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OUT LOUD

"[Barry Bonds] is one of the greats. It is kind of special because he's also a friend and I know him very well."

— The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez after getting his 1,996th RBI Thursday on a sacrifice fly to tie Bonds for second on the all-time list in that statistic.

GAME OF NUMBERS

4

Consecutive home shutouts for the Giants after they beat Atlanta 7-0 on Thursday night.

50, 2

Strikeouts and walks for Cleveland's Corey Kluber in his past four starts. He is 3-0 in those games.

0-12

Record A's had in one-run games since last Sept. 6 until they beat the Yankees 5-4 on Thursday night.

SUPER DEBUT

Eduardo Rodriguez

LHP, Boston

The rookie threw 7⅔ scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday night. Rodriguez, 22, gave up three hits, and struck out seven. He's the youngest Boston starter to win in his major league debut on the road since 1967.