Saturday, April 29 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Oakland (4:05 p.m. EDT). Doyle Alexander (3-0) pitches against the A’s Dave Stewart (4-0). Stewart has won his last 13 decisions in the month of April. STATS
Cincinnati’s Eric Davis is 8-for-13 lifetime against Don Carman, including five homers. Davis, who hit a solo home run Friday, has 17 homers against Philadelphia, including 12 at Veterans Stadium. ... Keith Hernandez on Friday hit only his third homer in in 262 career at-bats in the Astrodome. ... Mets relievers have eight saves in nine opportunities. ... Ozzie Smith homered in the seventh inning Friday. His only other homer batting left-handed during the regular season was June 12, 1988 off Greg Maddux of the Cubs. STREAKS
San Francisco’s Rick Reuschel, who pitched for Pittsburgh from 1985-87, is 0-6 in his last nine starts against Pittsburgh. His last victory came as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 5, 1980. SLUGGERS
Rickey Henderson set a major league record Friday night when he led off a game with a home run for the 36th time in his career, breaking a tie with Bobby Bonds. It was Henderson’s first homer of the season and the 127th of his career. Henderson broke Eddie Yost’s American League record for leadoff homers when he hit his 29th against Cleveland’s Phil Niekro on April 14, 1987. SPOIL SPORT
Nelson Liriano broke up his second no-hitter in five days, getting a ninth- inning pinch double that spolied Kirk McCaskill’s bid in California’s ′ 9-0 victory over Toronto Friday night. Last Sunday, Liriano hit a triple with one out in the ninth inning, ending Nolan Ryan’s attempt for a record sixth no- hitter. Liriano is 14-for-60 this season, a .233 average. SLUMPS
Tim Laudner has only five hits in his last 36 at-bats and has struck out 12 times. STARTS
Kansas City beat Milwaukee 8-1 Friday and matched the most April victories in club history. The Royals improved to 14-8 with their sixth victory in seven games. They also won 14 in April 1978. STARS
Keith Hernandez had two hits and drove in four runs as the New York Mets beat the Houston. SIDELINED
Jim Clancy will miss his start for Houston on Sunday with a pulled left hamstring. He was injured running to first after his first major league hit in Monday’s game vs. Philadelphia. ... Andy Van Slyke is seventh Pittsburgh player to go on disabled list, equaling team’s 1988 total. ... White Sox first baseman Greg Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of left hip flexor. STATUS
Chicago Cubs center fielder Jerome Walton had a slight strain of his right hamstring and his status is day-to-day. SCOUTING
Scott May. pitched a one-hitter to lead Oklahoma City (Rangers) past Louisville (2-0) Friday night in an American Association game. May, 4-1, gave up a single to Leon Durham in the first inning and walked two. No Louisville batter advanced past second base. SPEAKING
″I can’t really think about no-hitters, the way Nolan Ryan thinks about no-hitters. He has five no-hitters and about 10 one-hitters, so for him it would have been a huge letdown.″ - Kirk McCaskill, who pitched eight hitless innings Friday against Toronto. SEASONS April 29
1918 - Center fielder Tris Speaker executed the fourth unassisted double play of his career in the Cleveland Indians’ 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
1931 - Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians pitched a 7-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns, including his brother Rick. Wes also drove in four runs with a homer and a double.
1933 - In a strange play at home plate, catcher Luke Sewell of the Washington Senators tagged out two Yankee runners on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up thinking a fly ball would be caught. Dixie Walker closed up on him and both were tagged out.
1974 - Lee May of Houston connected for two home runs in the sixth inning off Cub pitchers Burt Hooton and Jim Kremmel as the Astros beat Chicago 18-2.
1981 - Steve Carlton struck out Montreal’s Tim Wallach in the first inning of the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-2 victory over the visiting Expos to become the sixth major-league pitcher and the first left-hander to strike out 3,000 batters.
1986 - Roger Clemens set a major-league record by striking out 20 Seattle batters and Dwight Evans hit a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Mariners 3-1.
1987 - Andre Dawson had five hits, including the cycle, to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
1988 - The Baltimore Orioles ended their 21-game losing streak by winning their first game of the season, 9-0 over the Chicago White Sox on a four- hitter by Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt.
Today’s Birthdays: Bob McClure 36; Ron Washington 37; Wes Gardner 28; Edwin Correa 23.