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Baseball Today Wednesday, May 29

May 28, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Houston at Los Angeles (10:35 p.m. EDT). Orel Hershiser (0-0), sidelined since last May after undergoing reconstructive shoulder surgery, makes his return for the Dodgers against Mike Harnisch (2-3) of the Astros. STATS

The New York Mets are 12-3 this season in series openers. ... Mets infielder Howard Johnson has 14 errors. The St. Louis Cardinals as a team have 21. ... George Brett tied Lou Gehrig for 38th place on the all-time hit list with 2,721 on Monday. ... The Cincinnati Reds beat the Ginats 3-2 Monday to match their Candlestick Park victory total of all of last season, when they were 1-8 in San Francisco. STREAKS

Boston’s Ellis Burks went 0-for-5 Monday, snapping a 15-game hitting streak. ... Jim Essian lost for the first time in six games as the Chicago manager on Monday as the New York Mets beat the Cubs 3-1. ... The Texas Rangers have won 14 straight games and Nolan Ryan hasn’t won any of them. SLUMPS

St. Louis infielder Jose Oquendo is hitless in his last 27 at-bats. ... Los Angeles outfielder Jose Gonzalez is 0-for-20 this season, the longest drought of any major leaguer on an opening day roster. STARTERS

Doug Drabek pitched his second career one-hitter Monday as Pittsburgh beat St. Louis 8-0. The right-hander’s first one-hitter came last season in Philadelphia when he lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on Sil Campusano’s single. Drabek (3-7) also was 3-for-4 in the game. STOPPERS

St. Louis’ Cris Carpenter (6-1) is the first reliever in modern history to win six games before June 1. SHAPING UP

The Atlanta Braves are 13-9 in May, one victory short of assuring themselves of their first .500 month since May 1987. SWINGS

The St. Louis Cardinals, who had 23 hits Sunday at New York, were held to one hit by Doug Drabek in their 8-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. SKIPPERS

Only Frank Robinson, with 15 straight losses, and Paul Richards, with six, have gotten off to worse starts as an Oriole manager than Johnny Oates, who’s lost five in a row. STARS Monday

Mel Hall’s second homer of the game, a three-run shot off Boston relief ace Jeff Reardon in the ninth inning, gave New York a 6-5 victory over the Red Sox on Monday to extend the Yankees’ winning streak to five games. STATUS

New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly came out of Monday’s game after five innings with a dislocated right little finger. X-rays of the finger were negative and he’s day-to-day. SIDELINED

Texas right-hander Bobby Witt aggravated an already ailing shoulder in Sunday’s 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He said he has considerable pain in the front and back of his right shoulder. SCOUTING

D.J. Dozier’s two-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Williamsport Bills an 8-6 Eastern League victory Monday night over the Hagerstown Suns. SPEAKING

″I guess the ’27 Yankees did what these guys are doing right now.″ - Minnesota manager Tom Kelly on the Texas Rangers, winners of 14 straight. SEASONS May 29

1916 - Christy Mathewson defeated the Boston Braves 3-0 for the New York Giants’ 17th consecutive victory, all on the road.

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was primarily a sport and not a business and therefore was not subject to anti-trust laws and interstate commerce regulations.

1965 - Philadelphia’s Richie Allen hit a 529-foot home run over the roof at Connie Mack Stadium off Chicago’s Larry Jackson as the Phillies won 4-2.

1990 - Oakland’s Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb’s 62-year-old American League stolen base record but it didn’t play any part in the scoring as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Athletics 2-1. Henderson’s record-setting 893rd steal came in the sixth.

Today’s Birthdays: Eric Davis 29; Charlie Hayes 26.

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