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First TestAlmost to the day, 64 years ago, Pakistan played their first Test against India in Delhi. They had a man who would become a legend opening the batting - Hanif Mohammad - and a man who was quite possibly the first of the long line of irresistible Pakistani seamers - Fazal Mahmood. The magic wasnt instantaneous though. Pakistan lost by an innings and 70 runs.First winThe swiftness with which Pakistan bounced back in the second Test made it seem like they were playing possum in the first. India were missing three of their players - including Vinoo Mankad, who had picked up 13 wickets in Delhi - and the visitors capitalised. A mere 15 minutes into the fourth morning in Lucknow, they had wrapped up victory by an innings and 43 runs.First centurionNazar Mohammad faced Pakistans first ball in Test cricket. Eight days later, in the Lucknow triumph, he had completed their first century. He carried his bat for 124 not out in eight hours 35 minutes and set up an innings victory, the Wisden Cricket Almanack says. He was the first player to be on the field throughout a Test. A domestic accident damaged his arm and ended his career. He became a coach, selector and one of Pakistans best cricketing raconteurs.First ten-forFazal Mahmoods performance against the MCC in 1951-52 helped convince Lords to grant Pakistan Test status. He was the first to pick up 10 wickets in a match - five in the first innings and seven in the second - to seal Indias fate in Lucknow. He was the first from Pakistan to 100 Test wickets. And he would captain them too. Tall and handsome, with wavy black hair, he even snapped up ad deals from Brylcreem; he was Pakistans first poster boy.First triple centurionDespite it being 58 years since Hanif Mohammad made 337 from 970 minutes at the crease, it remains the longest innings in Test history. One of the bravest too. With a lead of 473, West Indies had made Pakistan follow-on in Barbados. It was only the second day and back then Tests were played for six. It was in this setting that the legend of the original Little Master gained steam. He turned cricket in Pakistan from the preserve of the Lahore educated elite into the mass sport it is today, wrote Scyld Berry.First series winIt didnt take too long. Three years after their introduction to Test cricket in 1952, Pakistan trounced New Zealand in Karachi and Lahore to claim the three-match series. Offspinner Zulfiqar Ahmed bowled 83 overs while maintaining an economy rate under one and bagged 11 wickets to boot in Karachi. Imtiaz Ahmed became the first wicketkeeper to hit a double-century in Tests in Lahore as Pakistans final four wickets added a whopping 450 runs.First series win overseasThey had to wait 20 years for this. But it may well have been worth it. In conditions vastly different to their own - Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland - Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammad - brothers of Hanif - proved run-making ran in the family. Intikhab Alam, until recently a beloved Pakistan team manager, couldnt give away 20 runs without picking up a wicket; the legspinner topped the charts. Four of the top-five run-scorers in the series were Pakistani.First time at No. 1It was a two-month reign in August and September 1988. But it was special. It was recognition of the fact that they had never been beaten in a series for three years. Imran Khan led them to India and beat India for the first time in a series. He led them to England and beat England for the first time in a series. He was just getting started. Stitched Jerseys . The head of USA Boxing came out swinging Tuesday with an open letter to Tyson -- a former Olympic hopeful himself -- that accuses the former heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U. Cheap NFL Jerseys . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Monday to extend their winning streak to four.Ortizs 27th home run of his farewell season was the 530th of his big league career. Ortiz homered in all three games the Red Sox played in Cleveland this season.One out later, Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered off Josh Tomlin (11-6), who has given up a major league-leading 29 home runs this season.Drew Pomeranz (1-2) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings to win for the first time since he was acquired from San Diego on July 14. He had been 0-2 in five starts for the Red Sox.Selected by Cleveland with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Pomeranz gave up Rajai Davis leadoff homer in the fourth and RBI double in the eighth.Craig Kimbrel escaped a ninth-inning jam for his 20th save in 22 chances.AL Central-leading Cleveland had won its previous four games.The game was a makeup of an April 7 postponement caused by snow and cold.YANKEES 1, BLUE JAYS 0NEW YORK -- Chad Green struck out 11 in six dominant innings, Aaron Judge delivered again with an RBI double and Dellin Betances escaped a big ninth-inning jam, leading New York over Toronto.Betances got major league RBI leader Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending, around-the-horn double play with runners at the corners.The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games, taking the first 1-0 decision between the teams since 2005. They dropped Toronto percentage points out of first place in the AL East and pulled within 5 1/2 games of new division leader Baltimore.Promoted earlier in the day from Triple-A for his fifth stint of the season with the Yankees, Green (2-2) was in complete control. He gave up two hits, walked none and outpitched R.A. Dickey (8-13).Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren and Betances combined for scoreless relief. Betances held on for his fifth save as the Yankees stopped a five-game losing streak to Toronto.ROYALS 3, TIGERS 1DETROIT -- Ian Kennedy pitched effectively into the seventh inning to win for the first time since June 26 as Kansas City beat Detroit.The Tigers lost Miguel Cabrera after four innings to a strained left biceps. Cabrera appeared to injure himself in a first-inning collision with Cheslor Cuthbert at first base, but batted twice before leaving the game.Detroit said the slugger is day to day.Kennedy (7-9) ended an eight-start winless streak, allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Kelvin Herrera pitching the ninth for his fifth save.Daniel Norrris (1-1) gave up two runs -- one earned -- in 5 1/3 innings.dddddddddddd He made the error that led to the unearned run.J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit.RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 2ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam not long after Texas ended a 24-inning scoreless streak, and Martin Perez earned his first win since late June to lead the Rangers over Oakland.Beltres 100th home run at Globe Life Park came against former teammate Ross Detwiler (1-1) in the fifth with Texas trailing 2-1. His 10th career slam came three batters after Shin-Soo Choo broke his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch.The AL West-leading Rangers were coming off consecutive shutout losses at home to Detroit.Perez (8-8) gave up two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings. He had gone 0-4 over his past eight starts.Sam Dyson closed for his 27th save.Beltres 19th homer gave him 432 to break a tie with Cal Ripken on the career list.MARLINS 6, REDS 3CINCINNATI -- Chris Johnson drove in two runs with a homer and a double, former reliever David Phelps pitched into the sixth inning in his third start of the season and Miami won the opener of its four-game series against Cincinnati.Marcell Ozuna also homered and Dee Gordon beat Joey Vottos high toss to pitcher Blake Wood covering first base for a bases-loaded, two-run infield single. The wild card-contending Marlins have won two straight after a three-game skid. Both wins have come since Giancarlo Stanton was lost Saturday for what is expected to be at least six weeks with a groin injury.Phelps (6-6) struck out a season-high eight while allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 21st save in 23 tries.Scott Schebler homered for the Reds to snap an 0-for-28 slump. Brandon Finnegan (7-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.RAYS 8, PADRES 2ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Drew Smyly allowed just a solo homer over seven innings of one-hit ball, and Tampa Bay got home runs from Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier in its victory over San Diego.Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth homer and Derek Norris walked twice -- those were the only baserunners against Smyly (5-11).Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen completed the three-hitter, with Jepsen allowing a single to Wil Myers and a homer to Yangervis Solarte in the ninth.Forsythe hit his fifth homer in his last 13 games off Luis Perdomo (5-7). Kiermaier had a three-run drive in a five-run eighth that made it 8-1. He had three hits and two stolen bases. ' ' ' 

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