For the first time in their 11-year history, the Seattle Mariners had two representatives in the All-Star Game. Second baseman Harold Reynolds (10 innings) and pitcher Mark Langston (two shutout innings) together played more innings than all other previous Mariner All-Stars combined.
WILD, WILD WEST
When Texas Rangers catcher Mike Stanley tied the American League record for most passed balls in a game (5) last week, it was just another low-water mark in a season of battery buffoonery. As of Sunday, Texas led the league in balks (17) and hit batsmen (39), and was fourth in wild pitches (35). Before Saturday, pitcher Jose Guzman had a special streak of his own, with balks in four straight appearances. And help isn't on the way. Last week a Ranger farmhand named Randy Boron was called for six balks in one inning while pitching in the rookie league.
Brewer infielder Juan Castillo was disabled last week for "oral surgery." He was supposed to have his wisdom teeth pulled on Monday, July 13, during the All-Star break—but he got cold feet and didn't show at the dentist's office. So Milwaukee placed him on the DL on Thursday, and he finally went to the dentist the next day.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Tiger pitcher Frank Tanana, after his 7-0 shutout of the Mariners on July 17: "Over 14 years I've been top dog and hot dog. I've been the fifth dog and even a mad dog. And I've been just a dog, period. Tonight, it was this dog's day."
THEN THEY WENT SURFING
The A's Tacoma Tigers (AAA) recently played a double-header with the Hawaii Islanders in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. Game 1 was stopped by rain after six innings with the score 3-3; two days later the game was resumed in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, where 12 more innings were played, until Tacoma finally won 8-7. The teams then played the second game and finished after midnight (the Islanders won 8-4). If you're scoring, that's one double-header in three days on two islands.
?Since June 9, Dodger starting pitchers—excluding All-Star Orel Hershiser—were 6-15, 4.51.
? St. Louis pitcher Bob Forsch has a .412 batting average and a 5.00 ERA. Someone should get out a computer and see what he would hit against himself.
? Houston's Jose Cruz may be headed to the AL as a stretch-drive acquisition now that the Astros have brought up rookie Ken Caminiti to play third. That means Denny Walling will move to left, and Cruz will ride the bench.