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Baseball Today Tuesday, Aug. 6

August 5, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Toronto (7:335 p.m. EDT). The second-place Tigers try to catch the American League East-leading Blue Jays as ex-Toronto pitcher John Cerutti (1-3) starts against Jimmy Key (11-6). STATS

Houston made its second triple play of the season Sunday against Los Angeles. The NL record for triple plays in a season is three, shared by the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1965 Chicago Cubs. ... Darryl Strawberry has hit five of his 15 homers this season at the Astrodome. ... Minnesota’s Scott Erickson is 10-2 with a 1.96 ERA on the road. STREAKS

Pittsburgh beat St. Louis 2-1 Sunday to snap an eight-game losing streak, their longest since 1985. ... Montreal, 3-2 losers in 10 innings to Philadelphia on Sunday, has lost 16 consecutive home games against Eastern Division foes. SIZZLIN’

R.J. Reynolds (Yokohama Taiyo Whales) hit safely in his first two at-bats Sunday and set a Japanese professional record of 11 consecutive hits. The streak ended when he grounded out in his third at-bat. SWINGS

Jose Oquendo is 18-for-34 (.529) in his last 11 games, raising his average .263 after it was at .230 at the All-Star break. SLUGGERS

Frank Thomas drove in all of Chicago’s run during a three-game weekend series against Baltimore. The White Sox were shut out Friday night and Thomas homered in a 6-3 loss Saturday night. He homered and doubled in Sunday’s 1-0 victory. STARTERS

In his last three starts, Dave Stewart has pitched 17 innings and given up 17 earned runs on 22 hits and 12 walks. He is 8-6 after four straight 20-win seasons. STOPPERS

Toronto’s Tom Henke pitched the ninth inning Sunday against Boston for his 23rd save. He has not blown a save chance since the final game of the 1990 season, and being perfect in 23 save opportunities tied the major league record set by John Franco in 1988. SHUTOUTS

Bret Saberhagen pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout since 1989 and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Sunday. Saberhagen (8-5) lowered his ERA to 3.38, struck out a season high nine and walked none in his fourth complete game. He’s 2-2 in five starts since spending a month on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. STANDINGS

The California Angels, who led the American League West on July 3, fell into last place, 10 games behind Minnesota, after losing to Seattle on Sunday. SLUMPS

Texas reliever Jeff Russell has blown six of his last 14 save chances. SWEEPS

Houston’s consecutive series sweeps over St. Louis and Los Angeles represents the first time the Astros have swept back-to-back home series since Aug. 14-20, 1987. SO LONG

The New York Mets waived veteran second baseman Tommy Herr on Sunday. Herr had seen little playing time lately and was hitting only .194 with one homer and 14 RBIs. He was acquired last Aug. 30 from Philadelphia for two minor leaguers. STATUS

Kurt Stillwell bruised his heel while running out a ground ball Sunday. Kansas City manager Hal McRae said the injury is similar to the one that has sidelined Danny Tartabull for five of the last six games. ... Wade Boggs did not play for Boston because of back trouble. STARS Sunday

Ron Gant went 4-for-4, including a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, as Atlanta beat San Diego 9-7. SCOUTING

Fernando Valenzuela got tagged for six runs, four earned, on six hits in four-plus innings as Portland beat Edmonton 7-3 Sunday. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out three. Valenzuela is pitching for California’s Triple-A team, hoping for another chance with the Angels. SPEAKING

″Getting beat three in a row by the last-place team is bad. Maybe we will turn it up because we don’t deserve to win the way we’ve been playing.″ - Los Angeles center fielder Brett Butler on the Dodgers being swept at the Astrodome. SEASONS Aug. 6

1908 - John Lush threw a six-inning no-hitter as St. Louis beat Brooklyn 2-0. It was Lush’s second no-hitter against the Dodgers.

1952 - Satchel Paige, at age 47, became the oldest pitcher in major league history to pitch a complete game when he beat Virgil Trucks and the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in 12 innings.

1972 - Hank Aaron hit his 660th and 661st career home runs to break Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs with one club. The 661st came in the 10th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 triumph over the Cinicnnati Reds.

1981 - As a result of a seven-week strike, major league baseball players approved a split-season format. The New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were declared the first-half champions and qualified for the divisional series.

1985 - The Major League Baseball Players’ Association went on strike.

1986 - The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-11 in a record- setting battle of grand slams. Texas’ Toby Harrah hit a grand slam in the second inning before Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer connected for grand slams in Baltimore’s nine-run fourth.

1988 - Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. Canseco, with 31 homers, stole second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as the A’s edged the Seattle Mariners 5-4.

1988 - Rich Gossage registered his 300th career save as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4.

Today’s Birthdays: Ken Phelps 37.

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