turned down an offer from the Phillies for a chance to catch regularly in San Diego.

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    February



    February 2 The Dodgers extend the contract of announcer Vin Scully through 2008, which will be his 59th year with the Dodgers. Scully, 78, began announcing for the Dodgers in 1950.
    The Nationals sign free agent P Felix Rodriguez to a contract.
    February 3 The Giants announce that the name of their ballpark will be changed from SBC Park to ATT&T Park beginning in March. It is the 3rd name for the stadium, which was originally called Pacific Bell Park.
    February 6 The Blue Jays sign free agent C Bengie Molina to a contract.
    February 7 The Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Jeff DaVanon to a contract.
    February 8 Johnny Damon takes out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe thanking Red Sox fans for supporting him. The ad is in the form of a letter.
    The Reds hire 52-year-old Wayne Krivsky as GM. Krivsky was the assistant GM with the Twins for the past 8 years.
    The Phillies sign free agent SS Alex Gonzalez to a contract.
    February 9 The Rockies sign free agent P Josh Fogg to a contract.
    February 12 The Reds sign free agent 1B Scott Hatteberg to a contract.
    February 14 Spring training begins as pitchers and catchers report to nine teams.
    February 15 The Angels sign free agent P Jeff Weaver to a one-year $8.3 million contract.
    February 27 A committee of 12 baseball historians elects 17 candidates to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The electees include 7 Negro leagues players (Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Biz Mackey, Mule Suttles, Christobel Torriente, and Jud Wilson), 5 pre-Negro leagues players (Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Jose Mendez, Louis Santop, and Ben Taylor), 4 Negro leagues executives (Effa Manley, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, and J.L. Wilkinson), and one pre-Negro leagues executive (Sol White). Manley becomes the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    The Nationals sign free agent pitcher Pedro Astacio to a contract.
    Former St. Louis Cardinals hurler Rick Ankiel trying to make the team as an outfielder, injures his left knee during an intrasquad game. He will undergo season-ending surgery on May 26.

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    March


    March 3 Korea shuts out Chinese Taipei, 2-0, in the 1st game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, played in Tokyo, Japan.
    March 5 Major League Baseball signs a lease for a new stadium for the Nationals to be built along the Anacostia River.
    March 8 The Diamondbacks send INF Alex Cintron to the White Sox in exchange for P Jeff Bajenaru.
    March 19 After Randy Johnson throws 6 shutout innings in a grapefruit league game, reliever Al Leiter pitches to one batter before leaving and announcing his retirement.
    March 20 Pitching for power. The Reds trade OF Wily Mo Pena to the Red Sox for P Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo, 14-10 in 2005, was slated for the bullpen. Pena, 24, hit .254 last year with 19 homers.
    The White Sox and Mariners exchange former 1st round picks, with Chicago sending OF Joe Borchard to Seattle in exchange for P Matt Thornton.
    Alfonso Soriano of the Nationals refuses to take the field when he is listed as the team’s starting LF. He has told the club he wants to remain at 2B. The team says it will place him on the disqualified list if he doesn’t agree to the position change. The suspension is avoided when Soriano takes the field on the 22nd.
    Japan defeats Cuba, 10-6, to win the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is named MVP.
    March 21 The Padres trade C David Ross to the Reds for P Bobby Basham.
    March 24 After first signing with the Red Sox and then allegedly signing with the A's, Juan Gonzalez is now working out with the Rockies. The Boston Herald calls Gonzalez signing with the A's "a complete figment of his imagination."
    Tigers P Kenny Rogers makes a plea bargain in which he will attend an anger management class in order to resolve the charges resulting from him knocking down a cameraman late last June.
    March 25 The Astros place 1B Jeff Bagwell on the 15 day DL. Bagwell admits that his career could be over. Dr. James Andrews told him that he has numerous degenerative bone spurs in his shoulder which need to be removed; but, the doctors thought that removing them during his last shoulder surgery would either slow down or prevent him from recovering.
    March 26 The Athletics and Diamondbacks exchange Ps with Brad Halsey going to Oakland and Juan Cruz to Arizona.
    March 29 The Indians sign CF Grady Sizemore to a 6-year, $23.45 million contract. It is the largest contract ever for a player with less than 2 years experience, breaking the mark held by Nomar Garciaparra.
    March 30 The Royals trade utilityman Joe McEwing to the Astros for a player to be named.
    Major League Baseball announces an investigation into the use of steroids. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is appointed to lead the investigation.
    March 31 The ball that Babe Ruth hit for his last HR at Yankee Stadium is sold for $86,250 at auction. The ball was hit in an exhibition game off Walter Johnson on August 23, 1942.

