* The Reds have 16 wins in their past 24 games. The streak coincides with the return of injured stars Barry Larkin and Bill Doran. During the 24-game stretch, Larkin has batted .388 with 23 RBI, and Doran has batted .373 with 11 RBI.
* Orioles reliever Kevin Hickey doesn't have a sparkling ERA (5.54), but he's been perfect when it comes to inherited runners. All 13 runners he has assumed this year have been left on base.
* Four-time 20-game winner Dave Stewart has given up 6 runs or more in 7 of his 15 starts this year. He's just 5-4, though the Athletics have scored 6 runs or more in 10 of those 15 starts.
* When Tigers stopper Mike Henneman gave up a 3-run homer to Brewers IF Paul Molitor in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game at Tiger Stadium, it was the first home run he had given up in 53 appearances.
* The Angels finished next to last in team defense last year, but they just set an AL record with their 13th consecutive errorless game and lead the league in fielding percentage. They have made 35 errors in 72 games, compared with 63 over the same span last year. Why the big improvement? Because 1B Wally Joyner is healthy again, Dick Schofield has a string of 33 errorless games at shortstop and the Angels finally have a dependable second baseman (Luis Sojo).
* Twins SS Greg Gagne has a string of 46 errorless games, but he also is hitless in his past 25 at-bats.
* Willie Randolph's 2-run pinch single Wednesday made him the first Brewers pinch hitter to drive in a run all season. Brewers pinch hitters are a combined 4-for-24 (.167) this year. Randolph is 3-for-5, and the rest are 1-for-19.
* Angels starter Mark Langston has pitched into the seventh inning 13 straight times. By comparison, the longest current string by the Orioles is 2, by Bob Milacki.