Saturday, June 25 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Toronto (1:35 p.m. EDT). Doyle Alexander, 6-4, pitches against Dave Stieb, 10-3. Stieb has won nine consecutive decisions since April 26 and is 8-8 lifetime against the Tigers. Alexander is 4-1 against the Blue Jays, including a 4-3 victory that tied Detroit for first place with two games left last season. STREAKS
New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly extended his hitting streak to 16 games Friday night with a two-run homer in the first inning against Cleveland. ... Los Angeles’ Orel Hershiser won his fourth consecutive game Friday as Dodgers beat Cincinnati 5-3. STATS
Pittsburgh’s Bob Walk yielded his first home run in 118 innings when Montreal’s Hubie Brooks homered in the ninth Friday. ... Cleveland’s Julio Franco is 16-for-35 lifetime against New York’s Richard Dotson. ... Texas knuckleballer Charlie Hough has eight pickoffs this season. ... Paul Molitor got his 300th career stolen base Friday against California. SWINGS
San Diego’s Marvell Wynne has a career-high eight home runs in 155 at-bats. His previous high was seven in 1983 (366 at-bats) and 1986 (288 at-bats). SLUMPING SLUGGERS
Toronto’s George Bell hit his first home run at Exhibition Stadium this season Friday night. He hadn’t hit a homer in 44 games and 170 at-bats at home entering the game. SLUMPS
Houston’s Nolan Ryan (5-5) failed for the fifth time Friday to get his 100th victory. Ryan, who has 266 career victories, has not won a game since May 29. STARTERS
Cleveland’s Tom Candiotti, who had pitched into the seventh inning in 14 of his 15 starts, was knocked out in the first inning Friday against the Yankees. SAVES
Doug Jones celebrated his 31st birthday Friday night by setting a major- league record with a save in his 14th consecutive appearance and Cleveland rallied from a 4-1 first-inning deficit to defeat the Yankees 7-5. Jones broke the mark of 13 straight saves set by Philadelphia’s Steve Bedrosian last season. STATUS
- Cincinnati removed right-hander Pat Pacillo from the 21-day disabled list Friday and decided to keep him in Class AAA Nashville. Pacillo was demoted to Nashville June 4 and then put on the Reds’ DL four days later with a sore bicep.
- Jimmy Key of the Toronto Blue Jays allowed five hits in 6 1-3 innings Friday for the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. Key, making his fourth start since bone chips were removed from his elbow, allowed an unearned run, a walk and struck out three. He has allowed 15 hits in 21 1-3 innings and two unearned runs since beginning the 20-day rehabilitation assignment on June 10. SIDELINED
- Reliever Rich Gossage was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday by the Chicago Cubs after complaining of neck pain. Gossage, 36, is 1-1 with nine saves and a 3.57 ERA in 21 games.
- Keith Hernandez was returned to the 15-day disabled list Friday and Manager Davey Johnson said he expected the first baseman to be out at least six weeks. Hernandez, who suffered a pulled right hamstring June 6 and came off the disabled list Wednesday, reinjured the hamstring in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs Thursday when he singled to left and pulled up lame. SCOUTING
Jeff Fischer came within three outs of a perfect game and Brian Oelkers pitched six shutout innings Friday night as Indianapolis (Expos) swept Richmond (Braves) by identical 1-0 scores in a Triple A Alliance game Friday. In the nightcap, Terry Blocker lined a single to right on the first pitch of the seventh, to break up Fischer’s perfect game. Fischer, 6-4, wound up allowing two hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out seven. SPEAKING
″I really honestly didn’t know about the record until I got to 10. After that, they wouldn’t let me forget it. It’s the same old thing - throw strikes. It’s nothing spectacular.″ - Cleveland’s Doug Jones on his record of 14 saves in 14 straight appearances. SEASONS June 25
1924 - Relief pitcher Emil Yde of the Pittsburgh Pirates doubled in the ninth to tie the Chicago Cubs and then tripled in the 14th to win his own game.
1934 - New York hurler John Broaca tied a major-league record by striking out five consecutive times but pitched the Yankees to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig had better luck at the plate, hitting for the cycle.
1937 - Augie Galan of Chicago became one of the first switch hitters to homer left-handed and right-handed in the same game. The Cubs beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 11-2.
1950 - Chicago’s Hank Sauer hit two home runs and two doubles to pace the Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1961 - Baltimore and California used a major-league record 16 pitchers, eight by each team, as the Orioles edged the Angels 9-8 on Ron Hansen’s 14th- inning homer.
1968 - Bobby Bonds, in his first major-league game with the New York Giants, hit a grand slam off John Purdin.
Today’s Birthdays: Mike Stanley 25, Alejandro Pena 29.