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"I thought I was having a heart attack — I'm not joking."

— San Diego manager Pat Murphy after he was grabbed Thursday by his players, carried into the shower and doused with beer, champagne and baby powder. The occasion? His first career victory as a manager, 3-1 over Oakland.



Consecutive games in which the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt had reached base until going 0-for-4 Thursday in a 7-1 loss to the Angels.


Runs scored by the Toronto Blue Jays into Thursday's games — 74 more than the next highest team.

HOmers in pairs

Todd Frazier

3B, Cincinnati

The Reds slugger hit two homers Tuesday and Wednesday, giving him 22 in all. His fourth long ball was a grand slam that gave the Reds an 8-4 walkoff victory over Detroit. "It's humbling. To win like that is pretty cool," said Frazier, the first Reds player to have back-to-back multihomer games since Barry Larkin in 1991.