Hot corner

May 19, 1998

Quote: "I've had a few cycles -- motorcycles." -- Athletics manager Art Howe after Oakland's Mike Blowers hit for the cycle yesterday.

It's a fact: Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is playing with a sprained ligament in his left thumb, probably the reason for his four passed balls. He is having a problem catching sinkers.

Who's hot: The Tigers, who have won seven of their past 11 games, have homered in 12 straight, their best streak since setting a major-league record of 25 in 1994.

Who's not: The Blue Jays' Roger Clemens allowed nine earned (( runs and 10 hits in five innings, only the third time in his career that the four-time Cy Young Award winner has given up nine earned runs in a game.

On deck: Wil Cordero of the White Sox, who is undergoing counseling for spousal abuse, will be back in Boston today for the first time since the Red Sox released him.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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