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American League Notes Thursday, Aug. 24

August 25, 1989

Undated (AP) _ The Orioles’ sent third baseman Craig Worthington back to Baltimore to undergo tests for a sore left shoulder. He will be examined Friday by team physician Dr. Charles Silberstein. Worthington, second on the club with 63 RBIs, hurt the shoulder diving for Paul Molitor’s grounder Tuesday. He missed Wednesday night’s game. Worthington has struck out in 11 of his last 12 games for a total of 15 strikeouts, but still leads the club with a .333 batting average with men in scoring position. ... The Orioles led the AL East by two games or less for 18 of the first 23 days of August. Boston

Boston recalled Eric Hetzel from Pawtucket of the International League, where he had been rehabilitating a sore elbow. He will pitch Friday against Detroit. California

Bert Blyleven’s 10 consecutive wins matched his career high. He co-holds the Minnesota Twins’ team record with 10. Blyleven has not lost since May 20. ... Blyleven is 30-21 lifetime against Kansas City with seven shutouts. ... The Angels avoided their first-ever four-game sweep in Kansas City with a victory Thursday. The only two four-game sweeps in the two clubs’ 21 year history were by the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, the last in 1977. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox lead the majors in turning double plays with 148. ... Shortstop Ozzie Guillen left Thursday’s game with Minnesota after splitting a fingernail in the third inning while catching an ″around the horn″ throw after a strikeout. ... Carlton Fisk has a 13-game hitting streak. Cleveland

Jerry Browne, one of three players acquired in the off-season trade for second baseman Julio Franco with Texas, is second among major league second basemen with a .315 batting average. Franco is second in the AL with 85 RBIs. ... The Indians, next-to-last in runs, entered Thursday hitting .230 as a team with men in scoring position. Browne was hitting .326, the rest of the team was hitting .221. Detroit

The Tigers have lost 80 games in a season for the first time under manager Sparky Anderson. ... The Tigers entered Thursday trailing Baltimore by 20 1/2 games, the farthest back they’ve been this season. Kansas City

Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak is the longest in the American League this season. The Royals had a .297 team batting average and scored 50 runs during the streak. ... George Brett had the 175th three-hit game of his career Wednesday night. Milwaukee

The Brewers have been out-homered 103-94. Three players, Rob Deer (25), Robin Yount (14) and Glenn Braggs (13) have accounted for 52 of the 94 homers. Minnesota

Allan Anderson will miss a turn this weekend to give his ailing upper back and his finger blister a few extra days to heal. ... Rick Aguilera is winless in five starts since being acquired from the New York Mets in the Frank Viola dea. Viola is 1-3 with the Mets. ... Greg Gagne extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single Thursday. New York Yankees

The Yankees are 24-24 against left-handers, 34-47 against right-handers ... Don Mattingly began Thursday hitting .333 with 13 homers at home and .263 with 2 homers on the road. Oakland

Mark McGwire has 15 career hits at Arlington Stadium, eight of them home runs. Four of the homers have come this year. ... Storm Davis’ loss to Texas Thursday was only his third in 15 career decisions against the Rangers. ... Carney Lansford had his 19-game hitting streak snapped by Texas. Seattle

Mariner pinch-hitters entered Thursday hitting .313 (26-83). Henry Cotto has six hits in 14 pinch-hit at-bats. Greg Briley is batting .328 (57-174) on the road and has hit eight of his 11 home runs away from the Kingdome. Texas

Designated hitter Harold Baines left Thursday’s game against Oakland in the fourth after aggravating a hamstring injury. Toronto

Tony Fernandez has made only five errors this season and leads AL shortstops in fielding percentage. ... Mauro Gozzo and Mookie Wilson have been keys in the Blue Jays’ surge. Gozzo is 4-0 in four appearances while Wilson is hitting .295 and has sparked several of his new teammates with his hustle.

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