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    April


    April 1 The Rangers trade OF David Dellucci to the Phillies in exchange for P Robinson Tejeda and OF Jake Blalock, brother of Texas OF Hank.
    April 2 The White Sox open the season with a 10-4 win over the Indians. Jim Thome homers in his 1st game for Chicago and Brandon McCarthy gets the win in relief in a game that is held up nearly 3 hours because of rain.
    April 3 The Cardinals down the Phillies, 13-5, in their season opener. Jimmy Rollins strokes an 8th inning double for Philadelphia, extending his 2-season hitting streak to 37 games.
    The Orioles open their season with a 9-6 win over the Devil Rays. CF Luis Matos becomes the first player in Orioles history to homer in back-to-back opening days since Frank Robinson in 1969-70.
    The Florida Marlins set a modern major-league record by starting six rookies in their opener. They collect five hits but no runs as they lose to the Astros, 1–0. Roy Oswalt goes 8 innings for the win.
    The Red Sox become the first team to start an Opening Day infield that has none of the team's starting infielders from the previous postseason. The Sox open with Mike Lowell-3B, Alex Gonzalez-SS, Mark Loretta-2B, Kevin Youkilis-1B. Lowell homers as does David Ortiz to back Curt Schilling’s win, 7–3. Schilling’s batterymate, Jason Varitek is the first Red Sox catcher to start Opening Day for seven straight seasons.
    The Yankees roll by the A's, 15-2 as Alex Rodriguez has a grand slam and 5 RBI. Hideki Matsui has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 4. Randy Johnson, with 7 IP, is the recipient of the offense. A's starter Barry Zito joins Brad Havens (1983) and Dave Stewart (1995) as the only Opening Day starters since 1945 to give up seven or more runs and record just four outs. The A's are wearing a right-sleeve arm patch on their home uniforms in memory of Bill King, their lead radio announcer since 1981. The patch features a microphone emblazoned with King's name and his signature call, "Holy Toledo." The Blue Jays are paying tribute to Tom Cheek who broadcast 4,306 consecutive regular-season games beginning with the team's first ever in 1977. The team will wear a left-sleeve arm patch featuring a microphone and the initials "TC."
    Anaheim tips the Mariners in their season opener, 5–4, when Orlando Cabrera drives in 2 runs in the top of the 9th with his 3rd hit of the game. Mariner Kenji Johjima became the first C in 122 years to homer in his first game in the majors; the last C to accomplish the feat was Jerry Moore in 1884.
    April 5 The Tigers defeat the Royals, 14-3. C Ivan Rodriguez leads the Detroit attack with 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a HR, while CF Curtis Granderson adds a HR. Tiger P Jeremy Bonderman allows a run in 6 2/3 IP. The Tigers will win again tomorrow and set a record for the most homeruns (15) in the first three games of a season.
    Paced by Torii Hunter’s 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI, the Twins roll to a 13-4 win over the Angels. Shannon Stewart and Luis Rodriguez also homer to back Brad Radke’s 6 innings and a win.
    The A's use a five-run 8th to beat the visiting Yankees, 9-4. Yankees RF Gary Sheffield hits his 450th career HR and passes Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell into 28th place on the all time HR list. Thomas, now playing for the A’s, has some satisfaction, collecting 3 RBI.
    Dwight Gooden is sentenced to a year + a day in prison for violating his probation by using cocaine.
    In the Reds 8-6 victory over the Cubs, Ken Griffey, Jr. hits the 537th HR of his career to move past Mickey Mantle into 12th position on the all-time list. Winning pitcher Bronson Arroyo clubs his first ML homer, off Glendon Rusch. He’ll hit another off Rusch in two weeks.
    The Phils Jimmy Rollins has a single in 4-3 loss to Cards to run his consecutive game hit streak to 38. Skip Schumaker hits his first ML HR and Albert Pujols also homers.
    April 6 Using his newly perfected knuckleball, Texas P R.A. Dickey ties a post-1900 major league record by surrendering six HRs to the Tigers in a 10-6 Detroit victory. The only ML pitcher to give up more homers was Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons who allowed seven to the Detroit Wolverines (AA) on June 12, 1886. Detroit clouts 7 round-trippers in the contest, and sets a major league record with 15 homers in their first three games, breaking the mark of 10, set by the 1998 Mariners. The Tigers set a team record for any 3-game span, breaking the mark of 14, set in 1997.
    The Phillies lose their 3rd straight game to the Cardinals, 4-2, and Jimmy Rollins loses his 38-game hitting streak as he is held hitless in 4 ABs. Rollins hit .379 (64-for-169) during his two-season streak and fell just 7 games short of the all-time record of 45 held by Willie Keeler. "Wee Willie" got a hit in the final game of the 1896 season then posted at least one safety in 44 straight games to begin 1897. Rollins joins Vada Pinson (31 games 1965-66), Ron LeFlore (31 games 1975-76) and Hal Morris (32 games 1996-97) as the only players since 1960 with 30-gamers over two years.
    Devil Rays P Mark Hendrickson hurls a complete game 3-hit shutout, defeating the Orioles, 2-0. It is the 1st complete game shutout for TB since 2003. The streak of 349 consecutive games without a complete game shutout is 2nd in AL history behind the 1994-96 Brewers (386).
    Pedro Feliz honors three former major-leaguers (including his own manager, Felipe Alou) when he drives in Barry Bonds, Moises Alou and Lance Niekro with a bases-clearing double during the Giants' six-run 3rd against the Braves’ off of Jorge Sosa. According to Dave Vincent, Feliz is the first major-leaguer in the last 49 years to drive in three sons of ex-major-leaguers on the same play. Further research reveals that it is only the 11th time since 1957 that three sons of big leaguers were on base at the same time. Doing some record setting of their own in the 6-4 loss, Brave batterymates Brian McCann (C) and Jorge Sosa (P) became only the 11th such duo to hit back-to-back homers in the majors when they go yard consecutively. It is the first ML hit and homer for Sosa, who will have two more hits, both homers, this year.
    April 7 The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 5-2, as Chris Shelton becomes the 3rd player to hit 5 HRs in his teams first 4 games. Lou Brock (1967) and Barry Bonds (2002) are the others who have accomplished the feat.
    The Brewers down the Diamondbacks, 3-1, for their 4th consecutive win. Derrick Turnbow gets the save for Milwaukee, becoming the 1st P to save each of his team’s first 4 games of the season since the save became an official statistic in 1969.
    April 8 Barry Zito, Kiko Calero, Joe Kennedy, and Huston Street combine to 1-hit the Mariners as the Athletics cruise to a 3-0 victory. Richie Sexson’s 2nd-inning 2B is Seattle’s only hit.
    The Giants double the Braves, 12-6. The Giants starting outfield of Barry Bonds (41), Steve Finley (41), and Moises Alou (39) is the oldest in ML history.
    April 9 As the Rockies down the Padres, 10-4, Colorado OF Cory Sullivan ties a ML record by hitting 2 triples in the 5th inning. He is the 5th MLer to do so and the 1st since Gil Coan in 1951. The last NL player to hit 2 triples in a frame was Curt Walker in 1926.
    The Cubs use a five-run 8th to double the Cards, 8-4. The big blow is Michael Barrett’s grand slam off Jason Isringhausen. Cubs SS Ronny Cedeno has 4 hits. In his debut, starter Sean Marshall becomes the 1,800th Cubs player.
    In the Indians 3–2 win over the Twins, Bob Wickman passes Doug Jones to become the Indians all-time saves leader when he earns his 130th save. Johan Santana (0-2) gives up all 3 Tribe runs.
    April 10 The Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 6-4, in the 1st game played in the new $365 million Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The new stadium will seat 40,713 through July 12 and 46,861 after that date. Mark Mulder gets credit for the victory, and also hits a HR in the contest.
    Tampa Bay loses to the Orioles, 6–3, in the Devil Ray’s home opener. The sellout crowd is just the fourth sell-out at their home park, Tropicana Field, since they began playing there in 1998.
    April 11 In the Yankees home Opener, the Bronx Bombers use a 5-run 8th to up end the Royals, 9-7. Derek Jeter’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the frame. Jason Giambi hits 3-run homer in the 1st to start the Yankee scoring. Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard misses the game due to a hip injury; Sheppard hadn't missed an opener since he began his announcing gig in 1951, a period of 55 years or 20,083 days.
    Japanese outfielder Tomoaki Kanemoto sets a new world record for playing every inning in the most consecutive games, 904, breaking Cal Ripken, Jr.'s record of 903.
    The California Supreme Court rules 6-1 that being hit in the head is "an inherent risk of baseball" and, therefore, a junior college player cannot sue to recover damages caused by a beaning he suffered in 2001.
    Anthony Velazquez sets a high school record as he throws his second consecutive perfect game. The junior at Bayside High in New York City, who goes by the nickname "Tiki," recorded his first perfecto on April 11 against John Browne High then followed with another slice of perfection against Flushing High. The only other U.S. high school pitchers to throw two perfect games in their careers were Ken Beardslee in the late 1940s and L.J. Grantham in 1958 and 1959.
    Anthony Velazquez sets a high school record as he throws his second consecutive perfect game. The junior at Bayside High in New York City, who goes by the nickname "Tiki," recorded his first perfecto on April 11 against John Browne High then followed with another slice of perfection against Flushing High. The only other U.S. high school pitchers to throw two perfect games in their careers were Ken Beardslee in the late 1940s and L.J. Grantham in 1958 and 1959.
    April 12 The Rangers pound the Angels, 11-3. Vladimir Guerrero singles in the 4th inning, and has now hit safely in all 39 career games against Texas. It is the longest streak by any player against one team since divisional play began in 1969.
    April 13 The Dodgers rout the Pirates, 13-5, with the help of 7 RBIs from reserve C Cody Ross, who hits a grand slam and 3-run HR in successive at bats. Ross becomes one of the few MLers in history to begin his career by hitting grand slams for each of his 1st two homers. The only other active player to perform the feat was Craig Counsell in 1997-98.
    April 14 The Pirates place 1B Sean Casey on the 16 day DL after John Mabry inadvertently strikes Casey in the back with his elbow. Casey suffers 2 fractures in his lower back and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. The Bucs will call up utilityman Mike Edwards and move P Kip Wells from the 15 to the 60-day DL.
    Kevin Millwood of the Rangers tops Barry Zito of the A's as both go 7 innings in the 6-3 Texas win. Frank Thomas of the A's hits his 200th HR as a DH to join Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks as the only big-leaguers to hit 200 or more homers at two different positions. Ruth hit 357 as a right fielder and 313 as a left fielder, Banks hit 210 as a first baseman and 277 as a shortstop. Thomas hit 249 as a first baseman.
    April 15 The Athletics edge the Rangers, 5-4. Oakland gets back-to-back-to-back HRs from Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley in the 6th inning off 3 consecutive pitches.
    The Cardinals triple the Reds, 9–3, taking a 6–0 lead after three innings. Albert Pujols homers and Hector Luna homers and drives in three runs. Scott Spiezio adds a seventh inning pinch home run, to join his father, Ed, as the first father-son duo to have each homered for the Redbirds. The senior Spiezio played for the club from 1964 to 1968 hitting five long balls. It was the 28th time that a father and son have hit at least one homer for the same major-league team.
    April 16 In St. Louis, Albert Pujols slugs 3 consecutive HRs, including a walk-off shot in the 9th, to help the Cardinals to an 8-7 win over the Reds. It is the 2nd three-HR game in Pujols’ career.
    The Phillies defeat the Rockies, 1-0, behind Brett Myers and 2 relievers. It is only the 2nd 1-0 game in the 11-year history of Coors Field.
    Braves P John Smoltz outduels Jake Peavy as he allows 4 hits to beat the Padres, 2-0.
    Curse of the bobblehead? On Huston Street bobblehead day, the closer relieves with the A's ahead of Texas 3–1 in the 9th. He gives up four runs on five hits, including a 2-run homer by Mark Teixeira, and takes the 5–3 loss. Eric Chavez is 4-for-4 with 2 doubles for the A’s.
    April 17 The Cardinals edge the Pirates, 2-1. In the first inning, Albert Pujols ties a ML record by hitting a HR in his 4th consecutive AB. Jason Marquis makes the 2-run homer stand up by pitching 8 innings and allowing one run.
    The Giants score 3 runs in the last 2 innings to edge the host Diamondbacks, 10-9. Diamondback reliever Casey Daigle joins his wife Jennie Finch to become the only husband-wife team to strike out Barry Bonds; Finch, the Olympic softball star, struck out Bonds for a bit on "This Week in Baseball" last summer and Daigle whiffs Bonds in the 6th.
    After the Mariners take a 9th inning lead at Fenway, the Sox answer when Mark Loretta hits a 2-out, 2-run homer to give Boston a 7–6 win. David Ortiz hits a pair of homers in the game. The Red Sox tied an obscure record by winning their 18th straight one-run game at Fenway going back to last season; only two other major-league teams did this, the 1925-26 St. Louis Browns and the 1963-64 Baltimore Orioles.
    The Mets defeat the Braves, 4-3, to give Pedro Martinez his 200th career win. By winning, New York opens up a 5-game lead over the 2nd place Braves, making them the 1st team in big league history to build a cushion that big after only 12 games of the season.
    April 18 The NL Central leaders, the Houston Astros (10-4), reach the .500 mark as a franchise when they even their record at 3,507-3,507. But it isn’t easy as they edge the Brewers, 13-12. Milwaukee scores 10 runs in the last three innings on 2 homers by Carlos Lee and one by Prince Fielder. Roy Oswalt (3-0) is the winning pitcher. The Astros join 12 other clubs with overall records of .500 or better.
    April 19 A bird flies into the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore about two hours before game time. As soon as it lands on the carpet, it reportedly strolls directly over to the locker of Cleveland Indians P Paul Byrd. The Orioles then flip the bird to the Indians, pummeling them 18-9 on 21 hits. Each team hits three homers with the Orioles getting three-run homers from Ramon Hernandez and Jay Gibbons. Every starter for the Birds records a multi-hit game.
    The Cubs (9-5) score three unearned runs in the 8th to beat the Dodgers, 5–4, but lose Derrek Lee, who breaks two bones in his right wrist in a collision at first base. When he returns to action on June 25, the club will be 28-45.
    April 20 According to Forbes magazine, the New York Yankees are the 1st baseball team valued at more than $1 billion.
    The Mets rally for 6 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Padres, 7-2. Julio Franco hits a pinch 2-run HR in the inning to become the oldest player in history, at age 47, to hit a homer. He surpasses the record set by Philadelphia Athletics P Jack Quinn in 1930 who homered at 46 years and 357 days of age. Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park HR in the 3rd inning, making him the 1st person in ML history to homer in his first AB of the season in each of his first 3 seasons.
    The Nationals down the Phillies, 10-4, to give Frank Robinson his 1,000th win as a manager. He is the 53rd skipper to reach the milestone.
    April 21 The Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 7-6, in 12 innings despite a pair of HRs by Manny Ramirez. Ramirez becomes the 4th person in ML history to hit 200 or more homers for 2 different teams—the Indians and the Sox. Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire, and Rafael Palmeiro also performed the feat. The Jays score 4 runs in the 8th on 3 homers—by Russ Adams, Vernon Wells and Troy Glaus, then score the winner in the 12th on Lyle Overbay's double off of Rudy Seanez.
    The White Sox hold their annual Dog Day celebration and attract 325 canines in addition to the 31,827 humans. Behind Mark Buehrle (3-0) they make the Twins heel, 7–1, beating Johan Santana (0-3).
    The Rangers down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 13-7. Michael Young gets 5 hits for Texas, including 3 doubles.
    The Astros edge the Pirates, 3-2, as Morgan Ensberg homers for the 6th consecutive game, a new Houston club record.
    Albert Pujols blasts a two-run homer for the 1,000th hit of his career, and drives in 4 runs as the Cards deal the visiting Cubs a 9-3 defeat. Pujols, at 26 years and 95 days of age, is the sixth-youngest player among active major-leaguers to reach that milestone. Ken Griffey, Jr., was the youngest reaching the 1,000 mark in 1995 when he was 25 years and 268 days old.
    April 22 The Brewers shut out the Reds, 11-0. Milwaukee ties a ML record with 5 HRs in the 4th inning, four of them off of Brandon Claussen, tying another record. Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy, and Prince Fielder (off reliever Chris Hammond) all connect in the frame. It is only the fifth time in major-league history that a team has gone yard five times in one frame. It's happened four times in the NL, all against Reds pitching, and just once in the AL.
    Arizona takes a 5-0 lead against Los Angeles and hangs on for a 5-4 win. Chad Tracy is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the Diamondbacks. Kenny Lofton of the Dodgers joins Steve Finley of the Giants as the only active players with 100 career triples when he hits a three-bagger. Lofton is playing for his 10th team, just the 10th major-leaguer to do so. He joins Todd Zeile and Tommy Davis as the only position players to work for that many.
    April 23 Jason Giambi has two homers and a double to drive in five runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles. O's SS Miguel Tejada is the teams only offensive producer with 4 hits including a homer. He has all 3 hits that winning P Randy Johnson gives up, plus one more off of Mo Rivera, for all 4 Baltimore hits, tying a ML mark
    April 25 The Red Sox beat the Indians, 8-6. Jonathan Papelbon records his 9th save in 9 chances, tying the ML record for saves by a rookie in April. KC’s Mike MacDougal set the mark in 2003. The win goes to Keith Foulke, who pitches one inning in relief of Curt Schilling, who throws 133 pitches in 6 2/3 innings. David Ortiz homers in the 7th and Manny Ramirez hits a 3-run homer in the 8th.
    The Mets top the Giants, 5–1, as Barry Bonds hits #710. He is now four homers behind Ruth.
    April 26 The Royals defeat the Twins, 3-1. Minnesota becomes the 3rd team in AL history to trail in each of their first 20 games of the season, joining the 1910 Browns (28) and 1988 Orioles (21).
    The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 3-2. Mike Piazza hits his 400th career HR in the 9th inning for SD.
    Barry Bonds hits a 2-out 2-run pinch homer in 9th to give the Giants a 7-7 tie with the Mets, but the New Yorkers score a pair in the 11th to win, 9-7. Barry lines out to end the game. Earlier, Julio Franco hits a 2-run pinch single, then swipes 2B, the oldest player in 97 years to steal a base. Arlie Latham, a player-coach for the New York Giants set the record by swiping a bag on August 18, 1909 in a 14-1 laugher when he was 49 years old.
    Oakland defeats Texas, 6-4. Texas closer Francisco Cordero sets a ML record with his 5th blown save of the month, a new mark for April.
    The Reds shutout the Nationals, 5-0, as Bronson Arroyo, Kent Mercker, and David Weathers combine for a 1-hitter. Ryan Zimmerman’s 4th inning single is Washington’s only hit.
    In Creighton’s 9-1 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks, Creighton reliever Pat Venditte tosses two perfect innings. The ambidextrous Venditte retires six batters, three right-handed and three left-handed, and records a strikeout with each arm. Nick Czyz allows one hit in the win.
    April 27 The Indians pound the Red Sox, 15-3. Ben Broussard hits a pair of homers and drives in 8 runs for Cleveland.
    Tampa Bay’s top prospect Delmon Young is suspended indefinitely by the International League, a day after throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.
    April 29 The CardinalsAlbert Pujols sets a new ML record by hitting his 14th HR for the month of April as St. Louis edges Washington, 2-1.
    In a 17-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees became the 15th team to score in every inning in which they batted (excluding rain shortened games). It was the 2nd time in team history (1939) the Bombers scored in every frame matching the Cleveland Spiders as the only team to score a run in every inning of a full-length game twice in franchise history; the Spiders accomplished the feat in 1889 and 1894. Yankees 1B Jason Giambi has a homer and 4 RBI and reaches base 4 times, while Johnny Damon scores 5 runs. Reed Johnson gets hit by pitches three times for the Jays. He joins Damion Easley as the only players since 1957 to be hit by a pitch three times in a game twice in their careers.
    The Tigers pound out 23 hits as they maul the Twins, 18-1. Justin Verlander is the easy winner as batterymate Pudge Rodriguez has 4 hits and Carlos Guillen has 2 homers and 5 RBI.
    Kansas City’s Reggie Sanders hits a first inning grand slam off Esteban Loaiza of Oakland but loses it when the game is rained out in the 3rd inning.

