"Today was unbelievable. I got to catch one of my childhood idols, John Smoltz. I just had a great time out there."

Braves rookie C Brian McCann after catching John Smoltz's first complete game in six years. McCann was 5 years old when Smoltz first pitched a complete game in 1989.


Cubs: P Carlos Zambrano left yesterday's game against Boston after five innings with a sprained left big toe.

In the bottom of the fifth, Zambrano made an awkward slide at second base.

X-rays were negative and Zambrano should be ready for his next start.

Mets: Signed former Reds closer Danny Graves after four days of negotiations and added him to their bullpen. To make room for Graves, the Mets designated reliever Manny Aybar for assignment.

Graves has 182 saves in 10 major league seasons, including 10 this year. But he struggled with a 7.76 ERA and was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on May 23, a day after making an obscene gesture at a fan who was heckling him.

Reds: OF Wily Mo Pena and 2B Ryan Freel were out of the lineup with sore knees.



Home run yielded by Oakland reliever Justin Duchscherer in 28 innings before giving up back-to-back shots to Atlanta's Andruw Jones and Brian McCann.


1999: Cal Ripken went 6 for 6, homering twice and driving in six runs as the Orioles scored the most runs in franchise history in a 22-1 rout of Atlanta.

-- Compiled by

Josh Leventhal