July 08, 1999

Athletics: All seven of Eric Chavez's homers this season have given Oakland the lead. Ben Grieve's homer was his first at home since July 18, 1998. Matt Stairs went 0-for-3, leaving him 2-for-26 on the A's nine-game homestand that ended yesterday and dropping his average to .239. With a no-decision, Kenny Rogers remains undefeated at Oakland Coliseum since 1994. He has won 16 straight decisions there.

Rangers: Juan Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. Roberto Kelly left the game during his at-bat in the seventh with a strained left biceps. He hurt himself in fouling off a pitch.

Red Sox: Pedro Martinez struck out the side in the fifth, the 10th time he's done that this season. All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra sat out for the fifth straight day with a sore groin muscle.

Devil Rays: Jose Canseco, who leads the AL with 30 homers, went 0-for-4 and is mired in a 1-for-22 slump. With 87 home runs, the Devil Rays have hit just 24 fewer than all of last season. Tampa Bay didn't hit No. 87 until Aug. 21 last year.

Yankees: Bernie Williams went hitless in three at-bats, ending his hitting streak at 17 games. Second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, who turned 31 yesterday, didn't play.

Tigers: Detroit has gone scoreless 10 times this season, compared with eight shutouts all of 1998. The club record for scoreless games is 22, set in 1904.

Pub Date: 7/08/99

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