Hot corner

August 28, 1999

Quote: "I know it's been a rough year for him, but a change of scenery sometimes does wonders for a veteran." -- Rangers manager Johnny Oates, on getting Jeff Fassero, who's allowed a major-league-high 34 homers

It's a fact: The Twins have just 85 homers, worst in the major leagues.

Who's hot: The Athletics are 19-8 since the July 29 acquisitions of Omar Olivares and Randy Velarde.

Who's not: The Angels' Troy Percival is 0-3 in his career against Boston, having allowed 16 runs in 18 2/3 innings.

On deck: Steve Sparks of the Angels and Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox square off today in what is believed to be the 27th time in major-league history knuckleballers have started against each other.

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