2007 July

1st      The Marlins defeat the Braves, 6-5 in 10 innings. Josh Willingham gets 5 hits for Florida.

Seattle manager Mike Hargrove announces his resignation, saying he has lost his desire to do the job properly. He is the first ML manager since at least 1900 to quit while on a winning streak of 7 games or more, Seattle’s longest in three years. Bench coach John McLaren is announced as the team’s interim manager.

The Reds fire manager Jerry Narron. Advance scout Pete Mackanin is named interim manager.

2ndThe Brewers down the Pirates, 10-3, as C Damian Miller ties a Brewer record by driving home 7 runs, including 4 on a grand slam.

The Yankees defeat the Twins, 5-1, as Roger Clemens records his 350thcareer win. He is the first pitcher to reach that level since Warren Spahn in 1963.

3rdThe Indians edge the Tigers, 5-4. Detroit C Ivan Rodriguez catches his 2,000th ML game, becoming the 4th player in history to reach the milestone. Pudge joins Carlton Fisk, Bob Boone and Gary Carter who previously reached the mark.

The Reds beat the Giants, 7-3. SF’s Omar Vizquel plays his 2,500thgame at shortstop, becoming only the third player to reach that figure.

The Royals trounce the Mariners, 17-3 matching their highest run total of the year. KC’s rookie OF Billy Butler drives in 6 runs, becoming the youngest player with 6 RBIs in a game since Alex Rodriguez in 1996.

The Rockies defeat the Mets, 11-3, as Kaz Matsui gets 5 hits for Colorado.

The Cubs win, 3-1, at Washington for their 10thwin in 11 games.

The Rangers pound the Angels, 8-3, as OF Brad Wilkerson slugs 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

4thIn Denver, the Rockies unleash a 20-hit attack to club the Mets, 17-7. Josh Fogg allows 5 runs in 6 innings but cops the win.  Todd Helton is 1-for-2 but drives in 5 runs with the help of Three sacrifice flies. Garrett Atkins also drives home 5 runs on four hits, including a homer. Three other Rocks have three hits each.  The only Met player to do any damage at the plate is David Wright who is 3-for-4, including a homer, and drives in 4. By sweeping the three-game series with the Mets, the Rockies become the first team in over 50 years to sweep three-game series from two New York clubs in the same season. They earlier swept a series with the Yankees. In 1956, the Milwaukee Braves completed the last double sweep blanking both the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants.

At Great American Ball Park, the Giants down the Reds, 9-5.  Rookie Fred Lewis belts his third homer of the year and his second grand slam.  He is the third Giant to club two grand slams in his rookie year, but he is the first to do it for SF.  The last rookie was Daryl Spencer, in 1953.

5thThe Red Sox score 13 runs in the first three innings en route to 15-4 gaffing of the Devil Rays.  Coco Crisp has a grand slam and 5 RBIs, while Mike Lowell drives in 5 runs on 5 hits, including a 3-run homer. David Ortiz has 3 hits and 4 runs scored.

Tigers’ IF Neifi Perez is suspended for 25 games. He is the first player penalized for testing positive for a stimulant under MLB’s drug program.

6thThe Twins sweep a day-night doubleheader from the host White Sox, winning the opener, 20-14, and the nightcap, 12-0. Luis Castillo and Joe Mauer each score 4 times in the opener, with Mauer driving in 5 runs on 4 hits. Jason Kubel drives in 7 runs, 4 on a grand slam, Justin Morneau hits 3 homers for Minnesota in the 2ndcontest. Matt Garza (1-0) goes 6 innings for the game 2 win. The 32 runs scored by the Twins are the most by one team in a DH since the Red Sox scored 35 against the Athletics in 1939, and they are the first team since 1953 to score a total of 30 or more runs in a doubleheader

The Mariners top the Athletics, 7-1, as 3B Adrian Beltre goes 5-for-5 with two HRs and a two doubles for Seattle. This is the second time this season that Beltre has had four long hits, tying the ML record last matched by Alfonso Soriano, in 2006. Oakland’s Marco Scutaro ties an AL mark for 3B by committing 4 errors.

The Braves defeat the Padres, 7-4, behind Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 4thinning.

7thThe Orioles shut out the Rangers, 3-0, on Erik Bedard’s two-hitter. Bedard fans a career-high 15 Texas batters.

