Thursday, Sept. 29 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Boston at Cleveland (7:35 p.m. EDT). Mike Boddicker, 12-15, pitches against Rob Nichols, 1-6, as the Red Sox try to wrap up the American League East. STATS
The Toronto Blue Jays have won six consecutive games in Fenway Park and 10 of 12 games against Boston this season. STREAKS
Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds has a 17-game hitting streak, going 27- for-68, a .397 average. SWINGS
The Texas Rangers have two homers in their last seven games and have hit 52 homers in the last 88 games after hitting 58 in the first 68 games of the season. SLUMPS
The Texas Rangers are batting 46-for-272 in their last nine games, a .169 average. SLUGGERS
Danny Tartabull of the Royals drove in his 99th run Tuesday night. He is trying to become the second Kansas City player to drive in 100 runs in consecutive seasons. George Brett is the other. ... Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics has homered in every AL ballpark except the Metrodome. SAVES
Craig Lefferts of San Francisco pitched 2 1-3 innings of three-hit relief Tuesday night in the Giants’ 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds for his career-high 11th save. SEATS
The Twins set an American League attendance record Tuesday night when they drew 48,300 for a 5-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics, raising Minnesota’s season total to 2,820,049. The 1982 California Angels had held the record with 2,807,360. Minnesota has sold enough advance tickets for its five remaining games to go over the 3,000,000 mark, something accomplished only by the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. ... The Montreal Expos drew 6,131 against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night, the smallest crowd at Olympic Stadium this season. SWAPS
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade catcher Jody Davis to the Atlanta Braves but the deal has been held up by Atlanta’s insistence on a lockout clause in his new contract. Davis and his agent, Jack Sands, have agreed on a two-year contract that takes him through 1990, the season that the collective- bargaining agreement between the union and the owners expires. The Braves want to include a clause that would prohibit Davis from being paid in the event of a lockout. SCHEDULING
The Chicago Cubs will play the 1987 World Series champion Minnesota Twins in a two-game exhibition series in Minneapolis before the start of next season. The series will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 1989. The two teams have never played, not even in exhibition games. SIDELINED
Tony Armas of the California Angeles underwent surgery at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, Calif., to have his right knee cleaned of loose cartiliage. He played his last game of the season Sunday. ... Thad Bosley of the Angels also underwent surgery at the same hospital Monday to have bone chips removed from his left elbow. His season ended with a pinch running appearance on Saturday. STATUS
Chicago White Sox general manager Larry Himes will decide whether manager Jim Fregosi is fired or rehired, according to co-owner Jerry Reinsdorf. ... The Indians have rehired Manager Doc Edwards for the 1989 season, team president Hank Peters said Tuesday. ... Left fielder Barry Bonds and pitcher Brian Fisher of the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to undergo knee surgery within the next week. Bonds will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, possibly as early as Wednesday. Bonds injured the knee June 17 while making a diving catch at Three Rivers Stadium. Fisher will undergo surgery Monday to remove a calcium deposit from a tendon in his left knee. Both operations will be performed by team orthopedist Dr. Jack Failla at Pittsburgh’s North Hills Passavant Hospital. SPEAKING ″It’s not like we’re 3 1/2 games out with four to play. We’re still in first place.″ - Mike Smithson of the Boston Red Sox on the state of the American League pennant race. SEASONS Sept. 29
1913 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators finished the season with 36 wins by earning a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.
1915 - The Phildelphia Phillies clinched their first National League pennant, beating the Boston Braves 5-0 behind Grover Cleveland Alexander’s one-hitter.
1935 - Augie Galan of the Chicago Cubs played in his 154th game without hitting into a double play, a major-league record.
1954 - Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz’ long drive to center field and pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes homered off Bob Lemon in the 10th inning to lead the New York Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series.
1963 - Stan Musial ended his career by going 2-for-3 as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 at Busch Stadium. When he left baseball, at age 42, he had more career hits than any player in National League history.
1963 - John Paciorek of the Houston Colts in his only major league appearance went 3-for-3 with three RBI and four runs scored against the New York Mets. A back injury ended his baseball career the next season.
1974 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals stole the 118th and final base of the season, a record that stood until Rickey Henderson broke it in 1982.
1976 - John Montefusco of the San Francisco Giants pitched a 9-0 no-hitter over the Braves in Atlanta.
1983 - Mike Warren of the Oakland Athletics pitched a no-hitter to beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0.
1986 - Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven broke Robin Roberts’ 1956 record of 46 home runs allowed in a season when he gave up a two-out, third-inning homer to Cleveland Indians rookie Jay Bell. Despite giving up two more homers, Blyleven emerged the winner when the Twins rallied in the eighth for a 6-5 victory.
1986 - In the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3. The losing pitcher was his brother, Mike, also a rookie. It was believed to have been the first time brothers have faced each other as rookie pitchers.
1987 - Don Mattingly’s major league record sixth grand slam of the season backed the four-hit pitching of Charles Hudson to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Today’s Birthdays: Craig Lefferts 31, Rob Deer 28.