July 28, 1996

Athletics: Mark McGwire didn't start for the second straight game because of back spasms. . . . The Athletics have hit 50 home runs during their streak.

Braves: Atlanta is 6-4 on the 17-game road trip prompted by the Olympics.

Giants: San Francisco has given up nine grand slams this season, tying the National League record set by Houston in 1987. The major-league record is 10, set by Seattle in 1992.

Pirates: Steve Parris became the 15th starter in 102 games. He had made four relief appearances since his recall from the minor leagues. The Pirates are one short of the team record for most starting pitchers, set in 1951.

Rangers: Mickey Tettleton, who missed nine straight games with back problems, returned to the lineup as the designated hitter.

Reds: First baseman Hal Morris missed another game because of a sore back.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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