This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
1916 -- Grover Alexander pitched a 2-0 three-hitter against the Boston Braves for his 16th shutout and 33rd victory of the season.
1920 -- The only tripleheader in this century was played, with the Cincinnati Reds defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first two games. The Pirates won the nightcap, which was called after six innings because of darkness.
1938 -- Bob Feller struck out 18 Detroit Tigers to set a single-game record that stood until Steve Carlton broke it in 1969.
1968 -- Bob Gibson set a World Series record by striking out 17 Detroit Tigers in Game 1.
1986 -- Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets became the first pitcher in baseball to strike out 200 batters in each of his first three seasons as he fanned seven en route to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1991 -- The Toronto Blue Jays clinched the American League East title and became the first team in sports history to draw 4 million fans in one season.
2001 -- Albert Pujols of St. Louis went 3-for-4 to set an NL rookie record with 353 total bases in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee.
2005 -- Roy Oswalt got his 20th win to lead the Houston Astros over the Chicago Cubs 6-4, clinching the NL wild-card berth and capping a historic comeback. Houston started the season 15-30 and became the first team since the 1914 Boston Braves to make the postseason after falling 15 games under .500.
2008 -- Evan Longoria homered in his first two at-bats and the surprising AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays were a big hit in their postseason debut, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in their AL playoff opener.
2009 -- B.J. Upton became the first player in Tampa Bay history to hit for the cycle. He went 5 for 5 with a career-high six RBIs in a 13-4 win over the New York Yankees.
Today's birthday: Matt Reynolds 28.
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