Notable AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 18, 1996

Angels: The leadoff hitter struck out in all eight games of the team's road trip (Randy Velarde seven times and Rex Hudler once).

Mariners: Catcher Dan Wilson hit his first career grand slam against the Angels on Tuesday night. Wilson hit only 12 home runs in his first two seasons in Seattle, but has hit five in six days.

Rangers: The team will honor the 100th birthday of Texas-born Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in pre-game ceremonies Saturday.

Twins: OF Kirby Puckett has undergone the first of what may be a series of operations to stave off the effects of glaucoma. Dr. Bert Glaser performed the operation on Wednesday at the Retina Institute of Maryland, part of the St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. Blood vessels feeding the retina in Puckett's right eye became partially blocked because of increased eye pressure caused by glaucoma, Glaser said. The laser treatment was performed to connect the blood vessels that remain blocked.

White Sox: Frank Thomas singled in the fifth, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, a club record at the start of the season.

Yankees: Majority Democrats in the New York state Assembly, complaining that they have been left in the dark about negotiations to keep the Yankees in New York, threatened to pass a bill that would allow the state to condemn the team and take it over. The legislators said they are alarmed both by talk that the Yankees might leave New York and by recent estimates of what it might cost to keep them in New York -- $1 billion to build a domed, multi-sport stadium in Manhattan or about $770 million to redesign and modernize Yankee Stadium.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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