BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Impossible is nothing


What could possibly happen next? That was the question being asked by the "Baseball Tonight" folks after they watched the Rangers set multiple modern-day major league records by scoring 30 runs in one game and 39 runs total in their doubleheader against the Orioles on Wednesday.

It was one of the most amazing performances in baseball history, in a pair of games that barely would have registered on the radar screen had these records not been set. Tim Kurkjian's voice cracked multiple times during an in-show interview because the number of "never-seen-this-before" notes was simply unbelievable. And to think that this was the first day on the job for Orioles manager Dave Trembley, who had the interim label removed. At least he can say he's got nowhere to go but up.

So getting back to that question -- what could happen next? Someone hitting five home runs in a game? Dueling perfect games? An out in which all nine players on the field make a Web gem, on the same play? Some would say that such occurrences are impossible. But one thing we've learned from watching baseball: You never quite know what you're going to see next.

STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED
• Texas set modern records for runs in a game (30) and doubleheader (39).
• The Rangers scored 39 runs but only scored in eight innings (four innings in each game).
• The Rangers' starting eighth and ninth hitters had 19 RBIs. Their starting No. 3 hitter (Michael Young) had one.
• Texas followed up a two-game stretch of two runs, 30 K's with a 30-run game.
• Rangers pitcher Wes Littleton earned a save in a game won by 27 runs.

OH WHAT A WEEK (PAST FIVE DAYS OF BASEBALL)
Saturday: Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings hit two home runs vs. the Braves.
Sunday: Johan Santana recorded 17 K's in game to set a Twins record.
Monday: Bobby Jenks had his record-tying streak of 41 straight batters retired snapped when Joey Gathright led off the ninth inning with single. ... Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run; his eighth 40-HR season is tied for second-most all-time.
Tuesday: Garret Anderson set an Angels team record with 10 RBIs in a win vs. the Yankees.
Wednesday: The Rangers set an MLB record with 30 runs scored. ... Brandon Webb's scoreless streak ended at 42.

GREATEST FRANCHISE HOME RUNS
Over a two-week span, "Baseball Tonight" will be celebrating the top home runs in the history of each current major league team. There will be video tributes, discussions and memorable anecdotes for all 30 squads. The Reds were the spotlight team Wednesday night. You can catch each home run segment on "Baseball Tonight" and come here the next morning for a recap of the previous day's selections.

CINCINNATI REDS
Cincinnati RedsOct. 22, 1975: With the Reds trailing the Red Sox 3-0 in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, they needed some sort of rallying cry. It came in the form of Tony Perez's two-run, two-out homer off Bill Lee, bringing Cincinnati to within a run. The Reds tied the game in the seventh and went ahead for good in the ninth on Joe Morgan's series-winning RBI single.
Oct. 11, 1972: The Reds were down a run and three outs from elimination in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the Pirates. Pittsburgh closer Dave Giusti was in the game, but Johnny Bench, known for pulling almost all of his home runs to left field, hit one out of the park to the right, tying the score. The Reds went on to win the game and the pennant later in the inning on Bob Moose's wild pitch.
August 20, 2001: Leave it to Ken Griffey Jr. to pull off one of the unlikeliest scenarios in baseball, a walk-off inside-the-park home run in the 11th inning to beat the Cardinals. It capped a dramatic eight-pitch at-bat and marked Griffey's 454th career home run.
Franchise leaders: Johnny Bench, 389; Frank Robinson, 324; Tony Perez, 287; Ted Kluszewski, 251; George Foster, 244
Single-season leader: George Foster, 52 (1977)
Did You Know? Only one player in Reds history has homered in four straight plate appearances -- Art Shamsky (Aug. 12-14, 1966).

NEWS AND NOTES
Chris Young • Major league ERA leader Chris Young returned on Wednesday to San Diego to get his ailing back examined, and the playoff-contending Padres are not sure when he will pitch again. The All-Star righty was forced to leave Tuesday night's game against the Mets after only five innings because of lower back pain. Manager Bud Black said the team expects to know Young's status on Thursday after doctors test him. "If he misses one start, that's a big bonus. If it's two starts, it's a bit of a blow," Black said.

• Dave Trembley will return next season as manager of the Orioles after leading the team to a winning record over the past two months. Trembley replaced Sam Perlozzo on June 18, then was given the job through the rest of the season on July 31. The Orioles announced Wednesday that his contract has been extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009. "I know it's not going to be easy to get where we want to go, but I know we're going to do it right," said Trembley, who is the seventh man in baseball history to manage in the big leagues without playing pro ball.

• Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Boston's 2-1 loss to the Devil Rays with a bruised left elbow. Pedroia was hit by a pitch from Edwin Jackson to lead off the third. He remained in the game and later scored on Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly, but was replaced defensively in the bottom of the inning by Alex Cora. X-rays were negative. "We were really concerned when we got out there," manager Terry Francona said. "He said he'll be OK tomorrow, but we'll see about that."

• The Yankees' victory over the Angels was Joe Torre's 1,150th as New York manager, giving him sole possession of second place on the franchise list behind Joe McCarthy (1,460). Torre, who took over in 1996, had been tied with Casey Stengel.

• Add Cole Hamels to the growing list of injured Phillies. The All-Star left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow, a major blow for a team in the hunt for an NL East title and the wild card. Hamels (14-5, 3.50 ERA) received some good news when an MRI revealed no structural or ligament damage in his elbow. He's expected to miss at least two starts and is eligible to return Sept. 1.

• Retired Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell said the long-vacant Tiger Stadium should be revived as a venue for boxing, amateur football and amateur baseball with 10,000-14,000 seats. "In America, we have a tendency to knock down anything that's over 30 years old and make a parking lot out of it," the 89-year-old Hall of Fame member said. "Whereas in Europe, they preserve all these beautiful buildings and structures that have a history. I sort of like the European approach."

SPECIAL DELIVERY
Jake Peavy picks up 14th win in New York.
IN THE ZONE
Brandon Webb Brandon Webb's shutout streak ended, but his winning streak is alive and well. The Diamondbacks ace allowed a run in the first inning against the Brewers -- stopping his scoreless string at 42 innings -- but the right-hander bolstered his Cy Young case by winning his sixth consecutive start. Webb gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in the 3-2 victory. He struck out five and walked one.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo
The Yankees beat the Angels 8-2 to avoid getting swept in Anaheim.
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
GOOD
Albert Pujols Albert Pujols nailed a home run -- his 30th of the season -- for a career-best fifth consecutive game to lead the Cardinals over the Marlins. The slugger is three games shy of the major league record. He also became the first player in history to hit 30 homers in each of his first seven seasons. Last year, Pujols became the only player to do it in each of his first six seasons.
BAD
Gary Sheffield After learning that Gary Sheffield will be sidelined indefinitely because of a sore right shoulder, the Tigers lost to the Indians 11-8 and fell 1½ games back in the AL Central. Sheffield will be out for at least the rest of Detroit's current homestand, which ends Monday night, meaning he will miss the upcoming four-game series against the Yankees.
UGLY
Josh Fogg Josh Fogg has seen better nights. The Rockies starter allowed eight runs (including four homers) on 11 hits in three innings of work as Pittsburgh pounded Colorado 11-2 -- knocking the Rockies farther back in the NL wild-card race. Fogg (7-9) struggled from the outset, giving up eight hits to the first 12 batters he faced. He also tied a season high with eight earned runs allowed.
WILD ABOUT MINNESOTA
Twins end Mariners' winning streak at five.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Having been part of playoff teams in the past, I realize how important the last six weeks are. You really want to be as sharp as you possibly can."
-- Dodgers RHP Derek Lowe after a 15-3 win over the Phillies. Lowe (10-11) pitched seven strong innings and got 15 outs on grounders to win his second straight start after a two-month drought.
FORWARD THINKING: THURSDAY
Jake Westbrook • Indians at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. ET: With the AL Central still up for grabs, Jake Westbrook (4-7, 4.75) gets the call for Cleveland in the rubber game. He is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in August. Nate Robertson (7-10, 5.13) continues to struggle. Opponents are hitting .315 against the lefty since the All-Star break, and he is 2-4 with a 5.52 ERA.

• Cubs at Giants, 3:35 p.m. ET: Now that Big Z's five-year, $91.5 million deal is done, Carlos Zambrano (14-9, 3.86) can refocus all his energy on pitching -- and collecting his first win since July 29. Zambrano is 0-2 with a 7.13 ERA in his past three outings. Matt Cain (5-13, 3.78) has a 3.04 ERA in day games but just a 3-4 record to show for it.

Jeff Weaver • Mariners at Rangers, 8:35 p.m. ET: It took a while for Jeff Weaver (5-10, 5.57) to get on track, but Seattle's patience is being rewarded. Last season's World Series hero is 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA this month. Home has not been sweet to Kameron Loe (6-9, 5.56). The 6-7 right-hander is 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA at the Ballpark in Arlington.

• Thursday's complete list of probable starters


 

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