Doubling Their Pleasure.
Albert Belle hit two homers against the Twins on Aug. 2, becoming the eighth Indian to hit two in a game this season. That's one shy of the major league record held by the 1940 Yankees, '85 Yankees, '87 Rangers and '87 Giants, according to David Vincent of SABR. The Tribe's best chance of tying the mark rests on third baseman Jim Thome, who had 21 homers through Sunday but hasn't had a multihomer game.
The Padres scored 11 runs in the eighth inning on Aug. 2 to beat the Giants 11-3. It was the biggest inning in the National League this year. The Padres had the biggest inning in the league last year, scoring 13 runs in the second against Pittsburgh on May 31. They had the biggest inning in 1993, too, scoring 13 runs in the first against St. Louis on Aug. 24.
Former Giant pitcher Masanori Murakami (right), who in 1964 became the first Japanese to play in the major leagues, was honored by the club before the L.A. game Saturday night at Candlestick Park. He was welcomed back by several former teammates and threw out the first ball. Murakami, 51, had a career 5-1 record and a 3.43 ERA (100 strikeouts in 89? innings) as a reliever in 1964 and '65, but he returned to play in Japan in '66 because of contractual difficulties plus pressure from friends and family. "Thirty years ago, things were much different between America and Japan," said Murakami. "If I'd played now, maybe I would have stayed longer." Coincidentally, Dodger pitcher Hideo Nomo, the second Japanese to play in the majors, was L.A.'s starter Saturday. With the game being televised to Japan and with Murakami broadcasting, Nomo fired a one-hitter and struck out 11 in a 3-0 victory.