Cleveland at New York Yankees (7:35 p.m. EDT). Yankees starter David Cone (10-4) comes off the 14th perfect game in modern baseball history. He faces the rival Indians and knuckleballer Tom Candiotti.

STARS

Thursday

_ Juan Encarnacion, Tigers, homered, tripled and drove in three runs as Detroit defeated Kansas City 9-8.

_ Fernando Tatis, Cardinals, hit a pair of two-run homers _ including the game-winner in the top of the ninth _ as St. Louis beat Cincinnati 6-5.

_ Hideo Nomo, Brewers, pitched seven shutout innings and had two hits to lead Milwaukee over Philadelphia, 5-0.

_ Ben Davis, Padres, went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to lift San Diego to an 8-7 victory over San Francisco.

_ Alex Rodriguez, Mariners, went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in a 10-inning, 5-4 victory over Oakland.

_ Rafael Palmeiro, Rangers, hit his seventh career grand slam in a 9-7 victory over Anaheim.

SEEKING 3,000

San Diego's Tony Gwynn, who missed 20 of the previous 22 games, had two hits Thursday in an 8-7 win over San Francisco, leaving him just 15 shy of 3,000 for his career.

SECURING 200

New York Mets starter Orel Hershiser reached the 200-win mark Thursday night in a 7-4 victory over Montreal. Hershiser (10-7) became the 95th pitcher to win 200 games and the third active pitcher, behind Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux. He held the Expos to two runs and six hits in seven innings to win for the eighth time in his last 11 decisions. He also singled twice.

SLOPPY LINEUP

Because of a mistake by manager Mike Hargrove on Thursday night, Cleveland pitcher Charles Nagy was forced to bat in a 4-3 loss to Toronto. Nagy, hitting seventh, struck out and fouled out attempting to bunt. Hargrove originally listed Manny Ramirez as the DH, but Ramirez played right field in the first inning, costing the Indians their DH and forcing the pitcher to bat.

STADIUM TOUR

St. Louis' Mark McGwire hit his 33rd homer in Thursday's 6-5 victory at Cincinnati. It was the first career home run at Cinergy Field for McGwire, who had been 4-for-27 with 11 walks there, including the 1988 All-Star game and the 1990 World Series. McGwire has now homered in every ballpark he has played in.

SAMMY GOES TO WASHINGTON

Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa sent a letter to each member of Congress urging them to support pending Caribbean Basin enhancement legislation Thursday. The legislation is intended to improve the economic situation in countries such as Sosa's native Dominican Republic.

SEATTLE SLUMP

After going 0-for-5 in Seattle's 5-4, 10-inning win over Oakland on Thursday night, Ken Griffey Jr. is 7-for-30 with one homer and three RBIs in eighth games at new Safeco Field.

STORIED HISTORY

The New York Yankees played their 15,000th game since entering the American League on Thursday, a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. The Yankees, formerly the Highlanders, are 8,451-6,463 with 86 ties.

STRIKEOUTS

Giants reliever Jerry Spradlin struck out four batters in the seventh inning of Thursday's 8-7 loss to San Diego, becoming the first San Francisco pitcher to strike out four in an inning and the 34th in major league history. The last time a Giants pitcher accomplished the feat was 93 years ago, when the team was based in New York.

STARTING STATUS

Boston ace Pedro Martinez threw for about 10 minutes in the outfield before Thursday night's game against Baltimore and is making progress towards returning next week. ... Atlanta's John Smoltz threw for 10 minutes before the Braves faced Florida and said he's ready to come off the disabled list and start Saturday at Philadelphia.

SNAPPED

Atlanta beat Florida 6-3 Thursday night to end a five-game losing streak. ... Before Thursday night's 3-0 loss at Minnesota, Chicago White Sox starter James Baldwin was 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA lifetime in domes. Baldwin is 30-37 with a 5.79 ERA outdoors.

