AL notable

July 20, 1998

Athletics: Kenny Rogers picked off Otis Nixon at first base in the seventh inning. Rogers leads the AL with eight pickoffs.

Blue Jays: Carlos Delgado's 467-foot homer was the fifth-longest in SkyDome history. Mark McGwire hit the longest on July 25, 1996, a 488-foot shot. Canseco had the fourth multi-homer game this season and 31st of his career. Woody Williams picked off Chad Curtis at second in the fourth and Paul O'Neill at second in the fifth.

Devil Rays: Tampa Bay has lost 15 of its past 17 games.

Indians: Dave Burba dropped to 0-4 against the White Sox in his career.

Mariners: Seattle's eight wins on its homestand matched its franchise record for an 11-game homestand. The Mariners were 8-3 from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1993. Ken Griffey is 3-for-29 (.103) with no home runs in his career against the Royals' Tim Belcher.

Red Sox: Billy Ashley, who grew up in Belleville, Mich., hit his second home run of the season in the loss to the Tigers. John Valentin returned to the starting lineup after missing two straight games because of a strained right shoulder.

Royals: Tim Belcher surrendered his 23rd homer, second in the AL to the 27 given up by Cleveland's Charles Nagy. In three starts against Seattle this season, Belcher is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.90 in 20 innings (two earned runs).

Tigers: Right fielder Bobby Higginson got his 10th outfield assist when he gunned down John Valentin from right trying to go from first to third on Mo Vaughn's fourth-inning single.

Pub Date: 7/20/98

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