Thursday, June 9 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Cleveland (7:35 p.m. EDT). Doyle Alexander (5-4) opposes Tom Candiotti (6-4). Candiotti, a knuckleballer, has allowed only four homers in 93 2-3 innings. STATS
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-3 at home and 20-6 overall against the Chicago Cubs the last two seasons. ... Atlanta’s Bruce Sutter has not allowed a run in last seven games (five hits, one walk, seven strikeouts, and six saves.). STREAKS
Roger Clemens improved his road record to 7-0 as Boston beat New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday night. Clemens has won 10 straight road games since last Sept. 20. ... Oakland’s Dave Stewart has lost his last five decisions to Kansas City. ... Fernando Valenzuela ended a personal five-game winless streak with a six-hitter and John Shelby drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to 23 games as Los Angeles beat Houston 11-1 Wednesday. SWINGS
Kansas City’s George Brett has 48 runs batted in. He did not get his 48th RBI last year until August 17. SLUMPS
Toronto’s Jesse Barfield is 5-for-34 since coming off the disabled list May 31, and all his hits have been singles. SAVES
Cleveland’s Doug Jones has 10 saves in his last 10 appearances. SWAPS
-San Francisco traded veteran outfielder Jeffrey Leonard to Milwaukee Wednesday in exchange for infielder Ernest Riles. Leonard, a member of the Giants since 1981, was the MVP of the NL playoffs last fall. He was hitting .256 in 44 games this season with two homers and 20 RBI. Riles, who plays third base and second base, was batting .252 in 41 games with one homer and nine RBI. He was in his third major-league season with Milwaukee.
-Cincinnati traded left-handed starter Dennis Rasmussen to San Diego just hours before he was supposed to start Wednesday against the Padres. The Reds acquired right-handed reliever Candy Sierra, who will go into the Cincinnati bullpen. SIX HAVE A SAY
Bob Quinn was named vice president and general manager and said a group of six people would make the club’s baseball decisions - Lou Piniella, Gene Michael, Stan Williams, Clyde King, Eddie Lopat and Quinn. Piniella, who quit as GM on May 29, will remain with the club as a vice president. STATUS
New York Yankees left fielder Rickey Henderson left Wednesday night’s game against Boston in the fourth inning after spraining his right ankle. The Yankees said that X-rays were taken and were negative. SCOUTING
Scott Nielsen pitched a no-hitter and faced the minimum number of batters as Columbus (Yankees) defeated Maine (Phillies) 3-0 Wednesday night in the International League. It was the first nine-inning, no-hitter for a Columbus team in the IL. Nielsen, a 29-year-old right-hander from Salt Lake City, faced 27 batters, walking one and striking out five. John Russell walked in the second inning and reached based in the fifth on an error by shortstop Randy Velarde. SPEAKING
″It’s not too much of a surprise. I’m in the last year of a contract and all that stuff. It all comes down to the younger players. Mike Aldrete and Candy Maldonado have to play every day. Hopefully, I’ll get to play every day in Milwaukee - wherever that is.″ - Jeffery Leonard after he was traded Wednesday by San Francisco to Milwaukee. SEASONS June 9
1901 - The New York Giants set a major league record with a 31-hit attack against Cincinnati as they beat the Reds, 25-13. Al Selbach of the Giants went 6-for-7 with two doubles and four singles and scored four runs.
1914 - Honus Wagner became the first player in modern baseball to get 3,000 hits.
1946 - Mel Ott of the New York Giants became the first manager to be ejected in both ends of a doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates won both games 2-1 and 5-1.
1963 - Ernie Banks hit three homers for the Chicago Cubs, but they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 11-8.
1963 - Playing the first Sunday night game in major league history, the Houston Colt 45s handed the Giants their seventh straight loss, 3-0. Turk Farrell and Skinny Brown pitched the shutout before 17,437 fans. Permission was granted because of the excessive heat in Houston during the day. This was before the Astrodome was built.
1966 - Rich Rollins, Zolio Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Minchor, and Harmon Killebrew all homered in the in seventh inning for the Minnesota Twins’ in a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Athletics.
1970 - Willie Horton of the Detroit Tigers hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
1986 - Chicago’s Tom Seaver (306) and California’s Don Sutton (298) had the highest composite win total to face each other since Aug. 26, 1926 when Walter Johnson (406) faced Red Faber (197). Sutton beat the White Sox 3-0.
Today’s Birthdays: Dave Parker 37.