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Big Unit joins 3,000 club

Arizona's Randy Johnson needed just four innings Sunday to become the 12th player to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau.

Johnson struck out a season-high 14 in seven innings against the Marlins. He left with the score tied at 3 and got his fourth no-decision in his past nine starts. He gave up six hits and one earned run and walked two.

Johnson, celebrating his 37th birthday, struck out the side in the second, fourth and sixth innings.

Mike Lowell became Johnson's 3,000th victim in the fourth.

Catcher Kelly Stinnett carried the ball into the dugout as Johnson walked off to a standing ovation. He raised his black glove into the air, acknowledging the applause, as he reached the dugout steps.

Johnson's first strikeout _ leadoff hitter Luis Castillo _ gave him 300 for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall.

Nolan Ryan is the only other pitcher to strike out 300 in three straight seasons, doing it 1972-74.

INDIANS: Charles Nagy threw in the bullpen and will start Thursday against Boston. The right-hander hasn't pitched since elbow surgery in May.

RED SOX: The Red Sox obtained right-hander Hector Carrasco from Minnesota for Class-A outfielder Lew Ford to bolster a bullpen that has three players sidelined: Bryce Florie, Rich Garces and Hipolito Pichardo.

TWINS: Torii Hunter wasn't in the starting lineup. He injured his groin when he made a leaping grab to rob Seattle's Dan Wilson of a home run in the second inning Saturday. Hunter is 10-for-24 in his past six games.

WHITE SOX: Chicago hosts Detroit today in the second meeting between the teams since an ugly April brawl that resulted in numerous suspensions. "I'm sure it's not completely forgotten about. I don't think our primary concern is how many fights we can get into with the Tigers," pitcher Mike Sirotka said. "Our priorities are much higher than a brawl."

YANKEES: Bernie Williams returned to centerfield after missing five games with a strained right rib cage.

CARDINALS: St. Louis, which played its final game at Milwaukee County Stadium, heads to Pittsburgh, where it plays its final three at Three Rivers Stadium. Both cities are getting new ballparks next season.

CUBS: Right-hander Kyle Farnsworth will take over closer duties, as Rick Aguilera is done for the season. Farnsworth converted nine of 10 save chances at Triple-A Iowa.


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