Don't Blame Mark. Last Friday the Orioles and the Angels tied a major league record by combining to hit 11 home runs in one game, with at least one homer coming in each of the first seven innings. This was the eighth 11-homer game in history, the previous one having come on Sept. 14, 1987, when the Blue Jays hit 10 and the Orioles one. There was one pitcher who appeared in both of those games: Mark Eichhorn, who pitched for Baltimore last Friday and for Toronto in the '87 game. In a combined five innings in those two games, Eichhorn did not give up a dinger. On the other hand Oriole ace Mike Mussina gave up five homers in the first five innings of his team's 14-7 win over the Angels, becoming the first American League pitcher to be pounded for five taters and still win since the Angels' Willie Fraser beat New York 15-6 on Aug. 16, 1988.
Last Gasp. Thirty-five-year-old pitcher Tim Leary was back in the majors last week despite a 77-104 lifetime record and even though he had given up 70 hits in 50 innings for the Expos' Triple A affiliate in Ottawa this season. On June 4, Leary was released by Ottawa at his request because he hadn't been promoted to Montreal, and the Rangers—the American League West leaders, don't forget—were so desperate for pitching that they gave him a tryout on June 29, then signed him and used him on Saturday against the Tigers. In 4? innings Leary yielded just one hit and struck out five.
There's an Age Limit. Phillie reliever Larry Andersen, who's 41 with thinning hair, on the reported age of new teammate Fernando Valenzuela: "If he's 33, I'm the president of the Hair Club for Men."