July 15, 1998

Devil Rays: Tampa Bay surpassed the 1.5 million mark in attendance. The crowd of 27,310 gave the expansion team a total of 1,509,263 for 47 home dates, an average of 32,111.

Indians: Cleveland has scored 12 runs in Dave Burba's seven losses (1.7 per game). David Bell made his first career appearance at first base, replacing Jim Thome. A crowd of 43,164 -- Cleveland's 258th straight sellout -- pushed the Indians over 2 million for the fourth straight season. Chad Ogea made his first appearance since May 19, retiring two batters in the ninth.

Royals: Tim Belcher has allowed 22 homers, second in the AL to Charles Nagy's 26.

Tigers: Detroit plays its next 13 games against the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians, against whom they are a combined 2-12. Luis Gonzalez's homer ended an 0-for-13 skid.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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