At the Rogers Centre, the Indians jump to a 9-0 lead after 4 innings on the strength of four homers and coast to a 9-4 win. Fausto Carmona (10-4) joins C.C. Sabathia as the first pair of Indian hurlers since Early Wynn and Bob Lemon in 1956 to each post at least 10 wins before the All-Star Break.

Mitre allows 2 runs in 7 innings and the Marlins beat up Derek Lowe to give Florida a 7-2 win over Los Angeles.  James Loney and Hanley Ramirez each go 4-for-4, while the Fish get two run homers from Miguel Cabrera and Josh Willingham and a pinch homer from Todd Linden. Fish skipper Fredi Gonzalez might be pleased with the hitting and pitching—but not the base-running. In the 7th, the Marlins make all three outs on the base paths as Dan Uggla is thrown out at home trying to score from first; Mike Jacobs is thrown out a 3B by shortstop Rafael Furcal when he tries to advance from 2B, and reliever Joe Biemel picks Josh Willingham off first. It was the first time since the New York Yankees did it on July 2, 1984 that all three outs were made by base runners.

At Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens and John Lackey each go 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and a run. The score remains that way until the 13thwhen the Angels push across an unearned run to beat the Yankees, 2-1. Melky Cabrera puts on the golden sombrero as he strikes out five times, four against Lackey. He singled in his 5that bat. Melky is just the 4thYankee to whiff five times in a game. He joins Johnny Broaca (1923), Bernie Williams (1991) and Andy Phillips (2005).

At Minute Maid Park, it takes the Mets and Astros five hours and 9 minutes to play a 17-inning match that New York finally ends by plating two runs to win, 5-3.  Each team uses eight pitchers. David Wright has four hits, including a homer, but it takes him 8 at bats. Carlos Beltran drives in the winning run in the 17th, three innings after making a spectacular catch on Luke Scott’s deep drive. Beltran climbs the hill in CF and falls after the over-the-shoulder snag of the 2-out drive.

9thAt the All-star game, Vladimir Guerrero wins the HR hitting contest, beating Alex Rios in the final round.

10thThe American League edges the National League, 5-4, in the All-Star Game. Ichiro Suzuki sparks the AL with the first inside-the-park HR in All-Star history, and is named the game’s MVP. Victor Martinez, Carl Crawford, and Alfonso Soriano also homer in the game. Soriano joins Frank Robinson as the only players to homer for teams in both leagues in the All-Star Game; Robinson homered for the N.L. in 1959 and for the A.L. in 1971. Josh Beckett gets the win in relief. Barry Bonds is the oldest position player selected to start an All-Star Game; the Giant outfielder is 42 years and 351 days old eclipsing the record of Ted Williams who started the second All-Star Game in 1959 at 40 years and 338 days of age. In his 19-year career Ken Griffey, Jr., has received more All-Star votes (44,397,033) than any other player.

12thThe Mets edge the Reds, 3-2. Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay hit consecutive HRs to open the game for NY, the first time in the franchise’s 7,238 games that the feat has been performed.

14thAaron Rowand has four extra base hits (3 doubles and a homer) to lead the Phillies to a 10-4 win over the Cardinals.  Pat Burrell is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to back Cole Hamels (11-4).

15thThe Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 10-2, sending the Phils down to the 10,000thloss in franchise history. They are the 1stprofessional sports team to reach that level. Albert Pujols, who had a HR yesterday, has two today as a total of seven homers are hit.

The Cubs score seven runs off Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez, six in the 2ndinnings, to beat Houston, 7-6. Derrek Lee is 3-for-3 and snaps a 126-at-bat homerless streak as Cubs sweep the Astros at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1984.

16thThe Cubs take out an insurance policy acquiring C Jason Kendall from the Athletics for C Rob Bowen and minor league P Jerry Blevins.

17thThe Rangers pound the Athletics, 11-4. Michael Young has 5 hits for Texas, including a pair of doubles. When A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki catches reliever Shane Komine in the 8thand 9thinnings, they are the first all-Hawaiian-born battery in the majors.

The Mets shut out the Padres, 7-0, behind Orlando Hernandez.  El Duque also steals a base in the contest, becoming the 1stpitcher to steal bases in consecutive starts since Tom Seaver on May 17 and 22, 1967.

