* Blue Jays OF Devon White is 1 triple away from joining a...

Around the league in 80 seconds

September 15, 1991|By Peter Schmuck

* Blue Jays OF Devon White is 1 triple away from joining a very exclusive group of players who have reached double figures in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases. The others are Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby (twice), Willie Mays (4 times), Babe Ruth (twice), Ryne Sandberg and Tris Speaker (twice). White has 37 doubles, 9 triples, 14 home runs and 32 stolen bases.

* When 19-year-old pitcher Todd Van Poppel made his major-league debut for the Athletics on Wednesday, he became the fourth teen-ager to start a game for the A's. Van Poppel was 19 years and 276 days old on Wednesday, older than Tim Conroy (18 years, 81 days) and Mike Morgan (18 years, 246 days) were when they made their debuts with the A's in 1978, but younger than Vida Blue (19 years, 357 days) was when he made his 1969 debut.

* The Tigers were shut out just 3 times in their first 127 games this year, but they have been shut out 4 times in their past 15.

* The top 5 pitchers on the Angels staff -- Chuck Finley, Jim Abbott, Mark Langston, Bryan Harvey and Mark Eichhorn -- have a combined 55-29 record, 40 saves and a 2.85 ERA. The rest of the staff is a combined 16-42 with a 4.87 ERA.

* Rangers P Jose Guzman, who was sidelined for 2 years with a torn rotator cuff, apparently is as good as new. He leads the Rangers with 11 victories and a 2.85 ERA and is 10-2 (2.37) in his past 15 appearances.

* Rangers 1B Rafael Palmeiro appears to be a lock to break club records for runs and doubles. He has scored 102 runs, 3 shy of Oddibe McDowell's Rangers record. His 42 doubles leave him just 1 behind Al Oliver's 1980 club mark.

Reds P Norm Charlton has been overpowering since he came off the DL on July 18. In 20 appearances, he has a 1.17 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Not bad for a guy with a sore shoulder.

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