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SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, July 23

Milwaukee at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EDT). CC Sabathia (3-0, 1.88 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Brewers since coming over in a trade from Cleveland on July 7. He will be opposed by the Cardinals’ Braden Looper (9-7, 4.60), who is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA in his last four outings.

STARS

Monday

— Josh Hamilton and Hank Blalock, Rangers. Hamilton hit a three-run homer and Blalock added a two-run shot in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

— Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres, hit a two-run double against closer Francisco Cordero to complete a ninth-inning comeback in a 6-4 win at Cincinnati.

— Miguel Cabrera and Matt Joyce, Tigers. Cabrera had five hits and six RBIs and Joyce added four hits and five RBIs in a 19-4 victory at Kansas City.

— Evan Longoria, Rays, homered for the third consecutive game and drove in two runs in a 4-0 victory over Oakland.

— Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks, allowed two hits and one walk in seven innings of a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

— Freddy Sanchez, Pirates, hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer to cap a seven-run ninth inning and lift Pittsburgh to a 9-3 win at Houston.

— Bill Hall, Brewers, homered leading off the top of the 10th in a 6-3 victory at St. Louis.

— Adam Jones, Orioles, hit a two-run homer in the third and had a key infield single in a three-run fifth to lead Baltimore to an 8-3 victory over Toronto.

— James Loney, Dodgers, had five RBIs — including a three-run double — in a 16-10 victory at Colorado.

RARE FEAT

The Tigers’ 19-4 victory at Kansas City on Monday night marked the third time this season they scored 19 runs. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to accomplish that feat, scoring 19 or more four times in 1950 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Detroit beat Texas 19-6 on April 23 and Minnesota 19-3 on May 24.

NINTH-INNING COMEBACK

Kevin Kouzmanoff’s two-run double completed San Diego’s ninth-inning comeback off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero, and gave Padres a 6-4 win Monday night. San Diego, which trailed 4-3 at the start of the inning, were 0-53 when trailing after eight.

STRONG PITCHING

Randy Johnson limited the Cubs to two hits and one walk, striking out four, over seven innings in Arizona’s 2-0 victory Monday night. ... Jorge Campillo gave up two hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings of Atlanta’s 4-2 victory over Florida. ... Scott Kazmir allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven innings of Tampa Bay’s 4-0 win over Oakland. ... Jon Lester gave up eight hits in 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Boston’s 4-0 victory at Seattle.

JORGE HURTING AGAIN

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada went on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season Monday, and could be headed for season-ending surgery on his injured throwing shoulder. Posada was scheduled to see New York Mets medical director David Altchek on Tuesday to have an MRI and his shoulder examined. He missed more than a month earlier this season with right rotator cuff tendinitis. Acknowledging there’s more damage in the shoulder beyond a torn labrum, Posada could miss the start of next season if he puts off the necessary surgery.

CLOSE TO COMING BACK?

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went 2-for-3 Monday night in his first of three rehab appearances for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. It was Ortiz’s fourth minor league game since he was sidelined on May 30 because of a partial tear of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in his left wrist. Big Papi is expected to return to the Red Sox on Friday for the beginning of a nine-game home series with New York, Los Angeles and Oakland. ... Oakland designated hitter Frank Thomas, sidelined almost two months because of right quadriceps tendinitis, has been cleared to start a running program on Friday. Thomas resumed taking batting practice on the field before Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He went on the 15-day disabled list on May 29.

CHECKING IT OUT

Mets closer Billy Wagner will have his tight shoulder re-evaluated on Tuesday to determine if there is an injury to his pitching arm. The left-hander felt the tightness while warming up Sunday, but struck out three consecutive Cincinnati Reds in the 10th inning to earn his 24th save in New York’s 7-5 win. Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said Wagner will be examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Tuesday. He will undergo an MRI only if it is warranted after the exam.

SO LONG

Jerome Holtzman, a longtime baseball writer who made the Hall of Fame, created the saves rule and later became Major League Baseball’s official historian, died at 81 Saturday in Evanston, Ill. Holtzman won the J.G. Spink Award, given annually to the one baseball writer who has exhibited “meritorious contributions” to baseball writing, along with a spot in the Hall of Fame in 1989. Known as “The Dean,” Holtzman worked at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Times, its predecessor, before joining the Chicago Tribune in 1981. He retired in 1999, when commissioner Bud Selig named him MLB’s official historian.

HONORING HANK

The childhood home of former baseball home run king Hank Aaron in Mobile, Ala., will be donated to the city where he grew up and will become a museum operated by the city’s minor-league team. The home is expected to be moved in October next to “The Hank,” or Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears. Aaron’s family and team officials made the announcement Monday. The three-bedroom home, which is currently boarded up, could open as a museum in late March.

SPEAKING

“Yesterday, those Little Leaguers from Columbus who won the World Series could have beat us. Today was as solid a game as we have played from first pitch to the end of the ninth inning.” — Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, after a 4-0 victory at Florida on Monday night. The previous day, the Braves lost 15-6 at home to Washington.

SEASONS

July 23

1925 — Lou Gehrig hit the first of his major league record 23 grand slams as the New York Yankees posted an 11-7 triumph over the Washington Senators.

1930 — Pie Traynor won both ends of a doubleheader for the Pittsburgh Pirates with home runs. In the first game, Traynor homered in the ninth, and in the second game he connected in the 13th.

1964 — Bert Campaneris of Kansas City hit two home runs in his first major league game. He homered on the first pitch off Minnesota’s Jim Kaat, and then connected again in the seventh to lift the Athletics to a 4-3 win.

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