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Baseball Today

Friday, July 3

Detroit at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EDT). Kevin Slowey goes for his 11th win when the contending Twins host the AL Central-leading Tigers in the opener of a weekend series. Left-hander Lucas French is scheduled to make his first major league start for Detroit.

STARS Wednesday

• Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning of New York’s 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

• Jose Contreras, White Sox, pitched eight solid innings to help Chicago beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 for its fifth consecutive victory.

• Derrek Lee and Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs, homered to power Chicago to a 4-1 win at Pittsburgh.

• Joe Mauer, Twins, went 3 for 3 to raise his batting average to .392 and help Minnesota win 5-1 at Kansas City.

• Jason Giambi and Jack Cust, Athletics, each hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.

• Mike Pelfrey, Mets, allowed six hits in 7 2-3 sharp innings and New York beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 to end a five-game skid.

• Johnny Cueto, Reds, struck out eight in six sparkling innings, leading Cincinnati to a 1-0 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

• Jair Jurrjens, Braves, carried a no-hitter into the seventh and gave up an unearned run in seven innings, helping Atlanta to an 11-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Ricky Romero, Blue Jays, pitched four-hit ball over eighth innings and Toronto blanked Tampa Bay 5-0 to end the Rays’ seven-game winning streak.

• Brian Moehler, Astros, tossed six strong innings in Houston’s 7-1 victory at San Diego.

ON THE REBOUND

Jose Contreras pitched eight innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. He improved to 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, a month-long demotion prompted by the 37-year-old opening the season 0-5. The right-hander, who allowed two runs and five hits, was just 1-6 in his previous 10 road starts.

PLAY IN PITTSBURGH EVERY NIGHT

The Cubs beat the Pirates 4-1 and took two of three in Pittsburgh to avoid falling three games under .500 for the first time since they were 36-39 in 2007. The Cubs have won 21 of their last 27 overall against the Pirates, who trail the Cubs by 2 1/2 games despite having an 11-23 record in the NL Central.

SEASONS July 3

1912 — Rube Marquard of the New York Giants raised his season record to 19-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. His winning streak ended five days later against the Chicago Cubs.

1939 — Johnny Mize of St. Louis hit two home runs, a triple and a double, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

1947 — The Cleveland Indians purchased Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, making him the first black player in the American League.

1966 — Atlanta pitcher Tony Cloninger became the first National League player to hit two grand slams in one game. He added a single for nine RBIs in a 17-3 triumph over San Francisco.

1968 — Cleveland’s Luis Tiant struck out 19, walked none in a six-hit 1-0, 10-inning triumph over Minnesota.

1970 — California’s Clyde Wright threw 98 pitches to no-hit the Oakland A’s 4-0 at Anaheim Stadium.

1973 — Jim Perry of the Detroit Tigers and brother Gaylord of the Cleveland Indians faced each other for the only time as opposing pitchers. Neither finished the game. Gaylord took the loss, 5-4.

2001 — D’Angelo Jimenez hit San Diego’s fourth sacrifice fly of the game — tying the NL record — to lift the Padres over Colorado 6-5. Ryan Klesko, Wiki Gonzalez and Woody Williams also had sacrifice flies.

2002 — Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome homered in his seventh straight game, leaving him one shy of the major league record. Thome hit a solo shot off David Wells of the New York Yankees.

2006 — Manager Felipe Alou picked up his 1,000th career victory in San Francisco’s 9-6 win over Colorado.

2007 — Brad Wilkerson hit three homers and had six RBI to help Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3.

Today’s birthdays: Edinson Volquez 26; Logan Kensing 27; Dan Meyer 28; Juan Rivera 31.

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