THE DEAN CHANCE AWARD
Houston pitcher Danny Darwin entered his May 5 start against the Phillies with two hits and 20 strikeouts in 26 career at bats. Against Philadelphia's Shane Rawley he doubled and singled, then was allowed to bat with two out, runners on first and second and the game tied in the seventh. He cleared the bases with a triple. Fellow pitcher Jim Deshaies leads the Astros with a .462 on-base percentage after going 1 for 8 with five walks in 13 plate appearances.
A MAN OF RESOLVE
Roger Clemens says that two of the most important aspects of pitching are shutting out the opposition in the first inning and shutting them down after his teammates score. In his last 55 major league starts, Clemens has been scored upon in the first inning three times.
?The Cubs outhomered their opponents 20-5 in their first 15 home games, and the wind hadn't blown out in any.
?The Cardinals' 17-10 win over the Padres on May 7 is the only 17-10 game in this century.
By May 10, Charles Hudson had two more complete game victories (4) than any Yankee starter in 1986.
?In one three-start stretch, Yankee pitcher Dennis Rasmussen allowed 10 homers in a span of 80 batters—all with the bases empty.
?The Orioles sent down Floyd (Honey Bear) Rayford, who was 1 for 13 this season, and recalled catcher Dave Van Gorder from Rochester, where he was 1 for 14.
?The Giants have had so many injuries that between April 17 and May 7 they made 12 roster moves.
?Through last weekend, the Cleveland pitching staff was last in the American League in earned run average and second in shutouts. The only Indians with more than one win are Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton and Greg Swindell.