Notable AMERICAN LEAGUE

July 14, 1998

Devil Rays: Julio Santana is the only Tampa Bay starter besides Rolando Arrojo to earn a victory since May 30. He beat the Red Sox on June 20, allowing three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Catchers Mike DiFelice and John Flaherty rank 1-2 in the AL in caught stealing percentage. DeFelice has thrown out 42.6 percent (23-54) and Flaherty 37.5 percent (15-40).

Red Sox: Boston improved to 6-1 against the Devil Rays, but is 6-11 against the rest of the AL East. Steve Avery beat Tampa Bay on June 19 despite only going 5 1/3 innings in that game.

Royals: Jeff Conine is 10-for-21 on the current road trip.

Tigers: Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached above the wall for a catch that robbed Jeff King of a home run in the eighth. The Tigers activated infielder Bill Ripken from the 15-day disabled list (back strain) and optioned right-handed pitcher Denny Harriger to Triple-A Toledo. Harriger, a 28-year-old rookie, was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four appearances (including two starts).

Twins: Paul Molitor, placed on the 15-day disabled list June 21 because of a rib fracture on his left side, began a rehab assignment for the Twins' Triple-A Salt Lake City team. He was expected to be the DH for the Buzz. Pitcher Mike Morgan, sidelined since June 27 with a strained rib cage, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

White Sox: Albert Belle's six homers in five games are the most he has recorded in a five-game span since he hit seven Sept. 18-23, 1995, for Cleveland. Belle is 8-for-16 (.500) with four home runs and 11 RBIs in Chicago's four games after the All-Star break.

Yankees: Darryl Strawberry's homer ended a 1-for-11 slump. The 1907 Chicago Cubs and 1928 Yankees were 63-23 after 86 games. The Yankees are 17-8 at Jacobs Field.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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