Notable AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 23, 1996

Honors: The Rangers' Dean Palmer was named Player of the Week after going 9-for-16 (.563) with five homers, 13 RBIs, seven runs scored and 27 total bases.

Athletics: Slugger Mark McGwire, who has missed the first three weeks of the season with a tear of connective tissue in his right foot, is expected to activated from the disabled list in time for today's game.

Red Sox: Kevin Mitchell, who missed nine games with a hamstring injury, started in right and made a diving catch on a line drive by Pat Meares in the fifth. . . . Aaron Sele never had a losing record in the majors before losing to the Twins on April 12 for his first decision of 1996.

Royals: Kansas City's six-game skid matches its longest in 1995.

Tigers: Travis Fryman's streak of 270 consecutive games, the third-longest current streak in the majors behind Cal Ripken's (2,171) and Frank Thomas' (277), ended when he ended when he left the club to be with his expectant wife, Kathleen. . . . Cecil Fielder, still needing two home runs to tie the major-league record of 11 in April, failed to hit one in 13 at-bats during the four-game series.

Twins: Rich Becker made his first start in eight days, playing right instead of his customary center. He came into the game hitless in his last 17 at-bats and went 0-for-2 before being replaced by Roberto Kelly in the seventh.

White Sox: Right-hander James Baldwin was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

Yankees: Scott Kamieniecki, placed on the 15-day disabled list March 31 after off-season arthroscopic elbow surgery, will start in New York tomorrow night against Cleveland. In three rehabilitation assignments in the minors, he was 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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