BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA
By Mark Simon, ESPN Research
They came out in full force Tuesday night to try to turn the Tigers' luck against one of the better teams in the American League, but the 39,000-plus fans at Comerica Park couldn't help Detroit muster much against the White Sox.
Chicago's dominance of Detroit continued with a 7-1 victory in the series opener as the White Sox used power to gain ground in the American League Central race. Detroit manager Jim Leyland looked mighty morose after the game, and he'll have to hope his team can find a way to turn its fortunes around these next two days.
THAT '70S SHOW
The Twins have scheduled "Joe Mauer Sideburn Night" for their Aug. 10 game against the Blue Jays. The first 10,000 people
through the Metrodome gates will receive replica Mauer sideburns, made out of synthetic dark hair with double-sided tape to allow for
attachment to fans' faces.
• The Braves hit five more home runs in their 14-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. They now have slugged a total of 23 homers over the last six games, an all-time National League record. The previous league high for homers over a six-game span was 22, by the 1954 Giants and the 1999 Reds. The major league record is 24, set by the Red Sox in 1977.
Atlanta has scored a total of 65 runs in its last five games, the highest five-game total since the Red Sox plated 66 runs over five games in June 1950. Atlanta is the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five consecutive games. The Cubs also recorded such a five-game streak in 1930.
• The Cardinals' Jason Marquis (11-7) was the starter and loser against the Braves, allowing 12 runs in five innings. Marquis became the first pitcher with more than 10 wins in a season to allow more than 10 runs in a game since August 2000, when Jamie Moyer did it in back-to-back starts.
Marquis, who allowed 13 runs to the White Sox on June 21, is the first pitcher since 1940 to allow at least 12 runs in two games in the same season. The last pitcher to do so was Alfred "Chubby" Dean of the Philadelphia A's.
TEXAS-SIZED BARGAINING CHIP?
The Rangers are looking to move outfielder Kevin Mench, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Mench, who is making $2.8 million this year and will be a free agent at the end of the season, could be a fit for the Yankees as they look to fill a void in right field.
Shawn Chacon, who has compiled a 6.71 ERA in 13 appearances for the Yankees this season and has been dropped from their rotation, could be used as potential trade bait.