When Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire blasted a total of five home runs in two games against the Red Sox last Saturday and Sunday at Fenway Park, he became only the second player to accomplish that feat twice in his career. McGwire, who also hit five homers on June 27 and 28, 1987, matched the record held by the Pirates' Ralph Kiner, who did it twice in 1947.
All three of McGwire's home runs on Sunday came off Boston sinkerball pitcher Zane Smith, who had not allowed a home run in his last 47? innings.
Another American Leaguer, Oriole third baseman Jeff Manto, homered twice last Thursday, twice on Friday and once on Saturday—giving him five dingers in three games, including four in consecutive at bats, which tied a major league record.
Before this year Manto had four career home runs in 85 games, but he already had nine this season at week's end.
As of Sunday, Roberto Alomar of the Blue Jays had played 85 consecutive errorless games, four short of Jerry Adair's American League record for second basemen, set between July 22, 1964, and May 6, 1965, when he was with Baltimore....
After Brewer infielder Kevin Seitzer was hit in the face by a pitch from the Twins' Scott Erickson on May 29—his second beaning in less than a year—he sat out one game and then returned to get 11 hits in his next 19 at bats.