Monday, July 14
All-Star Home Run Derby (8:00 p.m. EDT). Chase Utley, Josh Hamilton and other All-Stars aim for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. STARS
Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks, helped secure his 290th victory with a two-run double to start an eight-run fourth inning, and Arizona beat Philadelphia 10-4.
Jason Michaels, Pirates, hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, the Pirates' third big homer in three innings, and Pittsburgh rallied from six runs down in the eighth to beat the Cardinals 12-11.
Edinson Volquez, Reds, struck out 10 in seven sharp innings for his 12th win as Cincinnati topped Milwaukee 8-2.
David DeJesus, Royals, hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth and Kansas City rallied to beat Seattle 5-4. His game-ending homer was the first by a Royals player since April 19, 2005.
Ryan Garko, Indians, hit a homer and drove in five runs in Cleveland's 8-4 win over Tampa Bay.
Paul Konerko, White Sox, was 4-for-4 with a homer in Chicago's 9-7 win over Texas.
Bobby Murcer, a five-time All-Star outfielder who spent nearly four decades with the New York Yankees as a player, executive and announcer, has died. He was 62. The Yankees said Murcer died Saturday due to complications from a malignant brain tumor. He was surrounded by family at Mercy Hospital in his hometown of Oklahoma City, the team said.
Rich Harden left his Cubs debut to a standing ovation with Chicago ahead by seven runs. The game, however, was far from over. Harden struck out 10 for the Cubs, who gave up two runs in the eighth and then blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning before beating the San Francisco Giants 8-7 Saturday on Reed Johnson's single in the 11th.
SWING AND A MISS
Jack Cust struck out in his 19th consecutive game, setting an Oakland record for non-pitchers. He's fanned 114 times to date, one short of the AL mark for most strikeouts before the All-Star break. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard leads the majors with 128 strikeouts.
Greg Maddux became the oldest pitcher in big league history to steal a base at 42 years and 89 days when he stole a base in San Diego's loss to Atlanta on Saturday. Jim Kaat had the previous mark. It was Maddux's 11th stolen base of his career.
Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez left his start against the Colorado Rockies after the fourth inning Saturday with tightness in his right shoulder, though the injury is not considered serious. "There's no question he'll make his next start," New York manager Jerry Manuel said. "Any time those guys do something out of the ordinary, we try to be proactive."
Mark Grudzielanek became the 251st player in major league history to reach 2,000 hits when he singled in the third inning. He is the sixth player to reach the milestone in a Royals uniform. The others were George Brett, Amos Otis, Hal McRae, Frank White and Lee May. Grudzielanek's first hit was a double on May 4, 1995, off Mike Remlinger of the New York Mets.
MOVE OVER MICK
Alex Rodriguez hit his 537th home run to move him past Mickey Mantle, a beloved Yankees great, and into sole possession of 13th place. A-Rod drove a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Brian Tallet off the left-field foul pole to begin the fourth inning for his 19th homer of the season. It was Rodriguez's 192nd home run with the Yankees, tying Tino Martinez for 15th place on the franchise list.
BRING ON THE A'S
Ervin Santana got the win in the Angels' 4-1 win over Oakland on Saturday, improving to 9-1 against the A's, including wins in his last five decisions against them. He's 35-32 against the rest of baseball.
"One of the greatest Yankees of all-time. One of the greatest human beings I ever met." Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Bobby Murcer, the former New York player, executive and announcer who died Saturday at 62.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL
1916 St. Louis Browns pitcher Ernie Koob went the distance in a 17-inning 0-0 tie with the Boston Red Sox. Carl Mays went the first 15 innings for the Red Sox and Dutch Leonard finished.
1946 Cleveland player-manager Lou Boudreau hit four doubles and a home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Boston, but Ted Williams connected for three home runs and drove in eight runs for an 11-10 Red Sox victory.
1956 Mel Parnell of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 4-0 victory at Fenway Park.
1967 Eddie Mathews of the Astros hit his 500th home run off San Francisco's Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park. Houston beat the Giants 8-6.
1968 Hank Aaron got his 500th home run off Mike McCormick as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.
1968 Don Wilson of the Houston Astros struck out 18 Reds in a 6-1 victory over Cincinnati in the nightcap of a doubleheader.