April 16, 1996

Athletics: Oakland is at .500 for the first time since last July 14.

Blue Jays: Attendance at SkyDome is down more than 6,000 per game from last season's average of 36,252. . . . Joe Carter, who leads the majors over the past 10 seasons in homers (299) and RBIs (1,073), hasn't homered since Sept. 19.

Indians: Kenny Lofton has steals in 11 of 12 tries. . . . The Indians had scored three runs in Jack McDowell's previous two starts.

Rangers: Dean Palmer and Juan Gonzalez missed their second straight starts because of minor injuries. Both are day-to-day.

Red Sox: Third baseman Tim Naehring was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. . . . The Red Sox are losers of 10 of their past 13 Patriots' Day games, including eight by shutout.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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