The Phillies pound out 26 hits as they trounce the Dodgers, 15-3. Shane Victorino and Aaron Rowand each get 5 hits, with Rowand including four extra base hits to match his feat of three days ago.  He ties a ML mark for two games in a season with four extra base hits, but no one has ever done it within a week.  Rookie pitcher J.D. Durbin gets his first three ML hits in picking up his first victory.  With the Dodgers totaling 14 hits, it is just the third time in their history that they have combined with their opponent to reach 40 or more hits in a game.

19th  The Cubs overcome a pair of homers from Barry Bonds, numbers 752 and 753, to edge the Giants, 9-8. Bonds goes 3-for-3 with 6 RBIs.  Jacque Jones has 4 hits and Alfonso Soriano and Amaris Ramirez each have three hits for the Cubs.

21stThe Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the Devil Rays, winning by scores of 7-3 and 17-5. Luis Vizcaino earns two wins in relief, becoming the first pitcher in almost 5 years to win twice in a single day. The Yanks pound out 20 hits in game 2, half of them for extra bases.  Matsui homers in each game and Alex Rodriguez has a homer and two doubles in game 2.

Insurance policy. The Yankees get C Jose Molina from the Angels for minor league P Jeff Kennard.

Before the start of a game with the Astros, the Pirates honor Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner by retiring his number 11 uniform. The team also mowed the number in the grass by the RF position, Waner’s spot at Forbes Field. The Pirates then mow down the Astros, 7-3.

The Braves beat the Cardinals, 14-6. Willie Harris gets 6 hits in the game for Atlanta, including a pair of triples, and drives in 6 runs. He also scores 4 runs.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers top the Mets, 8-6, as Brad Penny (12-1) pitches into the 7th. He also hits a double and scores a run. Matt Kemp adds a three-run homer. Penny joins Phil Regan as the only pitchers to begin a season 12-1 for the Dodgers since the club moved to L.A. in 1958. He’ll finish at 16-4.

Old hat. The Phillies defeat the Padres, 12-4. Starting pitchers Jamie Moyer and David Wells, with a combined age of 88 years, 307 days, form the 2nd-oldest pitching matchup in ML history, surpassed only by Don Sutton and Phil Niekro at 90 years, 135 days in 1987.

22ndThe Yankees score 10 of their runs in the 4thinning and pound out 25 hits on their way to a 21-4 rout of the Devil Rays. After having stroked 20 hits in yesterday’s nightcap, this marks the first time in almost 105 years that the franchise has reached 20 hits in consecutive games. The last team to do so was the Cubs in 2003. Hideki Matsui leads the attack with 5 safeties, including a HR and Shelley Duncan, who debuted two days ago, has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs. With Duncan’s debut, it is the first time since 1944 that the Yankees had used at least eight rookies in a season. Duncan will become an instant fan favorite as he hits six homers at home in the next three weeks, joining Aaron Robinson (1945) and Bobby Brown (1947-50) as the only Yankees to hit their first six career homers at the Stadium.

The Red Sox beat the White Sox, 8-5, behind Tim Wakefield. Wakefield becomes the first pitcher in 20 years to start the season with 20 straight decisions. He’ll make 31 appearances this year, all starts, and get decision in 29.

Tulsa Drillers first base coach Mike Coolbaugh is struck in the head by a line drive in the 9th inning of a game against the Arkansas Travelers. After receiving CPR on the field, Coolbaugh is rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The 35-year-old Coolbaugh had joined the Drillers on July 3.

23rdThe Yankees top the Royals, 9-2. Alex Rodriguez drives home his 100thrun of the season, becoming the first player to reach 100 RBIs in fewer than 100 games since Manny Ramirez in 1999.

In 5 innings, Twins ace Johan Santana gives up four homers for the first time in his career as Toronto tops Minnesota, 6-4. Frank Thomas hits a pair of two-run homers off Santana. Justin Morneau has a pair off Shaun Marcum, who picks up the victory in 6 innings if work.

In Cincinnati, Aaron Harang of the Reds joins Roy Halladay (April 13) as the only pitchers to throw 10 innings in a start this season.  Harang allows a Ryan Braun homer before leaving as the Reds win in 12 innings, 2-1, on Javier Valentin’s pinch RBI single.