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    May


    May 1 The Braves defeat the Rockies, 2-0, on Tim Hudson’s one-hitter. Opposing P Jason Jennings’ 3rd inning single is Colorado’s only safety.
    The Padres trade C Doug Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for C Josh Bard, minor league P Cla Meredith, a 23-year-old reliever, and cash. Bard was leading the AL in passed balls and the Sox hurriedly put Mirabelli in the lineup to catch Tim Wakefield. Mirabelli has a police escort to Fenway and changed uniforms in the cab. With Mirabelli catching, Wakefield goes 7 innings and leaves with the game tied 3 apiece against the Yankees. David Ortiz clubs a 3-run HR in the 8th and the Sox win, 7–3.
    May 2 The A's score 6 runs in the top of the 9th against the Angels to ice the game, 10-4. Two of the runs in the 9th are allowed by Chris Bootcheck, who will be placed on the 15 day DL after it turns out he pulled a left hamstring muscle running in from the bullpen in the 4th inning to join a brawl.
    May 3 MLB announces the sale of the Washington Nationals to a group led by real estate developer Theodore Lerner.
    May 4 The Angels beat the Tigers, 7-2. Rookie C Mike Napoli hits a homer in his 1st ML at bat for LA, becoming the 92nd player to accomplish the feat. Don Rose and Dave Machemer are the only other Angels to turn the trick.
    May 5 The Mets come from behind 4 times to defeat the Braves, 8-7, in 14 innings. Jose Reyes gets 5 hits for New York, including a triple.
    May 6 Mets P Victor Zambrano tears a flexor tendon in his elbow and will be out for the rest of the season.
    May 7 The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000th win as Yankee manager. He is the 4th person to reach the level, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.
    Welcome to the bigs, rook. Giants rookie Kevin Frandsen gets hit with a pitch for the 5th time in his first 10 games, a painful ML record. The previous mark was held by Reed Johnson who was hit five times in his first 15 games. Frandsen scores a run and the Giants get homers from Barry Bonds and Mike Sweeney, but the Phillies rough up Matt Morris for 7 runs in 5 innings and win, 9–5.
    May 10 The Marlins stop the Braves, 11–3, and also stop Edgar Renteria’s 23-game hitting streak from the start of the season. Renteria maintained his streak despite missing nine games in April after straining his left rib cage in the Braves' 12th game of the year. Miguel Cabrera has four hits for the Fish including a home run, and Joe Borchard drives in 4 runs, 3 on a 3-run HR. Josh Johnson gets the win with 6 scoreless innings.
    May 11 The visiting Braves down the Marlins, 9-1. Matt Diaz strokes 5 hits, including a double, for Atlanta.
    At Turner Field, Georgia beats Georgia Tech, 5-4, in 11 innings in front of 19,119. 26,755 tickets had been sold for the game but it was delayed a day because of rain.
    May 14 Not here for my bat, Skip. P Clay Hensley of the Padres fires a 2-hitter in shutting out the Cubs, 9–0. Hensley also ties a ML record by striking out 5 times. On the opposite end, teammate Brian Giles walks five times, the only time in the past 50 years that teammates have done both in a game. According to Retrosheet, only once in the past 50 years have players in the same game had 5 walks and 5 K’s, but they were not teammates.
    May 16 The Yankees bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 14-13. The comeback matched the biggest in Yankees history.
    May 17 The Cubs beat the Nationals, 5-0, as rookie Sean Marshall and 3 relievers combine on a 1-hitter. Alfonso Soriano’s leadoff single in the 6th is Washington’s only hit.
    The Padres club the Diamondbacks, 14-10, as Brian Giles drives in 7 runs.
    May 19 The Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6th inning and go on to pound the Angels, 16-3, stroking 25 hits in the process. Rookie Andre Ethier goes 5-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI.
    May 20 The Giants defeat the Athletics, 4-2 in 10 innings. Barry Bonds hits career homerun number 714 in the 2nd inning to tie Babe Ruth for 2nd place on the all-time list.
    Behind Freddy Garcia’s eight shutout innings, the White Sox beat their crosstown rivals the Cubs, 7–0. But the real beating occurs in the 2nd inning when Cubs C Michael Barrett slugs Sox C A.J. Pierzynski who scores hard from 3B on a fly to left. By the time the dust settles, the two catchers are ejected as well as Cubs Brian Anderson and John Mabry. Barrett will be slapped with a ten-game suspension next week.
    May 21 The Giants down the Athletics, 6-0, behind rookie Matt Cain’s 1-hitter. Oakland’s only hit is a 3rd inning 2B by Jay Payton.
    The Indians defeat the Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings. Bob Wickman gets the win in relief for Cleveland, his first win since August 10, 2002. The streak of 105 games was the longest active stretch in the ML without a win.
    May 22 The Braves beat the Padres, 3-1. San Diego hurler Jake Peavy strikes out 16 Atlanta batters in only 7 innings in a losing effort.
    The Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 6-1. LA’s Jae Seo and Colorado’s Byung-Hyun Kim become the first Korean-born starting pitchers to meet in a ML game.
    May 23 The Mets outlast the Phillies, 9-8, in 16 innings on Carlos Beltran’s walkoff HR.
    May 24 Quit now, Adam. In the Cardinals 10-4 win over the Giants, 10-4, rookie Adam Wainwright pitches 3 innings in relief for the victory, and homers in his first ML at bat, on the first pitch.
    The Devil Rays beat the Blue Jays, 10-8. Carl Crawford goes 5-for-5 for Tampa Bay, including 1 HR, 4 stolen bases and 5 runs.
    May 26 The Royals down the Yankees, 7-6, to end their 13-game losing streak.
    Carlos Zambrano walks 4 in the 1st inning against Atlanta, then loses his no-hit bid in the 7th when Jacque Jones loses a ball in the sun. The Braves rally for 3 runs in the 9th, one on a bases loaded walk by Ryan Dempster, to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Chicago has now lost 19 of 23 games.
    The Angels call up Jered Weaver, who joins his brother Jeff. The reunion lasts until June 16, when Jared (4-0) goes back down to Salt Lake City.
    The Angels call up Jered Weaver, who joins his brother Jeff. The reunion lasts until June 16, when Jared (4-0) goes back down to Salt Lake City.
    May 27 The Pirates edge the Astros, 8-7, in 18 innings. Jason Bay hits a homer in his 5th consecutive game for Pittsburgh, the first Pirate player to do so in 50 years.
    Twins rookie Boof Bonser allows three 1st inning singles, then gets three swinging K’s to escape without a score. He’s not so lucky in the 2nd, allowing 4 runs, but that is all the Mariners can muster off him as the Twins win, 9-5, scoring 7 runs in 6 innings off of Jamie Moyer. The Twins are helped by a triple play in the 8th.
    May 28 The Rockies defeat the Giants, 6-3, and Barry Bonds hits his 715th HR in the 4th inning to move past Babe Ruth into 2nd place on the all-time career list.
    After the Chicago Cubs rally for four runs in the 9th to tie, the Braves edge them, 13-12, in 11 innings. Atlanta hits a club record 8 homers in the victory at windy Wrigley Field as Marcus Giles, Edgar Renteria (2), Andruw Jones, Adam LaRoche (2), Ryan Langerhans, and Brayan Pena go deep. For the Cuban born Pena, it is his first ML homer. The Cubs, with no homers, bang out 16 hits, including 4 by Tony Womack, to hang in there before Giles’s single in the 11th scores the winner. The Braves are helped when Aramis Ramirez is hit in the head by a pop fly.
    May 30 At the Rogers Centre, Vernon Wells connects for three homers to pace the Blue Jays to an 8-5 win over Boston. Gustavo Chacin (6-1) is the winner.

