Game of the Day

White Sox at Tigers:

Chicago's Jose Contreras has won his past seven starts. This is the kind of pivotal game the White Sox should expect to win.

QUOTABLE

"It's a pennant race. Every game is pretty much a must-win."

Tim Wakefield after he pitched the Red Sox past the Blue Jays in the opener of their doubleheader yesterday.

TODAY IN BASEBALL

1920: A grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox Scandal."

1941: Ted Williams went 6 for 8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's to finish the season with a .406 average. No player has batted .400 since.

1974: Nolan Ryan pitched his third of seven career no-hitters, striking out 15 and beating the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, at Anaheim Stadium.

1975: Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers of the Oakland A's combined to no-hit the California Angels, 5-0, on the final day of the season.

2001: Alex Rodriguez of Texas hit his 50th homer in an 11-2 victory over Anaheim and became the 20th player to hit 50 homers in a season.