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Soriano reaches 30-30 milestone

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published August 18, 2002

SEATTLE -- The Yankees' Alfonso Soriano became the only second baseman in history to post a 30-30 season when he homered in the seventh inning during Saturday's 8-3 victory against the Mariners.

Soriano's 30th homer tied the team record for home runs by a second baseman, set by Joe Gordon in 1940.

Earlier in the game, Soriano stole his AL-leading 34th base. His home run came against James Baldwin.

Soriano joined Bobby Bonds (1975) as the lone Yankees players to reach the 30-30 mark. Soriano, 24, is in his second full season with the Yankees.

Shortstops Alex Rodriguez and Barry Larkin are the only other middle infielders to record 30-30 seasons in the majors.

"Now, I want to forget about 30-30," Soriano said. "Now, I want to keep going and play hard every day because the season's not over yet."

Centerfielder Bernie Williams said: "That guy's awesome. He's still got a month and a half to go. He could be 40-40."

In other news, the Yankees purchased the contract of infielder Alex Arias from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Mike Thurman to Columbus.

ATHLETICS: David Justice homered in the seventh for his 1,000th career RBI.

DIAMONDBACKS: Outfielder Luis Gonzalez missed a fourth straight game because of a rib cage injury. ... Arizona is an NL-best 39-25 on the road.

MARINERS: Ichiro Suzuki was in center and Mark McLemore in right in a revamped outfield caused by the benching of centerfielder Mike Cameron.

METS: In a videotaped scoreboard message, Darryl Strawberry addressed the Shea Stadium crowd that voted him onto the Mets' All-Amazin' Team. "I will never forget all the wonderful things you have done for me," Strawberry said. "Please continue to keep me in your prayers." Speaking from a Florida prison, Strawberry said his colon cancer is in remission, and he thanked his wife and two sons, D.J. and Jordan, for representing him at Shea. Fans cheered his short taped message, and gave a warm welcome to his family.

PADRES: Left-handers Bobby M. Jones and Kevin Walker went on the 15-day disabled list. Right-hander Dennis Tankersley was recalled from Triple-A Portland and right-hander Jonathan Johnson's contract was purchased from Portland. Jones has a bruised left forearm. Walker has left elbow tendinitis.

PIRATES: Leftfielder Brian Giles did not play after making 107 consecutive starts. Giles has a strained right calf but might play today.

RANGERS: Frank Catalanotto was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand and could miss the rest of the season. First baseman-outfielder Jason Hart was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma.

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