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Canseco Hits Record 30th HR

It was a landmark day for a rising star, a former Cy Young winner, a possible Hall of Famer and an 84-year-old scout.

Shawn Green hit two home runs to give him 100 in his career and Pat Hentgen earned his 100th major league victory as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-3 Sunday.

Jose Canseco hit his AL-leading 30th home run, becoming the first player in major league history to reach the mark with four different teams. He previously did it with Oakland, Texas and Toronto.

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  • Before the game, long time Blue Jays scout Bobby Mattick was honored for being inducted into the Canadian baseball Hall of Fame.

    "We had a lot of important things happen," Toronto manager Jim Fregosi said. "Hentgen got his 100th win, Green hitting his 100th and Bobby Mattick is going into the Canadian Hall of Fame at the age of 100."

    Third baseman Wade Boggs' throwing error in the seventh inning allowed the Blue Jays to score the go-ahead run. The Blue Jays, 14-3 in their last 17 home games, made it to the .500 mark for the first time since May 13.

    "It's nice to reach that plateau," Green said. "Hopefully we can climb back into the race."

    Green homered in consecutive at-bats in the first and the fourth. The solo shots gave him 23 home runs this season.

    "It's big thrill to get to a 100," Green. "That's just one step in my career."

    Canseco, who played for Toronto last year, led off the fourth with his 427th career home run.

    "The record shows that I've been traded a lot, but it's nice to get it," Canseco said.

    Dave Martinez homered in the fifth to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead.

    Hentgen (6-6), who had lost five of his last six decisions, allowed three runs in seven innings.

    "If you had told me on the day I got drafted that I was going win 100 games I would have said your crazy," Hentgen said. "I've been very fortunate, I've played with some great teams here, and I've been able to stay healthy and that's what it takes to win a 100 games."

    Billy Kocpitched the ninth for his 11th save.

    Reliever Rick White (4-2) gave up two earned runs in 4 1-3 innings after replacing starter Dave Eiland, who left the game in the third inning after he hurt his ankle while fielding an infield single.

    After Toronto's Jacob Brumfield tied it in the seventh with an RBI single, Mike Matheny hit a sharp groundball down the third base line to Boggs, whose throw in the dirt bounced past first baseman Fred McGriff. A fan reached over and grabbed the ball and Brumfield scored all the way from first.

    Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild argued that Brumfield should have stayed at third, but first base umpire Mike Reilly ruled otherwise.

    With runners at the corners and one out in the eighth, Blue Jays second baseman Homer Bush prevented the tying run from scoring by making a leaping grab on a liner off the bat of Paul Sorrento. Bush then pumped his fist and flipped over to first for the double play.

    "That's by far the best play I've ever made," Bush said.

    Carlos Delgado's RBI single and Brumfield's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 6-3.


  • Canseco hit 30 or more home runs five times with Oakland.
  • Chris Carpenter, who pitched a three-hit shutout Saturday in his second start since coming off the disabled list after elbow inflammation, experienced no inflammation on Sunday morning.
  • Toronto's Tony Fernandez was given the day off.
  • Mattick was officially inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.

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