24thTim Hudson allows just 5 hits in 8 innings as the Braves build a 4-0 lead over the Giants, then hang on to win, 7-5. Barry Bonds gets his 100thwalk of the year, giving him a ML-record 14 seasons with 100 or more. Bonds passes Babe Ruth.

Craig Biggio announces his retirement from baseball today, hours after he hits a grand slam to give Houston a 7-4 win over the Dodgers.

John Maine hits a 2-run homer and strikes out 7 as the Mets beat the Pirates, 8-4. Lastings Milledge adds a 3-run homer.

Daniel Cabrera allows one hit in 7 innings as the Orioles top the Devil Rays, 3-0. Scott Kazmir walks in two runs with the bases loaded.

Cardinals pitcher Scott Carpenter has reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and is expect to miss a year. It is his second elbow surgery this season.

25thRyan Howard greets Washington reliever with a 2-run 14thinning walkoff homerun as the Phils down the Nationals, 7-5.

Ryan Raeburn has 4 hits, including 2 homers and a double, and drives in 7 runs to pace the Tigers to a 13-9 victory over the White Sox. Detroit outhits Chicago 19-10.

In Kansas City, the Yankees win, 7-1, as Mike Mussina earns the win.  The Yanks hit three homers including Alex Rodriguez’s 35th. In the 16 games following since the All-star break, the Yankees win 12 games while scoring 151 runs. Only two other Yankee teams have scored 150 runs in a 16-game stretch, the 1930 and 1939 pinstripers.

26thDetroit’s Todd Jones gives up three hits and three runs to Texas in the 9thinning as the Rangers triumph, 9-6.  Marlon Byrd’s two-run triple is the big blow in the frame.

Jesus Flores hits a three-run homer in the 8thas the Nationals rally to beat the host Phillies, 7-6. Washington’s starting pitcher John Lannan makes his major-league debut a memorable one becoming the fifth major leaguer to get thumbed in his first game. Home plate umpire Hunter Wendlestedt tosses Lannan after he hits Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on successive pitches in the fifth inning. The last player to get ejected in his debut was Aaron Boone in 1997.

The Padres trade P Scott Linebrink to the Brewers, who need relief help, for minor league pitchers Joe Thatcher, Will Inman and Steve Garrison. The Padres call up Thatcher.

TheChicago Tribunereports the Ricketts family of Omaha, Nebraska and Chicago have entered the bidding for the Cubs. The group is headed by Tom Ricketts, founder and CEO of Chicago-based Incapital Holdings LLC. In two weeks, Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA Mavericks, will officially enter the bidding.

27thThe Angels score 6 runs in the 1stinning and go on to beat the Tigers, 11-6. Placido Polanco goes 5-for-5 for Detroit, including a double and a homer.

In a slugfest at AT&T Park, the Giants outlast the Marlins, 12-10.  Starters Barry Zito and Rick Vandenhuck each give up 6 runs in their stints, but escape with a no decision. Hanley Ramirez has 3 hits and 4 RBIs for the Fish, while Barry Bonds blasts a homer in the 1stinning, the first of four SF homers. Bonds is walked his next 4 at bats, the only time this year he will walk 4 times.  Bonds will lead the NL in walks for the 12thtime in 2007, getting passed 132 times in 126 games.  He is the 7thplayer in history (Jack Crooks, John McGraw, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Eddie Joost, Mickey Mantle, Jack Clark) to be walked more in a season than games played.  This is the 5thtime that has happened: only Ruth and Williams did it multiple times.

The Dodgers-Rockies game in Denver is postponed due to rain. It is the first game rained out at Coors Field since 2004.

Full circle. The Rangers trade CF Kenny Lofton to the Indians for minor league C Max Ramirez. Lofton previously played for the Indians from 1992-96 and 1998-2001. This will be his swan song.

The White Sox trade 2B Tadahito Iguchi to the Phillies for minor league P Michael Dubee.

The Brewers trade P Grant Balfour to the Devil Rays for minor league P Seth McClung.

The Diamondbacks trade OF Scott Hairston to the Padres for minor league P Leo Rosales.

Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson will have season ending back surgery. Johnson is already on the DL.