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    June


    June 1 The Indians top the White Sox, 12–8, as Ben Broussard has four hits and Ron Belliard drives in four runs. Jim Thome (3) and Jermaine Dye (5) drive in all the Sox scores. Dye has a pair of homers.
    June 3 Damion Easley has four hits, including three homers, and drives in 7 runs to give the Diamondbacks a game 2 win, 13–9, and a sweep of the Braves. Easley doesn’t play in game 1 but Arizona wins, 4–2.
    This is easy. Nationals reliever Bill Bray makes his ML debut against the Brewers in the 9th with Corey Koskie on 1B, two outs and Washington trailing 3-2. Bray throws one pitch and C Brian Schneider throws out Koskie trying to steal. Schneider then clubs a two-run homer to make Bray the winning pitcher.
    June 4 At Camden Yards, the Orioles play Small ball, cuffing Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O’s win 11-3. The Birds hit 3 homers off of Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the vet Erickson on the June 19.
    June 5 The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 8-7. Ken Griffey, Jr. homers to tie Fred McGriff’s ML record of connecting in 43 different stadiums.
    June 6 The Reds obtain P Esteban Yan from the Angels in exchange for minor league P Kyle Edens.
    The Royals select former U. of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar with the 1st pick of the ML draft. Hochevar had been drafted by the Dodgers last year, but failed to reach a deal with the team. The next five picks are all from college: Stanford’s Gregory Reynolds (Col); Evan Longoria (TB); Brad Lincoln (Pit); Brandon Morrow (Sea); Andrew Miller (Det). Picking 7th, the Dodgers take high schooler Clayton Kershaw; the draft will eventually comprise of 36% high schoolers. The Cubs surprise with the 13th pick and take Clemson’s Tyler Colvin, projected by Baseball America as a 5th rounder. Picking 18th, the Phillies choose the first of a number of ML offspring as they select Doug Drabek’s son, Kyle. The Dodgers will pick Preston Mattingly, Don’s son, and the Mets will take Jesse Barfield’s son, Jeremy. The Papelbon brothers Jeremy (19th round, Cubs) and Josh (48th round, Red Sox) are both taken out of the U. of North Florida. The Orioles draft the Figueroa twins, Stephen and Justin, sons of Bien Figueroa, Baltimore’s class A manager for Frederick. In the 5th round, the Cubs take Notre Dame all-American Wide Receiver Jeff Samardzija, a P, and eventually sign him for a guaranteed $10 million contract, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Samardzija, who holds all of Notre Dame’s notable receiving records, was considered a questionable baseball signing. They also pay $1.3 million to 11th round high schooler Chris Huseby. Huseby barely pitched in the spring while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Not drafted are Jeffrey Maier, who hit .403 in Division 3, but is better known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a ball to help the Yankees, and Danny Almonte, who made headlines as an overage Little League P.
    Federal investigators search Diamondbacks P Jason Grimsley’s house as part of an investigation into steroid use in baseball. Grimsley originally cooperated with the probe, making “extensive statements” about illegal drug use. He admitted using human growth hormone, amphetamines, and steroids during his career. Grimsley will be released at his own request on Wednesday.
    The Giants defeat the Marlins, 2-1, as Jason Schmidt ties a 102-year-old franchise record for strikeouts by fanning 16 Florida batters. Christy Mathewson previously did so in 1904.
    June 7 The Rockies down the Pirates, 16-9. Colorado ties a ML record with 5 sacrifice flies in the contest.
    June 9 The Mets trade 2B Kaz Matsui to the Rockies for utilityman Eli Marrero.
    June 10 The Devil Rays beat the Royals, 9-5. KC OF Reggie Sanders hits his 300th career HR to become the 5th player in ML history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. The others are Barry and Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson.
    Daniel Cabrera pitches 6 scoreless innings for the Orioles who take an 9-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th then hold on as the Twins score 7 runs. Michael Cuddyer hits a grand slam in the Twins’ five-run 7th. For the 4th game in a row Joe Mauer is on base 4 times. Carlos Silva is the losing P but he does retire the side on three pitches in the 2nd as he did it last year in a 74-pitch game.
    June 11 The Devil Rays beat the Royals, 8-2. In the process, Tampa Bay becomes the first team since 1940 to hit six homeruns and hit into a triple play in the same game.
    June 12 The White Sox defeat the Rangers, 8-3. Jose Contreras wins his 15th consecutive decision (last eight in 2005, first seven in 2006) for Chicago, tying a franchise record shared by LaMarr Hoyt (1983-84) and Wilson Alvarez (1993-94). Of the last 10 pitchers to win 15 straight decisions—dating back more than 30 years—only one played in the National League: Rick Sutcliffe, of the Cubs, who broadcast today’s game for ESPN. Sutcliffe won 16 straight decisions in 1984-85.
    June 13 The Yankees and Indians, the two highest scoring teams in the ML, play to a 1–0 decision with the Yanks prevailing on Robinson Cano’s homer off of Paul Byrd. Chien-Ming Wang (7-2) is the winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the 1st time that the highest scoring team in the majors beat the 2nd highest in a 1-0 game since 1964 (Twins 1, Yankees 0) and only the 4th time since 1900. For Yankees CF Bernie Williams it is his 2000th ML game.
    After an intentional walk to Torii Hunter loads the bases in the 12th, Jason Kubel hits a walkoff grand slam to give the Twins a 5–2 win over the visiting Red Sox.
    June 14 The Rockies down the Nationals, 14-8. Colorado’s Cory Sullivan becomes the 8th player in ML history with 4 sacrifice bunts in a game.
    June 15 The Mets edge the Phillies, 5-4. New York sets a ML record by winning its 8th consecutive game on the road when scoring in the 1st inning. The 1939 Yankees did it 7 straight games
    June 18 The Mets defeat the Orioles, 9-4. Baltimore P Adam Loewen takes the loss in his 4th ML start. The opposing P in each of the 4 games has been a Cy Young Award winner—Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay (twice), and Tom Glavine.
    Mark Prior and Roberto Novoa each give up four homeruns as the Tigers club the Cubs, 12–3.
    For the second time this season, Michael Young has five hits to lead the Rangers to a 10-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Young has a homer and double and drives in the tie breaking run in the 3-run 8th inning.
    Can’t take the late nights. Steve Karsay unexpectedly announces his retirement a night after he earns a win by pitching the last two frames of the A's 17-inning 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Karsay retires having earned a win in his first and last ML appearances; he defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in his first major-league game, also for the A's, in 1993.
    June 19 Behind P Jeremy Bonderman, the Tigers beat the Brewers, 3–1. Bonderman strikes out 12 including six in a row. Prince Fielder’s homerun is the only Brew score.
    June 20 Milwaukee’s Rick Helling starts well against Detroit, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning. It is downhill from there as he gives up seven runs in the next inning and a third as Detroit rolls, 10–1. Magglio Ordonez has two homers and Zach Miner allows just 5 hits in 9 innings pitched.
    The Yankees score four in the 8th to overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi hits a homer and passes Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada adds a homer and they are all needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 runs.
    The White Sox score 11 in the 3rd inning and go on to roast the Cardinals, 20–6. Joe Crede has 4 hits, including 2 homers and a double and Jermaine Dye also has 4 hits. A.J. Pierzynski has a double and homer.
    June 21 At New York, the Reds score two runs in the 9th on Brandon Phillips’ single and edge the Mets, 6–5. The bright spot for the Mets is Jose Reyes, who hits for the cycle. The 23-year-old Reyes is the youngest major-league switch hitter to hit for the cycle.
    Jason Marquis of the St. Louis Cardinals goes five innings against the White Sox and allows all 13 earned runs in the 13-5 loss. He is just the fourth pitcher since 1958 to allow that many. The others since 1958 who gave up at least 13 were Bill Travers of the 1977 Milwaukee Brewers (at Cleveland, 7.2 IP, 14 ER), David Wells of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays (at Milwaukee, 4.1 IP, 13 ER) and Mike Oquist of the 1998 Oakland Athletics (vs. New York Yankees, 5.0 IP, 14 ER). Marquis allows 14 hits, 8 for extra bases, including four homers: Paul Konerko in the 1st, Jim Thome, who has 4 hits, in the 2nd; Joe Crede in the 3rd and Juan Uribe in the 5th.
    Ichiro Suzuki is 2-for-5 in the Mariners 8–5 win over the host Dodgers and urns his consecutive game batting streak to 20 games. He is the first batter since Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) to record four hitting streaks of 20 or more games in his first six seasons; Ichiro has posted 22 hitting streaks of 10 games or more since joining the Mariners in 2001.
    The Arizona Diamondbacks hand pitcher Russ Ortiz (0-5) his release while still owing him $22.5 million on the four-year $33 million contract to which they signed him before the 2005 season. According to the Washington Post, Ortiz became the most expensive cut player in baseball history. The Orioles will sign Ortiz on June 25, but he will go 0-3 with the Birds and his ERA will top eight.
    June 22 The White Sox defeat the Cardinals, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. The lone safety off St. Louis rookie Anthony Reyes is a HR by Jim Thome in the 7th inning.
    Florida’s Joe Borchard and Wes Helms hit back-to-back pinch homers in the top of the 9th against Baltimore to snap a 5-5 tie and give the Marlins the 8-5 win. Borchard’s is a 2-run HR. Ramon Hernandez has a pair of homers for the Orioles.
    June 23 The Reds shut out the Indians, 3-0. Ryan Freel gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a double.
    June 25 The Mariners defeat the Padres, 9-4. Richie Sexson gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double and 2 homers.
    June 26 Oregon State defeats North Carolina, 3-2, to win the College World Series.
    June 27 The Devil Rays trade P Mark Hendrickson, C Toby Hall, and $1 million to the Dodgers for P Jae Seo, C Dioner Navarro, and a player to be named.
    The Twins defeat the Dodgers, 9-2. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-5 for Minnesota, raising his BA to a ML-leading .389.
    At Rogers Centre, A.J. Burnett tosses a CG shutout as the Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals, 6–0. Burnett allows 6 hits and Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay hit homers. Helping to spice things up is Toronto pitcher Gustavo Chacin, who worked offseason in a lab helping technicians at a Canadian perfumer, Leslie Cosmetics, come up with a new cologne called "Chacin." Samples of Chacin are handed out to the first 10,000 fans attending today’s game.
    June 29 The Pirates edge the White Sox, 7-6, ending their club-record 13-game losing streak.
    June 30 The Devil Rays defeat the Nationals, 11-1. Washington’s Mike Stanton makes the 1,071st appearance of his career to tie him for 3rd place on the all-time list. Jesse Orosco is 1st with 1,252.
    The Angels recall Jered Weaver from Salt Lake City and send down his brother Jeff. Five days later the Angels will sell Jeff and his contract to the Cardinals.
    The Yankees shut out the Mets, 1-0, as 5 pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a rain-delayed game. Endy Chavez’s leadoff 6th inning single in the Mets’ only safety.
    The Marlins end the Red Sox 12-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory.
    Trailing by 3 runs, the Reds defeat the Indians, 9-8, on Adam Dunn’s walkoff grand slam with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Dunn’s ultimate slam, off Bob Wickman, is just the 15th in ML history.

