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American League

June 23, 2000

Quote: ""I wasn't a pretty thing out there. They were my mistakes. I screwed up." - Minnesota pitcher Bob Wells, who set an AL record for a pitcher with four fielding chances in an inning Wednesday night but was charged with errors on two, a dropped popup and a wild throw into center field.

It's a fact: His two home runs against Chicago Wednesday giving him at least 20 in seven straight seasons, Cleveland's Jim Thome has tied the club record set by Larry Doby from 1949-55.

Who's hot: Seattle, by beating Tampa Bay, 8-5, Wednesday, won its sixth straight series for the first time since 1991.

Who's not: Tampa Bay pitcher Esteban Yan, who precipitated a fight in his previous start against Seattle, started against the Mariners again Wednesday. He gave up seven runs, six earned, on three hits and five walks and was pulled in the second inning.

On deck: Kansas City at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EDT). Oakland's Kevin Appier, the winningest Royals pitcher of the '90s, faces his former team.

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