Baseball

September 03, 2001

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who's hot

Royce Clayton of the White Sox is 10-for-18 in his past five games, with six RBIs and seven runs.

Who's not

The Twins' bullpen has a 5.45 ERA during the past 23 games.

Line of the day

Mark Mulder, Athletics starting pitcher

IP R H BB SO

9 1 4 0 8

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who's hot

Roy Oswalt of the Astros leads NL rookie pitchers in wins (12), ERA (2.83) and strike outs (120).

Who's not

Kevin Tapani of the Cubs has one win in 16 starts since June 2, going 1-10 with five no-decisions. He started 8-1.

Line of the day

Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks starting pitcher

IP R H BB SO

7 1/3 0 2 3 14

AMERICAN LEAGUE

He said it

"I told them I had a forkball, too, but they talked me out of throwing it." Tim Laker, Indians reserve catcher, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, including striking out Jose Valentin

On deck

The Devil Rays will be facing seven pitchers with at least 13 victories during the next 11 games.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

On deck

Randy Wolf of the Phillies makes his first start today since Aug. 1. He sprained his left ankle on Aug. 2.

He said it

"When you get over 35, you start losing your memory." Julio Franco, Braves first baseman, who couldn't remember his last two-hit game (it was Sept. 24, 1997) after getting his first hits in the majors since 1997

The Ripken countdown

26

Total games remaining

10

Home games remaining

Highlight: Ripken is tied for most years leading the league in putouts by a shortstop, six.

Scedule

Mon. 3

@ Oak 10:05

54, 50

Tue. 4

@ Oak 10:05

54, 50

Wed. 5

@ Oak 3:35

CSN

Thu. 6

Off

Fri. 7

@ Sea 10:05

54, 50

Sat. 8

@ Sea 10:05

54, 50

Sun. 9

@ Sea 4:35

CSN

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