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American League

June 29, 2000

Quote: "We've been having a tough time scoring runs. We haven't been efficient enough offensively to stay in the ballgame with how our pitching has been. The two ends are widening." - Kansas City manager Tony Muser, after Cleveland ripped the Royals, 12-1, Tuesday.

It's a fact: Kansas City pitchers, who lead the AL with 329 walks, also have given up a majors-leading 128 homers this season, accounting for 43 percent of the runs (198 of 462) by Royals opponents.

Who's hot: Oakland's Tim Hudson is the seventh pitcher in major-league history to post 20 wins in his first 24 decisions.

Who's not: Yankees pitcher David Cone, once seemingly invincible, has not won since April 28 and was pounded by the Tigers for six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

On deck: The A's and the Rangers, foes twice already this week, have four more games against each other just ahead, making six in nine days.

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