Thursday, Aug. 20 Baseball Today
SCOREBOARD (AP) _ Los Angeles at Montreal, 7:35 p.m. Fernando Valenzuela, 9-11, faces Neal Heaton 12-4. Valenzuela has had an under-.500 record only once in six major- league seasons. STREAKS
Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor extended his hitting streak to 34 games (60-for- 144, .417) Wednesday with a three-run homer in his third at-bat against Cleveland. The streak is the longest in the majors since Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games for Cincinnati in 1978. It tied Dom DiMaggio for the longest streak in the American League. DiMaggio hit in 34 straight for the Boston Red Sox in 1949. STATS
Jack Morris of Detroit is 18-5 lifetime against Minnesota. ... Johnny Ray had three singles Tuesday in Pittsbugh’s 7-4 victory over Cincinnati, giving him 1,001 hits for his career. ... Howard Johnson of the New York Mets has 81 runs batted in, breaking Richie Hebner’s club record for third basemen of 79, set in 1979. ... Nick Esasky of Cincinnati has 17 home runs in 208 at-bats, an average of one per 12.2 at-bats. ... Tim Teufel of the Mets has 10 doubles in his last 26 games. SWINGS
Devon White of California has hit 20 home runs this season. The most he ever hit in any of his five minor-league seasons was 14 last year at Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League. He hit just 43 in 417 minor-league games. SLUMPS
Bo Jackson of Kansas City has one hit in his last 19 at-bats with 13 strikeouts. STUMPERS
Who was the last National League player to lead the league in batting while playing for a last-place club? STOLEN BASES
Rafael Santana of the New York Mets stole his first base since May 18, 1985, in the New York Mets’ 7-2 victory Tuesday over the San Francisco Giants. His last stolen base also was against San Francisco. ... When the Boston Red stole four bases against the White Sox Tuesday, it was their first four- stolen-base game since Aug. 22, 1985, against Texas. STRIKEOUTS
Houston’s Nolan Ryan, despite his 5-13 record, is one strikeout behind teammate Mike Scott for the National League lead. Ryan has 190 strikeouts in 149 2-3 innings, an average of 11.4 per nine innings. Scott has 191 in 185 2-3 innings, an average of 9.3 per nine innings. Mark Langston of Seattle leads the major leagues with 195 strikeouts in 206 2-3 innings, an average of 8.6 per nine innings. ... Reliever Scott Garrelts leads the San Francisco Giants pitchers with 118 strikeouts in 91 2-3 innings. SWAPS
Cleveland acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Perry Tuesday as the player- to-be-named-later in the July 31 trade that sent Steve Carlton from the Indians to Minnesota. Perry, 25, was assigned to Class AA Williamsport of the Eastern League. SIDELINED
Cleveland catcher Andy Allanson pulled a rib-cage muscle Tuesday night and was forced out of the game. His status is day-to-day. ... Montreal placed pitcher Floyd Youmans on the disabled list Wednesday. Youmans was put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 16. It was the third time Youmans, who has a sore elbow, has been disabled this season. SCOUTING
Nelson Simmons went 4-for-4 and scored three runs Tuesday as Calgary defeated Edmonton 8-0 in the Pacific Coast League. SPEAKING
″You just stay positive and you get lucky.″ - Pat Tabler of the Cleveland Indians, who drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning and one more with a bases-loaded single in the 12th Tuesday, giving the Cleveland Indians a 9-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Tabler is 5-for-7 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded this year and 29-for-53 with 67 RBI with the bases loaded in his career. STUMPER SOLUTION
Bill Madlock of the 1975 Chicago Cubs led the NL with a .354 average. SEASONS
1910 - Washington’s Jay Cashion pitched a six-inning no-hitter to give the Senators a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a doubleheader.
1945 - Tommy Brown, 17 years, 8 months, 14 days, of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest major league player to hit a home run when he connected in Ebbets Field against Preacher Roe of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Braves 7-4 in the second game of a doubleheader to snap a 23-game losing streak, a modern record.
1974 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out 19 Tigers in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to Detroit. It was the third time this season that Ryan struck out 19 batters in a game.
1980 - New York Yankee Bob Watson hit the center-field speaker in the Kingdome for the second straight day (double yesterday, triple today) to highlight a 6-4 victory over Seattle.
1985 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 batters in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. Gooden became the first National League pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in each of his first two seasons.
1986 - Don Carman pitched a perfect game for eight innings and allowed only one hit through nine as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Juan Samuel’s 10th-inning home run. Carman was making just his eighth major-league start and lost the perfect game when Bob Brenly led off the ninth with a double.
Today’s Birthdays: Tom Brunansky 27, Mark Langston 27, Graig Nettles 43, Ed Wojna 27, Kal Daniels 24.