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American League Notes For Games of July 15

July 16, 1988

Undated (AP) _ The Orioles, who hit 58 home runs last May on their way to a season total of 211, hit only 80 through their first 90 games this season. Boston

Roger Clemens (13-5) pitched a five-hitter and struck out 16 Kansas City batters for the second time this season, lifting the Red Sox and new manager Joe Morgan to a 3-1 victory over the Royals in the first game Friday. Boston also won the nightcap, 7-4. Clemens struck out eight in the first three innings and finished by striking out the side in the ninth after George Brett opened the inning with a single. Clemens also struck out 16 Royals in a 2-0 victory over Kansas City on May 9. Clemens pitched his ninth complete game and increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 202. He reached double figures forthe 10th time this season and 31st time in his career, both team records. Clemens struck out 15 in a no-decision against Chicago last Saturday. California

Bob Boone caught his 2,000th major league game Friday night. Only 35 non- outfielders in the history of the majors leagues have played more than 2,000 games at one position, and Boone is the first catcher. The last non outfielder to reach that plateau was Mike Schmidt. Chicago White Sox

Gary Redus has 20 consecutive stolen bases since being thrown out on April 13. He is 22-for-24 this season. Cleveland

Greg Swindell (10-8) says his loss to Seattle Thursday was his best game of the season, although it was also his seventh straight loss. ″It was my best game of the year. I’m serious,″ Swindell said. ″Ever since that first loss I hadn’t thrown quality pitches, but tonight I had great stuff.″ Swindell opened the season with victories in 10 of his first 11 games. Detroit

Jack Morris is 7-10. It is the first time he has been three games under .500 since he was 1-4 on July 7, 1978. Kansas City

Boston’s Roger Clemens has three victories over the Royals in their 10 meetings with Boston this season. He has struck out 40 Kansas City batters. Milwaukee

Dan Plesac has a save in six of the last seven Brewer victories and has 23 saves for the season. ... Robin Yount needs one triple for 100 in his career. Minnesota

Charlie Lea won for the fifth time in six starts Friday night as the Twins defeated Baltimore 4-2. Lea, 6-4, allowed nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander who failed to win a major league game for three full seasons (1985-87, when he was recovering from a rotator cuff injury) has allowed nine earned runs in his last 40 innings. New York Yankees

The Yankees acquired infielder Luis Aguayo from Philadelphia Friday in exchange for right-hander Amalio Carreno. The 29-year old Aguayo, in his ninth major-league season, was batting .247 in 49 games this year, with three homers and five RBI. Carreno was with the Yankees’ Double A affiliate in Albany of the Eastern League and was 2-4 with a 3.52 earned run average. ... Rickey Henderson moved into a tie for fifth place among baseball’s alltime stolen base leaders Friday night with a first-inning steal of second against Chicago. Henderson’s steal was his 43rd of the season and the 744th of his career, enabling him to tie Harry Stovey, a 19th-century basestealing leader. Oakland

The Athletics’ eight-game winning streak against Toronto ended Thursday night when the Blue Jays beat Oakland 7-1. Seattle

Several injured Mariners have told King County Executive Tim Hill that they blame the Kingdome’s hard, artificial surface for their aches and pains. First baseman Alvin Davis wrote a two-page letter about the problem to Hill last week and included comments from teammates Jim Presley, Ken Phelps and Dave Valle, the team’s player representative. Davis is sidelined for a hamstring pull he blames on the Kingdome surface. Presley has been bothered by a sore back for more than a month and wears a back brace. ... outfielder Glenn Wilson was fined $300 and benched by manager Jim Snyder for missing a mandatory workout Wednesday. Texas

The Rangers have lost four straight. ... The Rangers have lost 14 of thier last 18 games to Milwaukee. ... The Rangers have scored only six runs in the last 39 innings and have had two extra-base hits in the last three games. Toronto

The Blue Jays have placed rookie catcher Pat Borders on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of catcher Sal Butera. Borders, 25, has a pulled muscle in his left rib cage. He was hitting .276 with five home runs and 18 RBI. The 35-year old Butera was with the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and has played with the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds. Butera, with a lifetime average of .227 with seven home runs and 70 RBI, had a .157 average with no homers and five RBI in 40 games with the Chiefs this season.

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