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Alfonso Soriano's stolen base in the third inning of the Nationals' 7-6 win over the Braves was the 200th of his career. Having already reached the 200-homer mark earlier this month, Soriano became the first player in major-league history to attain 200/200 status in his first 1,000 games. Soriano has played 929 games. The previous fastest player to 200/200 was Eric Davis in 1,053 games.

• Here's one you don't see every day. In fact, it's been 44,953 days since there was a pitching matchup like the one in Toronto on Friday night. Luke Hudson of the Royals allowed 11 runs in the first inning against the Indians on Aug. 18; Shaun Marcum of the Blue Jays allowed seven first-inning runs one day later.

There was only one other game in major-league history in which both starting pitchers surrendered at least seven runs in the first inning of a game earlier in the month. It was played 123 years ago, on July 28, 1883. The starting pitchers were a pair of rookies: Tip O'Neill of the New York Gothams and Jumping Jack Jones of the Detroit Wolverines.

• The Tigers opened a six-game road trip with a 4-2 loss in Cleveland, following a 3-5 homestand that ended with a 10-0 loss to the White Sox. Detroit was only the fifth first-place team ever to finish a losing homestand with a double-digit shutout loss.

Ryan Howard drove in three runs in the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Mets, including a two-run home run. It was Howard's league-leading 45th homer, and he became the first player in 45 years to hit at least 45 home runs in his sophomore season. The last was Jim Gentile of the Orioles in 1961 (46 HR).

Josh Willingham reached the 100-hit mark on Friday night, joining his rookie teammates Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Mike Jacobs, who had already done so. With 35 games still to play, the Marlins became only the fourth team in the live-ball era with four rookies with 100 or more hits. The last to do so was the 1999 Marlins (Alex Gonzalez, Preston Wilson, Bruce Aven, and Kevin Millar).

• The Twins rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the White Sox 5-4 at Chicago. Torii Hunter's three-run home run in the sixth gave the Twins their first lead. The Sox had won 39 of the last 40 home games in which they led by three or more runs, and 53 in a row in which they led by three or more in the sixth inning or later.

With that victory, Minnesota moved past the White Sox into first place in the American League wild-card race. The Twins were 11 games behind the wild-card leader on June 10, a half-game short of the largest deficit ever overcome by an eventual wild-card winner. The 2003 Marlins and the 2005 Astros both trailed by 11½ games in the wild-card race.

• The formula worked again in Pittsburgh on Friday night: Get a lead and let Roger do the rest. During his three seasons with Houston, Roger Clemens has a record of 37-3 when the Astros have given him a lead -- of any size at any point in the game.

Jim Edmonds went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Cubs. Edmonds became the first National League player in more than 20 years to strike out four or more times in the game in which none of his teammates struck out. The last was Dale Murphy in 1982.

• The Rockies opened the first inning with six consecutive singles and never looked back in a 13-5 win over the Padres. They were the first team in 10 years to open the first inning with six straight singles. The last was the Dodgers in a 7-6 win over the Expos in 1996.

Barry Zito's bid for the first no-hitter in the majors in more than two years was negated when Mark De Rosa led off the eighth inning with a single. Since Randy Johnson pitched the last no-hitter on May 18, 2004, there have been 13 games in which a starting pitcher completed seven innings without allowing a hit. Zito is the only pitcher to do so twice during that time.

• This time Jaret Wright didn't even get close. Wright was knocked out in the fourth inning of his start against the Angels on Friday night. It was the 25th consecutive start in which Wright failed to retire a batter beyond the sixth inning, dating back to last September and equaling the second-longest streaks in major-league history.

Alex Rodriguez struck out four times in a 6-5 loss to the Angels, and in the sixth inning he stranded a runner at third base with one out. That was the 25th runner that A-Rod has stranded at third base with less than two outs this season, the highest total in the majors.