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August 1, 1992

Undated (AP) _ California at Texas (8:35 p.m. EDT). Nolan Ryan (5-3), unbeaten in his last six starts, starts for the Rangers against Chuck Finley (3-9). The Angels are 7-0 this season in games Finley started but didn’t get a decision. STATS

Pat Borders matched his career high with five RBIs, hitting a homer, a three-run double and a run-scoring groundout Friday night as Toronto routed New York 13-2. STREAKS

Kent Merker’s scoreless streak ended at 25 2-3 innings, when he allowed a nint-inning run in Atlanta’s 4-3 loss to San Francisco on Friday night. SLUGGERS

Juan Gonzalez had his third two-homer game of the week on Friday night, hit two solo shots as the Texas Rangers lost to the California Angels 5-3. Gonzalez’s four multihomer games this year tied Buddy Bell’s club record, set in 1980. STAYING

Two-sport star Deion Sanders on Friday agreed to remain with the Atlanta Braves indefinitely, apparently turning his back on a $1 million reporting bonus offered by the Atlanta Falcons. SWINGS

The Minnesota Twins, who hit 70 homers in their first 88 games, have three in their last 15 games. STARTERS

Charlie Hough failed in his fifth attempt for career victory No. 200 as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night. STARTS

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, activated only a few hours before the game, pitched a six-hitter and struck out 10 in his major league debut Friday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis 3-2. STOPPERS

Jeff Reardon got three outs for his 22nd save in 27 chances in Boston’s 7-4 victory over Baltimore on Friday night in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. SHUTOUTS

Terry Mulholland threw a five-hitter for his second shutout and eighth complete game of the season, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Montreal Expos 2-0 on Friday night. SLUMPS

Toronto’s Dave Winfield singled Friday night against New York to end an 0- for-20 slide. STARS Friday

Tom Brunanksy of Boston homered in each game of Friday’s day-night doubleheader. Eight of his 10 homers and had 32 of his 50 RBIs came in July. SIDELINED

- The New York Yankees placed Danny Tartabull on the 15-day disabled list Friday night because of muscle spasms in the outfielder’s back. Tartabull, disabled retroactive to Monday, already had missed 24 games this season. He sprained a wrist during spring training and then strained a hamstring in April.

- Seattle’s Kevin Mitchell was scratched from the starting lineup Friday night, complaining of a strained muscle in his left side. STATUS

Montreal Expos center fielder Marquis Grissom, the leading base stealer in the majors, got good news Friday when he found he he probably will miss only two starts because of a hairline fracture in his left hand. Grissom was hit by a pitch from Philadelphia’s Cliff Brantley in the sixth inning Thursday night. SO LONG

Catcher Rick Dempsey was placed on unconditional release waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and will resume his duties as an instructor in the organization. SCOUTING

Billy Masse homered twice Friday night to lead Columbus (Yankeeas) to a 6-2 victory over Scranton-Wilkes-Barre (Phillies) in the International League. SPEAKING

″We’re in a pennant race, and there’s no reason to leave right now - that’s just not fair.″ Deion Sanders of the Atlanta Braves on why he decided to stay with baseball for now instead of reporting to the Atlanta Falcons. SEASONS Aug. 1

1906 - Harry McIntire of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched 10 2-3 innings of no- hit ball before Claude Ritchey of Pittsburgh singled. McIntire weakened in the 13th and lost 1-0 to the Pirates on an unearned run and finished with a four-hitter.

1941 - New York Yankees pitcher Lefty Gomez walked 11 St. Louis batters in a 9-0 victory to set a major league record for walks in a shutout.

1970 - Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh hit three doubles and two home runs to power the Pirates to a 20-10 rout of the Braves in Atlanta.

1972 - Nate Colbert of the San Diego Padres drove in 13 runs in a doubleheader with five home runs and two singles. San Diego beat the Atlanta Braves in both games, 9-0 and 11-7.

1977 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit his 18th career grand slam, a total that still leads the National League.

1978 - Pete Rose went 0 for 4 against Atlanta pitchers Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber to end his 44-game hitting streak as the Braves routed the Cincinnati Reds 16-4.

1986 - Bert Blyleven threw a two-hitter and became the 10th major-league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts as he led the Minnesota Twins to a 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Today’s Birthday: Gregg Jefferies 25.

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