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May 21, 1992

Undated (AP) _ New York at San Francisco (10:35 p.m. EDT). Bill Swift (6-0), who missed his last start for the Giants because of elbow stiffness, faces Anthony Young (2-3). STATS

The bottom three spots in Oakland’s batting order are hitting a combined .303, best in the American League. STREAKS

Roger Clemens’ string of 19 scoreless innings ended Wednesday night when Seattle’s Pete O’Brien homered in the second inning. Clemens had not allowed a home run in 76 innings since Pete Incaviglia connected for Detroit last Oct. 1. SWINGS

The New York Yankees have played two straight extra-inning games after playing the first 37 games of the season without one. ... Baltimore leadoff batter Brady Anderson has hit five home runs this season, matching his combined total for the last two seasons. SLUGGERS Tim Wallach became Montreal’s career hit leader with 1,599 when he singled Wednesday night, passing Tim Raines on the Expos’ list. STARTERS

California’s Jim Abbott and New York’s Scott Kamieniecki were locked in a scoreless duel through six innings Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. They were road roommates while pitching at the University of Michigan and once combined on a no-hitter. STOPPERS

Jeff Reardon saved all three games in Boston’s sweep against Seattle this week. He has 337 saves, four behind Rollie Fingers’ career record. ... Mike Boddicker recorded his first major league save Wednesday night. He was demoted from the rotation to the bullpen by Kansas City earlier this season. SLAMS

Ellis Burks hit his sixth career grand slam Wednesday night for Boston. He hit five in his first three seasons, but had not done it again since Aug. 27, 1989. SLUMPS

Danny Jackson (0-6) lost again Wednesday night, and has not won in 18 starts since last June for the Cubs. ... Zane Smith is 0-7 in 10 games against San Francisco since June 9, 1987. SHOWS

Yankees manager Buck Showalter and coach Frank Howard will appear on ″Late Night with David Letterman″ on Friday following Johnny Carson’s farewell episode. SIDELINED

The Kansas City Royals put Keith Miller on the 15-day disabled list because of back spasms. STATUS

Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hatcher, who was eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, may be activated Friday. He was sidelined by a groin injury. STARS Wednesday

Hipolito Pichardo, White Sox, pitched five shutout innings and won his first major league start in Kansas City’s 7-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out two. SCOUTING

Milwaukee catcher David Nilsson joined Joe Quinn (Washington, 1901) and Craig Shipley, currently with San Diego, as the only Australians to play in the major leagues. There are 12 Australians in the minor leagues, with Graeme Lloyd (Blue Jays) and Mark Hutton (Yankees) considered the best prospects. SPEAKING

″When you’re in a frustrated state of mind every little thing sets you off. You let these little things build into a big thing. Nothing works. So, I sat back and said, ‘This is stupid.’ It was like I had marbles rolling around in my head. I tilted my head and a couple rolled out. It’s a lot easier to find your location when your head is clear, you’re relaxed, feel better mentally, make things simple.″ - Phillies pitcher Terry Mulholland, a winner of four straight after losing his first three decisions. SEASONS May 22

1963 - Mickey Mantle hit a pitch from Kansas City’s Bill Fischer off the right-field facade at Yankee Stadium in an 8-7 victory.

1968 - Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three home runs, a double, and a single in a 13-6 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Stargell’s double just missed going out, as it bounced off the railing of the left-field bleachers.

1976 - Reggie Smith of the Cardinals hit three home runs - two right-handed and one left-handed - and drove in five runs in a 7-6 St. Louis victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Smith’s third homer came with two outs in the ninth and broke a 6-6 tie.

1977 - Boston and Milwaukee combined for 11 home runs, tying major-league record, in a 14-10 Boston victory at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had six of tghe homers.

1983 - Cliff Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays hit his 18th career pinch homer off Tippy Martinez of the Baltimore Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. The homer tied Johnson with Jerry Lynch on the all-time pinch home run list.

Today’s Birthday: Tommy John 49.

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