Baseball Today Friday, May 8
Undated (AP) _ Los Angeles at New York (7:30 p.m. EDT). Always an event when Darryl Strawberry returns to Shea Stadium. And, a good pitching matchup, too, as Orel Hershiser (2-2) faces David Cone (3-1). STATS
Dwight Gooden has at least one hit in each of his last four starts. He’s 7 for 14 overall. ... In six games, Houston’s Ryan Bowen has allowed 22 runs in 16 innings. STREAKS
Entering Friday’s game against Atlanta, Todd Zeile of St. Louis was in a 0- for-20 slide. ... Atlanta beat Pittsburgh 4-2 Thursday, ending the Pirates’ eight-game home winning streak. SWINGS
Curt Young of Kansas City is 7-0 lifetime against Milwaukee and 58-51 against other AL teams. SLUGGERS
Dave Winfield hit his 10th career grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning at Seattle on Thursday night, rallying Toronto to an 8-7 victory. STARTERS
Between Ben McDonald and Mike Mussina, the Baltimore Orioles have two starters with 4-0 records (or better) for the first time since 1971, when Jim Palmer was 5-0 and Dave McNally 4-0. STOPPERS
Chicago White Sox reliever Scott Radinsky has struck out the first batter he faced in six of his last 10 appearances. SHUTOUTS
Julio Valera pitched a five-hitter for his first major league shutout as California beat New York 6-0 Thursday night. Valera (2-1) struck out three and walked one in his sixth career start and third since joining the Angels in the April 12 deal that sent backup shortstop Dick Schofield to the New York Mets. SLUMPS
Bobby Bonilla is 2 for his last 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position. ... Jack Morris has given up 17 earned runs in 18 1-3 innings in his last three starts, an 8.34 ERA. SLOPPY
Chicago pitchers combined to walk 15 batters in Thursday’s game against Boston, but won the game 7-6. SIDELINED
Reds catcher Jeff Reed had surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur and a loose piece of bone. He’ll start lifting weights in a week, and hopes to be back for the second half of the season. STATUS
Montreal Expos catcher Gilberto Reyes, who completed his drug rehabilitation program last weekend, refused assignment to the minor leagues on Thursday and elected to become a free agent. Reyes, 28, was assigned to extended spring training on Sunday. He refused assignment to West Palm Beach of the Class A Florida State League. STARS
San Francisco’s Bill Swift pitched a four-hitter to beat St. Louis 2-0 Thursday to improve to 6-0. Swift became the first San Francisco pitcher to go 6-0. Trevor Wilson started 5-0 two seasons ago. SPEAKING
″It was an ugly game for us. You have a chance if you play good, sound defense. You don’t when you put together porous defense and not much hitting.″ - Mets manager Jeff Torborg after Thursday’s loss at Cincinnati. SEASONS May 8
1906 - Philadelphia A’s manager Connie Mack needed a substitute outfielder in the sixth inning of a game against Boston and called on pitcher Chief Bender to fill in. Bender hit two home runs, both inside the park.
1907 - Boston’s Big Jeff Pfeffer tossed a no-hitter to give the Braves a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Boston.
1935 - In the first game of a doubleheader, Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds hit doubles in four consecutive innings (sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth) off four different Phillie pitchers. Lombardi also singled in the game as the Reds beat Philadelphia 15-4.
1966 - Frank Robinson became the only player ever to hit a home run out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Robinson hit a 451-foot - 541 feet total - shot on a fly over the left-field wall off Cleveland’s Luis Tiant. The Orioles won 8-3.
1966 - The St. Louis Cardinals closed old Busch Stadium with a 10-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
1968 - Jim ″Catfish″ Hunter of the Oakland A’s pitched a perfect game to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0.
1984 - Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett had four singles in his first major-league game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0.
Today’s Birthdays: Felix Jose 27.