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    July


    July 1 The Orioles down the Braves, 7-4. Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the ML.
    The Red Sox hook the Marlins, 11–5, as David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each hit two homers and drive in nine of the 11 runs. Mike Lowell has three doubles. The Sox make two errors, however, ending their ML record streak of 17 straight games without an error. They will have 108 games without errors for the season, a ML mark, and field .9891, also a record.
    July 2 The Red Sox edge the Marlins, 4-3. The win gives Boston a 16-2 mark against the NL this season, tying the highest victory total in interleague history. The Twins match that mark with an 8-0 win over the Brewers.
    The Angels beat the Dodgers, 4-0. Orlando Cabrera reaches base safely in his 59th straight game for the longest such streak since 1960. Ted Williams holds the all-time mark at 84 games in a row.
    At Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the White Sox to win, 15-11, in a game featuring nine homeruns. Winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano hits his 3rd of the year, off loser Mark Buehrle. In a birthday present to Angel Pagan, Sox reliever Cliff Politte serves up two gopher balls. Juan Uribe has 4 RBI for the Sox, including a 3-run homer.
    At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers belt the Mets, 16-7. Carlos Beltran has four hits and a pair of homers for the Mets, while Alex Rodriguez hits a pair, including a grand slam, for the Yanks to drive in 7 runs.
    Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, and Francisco Liriano are named the AL’s player, pitcher, and rookie of the month for June. It is the 1st time that all 3 players have come from the same team.
    The Republicans defeat the Democrats, 12-1, in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at RFK Stadium. The Republican victory is their sixth straight and their eighth out of the last 10 contests. Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, pitches a seven-hit complete game for the Grand Old Party. Roll Call, the congressional newspaper, began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans have dominated the Democrats going 31-13 with one tie. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.
    July 3 The Dodgers rout the Diamondbacks, 10-4, as Nomar Garciaparra ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times.
    The Giants defeat the Rockies, 9-6, giving Felipe Alou his 1,000th win as a manager.
    The Devil Rays shut out the Red Sox behind Scott Kazmir, 3-0. Kazmir becomes the youngest pitcher to reach 10 wins this early in a season since John Smoltz did it for Atlanta in 1989.
    July 4 The Mets down the Pirates, 7-6, as Billy Wagner records his 300th career save.
    The Indians score 9 runs in the 5th inning en route to a 19-1 thrashing of the Yankees. Victor Martinez gets 5 hits for Cleveland, including a 2B and HR.
    July 6 The Reds acquire P Eddie Guardado, who lost his closer’s role, from the Mariners in exchange for minor league P Travis Chick and cash. Guardado’s elbow will go out in August and he won’t appear after August 19.
    July 7 The Indians shut out the Orioles, 9-0. Travis Hafner hits his 5th grand slam of the season for Cleveland becoming the 1st player in ML history to hit 5 before the All-Star break. Only 3 other players have hit 5 in a season.
    The Angels defeat the Athletics, 3-0, on John Lackey’s 1-hitter. Lackey surrenders a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay in the 1st inning, then retires the next 27 batters in a row. The last pitcher to retire 27 in a row following a leadoff hit was Jerry Reuss in 1982. Orlando Cabrera goes 0-for-4 for LA, ending his streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games—the longest run in the majors since at least 1960. Cabrera’s is the 6th longest in history according to historian Herm Krabbenhoft.
    David Ortiz hits his 30th HR, the first Red Sox player to reach that number before the All-star break. Big Papi will hit #31 tomorrow in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.
    Cubs starter Kerry Wood goes on DL and will be diagnosed with torn rotator cuff, possibly ending his career. The oft-injured Wood had 66 IP last year, just 19 2/3 IP this year.
    July 8 The Mets and Marlins split a doubleheader, with Florida winning the opener by a score of 3-2 and New York taking the nightcap, 17-3. The starting pitchers in the twinbill are Jason Johnson and Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey for the Mets. It is the first time since 1977 that all 4 starting pitchers in a doubleheader are rookies. Nolasco lasts just 1 1/3 innings in game 2, allowing 9 runs. The Mets coast as Jose Valentin has a grand slam and drives in 7 runs in two consecutive innings, tying a NL mark. Cliff Floyd has a homer and 3 RBI, and Carlos Beltran scores 4 runs and also goes deep.
    Dodger closer Eric Gagne undergoes surgery for a herniated disk in his back and will miss the rest of the season. He made just 16 appearances this year.
    Albert Pujols hits a homer, off Roy Oswalt's 2nd pitch, in the 10th to lift the Cards to a 7-6 win over the Astros. The game goes into extra innings after Brad Lidge allows 2 runs in the top of the 9th, one on a solo HR by Scott Spiezio. Houston starter Roger Clemens allows 2 earned runs in 6 innings.
    July 9 The White Sox beat the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings, hitting 4 singles in the last frame off Rudy Seanez. Jermaine Dye hits a 2-out solo HR in the 9th to tie, and both teams plate 2 runs in the 11th to keep the marathon going. Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell has 3 hits (1 HR), while 2B Mark Loretta (2 H, 2 HBP), CF Coco Crisp (2 H (2 2B), 2 BB, 1 SB) and 1B Kevin Youkilis (4 BB—also 0 for 5) reach base safely 4 times, Trot Nixon is 0 for 9 and Jason Varitek is 0 for 8.
    July 10 Ryan Howard of the Phillies outslugs David Wright of the Mets to win the All-Star Home Run Derby.
    July 11 The American League edges the National League, 3-2, in the annual All-Star Game. MVP Michael Young’s 2-run double with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning is the deciding blow.
    83-year-old Jim Eriotes becomes the oldest person ever to play in a professional baseball game. Eriotes srikes out on 4 pitches for the Sioux Falls Canaries in their game against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes. He’ll hold the record for less than two weeks as Negro League veteran Buck O'Neil will best it.
    July 12 The Devil Rays trade 3B Aubrey Huff to the Astros for minor league prospects Mitch Talbot and Ben Zobrist.
    July 13 The Reds and Nationals complete a controversial (to Reds fans) eight-player trade that sends OF Austin Kearns, SS Felipe Lopez, and P Ryan Wagner to Washington in exchange for Ps Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson, SS Royce Clayton, and INF Brendan Harris. It will be revealed that Majewski had taken a cortisone shot days before the trade and had been on anti-inflammatories since March. The Reds will feel that the Nationals GM Jim Bowden, formerly with the Reds, withheld information, which the Nats deny. Majewski will struggle before going on the DL on August 7.
    The Rangers rout the Orioles, 15-1, as Mark Teixeira connects for 3 homers and drives in 7 runs.
    July 14 The Yankees edge the White Sox, 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2 seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40 years. Contreras’ last loss came on August 15 of last season.
    July 15 For the 1st time in nearly 3 decades, a full day of ML games are played without a save being recorded. There were 6 blown saves in the 15-game slate. The last time such an event occurred was on September 15, 1978.
    July 16 The Yankees defeat the White Sox, 6-4, as Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save.
    The Mets score a franchise record 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 13-7 victory over the Cubs. They tie a ML mark by hitting 2 grand slams in the frame—courtesy of Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran—then add another 2-run shot by David Wright.
    The Braves beat the Padres, 10-5. Chipper Jones homers in the contest giving him an extra-base hit in 14 straight games to tie a ML record set by Paul Waner in 1927.
    July 18 The Mets defeat the Reds, 8-3. Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam for New York, becoming the 23rd player in history to hit a slam in consecutive games.
    The Red Sox edge the Royals, 1-0, as rookies Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a 1-hitter. Mark Teahen’s 2nd inning single is KC’s only safety in Lester’s 8 innings.
    The Braves rout the Cardinals, 14-5. Atlanta becomes the 1st team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in 5 straight games. Andruw Jones goes 5-for-5 for the Braves, including a pair of homers and a double.
    94-year-old Negro League player Buck O'Neil draws 2 walks in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to play professional baseball.
    July 19 The Phils trip the Padres, 5–4, as Bobby Abreu drives in 3 runs and Phils C Chris Coste drives in 2 with a double and homer. At 33, Coste is the third-oldest major-leaguer to hit his first homer since 1963; the only players older were Alan Zinter (34 in 2002) and So Taguchi (34 in 2003). Geoff Geary (6-0) wins in relief.
    July 20 The Class A Oneonta Tigers beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 6-1 in 26 innings in the longest game in New York-Penn League history, and one of the longest games in the history of pro baseball.
    The Braves obtain veteran reliever Bob Wickman from the Indians in exchange for minor league C Max Ramirez.
    July 21 The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 7-3. Alex Rodriguez hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.
    The Blue Jays send 3B Shea Hillenbrand and P Vinnie Chulk to the Giants for reliever Jeremy Accardo.
    The Phils top the Braves, 6–5, as Cory Lidle goes 8 inings for the win. Chipper Jones has a hit to run his hit streak to 20 games.
    The Tigers defeat the visiting Athletics, 7–4, behind Justin Verlander (12-4). Verlander wins his 12th game and is the first pitcher since Alex Kellner of the 1949 A's to win 12 by his team’s 96th game.
    July 22 The Devil Rays score 10 times in the 5th inning against the Orioles, as Julio Lugo hits two homers in the frame and Russell Branyan adds a homer and double. Baltimore comes back with 9 runs of their own in the 7th inning, but falls short as Tampa Bay holds on to win, 13-12. Baltimore strokes 22 hits in a losing cause, including 5 by Corey Patterson. The last time two teams scored 9 or more runs in an inning in the same game was June 3, 1933. According to Retrosheet, the Orioles, are the first team since 1957 to bat over .500 collectively in a game and lose; the O's bat .537 (22-for-41).
    Alfonso Soriano has three doubles and a triple to pace the Nationals to a 7-3 win over the Cubs. Soriano scores twice but is thrown out at the plate twice also. He joins Grady Sizemore of the Indians as the only players this season to be thrown out at the plate twice in a game; Sizemore was thrown out twice on May 9 by the Royals. Aramis Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Cubs.
    July 23 Jered Weaver becomes the first rookie in 25 years to win his first 7 starts as he leads the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Royals.
    The Twins defeat the Indians, 3-1. Cleveland sets a franchise record for a 9-inning game by having 17 batters strike out.
    July 24 The White Sox obtain P Mike MacDougal from the Royals for minor league Ps Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.
    The Tigers score 5 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 9-7 win over the Indians. Detroit becomes the first team in 115 years to score 5 or more runs in the first inning of 3 consecutive games.
    July 25 The Dodgers send P Odalis Perez and minor league Ps Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental to the Royals for P Elmer Dessens.
    The Brewers acquire 2B Tony Graffanino from the Royals in exchange for P Jorge De La Rosa.
    The Diamondbacks edge the Phillies, 6-5, in 11 innings. Philadelphia starter Ryan Madson ties a ML record with 4 wild pitches in the 4th inning. He also hits two batter and allows 5 earned runs, though he doesn’t figure in the decision.
    July 26 The Indians send 1B Ben Broussard and cash to the Mariners for OF Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named.
    July 28 The Diamondbacks edge the Astros, 8-7. Luke Scott hits for the cycle for Houston, becoming the 1st Astros rookie ever to do so. Scott ground out his first at bat, but hit a HR in the 4th, a triple in the 5th, and a double in the 7th. His single comes in the 11th inning
    The Red Sox release veteran reliever Rudy Seanez who, in 3 days, will sign with the Padres.
    The Dodgers obtain INF Wilson Betemit from the Braves for INF Willy Aybar and P Danys Baez.
    The Phillies send 3B David Bell to the Brewers for P Wilfrido Laureano.
    After Carlos Lee rejects a contract extension of 4 year $48 million, the Brewers trade him and OF Nelson Cruz to the Rangers for Ps Francisco Cordero and Julian Cordero, and OFs Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. After the season Lee will sign with the Rangers for $100 million for 6 years.
    The Giants obtain veteran P Mike Stanton from the Nationals in exchange for P Shairon Martis.
    July 29 At Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays pound the Yankees, 19-6. Tomas Perez ties a ML record with 4 doubles as he goes 5-for-5. The Devil Rays will win just 2 more road games this year.
    In a game marked by 37 hits, the White Sox defeat the Orioles by score of 13-11. Jim Thome scores 4 runs, and A.J. Pierzynski goes 5-for-5, including a HR, for Chicago. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada each have 4 hits for the O’s.
    July 30 Bruce Sutter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 17 honorees from The Negro Leagues.
    In the Mets 10-6 win over the Braves, Carlos Beltran hits his 3rd grand slam this month to tie a ML record. He is the 9th player in history to do so. The Mets’ 6th slam of the month also ties a mark set by the Expos in 1996 and matched by the Indians 3 years later.
    The Cardinals and Indians swap second baseman as the Birds acquire Ron Belliard and the Indians get Hector Luna.
    The Yankees obtain All-Star OF Bobby Abreu and P Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospects—P Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and P Carlos Monasteries.
    The Reds send P Justin Germano to the Phillies in exchange for P Rheal Cormier. Cincinnati also gets P Kyle Lohse from the Twins for P Zach Ward.
    The Tigers acquire 1B Sean Casey from the Pirates for P Brian Rogers.
    In Cleveland’s 7-3 loss to Seattle, Indians reliever Tom Mastny makes his ML debut and becomes the first player born in Indonesia to play in the majors. Mastny was born on the island of Borneo in 1981.
    The Braves trade P Jorge Sosa to the Cardinals for P Rich Scalamandre.
    July 31 David Ortiz hits two homers, the second a walkoff blast, to give the Red Sox a 9-8 win over Cleveland. "Big Papi" has four RBI and surpasses the previous pre-August high for the Sox of 104 set by both Ted Williams and Vern Stephens in 1949. Both finished in a dead heat atop the majors that season with 159 ribbies. just six batters reached 100 RBIs by the end of July from 1940 through 1993, with Stephens doing it twice in back-to-back seasons. Ortiz will end with 137 ribbies this year, below his mark for the previous two seasons.
    The Dodgers load up sending minor leaguers Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza to Devil Rays to obtain SS Julio Lugo. They also get 4-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux from the Cubs for INF Cesar Izturis.
    The Padres get 2B Todd Walker from the Cubs for P Jose Ceda and cash.
    The Rockies acquire Ps Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista from the Royals for P Scott Dohmann and 1B Ryan Shealy.
    With Pittsburgh cleaning house, the Mets send OF Xavier Nady to the Pirates for Ps Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez.
    The Pirates also send P Kip Wells to the Rangers for P Jesse Chavez, and trade OF/1B Craig Wilson to the Yankees for P Shawn Chacon.
    The Rangers trade P Joselo Diaz to the Royals for 1B/OF Matt Stairs.

