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Tuesday, July 25 Baseball Today

July 25, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Baltimore at Minnesota (8:05 p.m. EDT). Brian Holton, 4-6, tries to stop the Orioles’ five-game losing streak. Allan Anderson, 9-9, starts for the Twins. STATS

Detroit has lost six straight and 16 of 18. The Tigers are 29 games under .500 for the first time since 1975. They have lost nine consecutive road games. STREAKS

Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos has won a club-record 10 consecutive decisions, the longest winning streak in the National League this year. SWINGS

Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves has two homers in his last seven games after hitting only one in the previous 65 games. SWEEPS

The Toronto Blue Jays have swept four series this season, all on the road (Chicago, Boston, California and Detroit). SLUGGERS

Kevin Mitchell of the San Francisco Giants has seven home runs against the Braves this year, his most against any team. Mitchell needs three more homers to tie the league record for most through July 31. The record of 36 is shared by Willie Mays in 1954, Johnny Bench in 1970, Willie Stargell in 1971 and Mike Schmidt in 1979. ... Will Clark has played in 267 consecutive games since Sept. 29, 1986. STARTERS

John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves has pitched seven or more innings in 14 of his last 16 starts and has 17 quality starts in his 21 appearances. ... Texas’ Wilson Alvarez, at 19 years, 4 months, was the youngest pitcher to make his big-league debut since Jose Rijo of the New York Yankees appeared on April 5, 1984, at 18 years, 10 months. Alvarez faced four batters in a 6-3 loss to Toronto and allowed a single, two home runs and two walks. SLUMPS

Jose Lind of the Pittsburgh Pirates has one hit in his last 34 at-bats. STOPPERS

Mitch Williams of the Chicago Cubs has saves in his last six opportunities. STRIKEOUTS

Jesse Barfield of the New York yankees has 13 strikeouts in his last 18 at- bats. Barfield has 87 strikeouts in 309 at-bats this season. SKIPPERS

Tony La Russa became the winningest manager in Oakland history with his 289th victory Sunday, passing Dick Williams (1971-73). STANDINGS

Pittsburgh was 15 1/2 games behind division-leading Montreal prior to Monday’s game. The most the Pirates trailied the New York Mets last season was 15 games. SIDELINED

- Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. fractured the little finger of his right hand Monday when he slipped in his hotel bathroom.

- Pittsburgh first baseman Gary Redus was treated and released from a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday after being struck in the face by a fastball thrown by Los Angeles reliever Tim Crews. Redus apparently did not suffer any broken bones but his left eye nearly swelled shut and his status was uncertain. STATUS

- Jack Morris, out since May 22 with elbow chips, was activated Monday and allowed nine hits and seven runs in 5 1-3 innings as Detroit lost to Milwaukee 10-0. The Tigers placed pitcher Dave Beard on the 21-day disabled list and sent pitcher Brad Havens outright to Toledo of the International League.

- Catcher Jamie Quirk was released Monday by the Oakland Athletics, who activated outfielder Stan Javier from the 15-day disabled list.

- Pirates right-hander Brian Fisher underwent tests on his ailing right knee Monday and will have additional tests Tuesday to determine whether surgery is needed.

- Cory Snyder of the Cleveland Indians began a 20-day rehabilitation program Monday with the Class AA Canton-Akron Indians. SCOUTING

Mike Norris allowed one run and two hits in five innings and got the victory Monday night as Tacoma, Tigers, beat Colorado Spring, White Sox, 5-1 in the Pacific Coast League. SPEAKING

″I had already gotton my towel and had started through the door when all of a sudden, I fell. I remember I strained my back last year and I figured I’d had enough bad luck because I missed a lot of games.″ - Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners, who fractured the little finger of his right hand in a bathroom accident on Monday. SEASONS July 25

1918 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators pitched a four-hitter in 15 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 1-0. The only hit off him in the first 11 innings was a triple by George Sisler.

1930 - The Philadelphia Athletics came up with a triple steal in the first inning and again in the fourth against the Cleveland Indians.

1939 - Atley Donald of the New York Yankees set a rookie pitching record in the American League when he registered his 12th consecutive victory in a 5-1 triumph over the St. Louis Browns.

1941 - Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th and last game, beating the Cleveland Indians 10-6.

1949 - Stan Musial hit for the cycle as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the the Brooklyn Dodgers 14-1.

1961 - En route to his 61-homer season, Roger Maris hit four homers against the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader to give him 40 for the year. The Yankees took both games 5-1 and 12-0 and Maris was 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace.

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds singled to left off New York’s Craig Swan in the third inning to set a National League record of hitting safely in 38 consecutive games. The Mets won the game 9-2.

Today’s birthdays: Doug Drabek 28; Jose Bautista 25.

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