Undated (AP) _ Philadelphia at New York (7:35 p.m. EDT). In a matchup of two of the National League’s top pitchers this season, Ken Howell (8-3) starts for the Phillies against Frank Viola (9-3). Viola pitched eight shutout innings as New York beat Philadelphia 4-0 on June 1. STREAKS
Houtson has lost a club record 12 straight road games. ... Dave Magadan of the New York Mets has hit in 10 straight games, going 21-for-40. STATS
The St. Louis Cardinals have blown 10 save opportunities this season. ... Baltimore was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Thursday’s 4-3 10-inning loss to Cleveland, including 0-for-7 with a runner at third base. The Orioles are hitless the last six times they had the bases loaded. SWINGS
Mel Hall of the New York Yankees was 0-for-12 lieftime at Toronto’s KingDome before hitting a double and home run in consecutive at-bats on Thursday. ... Atlanta’s Tommy Gregg is 7-for-23 as a pinch-hitter, but 0-for- 37 as a starter this season. SLUGGERS
San Francisco has outscored its opponents 131-56 in June. SLUMPS
Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs is 0-7 in his last nine starts. STEALS
Since 1988, St. Louis left fielder Vince Coleman has 106 steals in 122 attempts (87 percent). STARTERS
Cleveland’s Greg Swindell, winless in 10 consecutive starts, has allowed 15 homers in 14 games. ... Minnesota starters are 1-12 in June. STOPPERS
Despite 12 saves in 13 opportunities, New York Mets reliever John Franco has allowed six of 12 inherited runners to score. STARS
-Kevin Seitzer went 5-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs as Kansas City routed Minnesota 14-4 Thursday.
-George Bell and John Olerud each hit two home runs Thursday but the Blue Jays lost 7-6 to the New York Yankees. SIDELINED
Cleveland placed Keith Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to Monday, because of a strained left calf muscle. Hernandez hurt his leg while running the bases Sunday. It happened in his first appearance since he injured a different muscle in the same leg May 26 at Oakland. SCOUTING
Arizona State outfielder Mike Kelly was named Thursday as the recipient of the R.E. ″Bob″ Smith college baseball player of the year award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Kelly, a sophomore, hit .376 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. SPEAKING
″I don’t think there have been too many weeks in the history of baseball where any manager has suffered like that.″ - Whitey Herzog on the Cardinals blowing three ninth-inning leads last week. SEASONS June 22
1925 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting grand slam homers and Max Carey getting two hits in both the first and eighth innings.
1930 - Lou Gehrig hit three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 20-13 pounding of the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader. Babe Ruth, who had three homers the previous day, hit two homers in the opener to lead the Yankees in a 10-1 rout. Ruth tied a major league record for five homers in two games and six homers in three games when he added another homer in the second game.
1944 - Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves threw a five-inning, no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies for 7-0 triumph.
1947 - Ewell Blackwell almost duplicated Johnny Vander Meer’s double no-hit record by following his June 18 no-hitter over Boston with 8 1-3 hitless innings against the Dodgers before his bid was broken.
1962 - Baltimore’s Boog Powell became the first batter to hit a home run over the center-field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The 469-foot clout came off Don Schwall of the Boston Red Sox.
1982 - Pete Rose doubled off St. Louis’s John Stuper in the third inning to move into second place on the all-time hit list. Rose moved ahead of Hank Aaron with No. 3,772, but the Cardinals beat the Phillies 3-2.
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