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Livan Hernandez was traded to the Diamondbacks a week after what's commonly known as the trading deadline. Consider this sampling of veterans to be traded to contenders after the July 31 deadline in the last 20 years: Larry Walker (to the Cardinals in 2004), Roberto Alomar (2004 White Sox), Jeff Conine (2003 Marlins), Harold Baines (1999 Indians), Rickey Henderson (1997 Angels), Terry Pendleton (1996 Braves), Kevin Seitzer (1996 Indians), Brett Butler (1995 Dodgers), Jeff Reardon (1992 Braves), Baines (1990 Athletics), Willie McGee (1990 Athletics), Fred Lynn (1988 Tigers), Don Baylor (1987 Twins), Rick Reuschel (1987 Giants).

Ryan Howard drove in two runs Monday, giving him a National League-leading 101 RBI this season. He is the first sophomore (a player in the year after his rookie year) to reach the century mark by Aug. 7 since Jim Gentile did so for the Orioles in 1961.

Note: Nomar Garciaparra reached the 100-RBI mark in 108 games as a sophomore in 1998. Howard played his 108th game Monday night (Garciaparra's 100th RBI came on Aug. 21).

Howard had five home runs in his first 108 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this season, but with a homer Monday against Horacio Ramirez, he now has five in his last 17 at-bats vs. lefties.

• Through the end of June, Mark Buehrle was 9-4 with a 3.22 ERA; at that point he ranked seventh in the American League in wins and sixth in ERA. In seven starts since the start of July, Buehrle is 0-6 with a 9.61 ERA. That's the most losses and highest ERA (minimum: 25 innings) for any major league pitcher since July 1.

Zach Miner improved to 7-2 with a victory on Monday, giving Detroit three rookie pitchers who are at least five games over .500. The others are Justin Verlander (14-4) and Joel Zumaya (6-1). No major league team in the last 120 years has had three rookie pitchers finish the season at least five games over .500.

• With his start Monday, Jason Schmidt is now unbeaten in his last 15 starts against the Diamondbacks dating back to the start of the 2003 season. Schmidt's 15-start unbeaten streak against Arizona is tied for the third-longest current streak by any pitcher against any team. John Smoltz is undefeated in his last 17 starts against the Reds (since 1995) and David Wells is unbeaten in 16 straight against the Royals (since 1993). The other 15-game streak is by Schmidt himself, against the Marlins (since 1996).

• The Cardinals defeated the Reds 13-1, the largest win by either team in that rivalry since Sept. 7, 1993, when the Cards won the second game of a doubleheader at Riverfront Stadium, 15-2, behind four home runs and 12 RBI by Mark Whiten.

Carl Crawford hit his 12th triple of the season Monday, giving him at least a dozen triples in each of the last three seasons. Since the end of World War II, only six other players have hit at least a dozen triples in each of three straight seasons: Lance Johnson (six, 1991-1996), Juan Samuel (four, 1984-1987), Garry Templeton (1977-1979), George Brett (1975-1977), Lou Brock (1966-1968) and Stan Musial (four, 1946-1949).

Ted Lilly was a late scratch as Monday's starter, so three Blue Jays pitchers went a few innings each and combined for a two-hitter: Brian Tallet (2 1/3 innings, 0 hits), Jeremy Accardo (2 2/3, 2) and Brandon League (4, 0). The last time a starting pitcher failed to complete three innings but his team allowed fewer than three hits was the Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter on June 11, 2003 at Yankee Stadium: Roy Oswalt (1 inning), Pete Munro (2 2/3), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3), Brad Lidge (2), Octavio Dotel (1), and Billy Wagner (1).

• After allowing six runs in three innings Monday, Russ Ortiz is 0-9 with a 9.86 ERA in 42 innings this season. Earned runs have been continuously tabulated in the major leagues since the second decade of the 20th century; since then, only three pitchers have had ERAs as high as Ortiz's in at least 40 innings -- and all three instances have been in the last eight seasons. Roy Halladay had a 10.64 ERA in 67 2/3 innings in 2000, Micah Bowie had a 10.24 ERA in 51 innings in 1999 and Aaron Myette had a 10.06 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2002.

• After 31 weeks of the 2006 PGA Tour season, Tiger Woods sits atop the money list, even though he has played in only 11 events. The 11 events played ties the lowest number of events played by the money leader after 31 weeks of a Tour season since 1980. In 1995, Greg Norman sat atop the Tour money list after 31 weeks of play while participating in only 11 events. Woods has four wins this season while Norman had two victories through his first 11 events in 1995.

• For the third time in his career, Jim Furyk shot 20 under par or better at the Buick Open. In fact, since 2000, Furyk is 121 under par at this tournament. No player over that time has a lower cumulative score relative to par at any four-round tournament on Tour. The only other player who is at least 100 below par at any four-round tournament is Tiger, also at the Buick Open (114 under par since 2000).