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    August


    August 1 The Tigers beat the Devil Rays, 10-4. Detroit SS Carlos Guillen becomes the 10th Tiger player in history to hit for the cycle.
    August 3 Barry Bonds’ 715th HR ball fetches a winning auction bid of $220,100 from exotic car merchant Marc Chase.
    The Twins top the Royals 8-2 behind Brad Radke’s 8 innings pitched. Radke (10-8) joins Jim Kaat as the only Twins pitchers to win 10 or more games in 10 seasons; Kaat won at least 10 in 12 straight from 1962 to 1973.
    In the first game of a rescheduled doubleheader at Wrigley, Stephen Drew of the Diamondbacks homers and triples to drive in 4 runs as the visitors win, 10-2. The Cubs then win, 7-3, as Chicago rookie OF Matt Murton ties a ML record with 4 doubles in the contest. He drives in 5 runs.
    August 4 The Orioles trade C Javy Lopez and cash to the Red Sox for a player to be named.
    The Phillies defeat the Mets, 5-3. Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley goes hitless in 5 at bats to end his 35-game hitting streak, tied for the 8th-longest on the all-time list.
    August 5 The Orioles down the Yankees, 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to 1 hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1st inning single is the Yankees only safety.
    The Rangers finally figure out how to hold Vladimir Guerrero hitless: walk him. He goes 0-for-1 but scores 3 runs on 4 walks as Anaheim wins, 10-3. This snaps Guererro’s 44-game hitting streak against Texas extending over the past three seasons he’s faced them. He hit in all 18 games in each of the past two seasons, and the first eight of this year.
    The Padres defeat the Nationals, 6-3. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD, setting a ML record with his 11th 30-save season.
    The Tigers edge the Indians, 4-3. Rookie P Fausto Carmona takes the loss in relief for Cleveland, becoming just the 2nd pitcher in history to lose 4 games in relief in a week. Carmona also lost on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and loses his short-lived job as Tribe closer.
    August 6 The Tigers win their 13th shutout of the year, edging Cleveland, 1–0. C.C. Sabathia’s error allows the only run of the game. Wilfredo Ledezma pitches 5 2/3 innings striking out 5 in the win.
    August 8 In Oakland’s 7-6 win over the Rangers, the A's Jason Kendall turns the fourth unassisted DP of his career. It happens when Mark DeRosa strikes out, then is called for interfering with Kendall's throw to try and catch Jerry Hairston, Jr., stealing second. The play ends the game
    August 10 Red Sox P Curt Schilling (14-5) takes a pounding-, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing 11 hits against the Royals. Ten of the hits are for extra bases and Schilling ties the AL mark for pitchers with it. The record is held by by Dale Gear (1901) and Luis Tiant, Jr. (1969). Emil Brown has a HR and double off of Schilling and Reggie Sanders has three doubles. They are all needed as Kansas City scores 3 in the 8th to win, 5–4.
    August 11 For the second time in three days, Texas INF Mark DeRosa drives in 6 runs in a game. He has 6 ribbies today on 3 hits as Texas beats Seattle, 14–7. On August 9, DeRosa had 4 hits and 2 homers as Texas blanked the A's 14-0 behind 7 shutout innings by Vicente Padilla. Acquired two weeks ago by the Rangers pitcher Kip Wells goes on the 15 day DL. Wells has had two foot injuries and two MRIs in two weeks, and leaves the game with a 12-4 score in the 4th inning.
    August 12 With their pitching staff shot after a 14-inning marathon 6-5 yesterday. the Reds summon 35-year-old Chris Michalak from Louisville and he stops the Phils on one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-7 Reds win. It is Michalak’s first big league win since September 2, 2001.
    At Fenway, the Red Sox trip the Orioles, 8-7. Wily Mo Pena has a double, triple and homer and Manny Ramirez runs his consective game hit streak to 27.
    August 13 He should’ve used the force. The Indians score 11 runs in the 1st inning off Luke Hudson, who manages just one out, on their way to a 13-0 whitewashing of the Royals. It is the most runs allowed in the first inning by a pitcher since Kid Nichols on September 21, 1897. Hudson is the first pitcher in 40 years to not record an out against the 1st ten batters he faces. Travis Hafner hits his 6th grand slam of the season off Hudson to tie Don Mattingly’s ML record set in 1987.
    The Reds down the Phillies, 7-5, in 11 innings as Juan Castro and Ken Griffey, Jr. drive in the final runs. The Phils tied it in the 9th on a 2-out single by Ryan Howard, who earlier hit his 41st homer. Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia hit consecutive HRs for Cincinnati in the 6th inning.
    In pitching 8 shutout innings against the Giants, Greg Maddux sets a major-league record becoming the first pitcher to make at least 25 starts in 20 consecutive seasons. Maddux had shared the record of 25 in 19 straight with Cy Young, Warren Spahn and Tom Glavine. The 1-0 win today goes to Takashi Saito when Russell Martin hits a walkoff homer in the 10th off Vinnie Chulk.
    The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 11-9. Manny Ramirez is held hitless, ending his 27-game hitting streak for Boston.
    August 14 The Braves pound the Nationals, 10-4. Matt Diaz has four hits and a walk in his first 5 plate appearances and ties an NL record by getting a hit in 10 straight ABs. His streak ends with a ground out in the 9th inning. Chipper Jones has four hits, including 3 consecutive HRs for Atlanta.
    August 15 Huh? Trailing Oakland 9–2 in the bottom of the 6th. Seattle’s Jake Woods intentionally walks Jay Payton with one out to load the bases for Nick Swisher, who is 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. The dubious strategy pays off when Swisher swishes, but Marco Scutaro then draws a walk to drive home one of his four runs in the game. Kirk Saarloos is the winner in the 11–2 A's victory.
    In Anaheim’s 9-7 win over Texas, an argument in the 4th inning results in ejections for Texas P Vicente Padilla and manager Buck Showalter. When the dust settles Rangers Ps Scott Feldman (6 games) and Padilla (5), Showalter (3) and Angels 2B Adam Kennedy (4), Ps Brendan Donnelly (4) and Kevin Gregg (3) and manager Mike Scioscia (3) will all earn suspensions.
    The Phillies defeat the Mets, 11-4, despite 3 homers by Jose Reyes. The 7th player to ever perform the feat for New York, Reyes is the 8th player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the franchise. With the Mets bullpen depleted, Orlando Hernandez stays in for 4 innings and gets cuffed around for all 11 runs, the most a Mets starter has given up since Jack Fisher gave up 11 in 1967.
    The Cubs and Astros go 18 innings before Chicago, using every player on the roster, emerges an 8-6 winner. The Cubs pound starter Roger Clemens for 5 runs in 6 innings. Cesar Izturis has 4 hits for the Cubs. The Cubs and Astros used 18 pitchers, tying a NL record, who throw 542 offerings. The teams combined to use 46 players with the Cubs using their entire 25-man roster.
    The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 2-1, also in 18 innings. It is the first time in ML history that two games on the same day last 18 innings. The D'Backs and Rockies used 42 players including 15 hurlers who threw 514 pitches.
    The Nationals Pedro Astacio, allowing two hits, and the Cards Chris Carpenter each throw 5-0 shutouts. Washington beats Atlanta and St. Louis whips Cincinnati. Astacio, released in 2005 by the Rangers, is perfect for 4 2/3 innings, giving Washington its first complete game pitched this year.
    Tigers 2B Placido Polanco suffered a separated shoulder and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.
    The morning before his scheduled rehab start for Columbus (IL) Yankees P Carl Pavano is injured when his Porsche collides with a truck. Pavano, out since June with various ailments, doesn’t say anything about the accident but pitches with discomfort before seeking medical help. An exam reveals two fractured ribs. Pavano is in the 2nd year of a 4-year contract.
    August 16 In the Red Sox 6-4 win over the Tigers, plate umpire Bruce Froemming works his 5,000th career game, becoming only the 2nd umpire, after Bill Klem, to reach that milestone.
    Bobby Abreu ties a ML record (Frank Thomas) with his 8th straight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2. Max Bishop (1926-33) almost had 8 straight seasons, but one year had 97.
    August 17 The White Sox edge the Royals, 5-4. For the 1st time in ML history, both teams hit leadoff HRs in each of the first 2 innings. David DeJesus hits the first pitch of the game for a homer. In the bottom of the 1st, Pablo Ozuna leads off with a homer for Chicago. Emil Brown homers for KC to start the 2nd inning, and Jermaine Dye homers to open the bottom of the 2nd.
    The Toronto Blue Jays trade 3B-OF Eric Hinske to the Red Sox for a player to be named later.
    August 18 The Yankees outlast the Red Sox, 14-11, in the 2nd game of their day-night doubleheader. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning game in ML history. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40.
    August 19 Seattle trades veteran Jamie Moyer to the Phillies for Andy Baldwin and Andrew Barb.
    August 20 Toronto’s Roy Halladay (16-3) wins his 16th decision, beating the Orioles, 9-2, but he will fail to win another game this year.
    August 22 The Mets obtain OF Shawn Green from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league P Evan MacLane.
    The Phillies obtain INF Jose Hernandez from the Pirates for cash.
    The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-3, as OF Nick Markakis slams 3 homers.
    August 23 The Royals score 10 runs in the 1st inning against the Indians, then go on to blow the lead and lose 15-13 in 10 innings.
    August 24 The Red Sox edge the Angels, 2-1. Jered Weaver gets the 1st loss of his career for the Angels. He had won his first 9 decisions, tying Whitey Ford for the AL record by beginning his career with 9 straight wins as a starter.
    Jon Garland (15-4) stops the Tigers as the White Sox win, 10–0. Jermaine Dye hits 2 homers and a double and LF Pablo Ozuna has 3 hits. Ozuna also makes a rare 5-7-3 putout on Sean Casey’s line drive that is tipped by the third baseman. Casey thinks it is caught and stops running.
    August 27 At Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels, 11-8, and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team Joe Torre has a losing record against as the Yankee manager; the Haloes are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.
    The Astros bomb the Pirates, 12-1, behind 7 innings pitched by Jason Hirsch. Willy Taveras has 2 hits to run his hit streak to 30 games.
    August 28 Behind Esteban Loaiza’s 7 shutout innings the A's roll over the visiting Red Sox, 9-0. Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas each pole their 28th homers. For Thomas it is career #476, putting him in the 23rd spot on the all-time list ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.
    August 29 The White Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 12-9. Delmon Young hits a HR in his 1st ML game for TB, becoming just the 2nd No. 1 overall pick from the June draft to homer in his first ML game. Bob Horner turned the trick for the Braves in 1978.
    The Braves overcome a pair of homers by Barry Bonds and outscore the Giants, 13-8. For Barry they are homers #726 and #727 and he passes Sammy Sosa with his 69th career multi homer game. Babe Ruth has 72.
    In the Phillies 10-6 win over the Nationals, Ryan Howard hits his 48th homer, tying Mike Schmidt (1980) for the team record. Howard has two hits and two walks.
    Leading off the bottom of the 16th inning, Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers cracks a homerun off new reliever Ryan Franklin to give LA a 6-5 win over the Reds. Jeff Kent and Brandon Phillips lead their offenses with 4 hits apiece.
    August 30 The Pirates edge the Cubs, 10-9, in 11 innings in a game that sees each team stroke 20 hits, but no homers. Rookie 2B Ryan Theriot gets 5 hits for Chicago, while teammate Jacque Jones has 4. For the Bucs, Jose Castillo strokes 4. Chicago reliever Ryan Dempster (1-7) blows a 2-run lead in the 11th.
    The Athletics defeat the Red Sox, 7-2. Curt Schilling takes the loss for Boston, but in the process becomes the 14th pitcher in ML history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.
    At Houston, Roger Clemens pitches 7 innings of shutout ball, striking out 9. He’s matched by the Brewers David Bush who allows 2 hits and no runs in 7 innings. Brad Lidge is credited with the win when the Astros push across a run in the bottom of the 9th for a 1-0 victory.
    In a game at Cuba’s Latin American Stadium, Mexico and Puerto Rico are in the sixth inning of a crucial game affecting PR´s qualification when the City of Havana decides to fumigate the Stadium. Within minutes smoke is pouring from the dugouts and stands. The Mexican dugout empties and the players stand on the left field line. The on-deck batter is invisible and everyone in the stands is coughing. The game is delayed for one hour because of the fumigation. (as reported by Pete Bjarkman)
    August 31 The Red Sox trade P David Wells to the Padres for minor league C George Kottaras, who played on the 2004 Olympic team for Greece.
    The Cubs trade veteran 1B Phil Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named later.
    The Nationals edge the Phillies, 6–5, in 10 innings scoring the winner on three singles and a wild pitch from Aaron Fultz (3-1). Phillies 1B Ryan Howard sets the team record for homers in a season, with 49. Howard reaches base safely 5 times on 2 hits, 2 walks and a HBP.

