* Athletics 1B Mark McGwire entered the weekend homerless since Sept. 21 -- a stretch of 41 games if you include the playoffs and World Series. He entered the season with a career ratio of 1 home run for every 13.9 at-bats.
* The Rangers had hoped to hold a workout tomorrow at Toronto's SkyDome, but the field was unavailable because the stadium was the site of two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle rock concerts during the weekend. The stadium grounds crew needed all day to prepare the field for Tuesday night's series opener.
* The Twins pitcher Scott Erickson pitched his second straight shutout on Wednesday, it was the first time a Twins pitcher threw shutouts back-to-back since Frank Viola did it in May 1988.
* Mariners 2B Harold Reynolds went 6-for-12 against the Baltimore Orioles after touring the White House last year, so he stopped back by the presidential mansion on Monday. No go this time. He had 1 hit in 9 at-bats in the 3-game series at Memorial Stadium.
* Anyone wondering what the San Francisco Giants are doing so deep in the NL West standings need only look at the 9-game stretch that ended Wednesday.
* The Phillies' 5-game winning streak ended Friday. They hadn't won as many as 5 straight since August 1987.
* Here's a sign of the bad times: The Mariners have never finished a season above .500, but they are 9 games over .500 (42-33) against the Orioles over the past seven seasons.
* Brady Anderson entered yesterday's game with more sacrifices (5 bunts, 1 fly) than hits (4).
* How long was the 19-inning game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox on Wednesday? It was so long that the final score of the 1:35 p.m. game did not make the first edition of the Milwaukee Sentinel.
* Phillies 1B John Kruk had 20 RBI in April, tying the club record for that month set by third baseman Mike Schmidt in 1987.