Friday, Aug. 18 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Los Angeles at New York (7:35 p.m.). Orel Hershiser (14-8) tries to cool off the Mets and David Cone (10-5). Cone is 7-0 at Shea Stadium this season and 20-4 lifetime. STATS
Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor. is 53-for-138 in day games this season. ... California is 18-5 in one-run games this season. ... Darryl Strawberry homered twice in a game for the 20th time in his career in New York’s 7-2 victory over San Diego on Wednesday night. ... Tony Gwynn is 23-for-46 lifetime against Ron Darling. STREAKS
Milwaukee hasn’t hit a homer in eight games, the longest drought since going eight without one, June 27-July 4, 1985. ... Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken played in his 1,207th straight game Wednesday, tying Steve Garvey for the third on consecutive games played list. Ripken hasn’t missed a game since May 29, 1982. ... Toronto won its 15th straight game at Fenway Park, 7-3 over the Red Sox Wednesday night. The major-league record for most consecutive games won by one club on the road is 18 - three times - Red Sox over New York 1911-13, Brooklyn over Philadelphia 1945-46, St. Louis-Pittsburgh 1964-66. ... Philadelphia’s John Kruk went 0-for-2, ending a 19-game hitting streak. SWINGS
Pittsburgh pitchers have 23 RBIs this season compared to 16 for all of last year. SLUMPS
After Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Milwaukee, the New York Yankees dropped to 55-65. It was the Yankees’ worst record this late in the season since 1967. STARTS
California rookie Bobby Rose hit his first major-league homer on Wednesday. SLUGGERS
Carlton Fisk. of the Chicago White Sox hit his ninth homer Wednesday and the 332nd of his career, moving him into a tie with Bobby Bonds for 48th on baseball’s all-time list. STARTERS
The San Francisco Giants have used 15 starting pitchers this season. STOPPERS
California’s Bryan Harvey has converted 18 of 22 save opportunities. STARTING LINEUPS
The Chicago White Sox have used seven first basemen since the season started: Greg Walker, Ivan Calderon, Ron Kittle, Steve Lyons, Russ Morman, Carlos Martinez and Billy Jo Robidoux. STRIKEOUTS
Nolan Ryan. moved to within six strikeouts of No. 5,000 and got his 287th career victory, fanning eight batters Wednesday in Texas’ 3-1 victory over Seattle. STARS
Frank Tanana pitched a two-hitter as Detroit beat Baltimore 4-0 Wednesday night. Tanana (9-10) struck out nine and walked two in his first shutout since the final day of the 1987 season, when he beat Toronto to clinch the division championship. Tanana needs three more wins to reach 200, a level only four active pitchers - Bert Blyleven, Nolan Ryan, Jerry Reuss and Rick Reuschel - have reached. SIDELINED
Milwaukee infielder Jim Gantner sustained a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee Tuesday night when Marcus Lawton of the New York Yankees roll-blocked him trying to break up a double play. Gantner will miss the rest of the season. STATUS
Seattle on Wednesday sent outfielder Jay Buhner to Class AAA Calgary on a 20-day rehabilitation assignment. He is expected to return to Seattle within the week. SCOUTING
Tom Drees pitched his third no-hitter of the season for Class AAA Vancouver, leading the Canadians over Las Vegas 5-0 Wednesday in a seven- inning, first game of a doubleheader in the PCL. Drees, playing for the top farm team of the Chicago White Sox, became the first pitcher in the PCL or the major leagues with three no-hitters in a year. He beat Calgary 1-0 in nine innings on May 23 and pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in his next start, defeating Edmonton 7-0 on May 28. SPEAKING
″Bedrosian was throwing and hoping instead of throwing and knowing.″ - San Francisco manager Roger Craig on Steve Bedrosian, who failed to protect a 2-1 lead against Montreal in the eighth inning Wednesday night. SEASONS Aug. 18
1915 - Boston opened Braves Field with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
1956 - The Cincinnati Reds hit eight home runs and the Milwaukee Braves added two to set a National League record for home runs by two clubs in a nine-inning night game. Bob Thurman’s three homers and double led the Reds to a 13-4 rout.
1960 - Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies for a 1-0 victory.
1965 - Hank Aaron of Milwaukee hit a Curt Simmons’ pitch on top of the roof at Sportman’s Park, St. Louis, for an apparent home run. However, umpire Chris Pelekoudas called him out for being out of the batter’s box when he connected. The Braves won the game 6-2.
1982 - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in a 21-inning game. The game was the second longest in Cubs history.
1982 - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies made his 13,941st plate appearance in a 5-3 triumph over the Houston Astros to move into first place on the all-time list ahead of Hank Aaron.
1983 - The ″Pine Tar″ game of July 24 between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees was completed. New York took the field with Ron Guidry in center field, left-hander Don Mattingly at second base and George Frazier on the mound. The Yankees appealed first and second base with the umpires giving the safe call. Martin marched onto the field to protest with umpire crew chief Dave Phillips who in turn presented a notorized letter signed by the four umpires of the original game which stated that U.L. Washington and George Brett had touched all the bases. Hal McRae struck out to end the top of the ninth inning and Dan Quisenberry retired the Yankees in order for the 5-4 victory.
Today’s Birthdays: Jack Howell 28, Mike LaValliere 29.