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April 20, 1993

Undated (AP) _ Atlanta at Florida (7:35 p.m. EDT). John Smoltz (1-2) of the Braves and knuckleballer Charlie Hough (2-1) of the Marlins both lost tough decisions in their last outings. Smoltz lost his second 1-0 decision, and Hough was frustrated in a bid to go 3-0 for the first time as a starter. STATS

Mike Greenwell is hitting .667 with men in scoring position and has six of Boston’s 10 game-winning RBI this season. The Seattle Mariners hit four homers in each of the final two games of their series in Detroit. STREAKS

Cleveland’s Albert Belle doubled Monday, extending the longest current hitting streak in the majors to 12 games. It also is a career-high for him. SWINGS

Before Sunday, Pete O’Brien had gone 156 at-bats without a homer, but he now has two in his last five at-bats. SLUGGERS

Travis Fryman of Detroit went 10-for-20 in five games last week with three homers and 10 RBIs. SLUMPS

Tony Pena of the Red Sox doubled Monday to break 0-for-14 drought. Turner Ward of Toronto was 1-for-19 before homering against Cleveland. STARTERS

Juan Guzman didn’t pitch winter ball and didn’t get enough work in spring training because the Toronto Blue Jays carried 25 pitchers when they opened camp. So, he took a 12.46 ERA into Monday’s 7-1 victory over Cleveland. STEALERS

Cleveland’s Kenny Lofton is 7-for-7 in stolen bases and Eric Davis of Los Angeles is 6-for-6 and has stolen 20 straight over two seasons. STOPPER

Catcher Mike Piazza threw out seven of eight would-be base stealers last week, and 11 of 15 for the season. STARS Monday

- Ken Griffey Jr. was 2-for-3 with two solo homers and scored four runs in Seattle’s 10-6 victory over Detroit.

- Boston’s John Dopson pitched his first career shutout, beating Chicago on three hits while striking out eight in a 6-0 victory. SIDELINED

Chicago reliever Bob Thigpen cut the middle finger on his pitching hand when he scraped it with his thumbnail while warming up. He was getting blood on the ball and had to be removed after three pitches. STATUS

Boston second baseman Scott Fletcher sustained a hamstring injury while trying to get to the fly ball. He came out of Monday’s game and said the severity of the injury is unknown. SCOUTING

Brian Lane homered and had an RBI single, lifting the Chattanooga Lookouts to an 8-4 victory Monday over the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game. SPEAKING

″I’m never upset when Griffey hits us. He’s a great hitter. You just have to hope he doesn’t hurt you too badly.″ - Detroit manager Sparky Anderson after Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hit two homers Monday. SEASONS April 21

1910 - The Cleveland Indians played their first game at League Park and lost to the Detroit Tigers 5-0 before 19,867.

1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-4 at Ebbets Field for their 10th consecutive victory from the start of the season - a major-league record that lasted until 1981.

1967 - After 737 consecutive games, the Dodgers were rained out for the first time since moving to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled.

1982 - The Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 for their 13th straight victory.

1984 - In only his second start since August 1982, Montreal pitcher David Palmer threw five perfect innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory stopped by rain.

1987 - The Milwaukee Brewers’ 13-game winning streak from the start of the season ended with a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee shared the major league streak of 13 straight, set by the Atlanta Braves in 1982.

Today’s Birthdays: Chris Donnels 27; Les Lancaster 31; Ken Caminiti 32; Jesse Orosco 37.

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