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    September


    September 2 The Indians edge the Rangers, 6-5. Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, subbing for slugger Travis Hafner, hits a grand slam on the 1st pitch he sees in the ML. By doing so, he becomes the 3rd player in history to hit a grand slam in his 1st AB. The others are Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Bill Duggleby (1898). Kouzmanoff is the first to do it on the first pitch he sees.
    The Mariners shrug off a first inning triple play and end a 12-game road losing streak, beating the Devil Rays, 4–3. Cha Seung Baek (2-0) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings. The M’s score a run and have runners on 1st and 3B with no outs. When Raul Ibanez strikes out, Adrian Beltre takes off for 2B and is easily tagged out. When the runner breaks from 3B the return throw to C Dioner Navarro nabs Jose Lopez trying to score. It is the first 2-6-2 triple play in history.
    September 3 In game 1 of a doubleheader, the Phillies beat the Braves, 8-7, as Ryan Howard hits 3 homers for Philadelphia. Atlanta rebounds to win the nitecap, 3–1.
    The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 6-3, as Albert Pujols hits 3 homers for St. Louis. It is his second three-homer game this year.
    The Nationals edge the Diamondbacks, 5-3, scoring four runs in the 8th. Washington becomes the 1st team since 1923 to win 4 in a row when trailing by 2 runs in the 7th inning or later in all four.
    The Astros squeak by the Mets, 2-1, despite only getting 1 hit. Aubrey Huff’s 2nd inning single is Houston’s lone safety. Roy Oswalt hurls 7 perfect innings for the Astros.
    September 4 The Phillies edge the Astros, 3-2, in 11 innings. Charlton Jimerson hits pinch HR in his 1st ML at bat for Houston. Ryan Howard has a homer (#53) for the Phils. No player in history has hit 76 homers in his first 1,000 at bats; Howard reaches 77 in 853 at bats. Aaron had 40 in his first 1,000 at bat; Ruth had 38.
    The Nationals Ramon Ortiz allows no hits through 8 innings against the Cardinals before Aaron Miles singles to lead off the 9th. Miles is erased on a DP, but Albert Pujols homers to snap the shutout. Ortiz wins, 4–1.
    The Marlins down the Diamondbacks, 8-5. In doing so, they become the 1st team in ML history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under.
    Atlanta’s Chuck James and Macay McBride combine to shut out the Mets, 5-0, on a 1 hitter. David Wright’s 2nd-inning single is the only hit allowed by James in his 8 innings of work.
    Trailing 5-1, the Yankees explode for 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
    September 5 Seven of the 13 games played today end in shutouts. It is the largest number on any one day since June 4, 1972.
    September 6 The Marlins shut out the Diamondbacks, 2-0, as rookie Anibal Sanchez hurls a no-hitter. It is the first no-hitter in the majors since Randy Johnson’s perfect game on may 18, 2004. The stretch of 6,364 games between no-hitters was the longest in ML history.
    The Tigers release Dmitri Young. Young spent a month in a rehab center this summer for alcohol and drug abuse, and later this month he will be sentenced to a year’s probation for assaulting a former girl friend.
    September 8 Jamie Moyer pitches 8 innings allowing just one run as the Phillies gaff the Marlins, 3–2. Ryan Howard has 3 hits and drives in all three Phillies runs with a pair of homers, numbers 55 and 56. He will hit just two more as pitchers will give him 28 walks in his next 21 games.
    Adam Dunn clubs his 40th homer and Javier Valentin adds a pair in the Reds 9-1 win over Pittsburgh.
    September 10 Johan Santana strikes out 11 in 6 1/3 innings and wins his 18th 12-1, as the Twins coast past Detroit. He seems to have a lock on winning 20 but will win just one more. No pitcher in the ML will win 20 this year, the first time this has happened on a full-schedule season.
    September 11 The Marlins pound the Mets, 16-5. RF Cody Ross slugs 3 homers and drives in 7 runs for Florida, while Dan Uggla has 5 hits. Carlos Delgado hits his 40th homer of the year for New York.
    September 12 The Mets defeat the Marlins, 6-4. The win officially eliminates the Braves from the NL East race, ending Atlanta’s incredible streak of 14 straight division championships.
    Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay, 12–4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and SS Derek Jeter has not at bats, but scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
    The Nationals score an unearned run in the 8th and beat Arizona, 5–4. The Nats catcher Brian Schneider pulls off a nice DP in the 4th inning when, with runners on 1st and 3B, he allows a popped bunt to drop. He fires the ball to SS Felipe Lopez for a force at 2B and the relay to 2B Jose Vidro covering 1B completes the twin killing.
    Carlos Guillen greets reliever Ron Mahay with his second homer of the game, a leadoff walkoff 9th inning dinger to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
    September 13 The Rangers rout the Tigers, 11-3, as OF Gary Matthews hits for the cycle in order, singling in the 1st, doubling in the 2nd, tripling in the 4th, and homering in the 6th inning.
    September 16 The Brewers top the Nationals, 8-5. Alfonso Soriano steals a base in the 1st inning to become the 4th player in ML history to record 40 HRs and 40 SBs in a season.
    At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yanks split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game, 5-2. New York takes the nitecap, 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
    Chone Figgins hits for the cycle, but it is not enough as his Angels fall, 12-6, to the Rangers. Mark Teixeira is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and Michael Young scores 4 times.
    September 17 The Nationals defeat the Brewers, 6-1. Rookie Chris Schroder strikes out all 6 batters he faces in 2 innings of relief, falling 1 shy of the NL record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.
    September 18 The Tigers clobber the White Sox, 8-2. Rookie Josh Fields hits a HR in his 1st ML at bat for Chicago, as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning.
    The Dodgers hit 4 consecutive homers (Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, Marlon Anderson) in the 9th inning to tie the Padres, then get a 2-run walkoff blast from Nomar Garciaparra in the last of the 10th to edge San Diego in a nail-biter, 11-10. It is only the 4th time in ML history that a team hits 4 consecutive homers. Marlon Anderson has five hits for LA, including a triple and two HRs.
    Despite being outhit by just 4 hits (19 to 15) the Giants are walloped at Coors Field, 20–6. Garrett Atkins and Jeff Baker each drive in 6 runs. Atkins has a pair of doubles and Baker a pair of homers.
    The Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0, to clinch the NL East title.
    September 19 The Twins beat the Red Sox, 7-3. Justin Morneau has 5 hits for Minnesota, including a double.
    The Mariners down the Rangers, 9-7, in 10 innings. Willie Bloomquist gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double.
    The White Sox shut out the Tigers, 7-0. Freddy Garcia gets the victory, allowing only one hit in 8 innings for the 2nd straight start.
    September 20 The Yankees lose to the Blue Jays, 3-2, but still clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Twins.
    September 21 The Astros edge the Cardinals, 6-5, with the help of a pair of homers by Lance Berkman. Berkman has now homered on September 21 in each of the last 6 seasons, the 2nd-longest such streak in history. Lou Gehrig homered on 7 consecutive June 8 dates from 1932-38.
    At Fenway, the Red Sox blank the Twins, 6–0, behind Josh Beckett’s 8 shutout innings. Keith Foulke pitches the 9th. David Ortiz has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to set the Sox single season record for homers with 52.
    September 22 The Padres down the Pirates, 6-2 on a 1-hitter. Chris Young takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but loses his bid to become the 1st SD pitcher to notch one when Joe Randa hits a 2-run HR.
    The Brewers overcome 6 RBI by Barry Bonds and edge the Giants, 13-12. Bonds has two doubles and a homer, while Ray Durham has a double and homer. Milwaukee has no homers. Prince Fielder steals his 7th base of the year; his dad, Cecil, stole only two in his 1,470-game career.
    The Nationals squeak by the Mets, 3-2. Alfonso Soriano doubles for Washington to become baseball’s first 40-40-40 player, with 45 homers, 41 stolen bases, and 40 doubles.
    September 23 The Tigers score 10 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 15-4 pasting of the Royals.
    Nationals 1B Nick Johnson breaks his leg in an 8th inning collision with RF Austin Kearns while going after a David Wright fly ball. Both players leave the game and Johnson will have a titanium rod and screws inserted in a two-hour operation. This year, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 home runs, 77 RBI, 110 walks and 147 games played. It was Wright’s third hit of the game, a triple, as the Mets win, 12–6.
    The Brewers beat the Giants, 10-8. Barry Bonds hits his 734th career HR to break Hank Aaron’s NL record for homers in one league.
    September 24 The Padres edge the Pirates, 2-1. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD to become baseball’s career saves leader. His 43rd save of the year gives Hoffman 479 for his career to break Lee Smith’s record.
    The Rockies overcome a grand slam and solo homer by Brian McCann and beat the Braves, 9-8. Matt Holliday matches McCann’s slam with one of his own.
    In the Red Sox 13-4 loss to host Toronto, David Ortiz ties the AL single season record with 32 homers on the road (Babe Ruth, 1927). It is Big Papi’s #53 on the year. The Blue Jays get three RBI each from Alexis Rios, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay.
    September 26 The Athletics use 19 hits to down the Mariners, 12-3, to clinch the AL West crown. Jason Kendall and Jay Payton each have 4 hits, and Kendall adds a stolen base.
    The Cubs trim the Brewers 14–6, in a game that shows an odd line score: only one team scores in each inning. The Cubs, with 18 hits, plate runs in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th; Milwaukee scores in the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th.
    Astros P Andy Pettitte allows 10 hits but just three runs in 6 2/3 innings as Houston beats Pittsburgh, 7-4.  The win pushes Pettitte’s record to 14-13: he has never had a losing or even .500 season, the only pitcher with at least 10 seasons other than Babe Ruth who has done that.
    September 27 The Marlins defeat the Reds, 7-2, as Anibal Sanchez wins his 10th game of the year. Florida becomes the 1st team in ML history to have 4 rookie pitchers with 10 wins. Scott Olsen, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco have also reached the mark. Rookie Hanley Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Fish.
    Tampa Bay uses a 9-run 7th inning to beat up the host Red Sox, 11–0. Ty Wigginton has 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the frame, while Rocco Baldelli adds a 3-run homer. Sox starter Josh Beckett pitches 6 2/3 innings and takes the loss, while Tim Corcoran pitches 6 2/3 for the win, just the 3rd on the road for TB since a July 29 drubbing of the Yankees.
    The Astros push across a run in the 9th against Salomon Torres to tie the Pirates at 6 all. Houston scores in the top of the 15th to win, 7–6. For Torres, it is his 90th appearance of the year; Torres joins Mike Marshall, Kent Tekulve and Wayne Granger as the only pitchers to appear in 90 or more in a season.
    Moises Alou of the Giants became the fourth 40-year-old to steal home since 1957 when he does it on a double steal with Ray Durham. Alou joins Paul Molitor, Minnie Minoso and Dave Concepcion. Alou’s theft gives the Giants a short-lived 3–2 lead, but Arizona wins, 6–3.
    September 28 The Dodgers pound the Rockies, 19-11. Rookie 1B James Loney, filling in for Nomar Garciaparra, ties a 56-year-old Dodgers record with 9 RBIs in the contest. Loney strokes 4 hits, including a double and a pair of homers.
    Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.
    September 29 The Phillies pound the Marlins, 14-2. Shane Victorino leads the 18-hit Philadelphia attack with 5 safeties, including a 2B and 3B. Pat Burrell contributes a double and two homers plus two walks.
    September 30 The Mariners edge the Rangers 3-1. Ichiro Suzuki steals his 39th consecutive successful stolen base to extend his AL record. He hasn’t been caught stealing since April 16.
    The Royals defeat the Tigers, 9-6. Kansas City begins the game with a double, single, triple, and homer, giving the team a cycle with its first 4 batters.
    Down 8-0 after three innings at Wrigley, the Cubs come back on the Rockies to tie at 9 apiece. The Rocks finally push across two runs in the 14th to win 11-9. The two teams each use 10 pitchers, which ties the ML record.
    The Angels beat the Athletics, 7-6. Oakland’s Jason Kendall becomes the first player in ML history to catch 140 games in 8 different seasons, breaking Gary Carter’s record.
    The Nationals announce that Frank Robinson will not be back as the team’s manager in 2007.

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    October


    October 1 The Indians defeat the Devil Rays, 6-3. TB becomes the 1st team in ML history to lose 100 games and still have a winning record at home. Cleveland OF Grady Sizemore joins Chuck Klein as the only players in history with 50 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers, and 20 steals in the same season.
    The Royals down the Tigers, 10-8. The loss drops Detroit behind the Twins for the AL Central crown, giving the Tigers the wild card spot for the playoffs.
    Red Sox rookie P Devern Hansack hurls 5 hitless innings for a rain-shortened 9-0 Boston win over the Orioles. In his 2nd ML outing, Hansack becomes the 9th AL pitcher to allow no hits in a complete game of fewer than 9 innings. It is his 1st ML win.
    The Twins defeat the White Sox, 5-1, to clinch the AL Central championship. Joe Mauer becomes the first catcher to win an AL batting title, getting 2 hits in his final contest to finish at .347.
    The Cardinals lose to the Brewers, 5-3, but still clinch their 3rd consecutive NL Central division championship.
    The Marlins down the Phillies, 3-2, in 11 innings but lose P Dontrelle Willis in the 2nd inning. Willis dives for an infield fly ball and injured his arm. Dan Uggla homers for the Fish, scoring his 105th run of the year. Along with Hanley Ramirez, they are the first pair of rookie teammates since Dale Alexander and Roy Johnson of the 1929 Tigers to each score 100 runs in the same season.
    The Dodgers edge the Giants, 4-3, to finish as the NL wild card representative in the playoffs.
    The Padres best the Diamondbacks, 7-6, to clinch the NL West Division title.
    The Chicago Cubs announce that president Andy MacPhail is resigning effective immediately. MacPhail had been president for 12-years. John McDonough, Cubs senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting, will serve as interim president.
    October 2 The Giants cut ties with manager Felipe Alou after 4 years at the helm.
    The Cubs drop the other shoe as they decline to renew the contract of manager Dusty Baker after 4 years.
    October 3 The Marlins fire their manager Joe Girardi. Braves 3rd-base coach Fredi Gonzalez is hired to replace him.
    The Athletics edge the Twins, 3-2, in the opener of their AL Division Series on the strength of a pair of HRs by Frank Thomas. Barry Zito gets the win for Oakland.
    The Yankees clobber the Tigers, 8-4, in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a 2B and HR. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets credit for the victory. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.
    The Cardinals win the opener of their NL Division Series against the Padres by a score of 5-1. Cris Carpenter gets the win for St. Louis while Albert Pujols hits a HR.
    October 4 The Rangers fire Buck Showalter as their manager.
    The Mets open their NL Division Series against the Dodgers with a 6-5 win. Carlos Delgado gets 4 hits, including a HR for New York, while Cliff Floyd adds a homer and David Wright collects 3 RBIs with a pair of doubles. Guillermo Mota gets the win in relief.
    The Athletics take a two games to one lead over the Twins in their series with a 5-2 victory. Mark Kotsay hits an inside-the-park HR for the victors.
    October 5 The Mets down the Dodgers, 4-1, to take a 2-0 lead in the Division Series. Jose Reyes drives in a pair of runs for New York, while Tom Glavine hurls 6 shutout innings and Billy Wagner records his 2nd save in 2 days.
    The Cardinals shut out the Padres, 2-0, as Jeff Weaver and 4 relief pitchers combine to throw a 4-hitter. Albert Pujols gets 3 hits and drives in a run for St. Louis.
    The Tigers even their Division Series with the Yankees, coming from behind to win by a score of 4-3 with Curtis Granderson’s triple being the deciding blow. Jamie Walker gets the win in relief. Johnny Damon and Carlos Guillen hit HRs for New York and Detroit respectively.
    October 6 The A’s down the Twins, 8-3, to sweep their Division series and move on to the ALCS. Milton Bradley and Eric Chavez homer for Oakland and Dan Haren gets the win. Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter homer in a losing cause for Minnesota.
    October 7 Nomar Garciaparra and Jim Thome are announced as winners of the Comeback Player of the Year award in the NL and AL respectively.
    The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 9-5, to sweep their Division series and move into the NLCS. Jeff Kent gets 4 hits for LA, including a HR, but it’s not enough to beat New York’s 14-hit attack led by Shawn Green. Pedro Feliciano gets the win in relief.
    The Tigers down the Yankees, 8-3, to win their Division series, 3 games to 1. Jeremy Bonderman goes 8+ innings for the win. He’s aided by HRs by Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe.
    The Padres keep their hopes alive in their Division series with the Cardinals with a 3-1 win. Chris Young gets the win for SD, with Russell Branyan’s 2-run 2B being the key blow.
    October 8 The Cardinals defeat the Padres, 6-2, to take their NLDS, 3 games to 1. Cris Carpenter gets the win for St. Louis, while Ron Belliard drives in a pair of runs.
    October 10 The Tigers down the Athletics, 5-1, to take the opening game of the ALCS. Nate Robertson gets the victory, and Ivan Rodriguez and Brandon Inge hit HRs for Detroit.
    October 11 Yankees P Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Killed with him is his pilot instructor.
    The Tigers ride Justin Verlander to an 8-5 win over the Athletics in the ALCS. Curtis Granderson and Alexis Gomez homer for Detroit, overcoming a pair of homers by Milton Bradley and one by Eric Chavez for Oakland.
    The opening game of the NLCS between St. Louis and New York is postponed due to rain.
    October 12 The Mets shut out the Cardinals, 2-0, in the 1st game of the NLCS. Carlos Beltran’s 2-run homer if the big blow for New York. Tom Glavine and a pair or relief pitchers hold St. Louis to 4 hits.
    October 13 The Tigers take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS with a 3-0 win over the Athletics. Kenny Rogers and 2 relievers hold Oakland to just 2 hits. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit. Oakland’s Mark Kiger makes history by becoming the 1st modern day player to make his big league debut in the postseason, entering the game as a defensive replacement at 2B.
    The Cardinals even their NLCS with the Mets with a 9-6 victory. Josh Kinney gets the win in relief as St. Louis scores 3 times in the 9th off Billy Wagner. Carlos Delgado hits a pair of HRs for New York, while So Taguchi and Jim Edmonds connect for the Cardinals.
    October 14 Magglio Ordonez hits a walkoff 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers a 6-3 win over the Athletics and a sweep of the ALCS. Wil Ledezma gets the win in relief, and Placido Polanco is named the series MVP. Jay Payton homers in a losing cause for Oakland.
    The Cardinals take a 2-games-to-1 lead over the Mets in the NLCS, winning by a score of 5-0 behind Jeff Suppan. Suppan also homers to help his cause.
    October 15 The Mets even their NLCS with a 12-5 win over the Cardinals. Carlos Delgado drives in 5 runs for New York on a 2B and HR, while Carlos Beltran slugs a pair of homers and David Wright adds a solo shot. Oliver Perez gets the victory.
    October 16 The Athletics fire manager Ken Macha.
    October 17 Lou Piniella takes over as manager of the Cubs, signing a 3-year deal worth nearly $10 million.
    The Cardinals take the lead in the NLCS with a 4-2 win over the Mets. Jeff Weaver hurls 6 innings for the win for St. Louis, with Albert Pujols and Chris Duncan hitting HRs.
    October 18 The Mets edge the Cardinals, 4-2, to even the NLCS at 3 games apiece. Jose Reyes gets 3 hits for the Mets, including a HR, and John Maine gets the win.
    October 19 Yadier Molina’s 2-run HR in the 9th inning is the deciding blow as the Cardinals defeat the Mets, 3-1, to win the NLCS and move on to the WS. Randy Flores gets the win in relief. Jeff Suppan is named NLCS MVP.
    October 21 The Cardinals take the opener of the WS with a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. Anthony Reyes gets the win, and Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen hit HRs. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit.
    October 22 The Tigers even the Series with a 3-1 win behind Kenny Rogers. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit, and Carlos Guillen gets 3 hits.
    October 24 Chris Carpenter gives the Cardinals a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Series with a 5-0 win over the Tigers. Jim Edmonds drives in a pair of runs for St. Louis.
    Mets 1B Carlos Delgado wins the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a ML player who combines community service with excellence on the field.
    MLB and the MLB Players Association reach an agreement on a new 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, one of the longest labor contracts in baseball history.
    October 25 Game 4 of the World Series is postponed due to rain.
    Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Derek Jeter of the Yankees are named winners of the Hank Aaron Award as the best overall hitter in the NL and AL respectively.
    October 26 The Cardinals edge the Tigers, 5-4, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Adam Wainwright gets the win in relief for St. Louis, while David Eckstein collect 4 hits, including 3 2Bs. Sean Casey homers for Detroit in a losing cause.
    October 27 Former Padres manager Bruce Bochy agrees to a 3-year term to become manager of the SF Giants.
    The Cardinals defeat the Tigers, 4-2, to take the 2006 World Series. Jeff Weaver gets the win for St. Louis, who gets a pair of RBIs from Series MVP David Eckstein. Sean Casey homers for Detroit.

