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April 24, 1993

Undated (AP) _ Atlanta at St. Louis (8:05 p.m. EDT). Pete Smith is scheduled to pitch for the Braves against Bob Tewksbury (0-2). Tewksbury was 16-5 last season, walking 20 in 217 innings. He has walked none in 11 2-3 innings this season. STATS

The Boston Red Sox have only one run and seven hits in their last three games. Randy Johnson pitched a four-hitter against them Wednesday night, Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter Thursday night and Mark Langston beat them 4-1 with a three-hitter Friday night. The Red Sox, who scored with two outs in the ninth against Langston, have not been shut out in three straight games since April 27-29, 1981. STREAKS

The Chicago White Sox have not hit a home run since April 16, a span of 226 at-bats. SWINGS

Rey Sanchez of the Chicago Cubs sacrificed in the first inning Friday, his sixth of the season. It’s the most for a Cubs position player since Doug Dascenzo had six all season in 1991. SLUGGERS

Bobby Bonilla has four home runs at Shea Stadium this season. He had only five last year. ... Dave Winfield has 1,015 extra-base hits, tying him for 16th place on the career list with Mike Schmidt. SLUMPS

Pat Listach, last year’s rookie of the year, got a spot on the bench Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers opened a three-game series with the Texas Rangers. Listach was hitting only .194 and had not stolen a base in nine games this season, so manager Phil Garner went with Dickie Thon at short. STARTERS

Milwaukee’s Cal Eldred is 11-0 lifetime in night games. STOPPERS

Orioles relief ace Gregg Olson has allowed 16 baserunners in 9 2-3 innings. STARS Friday

- Sammy Sosa hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4. Sosa entered the game in an 0-for-11 slump. - Bobby Bonilla became only the third Mets player to hit home runs from both sides of the plate (Lee Mazzilli and Howard Johnson) as New York beat San Diego 6-1. He drove in five runs.

- Cal Eldred pitched one-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 10, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Texas Rangers 3-0. SIDELINED

New York Mets plan to place reliever John Franco on the 15-day disabled list because of a tender left elbow. Franco tried long-tossing the last fews days, but said he experienced soreness. Franco underwent surgery last Sept. 29 on his left elbow to repair a torn flexor muscle. He was bothered by a sore elbow much of the 1992 season, finishing with 15 saves. STATUS

Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg (broken left hand) took special batting practice on Thursday and again before Friday’s game. ... Oakland first baseman Mark McGwire, who has missed five straight games with a stiff lower back, was scheduled to play Friday night at home against Cleveland. The game, however, was rained out. SCOUTING

Scott Spiezio of Illinois, the son of former major-leaguer Ed Spiezio, hit the 41st and 42nd home runs of his college career Thursday against Eastern Illinois to break the school record. Spiezio went 5-for-5 and had seven RBIs. He has nine consecutive hits and 12 RBIs in his last two games. SIGNINGS

The Chicago White Sox signed catcher Mike LaValliere to a minor-league contract Friday after the Pittsburgh Pirates released him earlier this month. The White Sox have been going with Ron Karkovice, and they also have 45-year- old Carlton Fisk. SPEAKING

″We didn’t look it as going out to play another expansion team. They wanted to beat us, too, to get the ‘W’ - not because we’re an expansion team. A win is a win.″ - Colorado manager Don Baylor after Friday’s 5-4 victory over Florida. SEASONS April 24

1901 - The American League, in its first year in the majors, played its first game with Chicago defeating Cleveland 8-2. Three other games were scheduled but were rained out. The game lasted 1 hour, 30 minutes in front of a reported crowd of about 14,000 at the Chicago Cricket Club.

1917 - George Mogridge of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter over the Red Sox in Boston, winning 2-1.

1958 - Lee Walls hit three homers and drove in eight runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at the Coliseum. Pitcher Gene Fodge picked up his major-league victory.

1962 - Sandy Koufax set a major-league record that stood for seven seasons when he struck out 18 Chicago Cubs and pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory at Wrigley Field.

Today’s Birthday: Omar Vizquel 26; Mike Blowers 28; Bill Krueger 35.

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