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This Date In Baseball

Thursday - 9/5/2013, 9:28am  ET

The Associated Press

1905 -- Frank Smith of the Chicago White Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in a 15-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader. The score is the most lopsided margin of victory for a no-hitter in AL history.

1912 -- Smokey Joe Wood of the Red Sox, on his way to a 34-win season, beat Washington's Walter Johnson 1-0 at Boston. The victory was Wood's 14th consecutive, two shy of Johnson's AL record of 16 straight.

1924 -- Urban Shocker of the St. Louis Browns pitched two complete games against the Chicago White Sox and won both, 6-2.

1943 -- At 16 years, eight months and five days, Philadelphia A's pitcher Carl Scheib became the youngest player to appear in an American League game.

1950 -- Don Newcombe missed pitching complete games in a doubleheader for the Brooklyn Dodgers by leaving in the seventh inning of the second game trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0. Newcombe had won the first game 2-0.

1976 -- Los Angeles catcher Steve Yeager was seriously injured when the jagged end of a broken bat struck him in the throat while he was waiting in the on-deck circle.

1981 -- Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 to tie a National League record of seven shutouts by a rookie pitcher.

1995 -- Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive major league game to surpass Lou Gehrig's 56-year record. Ripken received a 22-minute standing ovation and went 2-for-4, including a homer, in Baltimore's 4-2 win over California.

1996 -- Eddie Murray hit his 500th home run, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Willie Mays with at least 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Murray homered off Felipe Lira in the seventh inning of the Baltimore Orioles' 5-4, 12-inning loss to Detroit.

2000 -- Scott Sheldon of the Texas Rangers became the third player to play all nine positions in one game when he did it in a 13-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Sheldon joined Bert Campaneris (Sept. 8, 1965) and Cesar Tovar (Sept. 22, 1968) as true utility players.

2001 -- Barry Bonds became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season, connecting in the second inning of San Francisco's game against Arizona. He joined Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

2002 -- The Oakland Athletics' 20-game winning streak was snapped as Brad Radke pitched the Minnesota Twins to a 6-0 victory at the Metrodome. The Athletics fell short of matching the second-longest winning streak in baseball history. The Chicago Cubs of 1880 and 1935 both won 21 straight.

2005 -- Texas slugger Mark Teixeira became the fifth player in major league history to hit 100 homers in his first three seasons. Teixeira's three-run homer in the top of the ninth gave the Rangers a 10-7 win over Minnesota.

2006 -- Anibal Sanchez, a 22-year-old rookie, threw a no-hitter in his 13th career start to end the longest no-hit gap in major league history as Florida beat Arizona 2-0.

2007 -- Rick Ankiel homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 16-4 victory over Pittsburgh in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

2008 -- Alfonso Soriano, homered three times at the top of Chicago's retooled batting order, and the first-place Cubs emerged from its longest losing streak of the season with a 14-9 win over Cincinnati.

2008 -- Roy Oswalt, threw a one-hitter to help Houston beat Colorado 2-0. Oswalt struck out six, walked two and hit two batters.

2009 -- Chris Young hit three home runs in Arizona's 13-5 loss to Colorado. He began the game at Coors Field with only seven homers in 340 at-bats this season.

2009 -- Ichiro Suzuki got his 2,000th hit in the majors. He became the second-fastest player to reach the mark, doing it in 1,402 games; Al Simmons did it in 1,390. The 35-year-old Suzuki also got 1,278 hits while playing in Japan.

2010 -- New York's Alex Rodriguez reached 100 RBIs for a record 14th season with a solo home run in the fourth inning off Brian Matusz and a sacrifice fly in the sixth of the Yankees' 4-3 loss to Baltimore. Rodriguez surpassed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, who each reached the mark 13 times.

2012 -- Tim Hudson pitched seven sharp innings and Atlanta posted its second straight 1-0 victory over Colorado, winning both times with an unearned run. It was the first time in more than 28 years that a team won consecutive 1-0 games with unearned runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the last to do it, against Cincinnati in July 1984.

Today's birthdays: Mitch Moreland, 28; Jerry Blevins, 30.


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