28thThe Brewers, in first place in the NL Central, are swept by the host Cardinals, winners by 7-6 and 5-2 margins. Milwaukee’s prize rookie Manny Parra, who threw a perfect game last month in the PCL, makes his first ML start and allows one earned run in 6 innings.  After Tony LaRussa is tossed in the 6thfor arguing a strike call, the Cards score three in the bottom of the 9th, plating the winner on an RBI single by Ryan Ludwick. St. Louis cops the nightcap behind 6 solid innings by Anthony Reyes (1-10), who wins his first after 10 losses.

The Reds acquire IF Jorge Cantu, minor league OF Shaun Cumberland, and cash from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Brian Shackelford, minor league P Calvin Medlock, and future considerations.

Houston adds some much-needed offense trading reliever Dan Wheeler to Tampa Bay for infielder Ty Wiggenton.

The Twins defeat the Indians, 3-2. Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the 3rdinning on Jason Tyner’s first ML homer in 1,220 at bats. The streak was the longest for any active player. Johan Santana pitches at least 5 innings for his 113thconsecutive start, the 3rd-longest such streak in the last 50 years.

ML Baseball sets a single day attendance record, drawing 717,478 fans for today’s 17 games.

29thTony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

The Padres score 11 runs in the 1stinning, all off Jason Jennings (2-7), and hold on for an 18-11 victory over the Astros. Six players score 2 or more runs.

The Mariners defeat the Athletics, 14-10. Ichiro Suzuki gets the 1,500thhit of his ML career, becoming the 3rd-fastest player in history to reach the mark.

Tim Wakefield pitches 6 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, allowing just a run as Boston edges Texas, 2-1. Kenny Lofton is 4-for-4 for Texas, and steals 4 bases, three with Wakie on the mound. His 4thcomes with Jonathon Papelbon in relief. Lofton is the first 40-year-old major leaguer to steal four bases in a game.

Behind Carlos Zambrano’s 14thwin, the Cubs outhit the Reds to win, 3-2. Zambrano is the majors’ first 14-game winner.

In a costly trade for the Braves, the Rangers send 1B Mark Teixeira and reliever Ron Mahay to Atlanta for their top prospect, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and blue chip minor leaguers SS Elvin Andrus and pitchers Neftali Perez and Matt Harrison along with Beau Jones.  A year from now, Atlanta will trade Teixeira for Casey Kotchman. Atlanta also gets P Octavio Dotel from the Royals in exchange for P Kyle Davies.

30thThe Mets acquire 2B Luis Castillo from the Twins in exchange for minor leaguers Drew Butera (C) and Dustin Martin (OF).  New York will enthusiastically ink Castillo to a four-year $24 million deal in October, one of the deals that will hasten GM Minaya’s exit after the 2010 season.

The Phillies and Reds exchange pitchers, with Kyle Lohse going to Philadelphia and minor league lefty Matt Maloney going to Cincinnati.

31stThe Yankees tie a franchise record by stroking 8 homers in a 16-3 home win over the White Sox. Seven players account for the four baggers, with Hideki Matsui stroking two and scoring four runs. Jorge Posada has 4 hits, including a double and homer, while Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-5. The Sox add a homer to help tie the Stadium record of 9 homers for the 4thtime. Tomorrow the Bombers will hit 5 more homers to set an AL mark with 13 in two games.

The Red Sox snag closer Eric Gagne from the Rangers, sending pitcher Kason Gabbard and minor league outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre to Texas. Murphy, a former first-round pick, will turn out to be the star in the deal, as Gagne will falter in Boston.

The Padres obtain OF/IF Rob Mackowiak from the White Sox for P Jon Link. SD also gets IF Morgan Ensberg from the Astros for a player to be named. In a third deal, the Padres send P Royce Ring to the Braves for P Wilfredo Ledezma and minor league P Will Startup.

The Yankees trade pitcher Scott Proctor to the Dodgers, getting IF Wilson Betemit in return.

The Giants trade pitcher Matt Morris (7-7 4.35 ERA) to the Pirates for OF Rajai Davis, a deal that will push the firing of Bucs GM Dave Littlefield after 6 years. Morris has $13.7 million left on a three-year, $27 million contract and has not won in his last eight starts. With Pittsburgh, he’ll go 3-4 with a 6.10 ERA.