The Associated Press
Jun. 28, 1997
Toronto at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EDT). Baltimore's Jimmy Key (11-3) attempts to keep pace with Toronto's Roger Clemens (12-2) for the AL victory lead.
_ Albert Belle, White Sox, had a career-high five hits _ including his 18th homer _ as Chicago beat Minnesota 10-6 to push its season-high winning streak to seven games.
_ Greg Maddux, Braves, pitched a six-hitter _ throwing just 18 balls in 89 pitches _ in Atlanta's 7-1 victory over Philadelphia. Maddux (10-3), who struck out eight, has not allowed a walk in 27 innings.
_ Alex Rodriguez, Mariners, hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat following two weeks on the disabled list, leading Seattle over Anaheim 8-1. The defending AL batting champion bruised his chest June 11.
_ Jay Bell, Royals, hit his fourth career grand slam and added an RBI single in Kansas City's 16-3 victory over Milwaukee.
_ Joey Hamilton, Padres, won for the first time in five starts, hit his third career homer and squeezed home another run as San Diego beat Los Angeles 7-5.
_ Willie Greene, Reds, hit his third career grand slam, rallying Cincinnati to a 5-3 victory over St. Louis.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa agreed to a $42.5 million, four-year contract extension Friday. ... Milwaukee third baseman Jeff Cirillo agreed to a $12.65 million, four-year extension through 2001.
The New York Yankees became the first AL team to beat an opponent 1,000 times, edging Cleveland 3-2 on Friday night. New York is 1,000-804 against Cleveland. ... Larry Walker was 1-for-4 in Colorado's 6-3 loss to San Francisco, dropping his major league-leading average to .406.
Cleveland's Sandy Alomar extended his hitting streak to 24 games Friday night, going 2-for-4 in the Indians' 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees. ... Tony Womack had his 29th and 30th consecutive steals in Pittsburgh's 6-1 victory over the New York Mets. He is second in franchise history to Max Carey's 31 in a row in 1922.
Los Angeles is a season-high seven games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West. The Dodgers, also seven games back on June 19, have never overcame a deficit of more than 6 1/2 games to finish first since moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958.
Philadelphia has lost 12 of 13 to drop its major league-worst record to 23-53. ... Milwaukee is 10-27 on the road. ... AL-leading Baltimore has lost five of nine, four by shutout. ... Texas has lost nine of 10.
Dustin Hermanson, Marc Valdes, Dave Veres and Ugueth Urbina combined for Montreal's club-record seventh shutout of the month, limiting Florida to six hits in the Expos' 2-0 victory Friday night.
Chicago White Sox slugger Albert Belle, interviewed during a federal investigation of illegal bookmaking, money laundering and tax fraud, has been granted immunity, a high-ranking baseball official said Friday. CNN-SI said the investigation involves illegal bookmakers in Cleveland and Buffalo.
The commissioner's office started an investigation of domestic abuse allegations against Boston outfielder Wilfredo Cordero, while efforts intensified Friday toward a possible trade.
Baltimore acquired outfielder Geronimo Berroa from Oakland on Friday for pitcher Jimmy Haynes and a player to be named. Berroa, 32, hit .310 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 73 games with the A's this season.
Luis Rosa, a former scout for the San Francisco Giants, denied allegations Friday by eight young baseball players that he sexually abused them. Rosa resigned from the Giants on June 13.
The New York Mets have demoted left-hander Bill Pulsipher, once one of their top prospects, from Triple-A Norfolk to Class A Port St. Lucie. He missed last season after reconstructive elbow surgery.
Pittsburgh third baseman Joe Randa will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after breaking his left little finger Friday night in the Pirates' 6-1 victory over the New York Mets.
``I asked Deion if it hit anything and he said no, just my head. `He said, `I saw (fans') hands go up and then the railing, and then I blacked out. I felt like I was returning a punt.' '' _ Cincinnati manager Ray Knight after Deion Sanders let Ron Gant's foul fly clunk off his head in the sixth inning of the Reds' 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday night.
1907 _ New York Yankees catcher Branch Rickey watched 13 Washington players steal safely in Washington's 16-5 victory.
1910 _ Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs became the first major leaguer to steal home twice in the same game.
1919 _ Carl Mays of Boston pitched two complete games against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox won the first game 2-0, and dropped the second 4-1.
1970 _ Pittsburgh swept the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and 4-1 as the Pirates played their last games at Forbes Field.
1984 _ Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox completed the cycle with a three-run 11th-inning homer to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6.
1986 _ Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians and Don Sutton of the California Angels became the first 300-game winners to start against each other in this century. Neither Niekro or Sutton got a decision as the Angels scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 9-3.
1987 _ Mark McGwire homered twice to tie a major-league record with five homers over two games, and Steve Ontiveros pitched a two-hitter as the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 10-0.
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