SWEET REVENGE

Colorado's Henry Blanco burned his former team by hitting two homers in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Los Angeles on Thursday night. The Rockies won 4-1 and 12-11 in the first-ever day-night doubleheader at Dodger Stadium. Bobby Jones and three relievers held the Dodgers to a season-low three hits in the opener.

SWINGS

Terry Mulholland allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings for the Chicago Cubs in Thursday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh. In his previous five starts, Mulholland allowed 28 earned runs and 44 hits in 22 2-3 innings. ... Houston has lost three straight after winning eight consecutive games.

STRUGGLING

Anaheim dropped its season-high seventh straight Thursday night, 9-7 to Texas. ... Cleveland has dropped six of seven after a 4-3 loss to Toronto.

STRONG STARTS

Arizona's Andy Benes allowed one run in six innings and hit his sixth career homer in Thursday night's 2-1 victory over Houston. ... Minnesota rookie Joe Mays came within two outs of his second straight shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Mays gave up five hits and struck out seven in 8 1-3 innings. He has given up just eight earned runs in seven starts this season.

SURGERY

Steve Garvey, a 10-time NL All-Star for Los Angeles and San Diego, had hip replacement surgery Thursday at UCLA Medical Center. Garvey, who finished his career with a .294 batting average, 272 home runs and 1,308 RBI, reportedly had an arthritic condition in his left hip.

STREAKING

Baltimore's Scott Erickson allowed two runs and eight hits in eight innings of a 5-2 victory over Boston on Thursday night. Erickson has not lost in nine starts since June 4. ... Texas won its fifth straight and seventh of eight, 9-7 over Anaheim.

SUPER SUB

Milwaukee's Lou Collier was put in the lineup just minutes before gametime Thursday and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in a 5-0 victory over Philadelphia.

SIDELINED

Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones left Thursday night's 6-3 victory over Florida with a bruise above his elbow after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative, but Jones, batting .314 with 23 homers and 59 RBIs, said he might miss a couple of games.

SCOUTING

Chicago Cubs prospect Dave Manning pitched a no-hitter for Double-A West Tennessee in a 1-0 victory over Jacksonville in the Southern League on Thursday night. Manning walked three and struck out five to improve to 7-0.

STATS

The Chicago Cubs have won seven straight against Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field since June 3, 1997. ... The New York Mets hit a team-record six doubles in the second inning of Thursday night's 7-4 victory over Montreal, one short of tying the 63-year-old major league record for doubles in an inning.

SPEAKING

``When Mr. Nomo tells me he's had enough, Mr. Nomo's had enough. What else can you say? I'm kissing the ground he walks on.'' _ Milwaukee manager Phil Garner on starter Hideo Nomo, who left Thursday's 5-0 victory over Philadelphia after seven innings to prevent dehydration. Nomo is 9-2 since signing with the Brewers on April 29.

SEASONS

July 23

1925 _ Lou Gehrig hit the first of his major league record 23 grand slam homers as the New York Yankees posted an 11-7 triumph over the Washington Senators.

1930 _ Pie Traynor won both ends of a doubleheader for the Pittsburgh Pirates with home runs. In the first game, Traynor homered in the ninth and in the second game, he connected in the 13th.

1944 _ Bill Nicholson of the Chicago Cubs hit four home runs in a doubleheader split with the New York Giants. Nicholson hit a home run in the opener, which the Cubs won 7-4. He hit three straight in the second game, but the Giants won 12-10.

1964 _ Bert Campaneris hit two home runs in his first major league game for the Kansas City Athletics. He homered on the first pitch off Minnesota's Jim Kaat, and then connected again in the seventh.

1974 _ Write-in starter Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers singled and doubled to lead the NL to a 7-2 victory over the AL in the All-Star game at Pittsburgh.

1984 _ Kansas City's Dan Quisenberry registered his 200th career save as the Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-2. Quisenberry reached the 200-save plateau in his 409th appearance, the quickest in major league history.

Today's birthdays: Nomar Garciaparra 26; Pee Wee Reese 80.