Thursday, Aug. 20 Baseball Today
SCOREBOARD (AP) _ Los Angeles at Montreal (7:35 p.m. EDT). Fernando Valenzuela (9-11) faces Neal Heaton 12-4. Valenzuela has had a sub-.500 record only once in six major-league seasons. He was 12-17 in 1984. STREAKS
Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor extended his hitting streak to 34 games Wednesday with a three-run homer in his third at-bat against Cleveland. The streak is the longest in the majors since Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games for Cincinnati in 1978. It tied Dom DiMaggio for the longest streak in the American League, since DiMaggio hit in 34 straight for the Boston Red Sox in 1949. STATS
Cleveland’s Pat Tabler is 5-for-7 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded this year, and 29-for-53 with 67 RBI with the bases loaded in his career. ... Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry are the first New York Met teammates to hit 30 home runs in the same season. ... Pittsburgh’s Barry Bonds, who homered twice Tuesday night, hit his 20th home run against Cincinnati Wednesday. He joined Dave Parker, now with the Reds, as the only Pirate to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. SWINGS
Last season, San Francisco right-hander Mike Krukow was 4-0 against the New York Mets with a 2.30 ERA, allowing 18 hits in 31 1-3 innings. This year against the Mets, Krukow is 0-1, and in six innings has allowed 18 hits and 15 runs. STANDINGS
Detroit moved into first place by one half-game over Toronto Wednesday. It’s the first time the Tigers have been in first since the fourth game of the 1986 season, when they were tied for the lead. ... San Francisco took sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time since May 28 Wednesday with a 10-6 victory over New York in 10 innings. SLUMPS
Boston’s Wade Boggs has one hit in his last 15 at-bats, but still leads the AL with a .361 average. Boggs is 5-for-32 this season against Chicago (.156). SAVES
Tom Henke of Toronto has 28 saves this year, breaking his own club record of 27 set last year. Henke has 15 saves in his last 15 save opportunities. SLUGGERS
Mike Schmidt hit a three-run homer against San Diego Wednesday, tying him for ninth place on the all-time list with 521. Schmidt’s 26th homer of the season moved him into a tie with Willie McCovey and Ted Williams on the career list. He also tied Eddie Mathews for most home runs by a third baseman with 482. STATUS
Rick Aguilera, making his third start since being sent down by the New York Mets to rehabilitate an elbow injury, allowed two hits in seven innings against Syracuse in an International League game Wednesday night. He struck out four. SIDELINED
Los Angeles shortstop Mariano Duncan has suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and is lost for the season. Duncan was examined Wednesday by Dr. Frank Jobe and was diagnosed as having suffered a posterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee. Duncan suffered the injury in a game against San Francisco last Sunday at Candlestick Park. SCOUTING
Dana Williams scored three runs and drove in a run on a sixth-inning double to lead Pawtucket (Red Sox) to an 8-4 International League victory over Toledo (Tigers) Wednesday night. Rob Woodward won his 11th game for Pawtucket. STARS Wednesday
Paul Molitor, Brewers, went 4-for-6 and hit a three-run homer as Milwaukee beat Cleveland, 13-2. ... Charles Hudson, Yankees, pitched eight innings of five-hit relief as New York blanked Seattle, 8-0. SPEAKING
″I want him to autograph it for me, so I can put it (the bat) in my trophy room. Seriously, I know him (Howard Johnson) from my days with Detroit and I realize that he had the potential to do what he’s doing. However, when he hits the ball off the scoreboard 480 feet away, I’m not about to take any chances.″ - San Francisco Manager Roger Craig, who had the upmires confiscate Howard Johnson’s bat after the New York Mets’ third baseman hit his 30th homer. The Giants won the game 10-6 Wednesday in 10 innings to move into first place in the NL West. SEASONS
1945 - Tommy Brown, 17 years, 8 months, 14 days, of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest major league player to hit a home run when he connected in Ebbets Field against Preacher Roe of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1961 - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Braves 7-4 in the second game of a doubleheader to snap a 23-game losing streak, a modern record.
1974 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out 19 Tigers in a 1-0, 11-inning loss to Detroit. It was the third time this season that Ryan struck out 19 batters in a game.
1985 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 batters in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. Gooden became the first National League pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in each of his first two seasons.
1986 - Don Carman pitched a perfect game for eight innings and allowed only one hit through nine as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Juan Samuel’s 10th-inning home run. Carman was making just his eighth major-league start and lost the perfect game when Bob Brenly led off the ninth with a double.
Today’s Birthdays: Tom Brunansky 27, Mark Langston 27, Graig Nettles 43, Ed Wojna 27, Kal Daniels 24.