April 12, 1999

Athletics: Oakland has been outscored 20-2 in the first three innings of games this season. Opponents have hit .361 (30-for-83) against A's pitching in the first three innings. Tim Raines' single gave him 2,536 hits and moved him past Roger Connor into 72nd place on the career list.

Devil Rays: Tampa Bay, which begins a four-game series at Toronto today, is 0-6 at SkyDome. With Mike DiFelice making his first start, rookie David Lamb is the only player on the roster who hasn't appeared in a game. Fred McGriff's homer moved him past Johnny Mize into 46th on the all-time list with 360.

Indians: Cleveland swept its first series at the Metrodome since 1986. Kenny Lofton went 3-for-5 to complete the road trip at 14-for-30 with six doubles. Cleveland had 30 extra-base hits in the series, including 23 doubles. Since the opening of the 1995 season -- a period in which Cleveland has won four straight AL Central Division titles -- the Indians have been in first or tied for first place in the division 643 of the 706 days.

Mariners: The seven consecutive hits matched a team record set July 24, 1982, at Cleveland.

Red Sox: Boston stranded a total of 14 runners, eight of them in scoring position.

Twins: It was Kids Opening Day at the Metrodome. Sixty children took part in several ballpark duties, including taking tickets, sitting with scouts and observing writers and broadcasters in the press box.

White Sox: Third baseman Greg Norton, who has three errors in the previous two games, did not start so he could have a "day of work," manager Jerry Manuel said.

Yankees: Orlando Hernandez is 9-1 with a 1.57 ERA at Yankee Stadium.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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