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Cubs Castro sets rookie major league record with 6 RBI’s; Cubs defeat Reds 14-7


CINCINNATI, OHIO–Rookie shotstop Starlin Castro, the Cubs top minor league prospect, set a major league record Friday night with 6 runs batted in as the Cubs snapped a three game losing streak, 14-7 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Castro hit a 3-run homer to right field in his first at bat in the second inning to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead.

The 20-year-ol became the youngest shortstop in Cubs history when he stepped onto the field for the first time. Then he became an overnight sensation.

Starlin Castro (Daytona Cubs Photo)

Castro also added a bases-loaded triple,  which put him in the record books with six runs batted in, the most ever in a modern day debut, one more than the previous mark shared by four players. The last player to drive in five runs in his debut was Ben Grieve in 1997.

An authenticator from Major League Baseball gathered his blue jersey, his cap and the lineup card, designating them as pieces of the game’s history.

Castro was asleep with his team, the Double-A Tennessee Smokies after a Thursday night game when he got the call at 7 a.m. telling him to head for Cincinnati.

Wearing the number 13 that former Reds shortstop Davey Concepcion,  made famous in Cincinnati, took a Homer Bailey 2-2 pitch and hit his famous homer. No Cub had ever done that in his first at-bat since Jim Bullinger in 1992.

Castro surpassed Marty Shay as the youngest cubs shortstop to make  his major league debut. Shay was 100 days older when he made it to the majors in 1916. Castro’s promotion to the Major league club, meant that Ryan Theriot had to move to second base. Theriot became the Cubs regular shortstop in 2007. He has played 80 games at second base during his career.

MLB ROUNDUP: Reds Win; Zito wins 5th and Indians lose

compiled from staff and wire reports

Orlando Cabrera (mlb)

Orlando Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a home run just inside the left field foul pole on Wednesday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets.

Cabrera’s fifth game-ending homer, a drive off of Lefty Pedro Feliciano (1-1), gave the Reds their second walk-off win in the series.

Micah Owings (3-0) pitched one perfect inning after Francisco Cordero blew a one-run lead in the ninth, his second blown save in 11 chances and the second in the series.

Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes also homered for the Reds. The Mets David Wright had a solo shot, giving him a nine-game hitting streak that includes four home runs.

Barry Zito (mlb)

Barry Zito pitched into the eighth inning before his bullpen came to the rescue and San Francisco beat Florida, 3-2 in Miami.

Zito (5-0) is off to the best start of his career, allowed seven hits and one run to lower his  ERA to 1.49. He also improved to 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in four career starts  in Miami.

Adam Lind (mlb)

Adam Lind hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to send the Toronto Blue Jays to a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 5-4 win on Wednesday.

Lind homered off Chris Perez (0-2) after the Indians shortstop Luis Valbuena’s error on a grounder that could have ended the game.

The late rally made a winner of reliever Jason Frasor (1-1). Toronto, which has won four straight and swept its first three-game series in Cleveland since September 2002.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reds and Indians both lose

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rod Barajas belted a tie-breaking solo bomer in the ninth inning to rally the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds, 5-4.

Barajas hit the first pitch from Francisco Cordero (1-2) for his seventh homer. The 6’2 catcher has homered five times in his last nine games.

Rod Barajas (mlb)

The Mets blew a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when Joey Votto and Scott Rolen hit back-to-back homers off Fernando Nieve. Rolen’s homer was upheld by an umpire’s review; the ball cleared the outfield wall before a fan touched it.

Pedro Feliciano (1-0) got the final out in the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five tries, ending the Mets’ three-game losing streak.

Ricky Romero (mlb)

Toronto Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero won despite not having his best stuff. Romero (3-1) struck out nine, but gave up a season-high five runs in six innings. He  threw three wild pitches, hit a batter and was charged with a throwing error while attempted a pickoff.

Jose Bautista homered for the second straight game and Toronto capitalized on nine walks.

Bautista’s two-run homer in the fourth was his sixth of the season for the Blue Jays, who have homered 14 times in winning five of their last 6 games. Toronto beat Cleveland, 8-5.

Reliever Jensen Lewis (2-1) took the loss.

Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook walked five in 3 2/3 innings and Lewis walked three in the sixth before allowing a run-scoring double to Alex Gonzalez. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.

Billy Wagner tells Braves he’s retiring after the season

compiled from staff and wire reports

Billy Wagner (mlb)

Billy Wagner gave the Atlanta Braves Monday an early notice that he will be retiring at the end of the season. The decision was made because he wants to spend more time with his family.

Wagner and his wife, Sarah, have three sons and a daughter, ages 3 to 11. He said he’s going to be a Little League coach with his kids.

The 38-year-old Wagner plans to retire even though he has a $6.5 million option to play in 2011.

The 2011 option will kick in if he finishes 50 games this season. He’s 1-0 with 2 saves and a 2.00 ERA in his first season as the Atlanta closer.

Wagner has shown that he has made a full recovery from his elbow surgery. The left-hander’s fastball still hits the between 95-98 on the radar gun.

Wagner is sixth all-time with 387 career saves, including two in 2010. He is going after John Franco’s record of 424 saves by a left-hander. During spring training, Wagner said the record motivates him, but now is saying he’ll retire even if he fails to tie or break the mark this season.

Billy made his major league debut with Houston in 1995 and remained with the Astros until the end of 2003 when he set a career-high in saves with 44. He was the closer in Philadelphia for two years before closing for the New York Mets for four years. He had elbow surgery in September, 2008, and returned with the Mets in 2009 before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox.

He has a career ERA of 2.38 in 791 games.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reds win in 11; Indians fall to Toronto

compiled from staff and wire reports

Laynce Nix (mlb)

Laynce Nix belted a solo, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday night, powering Cincinnati to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets and keeping the Reds undefeated in extra innings.

Nix hit a high drive off of Manny Acosta (1-1) that barely cleared the wall in right-center field with one out for his first career game-ending homer.

Nick Masset (3-1) pitched the last two innings, giving up two singles in the 11th. Then Cincinnati pulled out another game at the end–eight of their 13 wins have come in their final at-bat. They are 3-0 in extra innings.

Drew Stubbs had a leadoff homer in the first inning for the Reds off Oliver Perez this season. Joey Votto had an RBI single off the left-hander, who lasted six innings and remained winless in six starts  since August 18, 2009.

Brett Cecil (mlb)

Left-hander Brett Cecil took a perfect game into the seventh inning for Toronto and ended up winning 5-1 over Cleveland Monday night. Cecil allowed one hit in eight innings pitched, striking out a career-high 10.

Cecil (2-1) lost the perfect game when he walked Grady Sizemore with one out in the seventh. He then gave a base-on-balls to Shin-Soo Choo but came back to strike out Austin Kearns before Jhonny Peralta lined a 2-2 pitch into left field, scoring Sizemore, making the score 4-1.

Toronto hit three home runs off Mitch Talbot (3–2), giving the Blue Jays an AL-leading 41 (Jose Bautista, Travis Snider and John Buck).

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