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American League Notes For Games of June 18

June 19, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Larry Sheets has only five hits in his last 37 at-bats (.135) over an 11-game span. ... Jim Traber has at least one RBI in eight of his last 10 games, going 14-for-34 and 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Boston

Roger Clemens bounced back from the worst outing of his career and pitched his major-league-leading sixth shutout Saturday, scattering nine hits as the Red Sox defeated Baltimore 5-0. Clemens was tagged for nine runs and 15 hits in 6 2-3 innings by New York last Monday night. Clemens leads the AL with 149 strikeouts and his 10-4 record tied him with Cleveland’s Greg Swindell and Minnesota’s Frank Viola as the only AL pitchers with 10 victories. ... Clemens is 8-0 on the road this season and has won 11 consecutive starts away from home. In his eight road starts this year, Clemens has yielded seven earned runs in 68 2-3 innings - an ERA 0.92 - and has held opposing batters to a .181 batting average on 45 hits in 249 at-bats. California

Dick Schofield has seven hits in last 17 at-bats. ... Bob Boone has seven hits in his last eight at-bats. Chicago White Sox

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority is confident of reaching a 40-year agreement that would keep the White Sox from leaving the city, a Florida newspaper reported Saturday. Peter C.B. Bynoe, director of the sports authority, says the two main obstacles to a lease agreement with the White Sox are nearly resolved. ″I think we are close enough to be able to assure everyone that we will have a deal″ before the Illinois legislative session ends June 30, Bynoe told the St. Petersburg Times. Cleveland

The Indians are more than a month ahead of their won-loss pace of last year, when they finished with only 61 victories. Cleveland didn’t have 38 victories in 1987 until Aug. 3. ... Indians’ starters have allowed three earned runs or less in 44 games. Detroit

Walt Terrell pitched a three-hitter to lead the Tigers to a 6-1 victory over Toronto. The Tigers’ ninth triumph in their last 11 games kept them one- half game behind first-place New York in the AL East. ... Pat Sheridan has eight home runs this season, tying his career high set in 1984 with Kansas City. ... Tigers right fielder Chet Lemon left Saturday’s game with a bruised right wrist in the third inning after he crashed into the Toronto bullpen dugout chasing a foul fly. Kansas City

The Royals have lost only three times in their last 16 games - all three to the California Angels. Milwaukee

Robin Yount is 12-for-23 against the Chicago White Sox this season. ... Jeffrey Leonard singled in the first inning Saturday for the 1,000th hit of his career. ... Paul Molitor has been successful on 20 of 22 steal attempts this season. Minnesota

Over the last 10 games, the Twins have a 2.02 ERA and have won 20 of their last 26 games ... Gary Gaetti’s bobble Friday night snapped a 38-game errorless streak for the Twins’ two-time Gold Glove third baseman. ... Les Straker has apparently lost his spot as the Twins’ No. 3 starter. Manager Tom Kelly and pitching coach Dick Such opted to go with Charlie Lea in Saturday night’s game at the Metrodome even though it was Straker’s turn. Straker, 2-4, hasn’t won since May 22. New York Yankees

Rick Rhoden (3-5) allowed the three Cleveland runs and six hits in six-plus innings Saturday for his first victory since May 21. ... Jack Clark has 10 game-winning RBI this season. ... Don Mattingly has hit in 10 straight games (16-for-39) to raise his average to .326. The streak began before he went on the disabled list May 27 and continued when he was activated this past Tuesday. ... John Candelaria has walked just 11 batters in 86 innings, and only one of those has scored. Reliever Dave Righetti has walked 14 in 32 innings, but none have scored. Oakland

The Athletics recalled pitcher Todd Burns from Tacoma of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on Saturday. To make room on their roster, they sent catcher Matt Sinatro outright to Tacoma. Sinatro scored the winning run in the 14th inning of Friday night’s 7-6 victory over Texas. Burns, a right-hander, started Saturday’s game against Texas. He is the second member of the Athletics’ June 1984 draft to make it to the major leagues. Mark McGwire was the Oakland’s first choice in that draft. ... Burns, making his first major- league start Saturday, allowed Texas five hits and a run in eight innings. The A’s won the game 2-1 in 13 innings. Seattle

The Mariners have lost six straight games and nine of their last 10. Seattle has dropped 11 straight on the road since May 20 and the Mariners have scored just 10 runs in their last eight games. ... Tim Stargell, nephew of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, is among 19 June free agent draft choices who have signed contracts with the Mariners. Stargell, an outfielder, played at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., where he hit .349 with six home runs and 25 RBI. He had 17 stolen bases in 17 attempts. Texas

Mitch Williams failed in fourth straight save opportunity Friday night after converting his first nine save opportunities this season. Toronto

Detroit has defeated the Blue Jays six times in seven meetings dating back to last season.

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