Baseball Today Friday, May 17
Undated (AP) _ Minnesota at Detroit (7:35 p.m. EDT). Scott Erickson (5-2) is scheduled to pitch for the Twins against Bill Gullickson (4-1). Erickson has a 1.45 ERA. STATS
The Seattle Mariners are six games above .500 for the first time since April 14, 1985, when they were 6-0. They have been seven games over only once in team history, when they were 45-38 on July 8, 1982. ... Edgar Martinez of the Mariners is 7-for-10 lifetime against Cleveland’s Greg Swindell. STREAKS
Rickey Henderson of Oakland has 24 straight steals against the Orioles since Rick Dempsey threw him out on June 13, 1986. ... The Orioles have gone nine straight series without winning one. They last won series on April 12-14 against Texas. SLUMPS
The Baltimore Orioles have lost eight of their last 11 games. Jim Clancy of Houston has lost his last nine decisions, dating to last June 9. SWINGS
After going 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in April, Jim Abbott of the California Angels has matched his career-high with three straight victories. After going 5-for-33 (.152) lifetime against Dennis Martinez for St. Louis, Willie McGee is 5-for-6 against him for San Francisco. SLUGGERS
Harold Baines of the Oakland Athletics is 11-for-16 with 11 RBIs against the Orioles this season and four of his five home runs have come against Baltimore. STRONG ARM
Yankees right fielder Jesse Barfield, upset with the way the game was going, threw a ball completely out of Yankee Stadium after a home run by Wally Joyner in Thursday night’s 7-0 loss to California. STARTERS
Doug Drabek, the 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner, stopped his three-game losing streak in Pittsburgh’s 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. SWEEPS
Pittsburgh’s three-game sweep of Houston was their first three-game sweep in the Astrodome since April 17-19, 1981. SWAPS
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who’ve been seeking a reserve outfielder for weeks, obtained switch-hitter Mitch Webster from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for minor league pitcher Mike York. STARS Thursday
Wally Joyner homered and drove in four runs to lead the California Angels past the New York Yankees 7-0. SIDELINED
- Darryl Strawberry of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who incurred a mild shoulder separation on Wednesday night, has a sore shoulder and may miss some of the weekend series against his former team, the New York Mets.
- Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees left Thursday night’s game against California with a bruised left knee, hurt while breaking up a double play. Luis Sojo of the Angels left with a strained right hamstring. STATUS
- Glenn Davis must undergo at least three more weeks of therapy before he can take batting practice, and it will be much longer before he returns to the Baltimore Orioles’ lineup. Davis stretched the spinal accessory nerve in his neck on March 12 and was disabled on April 26.
- Seattle recalled right-hander Dave Burba from Class AAA Calgary on Thursday to replace right-hander Scott Bankhead, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday night with a strained right shoulder. SCOUTING
Dave Cochrane and Chuck Jackson hit grand slams in a 12-run second inning Thursday night as Calgary (Mariners) routed Tacoma (Athletics) 22-7 in the Pacific Coast League. SPEAKING
″It was a culmination of me not doing the job offensively and them doing the job of kicking our butt. I was pretty frustrated. It wasn’t a smart thing to do, but I felt better after I did it.″ - Jesse Barfield of the New York Yankees after throwing a ball out of Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
″We’ve got a two-game winning streak, man. We’re rolling.″ - Giants manager Roger Craig after San Francisco won consecutively for the first time since April 21. SEASONS May 17
1903 - In a regulation game played at Columbus, Ohio, the Indians beat the New York Higlanders 9-2 behind Addie Joss. The game was played in Columbus because of Sunday restrictions in Cleveland. Clark Griffith took the loss and Elmer Flick had three hits.
1925 - Cleveland’s Tris Speaker got his 3,000th career hit off Tom Zachry in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators.
1963 - Don Nottebart pitched Houston’s first no-hitter as the Colt .45′s defeated the visiting Phildelphia Phillies 4-1.
1970 - Hank Aaron scratched out an infield single against Cincinnati’s Wayne Simpson for his 3,000th career hit and became the ninth man ever to accomplish this feat. The hit came in the nightcap of the Atlanta Braves’ doubleheader loss to the Reds at Cincinnati.
1979 - Dave Kingman of the Cubs hit three home runs and Mike Schmidt of the Phillies had two, as Phildelphia beat Chicago 23-22 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. The slugfest included 11 home runs and 50 hits.
Today’s Birthdays: Pascual Perez 34, Greg Mathews 29.