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Thursday, May 4 Baseball Today

May 3, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Milwaukee at Minnesota (8:05 p.m. EDT). Frank Viola, who recently signed a 3-year, $7.9 million contract, goes for his first victory of the season after four straight losses. Don August (1-4) pitches for the Brewers. STATS

Kansas City Royals pinch hitters are 6-for-15 this season. ... Chicago swept a series from Milwaukee for the first time since 1981. ... Reliever Greg Minton threw 14 pitches and 12 were balls in Tuesday’s game against Baltimore. ... Pete Incaviglia is 0-for-15 lifetime versus Cleveland’s Greg Swindell, including nine strikeouts. STREAKS

San Francisco’s Rick Reuschel has an 11-2 lifetime record and five-game winning streak against Chicago, the team he pitched for between 1970 and 1981. In his last four starts against the Cubs, Reuschel has allowed two runs. ... The New York Yankees have not won more than four consecutive games since a six-game winning streak from May 21 to May 27 last season. SLAM

Seattle’s Jeffrey Leonard hit his second grand slam of the season Tuesday. He has six in his career - three in the Kingdome. SAVES

Rich Gossage got his first save as a Giant as San Francisco beat Chicago 4-0 Tuesday night. Gossage, released by the Cubs during spring training, signed with the Giants just before the season began. It was his 303rd career save. STARS

Orel Hershiser pitched a six-hitter for his first shutout of the season as the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 7-0 Tuesday. SECRET SESSIONS

Atlanta manager Russ Nixon held a team meeting Tuesday night after the Braves dropped their eighth game in a row, a 7-1 decision to the New York Mets. ″I wasn’t ranting and raving,″ Nixon said. ″It was not a chewing out. I held the meeting not because of tonight’s loss. I held it because of eight losses.″ STATUS

-A scan on Kelly Downs’ right shoulder Tuesday revealed posterior capsulitis. Downs, who started and pitched to only three batters in San Francisco’s 4-3 loss to Chicago Monday, is listed as day-to-day

-Montreal right-hander Dennis Martinez, who missed a start last Sunday because of an inflamed middle finger on his pitching hand, was given medical clearance to pitch Thursday night against Houston.

-Oakland right fielder Jose Canseco will report to the Huntsville Stars of the Southern League Saturday for a rehabilitation assignment. Canseco will spend a minimum of five days at Huntsville. He is suffering from a stress fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand. SIDELINED

Cincinnati center fielder Eric Davis left Tuesday’s game against Montreal in the third inning when he strained his left hamstring while chasing Fitzgerald’s double. He will be re-examined in New York, where the Reds play the Mets Wednesday.

SCOUTING

Greg Briley. hit his first home run of the season Tuesday to cap a 10-2 victory as Calgary (Mariners) routed Colorado Springs (Indians) in a Pacific Coast League game. SPEAKING

″I’d be lying if I didn’t say maybe there was a twinge not to doubt myself. You’d have to be a plate of spaghetti not to doubt yourself.″ - Left- hander Bob Ojeda of the New York Mets after winning his first game of the season. SEASONS May 4

1910 - The Browns and Cardinals both played home games in St. Louis and President Taft, visiting there, saw fit not to offend either club. He saw parts of both games at Robinson Field and Sportsman’s Park.

1929 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees hit three consecutive home runs to lead the Yankees to an 11-9 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

1969 - The Houston Astros set a National League record by turning seven double plays against the San Francisco Giants. First baseman Curt Blefry participated in all seven.

1969 - Bob Oliver of the Kansas City Royals collected six hits - four singles, a double and home run - against the California Angels.

1975 - Bob Watson of the Houston Astros, sensing baseball history, raced around the bases on Milt May’s home run and crossed the plate at Candlestick Park in time to score major league baseball’s millionth run, seconds ahead of Dave Concepcion of Cincinnati.

1981 - Ron Davis of the New York Yankees struck out eight consecutive Angel batters in relief as the Yankees defeated California 4-2.

1987 - The Atlanta Braves beat the Expos 10-7 despite three home runs by Montreal’s Tim Wallach.

Today’s Birthdays: Ken Oberkfell 34.

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