Baseball Today

Updated: May 23, 2008, 10:55 AM ET
Associated Press


Saturday, May 24

Arizona at Atlanta (3:55 p.m.) Two of the top veteran left-handers in baseball history meet at Turner Field. The NL West-leading Diamondbacks send out 44-year-old Randy Johnson to face the Braves' Tom Glavine, who is 42. Glavine has 305 career wins, Johnson 288.



-Andrew Miller, Marlins, gave up five hits in seven innings of a 4-0 victory over Arizona, completing a three-game sweep. Miller struck out nine with only one walk.

-Tim Hudson, Braves, gave up a pair of homers on consecutive pitches in the second inning, then held the Mets scoreless through the next six innings to help Atlanta finish a four-game sweep with a 4-2 win.

-Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew, Red Sox, connected for grand slams in an 11-8 win over the Royals. Lowell finished 3-for-4 with a double and scored three times. Drew scored twice.

-Matt Joyce, Tigers, doubled and homered in three at-bats, driving in a pair of runs and scoring two more in a 9-2 rout of the Mariners.

-Khalil Greene, Padres, homered twice in an 8-2 victory over Cincinnati.


Brad Lidge returned to Houston and pitched a scoreless ninth inning against his former team to close out Philadelphia's 7-5 victory. Traded by the Astros in the offseason, Lidge looked like his old, overpowering self while improving to 12-for-12 in save chances this year. After hearing an odd mix of boos and cheers when he trotted out from the visitors' bullpen, Lidge retired slugger Lance Berkman on a game-ending popup with a runner on. "It was a lot of fun for me, a lot of adrenaline," Lidge said. "It's only human nature to want to do good against your old team."


J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell each hit grand slams against Kansas City, becoming the first Red Sox players to hit grand slams in the same game at Fenway Park since Tony Armas and Bill Buckner did it Aug. 7, 1984. The last time Boston had two slams in a game was when the switch-hitting Bill Mueller hit both -- one from each side -- at Texas on July 29, 2003.


Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 598th home run, his first in 90 at-bats, in the first inning of Cincinnati's 8-2 loss at San Diego. Griffey is attempting to become the sixth player to reach 600 homers. His last long ball was on April 23 in Cincinnati off Houston's Chris Sampson, and the 90 at-bat homerless drought was the second-longest of his career.


Josh Hamilton hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to lift Texas past the Twins 8-7. Acquired in an offseason trade with Cincinnati, Hamilton matched Chicago's Carlos Quentin for the AL lead with 12 homers. He finished 2-for-4 and moved past Minnesota's Joe Mauer for the best average in the league, .335. Hamilton has 53 RBIs, too, by far the most in the majors.


Matt Joyce homered again in the Tigers' romp over Seattle, a two-run shot that gives him five home runs in eight games. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .278 with a slugging percentage of .722 since getting called up from Triple-A Toledo on May 6.


Joe Girardi likely won't forget his 100th win as a big league manager. The Yankees skipper, who spent a year with the Marlins, was tossed in the ninth inning in a tie game against Baltimore. He was upset that Jason Giambi was called out on a foul tip, twice throwing down his hat and kicking it once, before kicking the dirt and finishing his rant with another umpire. Girardi had to watch Robinson Cano's winning hit moments later from the clubhouse.


Mets ace Johan Santana squandered a 2-0 lead while giving up a career-high 12 hits and four runs, three earned, over seven innings in a 4-2 loss at Atlanta. The left-hander lost for the first time since April 12 as New York (22-23) dropped below .500 for the first time since April 13. Atlanta outscored the Mets 27-9 in four games for its 11th sweep of New York at Turner Field, the team's home since 1997. The Braves also improved to 7-2 this season against their NL East rivals, including 6-0 in Atlanta.


The Angels' Ervin Santana lost for the first time in six road starts this season. He started in place of Joe Saunders, pushed back because of flulike symptoms. Santana started 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA away from home, one year after going 1-10 with an 8.38 ERA on the road.


Carlos Quentin delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of the first-place White Sox's 3-1 victory over Cleveland. Quentin is batting .417 with 31 RBIs with runners in scoring position and is tied for the AL lead in homers with 12.


Randy Wolf yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings of San Diego's 8-2 victory over Cincinnati. The left-hander struck out nine, walked one and added an RBI single.


Milwaukee got 14 hits but left a season-high 14 on base during an 8-4 loss at Pittsburgh. The Brewers were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, failing repeatedly to get to Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny (4-4), who won despite giving up eight hits and walking four in five-plus innings.


"I felt terrible. I mean, I think I know how hard it is to hit a home run in the major leagues. I had trouble sleeping after something like that." -- Umpire Tim Welke, who ruled a ball hit by Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday night was in play even though replays showed it ricocheted off a cement staircase behind the outfield fence.


May 24

1918 -- Cleveland's Stan Coveleski pitched 19 innings in the Indians' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Former pitcher Joe Wood hit a home run for the win.

1935 -- In the first major league night game in Cincinnati, the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 before 25,000.

1936 -- Tony Lazzeri, batting eighth for the New York Yankees, drove in 11 runs with a triple and three home runs -- two of them grand slams -- in a 25-2 rout of the Philadelphia A's.

1964 -- Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit the longest home run in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, a 471-foot shot to left-center off right-hander Milt Pappas.

1984 -- Jack Morris led the Tigers to their 17th straight road win, setting an AL record. Morris allowed four hits and Detroit beat the California Angels 5-1.

1990 -- Chicago's Andre Dawson was walked intentionally five times by the Cincinnati Reds to break the record shared by Roger Maris and Garry Templeton.

1994 -- The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by stranding 16 runners without scoring, losing to David West and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers 4-0.

1995 -- Oakland's Dennis Eckersley became the sixth pitcher with 300 saves in a 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

1998 -- Freshman Matt Diaz hit four homers, tying a school and regional record, and drove in seven runs as Florida State routed Oklahoma 23-2 to advance to the NCAA Atlantic II Regional final.

2000 -- For the third time in major league history a team blew a seven-run lead twice in a week. The Houston Astros lost a 7-0 lead at home against Philadelphia after blowing a 9-2 lead in the ninth inning at Milwaukee two days earlier.

2001 -- Jon Lieber of the Chicago Cubs threw a 79-pitch, one-hit shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Reds. It was the first shutout of the Reds in an NL-record 208 games.

2006 -- Adam Wainwright homered in his first major league at-bat and pitched three innings of relief to earn the win in St. Louis' 10-4 victory over San Francisco. Wainwright, who had no batting practice since spring training, hit the first pitch he saw out to left in the fifth for a solo homer.

2007 -- John Smoltz of Atlanta pitched seven shutout innings and became baseball's first pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves with a 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

2007 -- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-6 with a homer in his 1,000th major league game. Suzuki compiled 1,414 hits in those games -- the second most by a player in his first 1,000 games since 1900. Hall of Famer Al Simmons (1924-44) had 1,443 hits in that span.

Today's birthdays: Kevin Frandsen 26; Justin Hampson 28; Brad Penny 30; Masa Kobayashi 34.

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