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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Padres in need of divine intervention



Despite losing their ninth straight game, the San Diego Padres will remain in first place in the National League West once play concludes on Saturday. The last time a first-place team lost nine straight games this late in the season and remained in first was the 1995 California Angels.

• The White Sox won both ends of their day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox by identical 3-1 scores. It's the first time they've won both ends of a doubleheader by the same score since Sept. 8, 1992 against the Detroit Tigers (4-3).

Porcello
• Speaking of the Tigers, Rick Porcello is showing signs of turning things around after a disastrous start to his sophomore season. After going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in his first 20 starts, Porcello is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three.

• The Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver was, once again, a hard-luck loser. He lost his fourth straight start, a 3-1 decision to the Oakland Athletics. However, it was the first time in Weaver's last four starts that that the Angels were not shut out.

• How did the Atlanta Braves' Jair Jurrjens pick up his first road win of the season? He got 24 called strikes against the Florida Marlins, his most in a start this season, and four called strikeouts. Florida batters also went 0-for-11 when Jurrjens was ahead in the count.

Halladay
• Roy Halladay allowed four home runs for the first time in his career, yet he still picked up the win in the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Halladay joins Dan Haren as the only two pitchers to allow four HR in a win this season. He's the second Phillies pitcher in the divisional era (1969) to win a start despite allowing at least four home runs. In 2004, Eric Milton allowed four HR against the Chicago White Sox, but was the winning pitcher.