The Numbers Game

June 04, 1995

* The Tigers became the 41st team in major-league history to hit seven homers in one game last Sunday. They also became the first team to hit seven homers and lose.

* From May 10 to June 1, Albert Belle hit .217, Carlos Baerga .269, Eddie Murray .229, and Kenny Lofton .215. And the Indians went 13-5, which speaks volumes about the other hitters in their lineup, like Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome.

* More Tribe: In his first 12 appearances for Triple-A Buffalo, reclamation project Gregg Olson is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and seven saves. Mark Shapiro, the Indians' farm director, says Olson's velocity is back up to 88-91 mph, same as it was when Olson was pitching for the Orioles.

* When Philadelphia's Tyler Green shut out the Dodgers on Tuesday, it was his first professional shutout, and the first time he pitched longer than six innings in a major-league game.

* Cincinnati's 20-6 record for the month of May is a franchise record.

* The Cubs have won or tied nine straight series.

* Cleveland has walked Chicago first baseman Frank Thomas 27 times in 71 plate appearances in '94 and '95.

* Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith, who had shoulder surgery on Wednesday, says he won't come back and play second, and this could be why he has played more games (2,435) at only one position than any player in NL history. Luis Aparicio played only shortstop for the Orioles, White Sox and Red Sox in 2,581 games.

* Marlins outfielder Andre Dawson looks as if he is winding up his long career. He is hitting .154 with 12 strikeouts and one walk. He broke an 0-for-15 streak with a single last Sunday.

* Texas is 18-6 in games started by Kenny Rogers, Bob Tewksbury and Roger Pavlik and 1-9 in starts by Kevin Gross, Darren Oliver and Rick Helling.

* Opposing batters have a .447 on-base percentage against Yankees left-hander Steve Howe.

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