Monday, May 8 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ New York at Cincinnati (7:35 p.m. EDT). Bob Ojeda of New York, who nearly severed a finger on his pitching hand last September, pitches against Cincinnati’s Jose Rijo, 2-0. Ojeda won his first decision since the accident in his last start, beating Atlanta 7-1. STATS
Storm Davis of the Oakland Athletics gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings Saturday, and has allowed 40 hits in 26 2-3 innings with a 6.75 ERA. ... Gary Carter of the New York Mets has thrown out 14 of 34 runners attempting to steal against him this season. STREAKS
The Atlanta Braves have won four consecutive games, their longest winning streak since August 1987. ... Andre Dawson of the Chicago Cubs flied out to left in his first at-bat Saturday night, ending his streak of eight consecutive hits. The National League record of 10 is held by eight different players, most recently, by Cincinnati’s Woody Williams in 1943. The major- league record of 12 was set by Boston’s Mike Higgins in 1938 and matched by Detroit’s Walt Dropo in 1952. SWINGS
The California Angels have seven shutouts. They had nine in all of 1988. STARTS
Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins completed five years in the major leagues Sunday. Going into the day he had 1,062 hits. Only three other players - Joe Medwick, Earle Combs and Paul Waner - had at least 1,000 hits in their first five seasons. Puckett had four hits against California in his first game. SLOW STARTERS
Robin Yount of Milwaukee hit his first home run of the season Friday night against Kansas City. He has had four homerless Aprils in his 16-year career. SELDOM
Tim Wallach pitched the ninth inning for Montreal Saturday, allowing one run against the Altanta Braves It was his first pitching appearance since throwing a shutout inning against San Francisco on May 31, 1987, his only previous major-league pitching appearance. On Monday night, Expos infielder Tom Foley pitched in a 19-6 loss to Cincinnati. SELDOM SLUGGERS
Rickey Henderson and Tom Brookens homered as the New York Yankees beat Chicago 5-2 Saturday, only the second time this season the Yankees have homered twice in one game. SCRATCHES
Teddy Higuera was scratched as Milwaukee’s starter Saturday because of windy, winter weather at County Stadium. The game time temperature was 37 degrees. ... SCORING
The Detroit Tigers have scored three runs or fewer in 18 of 27 games, going 3-15 in those games. SLUMPS
Rich Gedman of the Boston Red Sox has three hits in his last 27 at-bats. ... Jesse Barfield is hitless in 14 at-bats since singling in his first time up as a New York Yankee. SAVES
John Franco of the Cincinnati Reds is 10-for-10 in save opportunities and Guillermo Hernandez of the Detroit Tigers is 6-for-6. SIDELINED
Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos did not play Saturday because of a sore ankle, which he injured Thursday. ... Vince Coleman of the St. Louis Cardinals strained his right hamstring attempting to beat out a bunt against San Francisco Saturday. STATUS
Luis Aguayo rejoined the Cleveland Indians Saturday after missing two games to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Puerto Rico. SCOUTING
Tracy Woodson. doubled and homered to drive in three runs Saturday as Albuquerque, Dodgers, beat Edmonton, Angels, 6-3 in the Pacific Coast League. SPEAKING
″I’ve gotten kicked around a lot by the media and I don’t appreciate that. A lot of people misunderstand me. If you’d been through what I’ve been through, you might not talk to anybody.″ - Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics as he began a 20-day rehabilitation assignment with Huntsville of Southern League. SEASONS May 8
1906 - Philadelphia 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. He hit two home runs, both inside the park, in the Athletics’ victory.
1907 - Boston’s Big Jeff Pfeffer tossed a no-hitter in the Braves’ 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Boston.
1929 - Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants no-hit the Pirates 11-0 at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. No pitcher ever had a no-hitter in Forbes Field, the Pirates’ next home.
1935 - In the first game of a doubleheader, Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds hit four consecutive doubles in consecutive innings - beginning in the sixth - off four different Phillies pitchers. Lombardi also singled 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. The Orioles’ outfielder hit a 451-foot shot over the left-field wall off of Cleveland Indians pitcher 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 Oakland pitched a perfect game as the Athletics blanked the Minnesota Twins 4-0. It was the 11th perfect game hurled in major league history and the first in the American League regular season in 46 seasons. Hunter also had three hits and drove in three runs.
1984 - Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett had four singles in his first major league game as the Twins beat the California Angels 5-0.