September 01, 1998

Devil Rays: The team has 74 errors, second-fewest in the majors. No expansion team has ever committed fewer than 125 errors in its initial season.

Indians: Manny Ramirez's 116 RBIs while playing right field this season are a club record, surpassing Rocky Colavito's 113 in 1958. Joey Cora is Cleveland's seventh second baseman this season and 15th since Carlos Baerga was traded to the Mets in 1996.

Mariners: Ken Griffey tried on a New England Patriots' jersey with "No. 24, Griffey," on the back in the clubhouse before the game and joked, "I'm going out to catch some passes." David Bell, acquired from the Indians for second baseman Joey Cora, arrived in the locker room just before batting practice, carrying his Indians equipment bag. Bell batted ninth and went 0-for-3.

Rangers: Oddibe McDowell is the only Texas player to hit for the cycle. He did it on July 23, 1985. Juan Gonzalez has hit in 12 straight games and is 27-for-68 in his past 16 to raise his season average from .292 to .306. Texas had lost seven of its past nine games in Detroit before last night.

Twins: Leadoff hitter Otis Nixon is .357 (20-for-56) in his last 14 games to raise his average to .280. Minnesota finished its second-worst August (9-20, .310) after three consecutive months at .500. The team's worst August was last season, when it went 8-20.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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