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• The Dodgers beat the Giants 4-2, with a couple of old-timers leading the way. Greg Maddux got the win, improving his record to 15-14 in 2006. It's the 18th time he's won 15 games in a season, tying Cy Young's major league record. Kenny Lofton went 3-for-5, increasing his batting average to .301. At 39, he's the oldest qualifying player in the major leagues batting at least .300 this season.

Julio Franco tied a career-high with five RBI in the Mets' win at Washington. His first career five-RBI game was June 18, 1983, for the Indians, in a 12-8 win against Detroit. ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe was the beneficiary of Franco's performance, starting and earning the win for Cleveland. If Mets fans need a little perspective on that June 1983 time-frame, this should do it: Born in that very month was Jose Reyes (on June 11).

• The Mets announced Saturday that Pedro Martinez will have rotator cuff surgery next week and will not return until the middle of next season. In recent years, Pedro's excellence has been compromised to a certain degree by his lack of durability. Over the last six seasons, Pedro' 2.99 ERA ranks second-best in the majors, behind Johan Santana's 2.91, but his 1,069 innings pitched are only 34th-most in the majors over that span.

Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-5 in Florida's loss to Philadelphia, but that hit gave him 43 hits for the month, the most for any player in the major leagues. He's the first rookie in 26 years to lead the majors in hits in September. The last to do it was Dave Stapleton of the Red Sox in September 1980.

Matt Holliday drove in two runs in Colorado's 11-9 win at Wrigley Field. That gave Holliday 34 RBI this September, the most for any National League player in that month in 21 years -- since Gary Carter had 34 RBI for the Mets in September 1985.

Manny Ramirez's home run on Saturday night was his first since Aug. 19, and his 160th over the past four seasons. David Ortiz has hit 173 homers during that same period. They are the first teammates in major-league history to average 40 home runs each over a four-year span.

Scott Spiezio's pinch-hit three-run triple was the difference in the Cardinals' 3-2 win against Milwaukee. It was the first pinch-hit triple with the bases loaded in the majors this year and there's been exactly one in each of the previous three seasons. The St. Louis home crowd also enjoyed one of those hits on April 29, 2004, when Reggie Sanders hit a pinch-hit three-run three-bagger against the Phillies.

• The Royals scored seven runs in the first inning at Detroit, becoming the first team in major league history -- with 100 losses already in the bank for that season -- to score at least seven runs in the opening inning.

Adrian Beltre had two home runs and three RBI in Seattle's 3-1 win against Texas. Beltre leads the major leagues with 23 RBI since Sept. 14 and his eight home runs during that period are tied with Andruw Jones for the most in the major leagues.

Lance Berkman homered in the first inning for Houston in the team's 5-4 win at Atlanta. Berkman leads the major leagues with 12 home runs in the first inning this season. On Sunday he can tie the franchise record; Jeff Bagwell hit 13 first-inning home runs in 1997.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run Saturday, giving him 35 home runs and 121 RBI this year. It's his ninth consecutive season with 35 or more home runs and at least 100 RBI, tying a major league record. Jimmie Foxx, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa also did that nine consecutive times.

Alex Rios hit a two-run triple with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead in their 6-5 victory at Yankee Stadium. Rios has a .298 batting average this year, but he's hitting .372 with two out and men on base, the fifth-highest average in the American League in those situations (minimum 75 at-bats).

• The Washington Nationals announced Saturday that Frank Robinson will not return as manager in 2007, but he will be in uniform Sunday to finish this season. There have not been any in-season managerial firings in 2006. In the last 60 years there has been only one season during which no in-season managerial changes were made – that was in 2000.


Vince Young is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday, when Tennessee hosts Dallas. Excluding the three games played during the 1987 players strike, only one NFL quarterback has made his first career start against a team coached by Bill Parcells. In Week 15 of 1996, Glenn Foley of the Jets made his first start against Parcells' Super-Bowl bound Patriots. New England won 34-10 (Foley was 22-for-45, for 227 yards, with one TD and 2 INTs), and one year later Parcells was coaching both Foley and the Jets.