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    November


    November 1 The commissioner’s office announces that Mets reliever Guillermo Mota is suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He becomes the 3rd player penalized this year for violating MLB’s toughened drug policy.
    November 2 The AL Gold Glove winners are announced. Ivan Rodriguez wins his 12th award, extending his record for Cs. OFs Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter and 3B Eric Chavez each win for the 6th straight season.
    November 3 The NL Gold Glove winners are announced. P Greg Maddux wins his 16th award, tying the record shared by P Jim Kaat and 3B Brooks Robinson. SS Omar Vizquel wins his 11th award, while OF Andruw Jones wins his 9th in a row.
    November 6 The Texas Rangers hire Oakland Athletics’ coach Ron Washington as their new manager.
    November 8 The Padres hire Angels’ pitching coach Bud Black as their new manager.
    The Indians obtain 2B Josh Barfield from the Padres in exchange for INF Kevin Kouzmanoff and P Andrew Brown.
    The Athletics reach a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. to build a new ballpark in Fremont. If approved by the city, the A’s could begin playing there as soon as 2011.
    November 10 The Yankees send OF Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for 3 minor league Ps—Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett.
    November 12 The Yankees trade P Jaret Wright to the Orioles in exchange for P Chris Britton.
    November 13 Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins are named winners of the Rookie of the Year Award in the American and National League, respectively. Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Zimmerman are runners-up.
    November 14 The Nationals name 37-year-old Mets coach Manny Acta as their new manager. Acta becomes the youngest manager in the ML, replacing Frank Robinson, who, for the sake of poetic justice, had been the oldest.
    Arizona Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb is named winner of the NL Cy Young Award, beating out Padres reliever Trevor Hoffman.
    November 15 The Mets send Ps Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for OF Ben Johnson and P Jon Adkins.
    Joe Girardi and Jim Leyland are announced as winners of the Manager of the Year Award in the NL and AL, respectively.
    November 16 The White Sox send reliever Neal Cotts to the crosstown Cubs in exchange for Ps David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.
    The Commissioner’s office announces that the Cardinals set a record with a $362,173 World Series share, nearly $40,000 more than what White Sox players received in 2005.
    Johan Santana win s his 2nd Cy Young Award in 3 years, again as a unanimous choice. New York’s Chien-Ming Wang finishes a distant second.
    November 17 The Athletics hire bench coach Bob Geren as their new manager, replacing Ken Macha.
    The Blue Jays sign free agent 1B/DH Frank Thomas to a 2-year contract.
    The Phillies sign free agent INF Wes Helms to a 2-year contract.
    The Mets sign free agent INF Damion Easley to a contract.
    November 19 The Angels sign free agent P Justin Speier to a 4-year contract.
    The Rangers agree to a 3-year deal with free agent OF Frank Catalanotto.
    November 20 Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard is named NL Most Valuable Player, beating out Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.
    The Cubs sign free agent 2B/OF Alfonso Soriano to an 8-year, $136 million contract. Besides being baseball’s first 40-40-40 man, Soriano further had 22 outfield assists last season.
    The Mets sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a contract.
    The Marlins send Ps Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas to the Mets in exchange for Ps Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens. Florida also sends P Chris Resop to the Angels for P Kevin Gregg.
    The Reds agree to a 3-year contract with free agent SS Alex Gonzalez, and a 2-year contract with P Mike Stanton. Cincinnati also sends C Jason LaRue to the Royals for a player to be named.
    The Orioles sign free agent P Jamie Walker to a 3-year deal.
    November 21 Minnesota’s Justin Morneau is named AL Most Valuable Player, edging out Derek Jeter of the Yankees.
    November 22 The Dodgers sign free agent OF Juan Pierre to a 5-year contract.
    The Rangers sign free agent OF Gary Matthews Jr. to a 5-year contract.
    November 24 The Astros sign free agent OF Carlos Lee to a 6-year deal and free agent P Woody Williams to a 2-year deal.
    November 25 The Diamondbacks acquire Ps Doug Davis and Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel from the Brewers in exchange for C Johnny Estrada and Ps Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas.
    November 26 The Orioles sign free agent P Danys Baez to a 3-year deal.
    November 27 The Reds sign free agent C Chad Moeller to a contract.
    The Phillies agree on a 3-year $24 million contract with free agent P Adam Eaton. Eaton, 28, was 4-0 with the Padres in 2006 after winning 11 in each of the two previous seasons.
    Free agent OF David Dellucci reaches a preliminary agreement with the Indians on a 3-year deal.
    November 28 The Dodgers sign free agent P Randy Wolf to a one-year $8 million contract.
    The Cardinals sign free agent 2B Adam Kennedy to a 3-year contract and P Kip Wells to a 1-year deal.
    November 29 The Brewers sign free agent INF Craig Counsell to a 2-year deal.

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    December


    December 2 The Giants agree to a 3-year contract with free agent OF Dave Roberts.
    The Indians sign free agent Ps Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Fultz to contracts.
    December 3 The Braves sign free agent P Tanyon Sturtze to a contract.
    December 4 The Mariners sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a contract.
    December 5 The Rockies agree to a 1-year contract with free agent P LaTroy Hawkins.
    The Red Sox reach a tentative agreement on a 5-year contract with brittle free agent OF J.D. Drew and a 4-year contract with SS Julio Lugo.
    December 6 The Mets send P Brian Bannister to the Royals in exchange for P Ambiorix Burgos.
    The Dodgers agree to a 1-year contract with free agent C Mike Lieberthal.
    The Giants sign free agent C Bengie Molina to a 3-year deal.
    The Indians sign free agent P Joe Borowski to a contract.
    The Athletics agree to a 2-year deal with free agent P Alan Embree.
    The Phillies obtain P Freddy Garcia from the White Sox in exchange for Ps Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez.
    December 7 The Royals sign a 5-year deal with P Gil Meche.
    The Braves trade P Horacio Ramirez to the Mariners for P Rafael Soriano.
    December 8 The Dodgers sign free agent P Jason Schmidt to a 3-year contract, and finalize a 1-year deal with free agent OF Luis Gonzalez.
    The Rangers sign free agent OF Marlon Byrd to a contract.
    The Cardinals sign free agent P Russ Springer to a contract.
    The Royals agree to a 1-year deal with free agent P Octavio Dotel.
    Free agent C Mike Piazza signs with the Athletics.
    December 11 The Orioles sign free agent OF Jay Payton to a 2-year contract.
    The Tigers sign free agent P Jose Mesa to a contract.
    The Rangers agree to a 1-year contract with free agent OF Kenny Lofton.
    The Angels agree to a 1-year contract with free agent P Darren Oliver.
    December 12 The Astros send 24-year-old OF Willy Taveras, who had a 30-game hit streak this year, and Ps Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh, their top minor league pitching prospect, to the Rockies for Ps Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio.
    The Rangers agree to a 1-year contract with free agent P Eric Gagne.
    The Twins agree to a 1-year contract with free agent INF Jeff Cirillo.
    The Blue Jays agree to a 1-year contract with free agent OF Matt Stairs.
    December 13 The Padres sign free agent P Greg Maddux to a contract.
    December 14 The Red Sox are the winners in a sealed bid auction announcing the signing of Japanese pitching ace Daisuke Matsuzaka to a 6-year contract.
    The Nationals trade 2B Jose Vidro to the Mariners for OF Chris Snelling and P Emiliano Fruto.
    The Mariners sign free agent P Miguel Batista to a 3-year contract.
    December 15 The Cubs sign free agent P Ted Lilly, 40, to a 4-year contract.
    The Angels send P Brendan Donnelly to the Red Sox for rookie P Phil Seibel.
    December 16 The White Sox trade 1B/OF Ross Gload to the Royals for P Andrew Sisco.
    December 17 The White Sox sign free agent C Toby Hall to a 2-year contract.
    December 19 The Cubs sign free agent P Jason Marquis to a 3-year contract.
    December 20 The Braves agree to terms with free agent INF Chris Woodward on a 1-year contract.
    The Padres sign free agent 2B Marcus Giles to a contract.
    The Phillies agree to a 1-year deal with free agent C Rod Barajas.
    December 21 The Reds acquire 1B Jeff Conine from the Phillies for INF Brad Key and OF Javon Moran.
    December 22 The Yankees bring back free agent P Andy Pettitte signing him to a one-year contract. Pettitte has never had a losing or .500 season; only Babe Ruth can match that among pitchers with 10 or more seasons.
    December 23 The Rangers acquire P Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano from the White Sox in exchange for Ps John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner.
    December 24 The Brewers sign free agent P Jeff Suppan to a 4 year, $42 million contract, with an option for 2011.
    December 26 The Angels agree on a 1-year contract with free agent INF Shea Hillenbrand.
    December 28 The Giants sign free agent P Barry Zito to a 7 year, $126 million contract. Several teams, including the Mets, with a five year $75 million offer, and the Rangers, came up short.
    December 29 The Marlins sign free agent 3B Aaron Boone to a contract.

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