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Justin Verlander was the winning pitcher for the Tigers, pushing his record to 10 games over .500 (14-4), joining Francisco Liriano (12-2) in that club. Since 1900, there has been only one other season in which two rookie pitchers were both 10 games over .500 on-or-before August 1. It also happened in 1911 when Grover Alexander and Vean Gregg did it.

Verlander is the only the third rookie pitcher in the last 50 years to win 14-or-more games in a season for the Tigers, joining Mark Fidrych in 1976 (19 wins) and Dave Rozema in 1977 (15).

Sean Casey hit a home run in his third at-bat as a Tiger, snapping a streak of 173 at-bats without a homer. It was the longest single-season home run drought of Casey's career. Casey went 192 at-bats without a homer spanning the 2001-2002 seasons.

Jaret Wright threw 103 pitches for the Yankees Tuesday night, snapping a streak of 20 consecutive starts without reaching the 100-pitch plateau. That was the longest current streak of its kind in the major leagues.

• It took Bobby Abreu just one game with the Yankees to move into sole possession of first place. During Abreu's nine seasons with the Phillies, the team spent just five days in sole possession of the N.L. East lead in August or later (Aug. 12-16, 2001). Abreu was also a member of the 1997 Astros, who finished in first place in the Central Division.

Jose Reyes hit 17 triples in 2005 and he hit his 13th triple this year in the Mets game in Florida Tuesday night. Reyes is the first National League player to have 30-or-more triples over a two-season span since Juan Samuel hit 32 for the Phillies spanning 1984 (19) and 1985 (13).

Carlos Beltran has six home runs and 16 RBI over the Mets' last six games. Kevin Mench had a similar six-game stretch earlier this season (six homers, 18 RBI). The last National League player with six homers and 16 runs batted in over a six-game span was Sammy Sosa, late in the 2002 season (six homers, 19 RBI).

Billy Wagner allowed a walk-off home run to Josh Willingham. It was the seventh walk-off home run allowed by Wagner in his career, tying him with Braden Looper for the fifth-most among active pitchers, behind Eddie Guardado (11), Troy Percival (10), Roberto Hernandez (8) and Trevor Hoffman (8).

This is the second walk-off home run allowed by Wagner in Florida. Devon White hit one off him on Sept. 21, 1996.

• Willingham's walk-off home run was the first for the Marlins since May 29, 2004 (Mike Lowell off Braden Looper). That was the longest time without a walk-off home run for any team in the majors. That distinction now belongs to the Royals, who have not had a walk-off homer since April 19, 2005 (Alberto Castillo off Arthur Rhodes).

• The Red Sox placed Jason Varitek on the disabled list Tuesday due to an ailing left knee. Varitek has caught 924 games since becoming the Red Sox's primary catcher in 1999, fourth-most in the major leagues over that span, behind Brad Ausmus (1,027), Jason Kendall (1,027) and Jorge Posada (1,012).

With Varitek on the shelf, Doug Mirabelli should become the Sox's everyday catcher. Mirabelli has never caught more than six consecutive team games in his major league career.

Curt Schilling, whose next start will probably be Friday, has had Jason Varitek as his catcher in each of his last 40 starts and in 64 of his 66 starts since joining Boston in 2004.

Joe Inglett greeted Red Sox reliever Bryan Corey with a home run in the Indians' 6-3 victory at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Over the last 40 seasons, only one other pitcher allowed a home run at Fenway Park to the first batter he faced in his Red Sox debut: Jeff Suppan to Keith Lockhart in 1995.

• There have been only 21 runs scored in the last five games played at Coors Field. That's the fewest runs scored by both teams combined, by far, over any five home-game span in the history of the Rockies. The previous low was 30 runs scored over five games, done earlier this season. The scores during these five games: 3-1, 4-2, 3-1, 4-2, 1-0.

Todd Helton led off the Rockies' ninth inning with a triple but failed to score in Colorado's 1-0 loss to the Brewers Tuesday night. Over the last five seasons major league teams scored at least one run in 84 percent of the innings in which they got a leadoff triple.

• Gary Matthews Jr. had four RBI in the Rangers' win in Minnesota. Matthews has now knocked in 54 runs from the first spot in the batting order this season, one behind Alfonso Soriano (55) for the major league lead in that category.