Monday, July 20 Baseball Today
The Associated Press
Jul. 20, 1987
Undated (AP) _ Cleveland at Kansas City (8:35 EDT). Bret Saberhagen, 15-3, the winningest pitcher in the major leagues, faces Phil Niekro, 6-9, who began his major-league career the year Saberhagen was born. STREAKS
Don Mattingly's record-tying streak of hitting home runs in eight consecutive games ended Sunday when the New York Yankees' first baseman went 2-for-4 against the Texas Rangers ... Rick Honeycutt of the Los Angeles Dodgers lost his ninth straight game Sunday, a 7-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Honeycutt, 2-10, last won May 12, 11 starts ago. ... Salt Lake of the Northwest League won its 22nd straight game, defeating Pocatello 9-4 Sunday. STATS
Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees has driven in 69 runs this season and 19 have scored Rickey Henderson. Mattingly has 73 hits in his last 176 at- bats, a .415 average. ... The Rangers' 20 runs against the New York Yankees Sunday were a record for the franchise, which began in Washington as an expansion team in 1961 and moved to Texas in 1972. SWINGS
Baltimore, which had lost 15 of 16 road games, swept a four-game series from Kansas City last weekend at Royals Stadium ... Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles was 28-for-109 in June with two home runs and four runs batted in. So far in July, he is 20-for-58 with seven homers and 17 RBI. STRANGE
Bobby Witt of the Texas Rangers, who is known for being a strikeout pitcher, struck out as a pinch hitter Sunday night in the Rangers' 20-3 victory over the New York Yankees. He was batting against Rick Cerone, a catcher who came on in relief in the eighth. Witt was the first Texas pitcher to bat since Ferguson Jenkins went 1-for-2 at Minnesota on Oct. 2, 1974, the final day of the season. STUMPERS
What is the most runs ever scored in game against the New York Yankees? SLUMPS
Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants ended an 0-for-22 slump Sunday with a first-inning RBI single in the San Francisco Giants' 4-3 11-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs. ... Mike Krukow, 1-6, of the Giants is winless in 13 starts since April 28, losing four with nine no-decisions. SAVES
Bill Caudill of the Oakland Athletics earned his first save since June 20 of last season when he threw 2-3 of an inning of hitless relief against the Boston Red Sox. STATUS
Steve Sax of the Dodgers sat out Los Angeles' 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday. He has a sore right shoulder and is day-to-day. SIDELINED
Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros strained a muscle in his right hip in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan, who had injured an ankle stepping in a hole at his ranch during the All-Star break, was starting with three extra days rest. The Astros said he is day-to-day. SPECTATORS The Oakland Atheltics and the Boston Red Sox set a Fenway Park record by drawing 138,294 fans for their four-game weekend series. The old Fenway record for a four-game series was 136,364, set from Aug. 16 to 19, 1970, against the Chicago White Sox. SCOUTING
Juan Eichelberger pitched four hitless innings to lead Richmond (Braves) to a 5-3 victory over Pawtucket (Red Sox). Daryl Motley's eighth-inning run- scoring single gave the Braves the lead. SPEAKING
''If I break the record, do we get two extra wins?'' - Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees, speaking to reporters Sunday afternoon before his record- tying streak of eight straight games with home runs ended in a 20-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. STUMPER SOLUTION
On July 29, 1928, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Yankees 24-6. SEASONS
1906 - Malcolm Eason of Brooklyn pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
1925 - Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance struck out 17 batters as the Dodgers tripped the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings.
1933 - Babe Herman hit three home runs, including a grand slam, to pace the Chicago Cubs in a 10-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.
1941 - Joe DiMaggio had three doubles and a homer in a 12-6 17-inning Yankee victory over the Tigers in Detroit.
1958 - Jim Bunning of the Detroit Tigers threw a no-hitter, beating the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.
1970 - Bill Singer of Dodgers pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies for a 5-0 victory in front of 12,454 at Los Angeles.
1973 - Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox started both games of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, but was knocked out of each game, and lost both.
1983 - Dan Ford, just off the disabled list, hit three solo home runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Mariners at Seattle.
Today's Birthdays: Mike Witt 27, Tony Oliva 47.