Monday, July 31 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ California at Seattle (10:05 p.m. EDT). Mike Witt (7-8) pitches for the Angels against Scott Bankhead (10-4). STATS
Since being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 18, Roger McDowell has allowed no runs in 21 2-3 innings spanning 17 games with eight saves. STREAKS
Detroit’s Jack Morris made his 348th consecutive start Saturday. The last time he appeared in relief was Sept. 3, 1978. The major-league mark for consecutive starts is held by Steve Carlton with 544. ... Montreal’s Dennis Martinez (12-1) won his 10th straight game Saturday, extending his club record. ... Tim Raines has stolen 20 or more bases for nine straight seasons. SWINGS
The Baltimore Orioles are the seventh major league team since 1900 to match their win total of the prior season by Aug. 1. SLUGGERS
The Houston Astros hit four home runs in their 8-1 victory over San Francisco on Saturday. The last time Houston hit four homers in a game was Sept. 10, 1987 at San Diego. Their last four-homer game in the Astrodome was June 26, 1976. SLUMPS
Toronto’s Jimmy Key (7-12) lost his career-high sixth straight decision Saturday, 7-2 to New York, and has dropped 10 of his last 11. STARTS
Eric Anthony’s first major-league hit in his fifth at-bat was a home run for Houston on Saturday. STARTERS
Houston’s Mark Portugal pitched his first complete game Saturday since Sept. 21, 1986, when he was with Minnesota. STOPPERS
Mitch Williams already owns the Chicago Cubs’ record for saves by a left- hander with 26. He also reached the number in 101 games, earlier than any Cub in history and now has saves against every club in the National League except Cincinnati. The club record for saves is 37, set by Bruce Sutter in 1979. Sutter reached No. 26 in 1979 in game No. 105. STEALS
Oakland’s Rickey Henderson tied a club record with five stolen bases in Saturday’s 14-6 loss to Seattle. Bert Campaneris also had five steals for Oakland on May 24, 1976. The record for steals in a game is seven by George Gore (1881) and Billy Hamilton (1894). The modern record is six by Eddie Collins in 1912. SLOPPY
Toronto third baseman Kelly Gruber has made 17 errors this season after making 14 all of last year. SWAPS
The Chicago White Sox on Saturday traded all-time club home run leader Harold Baines and Fred Manrique to Texas for infielder Scott Fletcher, outfielder Sammy Sosa and pitcher Wilson Alvarez. SWEEPS
The Cleveland Indians have swept five of their last six doubleheaders at home; they split the other one. SIDELINED
Mike Greenwell. aggravated an ankle injury Saturday and was removed from Boston’s 5-0 victory over Cleveland in the fifth inning. Greenwell first twisted his left ankle in a game against Minnesota on July 15 and was used as a pinch-hitter the next day, hitting a home run. STATUS
Cleveland’s Brook Jacoby returned to the starting lineup Saturday after missing the second game of Friday’s doubleheader because of tightness in his thigh muscle. STARS
Willie Wilson had three hits and drove in five runs as Kansas City beat Baltimore 5-0 Saturday. SCOUTING
Moises Alou. had four of Harrisburg’s 18 hits and scored three runs Saturday as the Senators beat Albany (Yankees) 11-7 in an Eastern League game. West Chamberlain. and Terry Crowley Jr.. each had three hits for Harrisburg.
Tom Dodd. hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Omaha (Royals) defeated Iowa (Cubs) 7-2 in an American Assocation game. In the last eight games, Dodd, had five homers, drove in 14 runs and batted .379 (11-for-29). SPEAKING
″I’d gladly give all my money back to not have a year that’s been like this. I didn’t know success was supposed to bring sadness.″ Minnesota left- hander Frank Viola.
″Harold Baines came as close as anyone to being Mr. White Sox. It’s unfortunate that we had to deal him but I feel strongly about this trade improving our club.″ - Chicago general manager Larry Himes. SEASONS July 31
1910 - Len Cole of the Chicago Cubs pitched a seven-inning no-hitter to beat the Cardinals 4-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at St. Louis.
1930 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees drove in eight runs with a grand slam and two doubles as the Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 14-13.
1932 - Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium opened and Lefty Grove and the Philadelphia A’s nipped the Indians 1-0 before 76,979 fans.
1934 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 at Cincinnati as Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos both went the distance of 18 innings.
1954 - Joe Adcock hit four home runs and a double to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 15-7 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The 18 total bases established a major league record.
1961 - The season’s second All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 tie at Fenway Park as a heavy rain caused the game to be called. It is the only tie in All-Star history.
1972 - Dick Allen of the Chicago White Sox hit two inside-the-park home runs against the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium.
1981 - The second baseball strike ended in the early morning hours. The strike lasted 42 days.
1988 - Oakland’s Jose Canseco hit two homers and drove in three runs to lead the A’s to a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The two homers gave Canseco 30 homers on the year making him the only player to hit 30 or more homers in each of his first three complete seasons.
Today’s Birthdays: Leon Durham 32, Scott Bankhead 32, Mike Bielecki 30.