July 13, 1998

Athletics: Center fielder Ryan Christenson missed his fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring. Bip Roberts has at least one hit in all 11 games he has started since joining Oakland in a trade with Detroit on June 23.

Blue Jays: Roger Clemens has averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and is 17-9 against Detroit in his career.

Royals: Glendon Rusch has allowed 15 homers this season, second most on the staff to Tim Belcher.

Indians: Cleveland is 47-9 when scoring four or more runs and 5-28 when scoring three or fewer.

Tigers: Detroit hasn't swept a series from Toronto since a three-game sweep Oct. 2-4, 1987, clinched Detroit's last AL East title.

Twins: Opponents are hitting .177 (11-for-62) against Eric Milton (Maryland) in the first inning. The Twins had a season-high seven doubles. Denny Hocking, a switch-hitter batting .180 (9-for-50) left-handed, hit right-handed all game. He had two hits, putting his right-handed average at .250 (12-for-48).

White Sox: The crowd of 32,929 was the largest at Comiskey Park this season, the result of a Beanie Baby giveaway. Shortstop Mike Caruso missed his third straight game with a sore shoulder. The White Sox's only other three-game winning streak this season came June 22-24 in interleague play against the Pirates and Reds. Sal Fasano attended nearby Hoffman Estates High School and makes his off-season home in Joliet, Ill. Jeff Abbott was making just his 17th start of the season -- first in center field -- and first since June 19.

Pub Date: 7/13/98

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