August 02, 1996

Athletics: Pitcher Todd Van Poppel was outrighted. He must clear waivers and can be claimed by any team. In his place, infielder Webster Garrison was called up from Triple-A Edmonton. . . . The A's are on pace to to hit 268 home runs this season, which would break the major-league record of 240 set by the New York Yankees in 1961.

Braves: First baseman Fred McGriff batted in the No. 3 slot for the second straight game. When the Braves first baseman hit there on Wednesday, it marked the first time he didn't bat cleanup in 427 games. . . . The Braves are 7-7 on their 17-game road trip necessitated by the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Cubs: Catcher Scott Servais has hit safely in a career-high eight games. . . . Of the 16 home runs hit by second baseman Ryne Sandberg, 11 have either tied the game or given the Cubs the lead.

Mariners: Ken Griffey's fielding error in the second inning yesterday vs. Milwaukee was only his second error of the season. . . . Jay Buhner struck out with such force in the sixth that his bat landed near the Mariners dugout.

Mets: Butch Huskey's two hits in the fifth marked the second time a Met has achieved the feat this season. Carl Everett had two hits in the eighth inning at Colorado July 23.

Pirates: Orlando Merced, who strained a calf muscle in the ninth inning Wednesday night, did not play yesterday and is day-to-day.

Pub Date: 8/02/96

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